Play-by-Post Games

They're Role-Playing Games and they're online. How cool is that?

Commonly referred to as an RP, or a forum roleplay, since the majority are played in online message boards.

These aren't MMORPGs like World of Warcraft or EVE Online. They don't have fancy graphics. Instead, they rely on the imaginations of the players. Quite simply, you're taking an online bulletin board and you're running an RPG on it. Some are free-form, others use systems like D20, or GURPS (or create their own system based on one of these).

If dreaded Real Life takes the GM into its clutches, depending on what manner of game it is, the game may survive. If it's an open-ended world, then the players will just play, with the players enforcing the rules (so long as there isn't a Small Name, Big Ego running a massive crime organization/cult/paramilitary group amongst the experienced players; he gets his way) and disciplining the newbies who break them. Also, you have the benefit of being able to ignore their posts if they refuse to change. Alternately, someone else might take over as the GM.

However, if it's a set story with a predefined goal or you're in combat with the Dragon Guardian of the Lost Treasure of the Order of High Knights of the Crown, and the GM disappears, then you can pretty much decide that the game's done until the GM comes back.

Postal gaming predates both computers and role-playing games, incidentally — long-duration play-by-mail chess is an old tradition going back at least to the medieval origins of modern chess, if not further, making this at least Older Than Steam. If you ever see an old movie with a rich guy standing next to a mid-game chessboard with no opponent, he's probably got a postal chess game going with an unseen character. Play-By-Email (PBEM) obviously, is the electronic version of Postal Gaming, and is easily as prevalent as Play by Post games using bulletin board software.

See also Journal Roleplay, which is essentially the lovechild of Play by Post with Character Blog.

In addition to all the various Tabletop RPG tropes, you see a few others prevalent in Play-by-Post Games, including:
  • God Moders and Munchkins: Since Play By Posts are more likely to have informal or diceless systems, or sometimes no systems at all, godmoding (using out-of-character knowledge to make in-character decisions, or calling the actions of something controlled by another player) can pop up at times. Playing on a poorly-regulated forum RP is one of the few times you'll wish for Min-Maxing — since on some forums, there's no minning required.

    These terms mean very different things in these games. A Munchkin tends to be a Heinz Hybrid or a God-Mode Sue in games where numbers don't matter. God Mode is when a player writes the other character as reacting in a certain way or acting in a certain way without their consent. The former is bad writing, the latter is a breach of etiquette.
  • Long-Runners:
    • Hogwarts by Night was founded in 2003. It closed in 2011 for a 6 year hiatus and is now back refreshed and ready for new players. The game is Harry Potter combined with Call of Cthulhu based in White Wolf's Old World of Darkness!
    • Valucre was founded in 2004 and has been going on for twelve years (and counting!). Not an easy feat considering the roleplay's setting literally encompasses an entire planet, ranging from the macro scale of entire continents to the micro scale of legal firms and taverns.
    • The Global Guardians PBEM Universe was begun back in 1994, and continued until 2006. You can count the number of these games that have lasted twelve years on one hand, and you'll have fingers left over.
    • If you thought nine years was impressive, try forum boards (previously known as Alleria). The game was formed back in 1989 and since then has crossed between three different boards to keep up to date. It now has its own site and is still running strong twenty-one years later.
    • 'Souls RPG has been going since 2001, through no less than four different forum software types. 'Souls is a play-by-post, post-apocalyptic werewolf and werecanine game set in Maritime Canada.
    • Freedom City Play By Post is five years old as of October 2012.
    • Halcyon Days (Site Here) is a Bleach RP that has existed in one form or another for almost 8 years. Though both the name, the website, and the people in power have changed, it is still running strong, with new and returning members coming in frequently, despite the lack of any canon characters.
    • Engi No Jutsu is a hypothetically Naruto related roleplay quickly approaching ten years old as of this writing, having been first made in 2004 and continuing strong to this day.
    • Celestial Refresh had it's origins as Celestial Eruption on Invisionfree back in 2006, until it moved to Celestial Refresh, which is now on Zetaboards, and has been going strong since then. It's an impressive feat as considering its stat based system and heavy paragraph with lore intensive roleplay can be a turn off to some newcomers to the roleplaying scene.
    • US Gov Sim is a long running game based on American politics. The game originally began on AvidGamers before moving to its own IPB Forum. It has been running continuously since the early 2000s and is in its 12th "reset", or round.
    • Dino Attack RPG, hosted on BZ, ended on December 21, 2012 after seven years of a single continuous story. More remarkable is the fact that it was inspired by a half-year Lego line and was kept alive by less then a dozen players.
    • Haven City Born from a site called Shinya, Haven inherits members and staff from a site that has existed since 2008. For five years this forum has existed before finally moving to a new location for a fresh start. However, the community is still welcoming to new members.
    • The Vast Empire is a Play By Post game based on a player-created Star Wars Expanded Universe Galactic Empire splinter faction. The Vast Empire has been running continuously since 1998 on its own site.
    • Realms of Hyrule is a The Legend of Zelda RP that is currently on its sixth incarnation. Its first incarnation started way back in 2003 and it's still going strong.
    • Thar Shaddin is an original fantasy setting which has been active for over a decade now. Its 10th anniversary occurred July 2015
    • Azure Wyrm is a light-hearted exaggeration of Earth's pollution and populated by slimes. Remarkably, even when the sites or threads it is on vanish, it continues elsewhere and often keeps the same players. It first started in 2004 and is still gaining new players.
    • Campus Life is a Massively Multiplayer Crossover RP that was founded back during 2007 and, as writing it, is quickly approaching its 10th year anniversary. Although it briefly died due to bad blood among current roleplayers, the series has undergone a Continuity Reboot by some of its original roleplayers.
    • Kingdom Hearts: Visions of Destiny has been going since 2012... and as of 2017 has not even taken its players past the halfway point of Kingdom Hearts 1.
  • Orphaned Series: Online GameMasters seem a lot more prone to dropping their campaigns without warning than people who game in person; or perhaps its simply that records of the dead games persist in forum archives. The average lifespan of a Play By Post game is around three months. The lucky ones last a year. A tongue-in-cheek guide to creating a Pbp forum stated, "Once you get your first post in an IC [in character] area, it's time to close up shop. Be sure to blame the members for being annoying and unfaithful."
  • Webcomic Time: after a fashion. Face-to-face RPGs tend to be played for several hours at a shot on a regular basis; Play By Posts usually get much shorter updates whenever their players and Game Masters are available. A six-second combat round can take weeks if someone doesn't log in regularly.


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  • Equestria Defense Force a roleplay community on Google+ set in the MLP universe. The characters are part of the military outfit known as the eponymous Equis Defense Force. while non-anthro, the technology level involved is 20MinutesIntoTheFuture.
  • Assassin's Creed Roleplay Forum is basically exactly what it says on the tin- a roleplay based on the Assassin's Creed video games.
  • Blurring the Line Between Reality and Fantasy is a multiverse-setting RP community, and is essentially a massive crossover between many universes. Including: Bleach, Naruto, Kim Possible, Pokemon, the Soul Series, Elder Scrolls, DC/Marvel comics, Kingdom Hearts, and some original worlds....and the list actually goes on. And on. And on.
  • World War III!!! is another multiverse setting spread across different forums, however, there is a mainline universe. It plays very differently every game session, as players vote new rules systems and changes, though it often includes Risk-style playing of different nations. The rules of the WW 3 postulate that the only rule is that when the Earth is destroyed by some cataclysmic event, the universe where Earth survives is the home universe, and play resumes on that universe. Rounds (Chapters) of the game shake up the rules (More like quests). It currently is on the third incarnation.
  • BZPB started out as a simple turn-based game on the website BZ Power on March 31st, 2008. However, the players' imaginations really got to work, and it became a full-blown space epic within a year. After 200-something pages, the topic was locked by an admin for breaking the subforum rules (Role-playing games weren't allowed in that subforum, but all the other mods had ignored it seeing how big it had become). It continued immediately on the BZPB Wiki before moving to its own site here. Now approaching its sixth anniversary, it has enough content to warrant its own Tropes page, and all this time it has had a constant of around only ten players.
  • Engi No Jutsu Is a vaguely Naruto roleplaying board set 100 years after the events of the manga. Many villages have independent forums, communities and stories.
  • Hidden Village is an RP community for non-canon Naruto-based RP, suitable for all levels of roleplayer. Besides Naruto, it includes sections devoted to Fairy Tail, One Piece, Tenjou Tenge, Bleach, Air Gear, and so on. The site has its own massive jutsu database, __ of the Year awards, marketplace system, and much more.
  • Darkness Incarnate A community with Dungeons and Dragons style characters. What sets it apart, are the requirements for each class, and the importance of combat (it is the main part of the game).
  • Enigma was a small play-by-post roleplay about warlike wolves, intellectual foxes and piratical felines living in a world called Enigma.
  • Coloholics Anonymous is a large play by post RP forum where the roleplays are divided into massive RP forum worlds separated by genres such as Anime, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Nation-Building, and Modern and Miscellaneous. The name "Coloholic" comes from "Colosseum-oholic", meaning people who are fans of roleplaying.
  • A New Dawn is a forum with an entire section devoted to RP'ing, although the rest of the site is a regular forum, mostly of friends. It has a Space Opera subsetting called Beyond the Stars that borrows liberally from Mass Effect.
  • Age of Intrigue is an historical RPG set in Restoration England, specifically 1676, at the Court of King Charles II, the Merry Monarch. The roleplay is for 18+ only, but so long as one is in that age range adult themes can be avoided per member request.
  • AJJE Games AJJE Games is a role-playing community offering a wide range of genres, ranging from Sword & Sorcery to Star Wars and Stargate, as well as member-created sims.
  • Ongoing Worlds is a community of roleplaying games in a wide range of genres, many of them bespoke.
  • Disney World of War is an RPG that features, you guessed it, Disney characters. The RPG focuses on a war fought by three armies: The Heroes who are led by Simba, The Animal Villains led by Scar and the Human Villains led by Frollo.
  • Code Masters is a roleplay with a transformation-battle theme.
  • Strange Lands: A Pandoran RP is an Avatar based RP. It was moved to its own board but is now dead and the site was replaced by War of Discord.
  • The UCaG, a land on the forum of Artix Entertainment that attracts all kinds of roleplayers, you can find a game from a FSG (Forum Stratagy game) To an A&R (Action and reaction, like roleplaying without dice.)
  • The Vast Empire is a Star Wars based RPG set in the Thrawn Era, and one of the better quality Wars play by post ones. It has a sizable community, a IRC channel, and a video game subgroup.
  • The Star Wars RP is a freeform role-playing site founded in 2005, with over 5,000 registered members and over 1 million posts. It is in its fifth role-playing era, "Star Wars Legacies," set over 1,000 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Past timelines have included: Great Territorial War (set 30 years after Knights of the Old Republic) and Great Sovereign Crusades (set 100 years after Knights of the Old Republic), and two Prequel stories called Alsakan Crisis (set 13,000 years before the original Star Wars) and Great Hutt Wars (set 12,970 years before the original Star Wars). All five timelines are part of one continuous Myth Arc.
  • Star Wars RPG Star Wars roleplaying set in approximately 22 ABY. 8 Years Old in at least current incarnation.
  • Jedi vs. Sith. Originally stemming from a Facebook app, the site wound up popular enough to warrant its own space on the Internet proper. Like The Gungan Council, there is no set timeline (mileage varies site-wide as to whether this is good or bad), and the site features an entirely player-driven economy and faction system. Lacking the longevity of the other sites, however, it is still plagued with problems despite the best attempts of the moderators; powergaming is a common occurrence, godmodding slightly less so, and the site is rife with Expies (not all of them bad). On the bright side, the community spirit is near-unmatched, and for every bad RPer, there's at least one stellar one.
  • Rolestuck A small forum made specifically for roleplaying Sburb sessions, such as the ones found in the popular webcomic Homestuck.
  • NationStates is not itself one of these, but many player like to play them using their nations, either on the official forums or on the numerous forums created by players for various regions. And, amongst very vaguely and distantly similar lines, Never Ending Stories at the CivFanatics forum.
  • Steve Jackson Games at one time ran a BBS on which a number of such games were played, including the free-form no-rules roleplaying forum which evolved into GURPS Illuminati University.
  • Roleplayer Guild is a forum dedicated to pbp roleplays. Rps are sorted into three categories: Basic, Casual, and Advanced.
  • RPG Forums Online is another forum dedicated entirely to pbp roleplays.
  • There is an entire site devoted to this known as RolePlay Online, or RPoL. It has a built-in software dice roller, among other features, allowing one to use dice in such a game seamlessly; however, quite a few of the games run there are still freeform.
  • One of RPGnet's forums exists for this purpose.
  • Similar forums of the dedicated story type can be found on Spacebattles and SufficientVelocity. Sufficient Velocity even has a built-in dice roller that can be connected to posts.
  • Pretty much the purpose of GreatestJournal until Boldthrough 2007 on LiveJournal.
    • LiveJournal hosted quite a few. Most have since moved to InsaneJournal or Dreamwidth.
    • Many of the GreatestJournal players have moved to InsaneJournal.
  • The Giant In The Playground forums, for the D&D-based webcomic Order of the Stick, feature a fairly large section devoted to PBP games. The board, like RPoL, even has its own dice roller. Some games have individual pages further down.
  • Plothook.NET, another site devoted entirely to this.
  • Myth-Weavers, again, is solely for this purpose, and is known for its plethora of useful built-in software and message board mods, including a very popular XML Character Sheet database.
  • Hundreds of other forums have threads or subsections dedicated to roleplaying or cooperative storytelling, particularly on Fan Sites where the games deal with the forum's particular subject.
  • Prodigy is a superhero-based play-by-post, made out of original characters and played in the City of Adventure of Prodigy, New Jersey.
  • Stargate: Aftermath. A Stargate-verse based RPG, creating an alternate universe after Stargate SG-1 season eight. Started with a Earth-Shattering Kaboom and has survived one Goa'uld assault and one earthquake.
  • Muse Academy. Only readers of Muse Magazine understand half of what happens, but it's the special crazy sort of randomness that comes from having no real GM.
  • The Birthright campaign setting for AD&D and D&D has a large number of games running. The PCs of Bithright campaigns where not adventures but rulers. A given party might consist of The Duke, his Court Wizard, the High Priest, the Master of the local guilds etc. As well as normal adventuring stuff the game system had domain rounds, where PCs administered various holdings, collected taxes and fought wars. Which translated quite straightforwardly to play by post play in which most if not all of the different kingdoms are take by PCs. As well as the default campaign settings the 'engine' has also been used to run similar games set in Fantasy feudal Japan, post Arthurian Britain, etc.
  • There was an impromptu one on the GameFAQs Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Protoman board, reffed to the Battle of Light and Darkness. A fight broke out and turned into one of these.
  • The GameFAQs Mega Man Battle Network 6 boards also went through a similar phase with the (insert character here) RPGs of Some Sort, although most of them took place on the Gregar board instead of the Falzar board. The one that started this phase involved Protoman, and a lot of Wild Mass Guessing and/or Fan Wank followed.
  • Hogwarts By Night is a game hosted on and Wordpress. Founded in 2003, the game was a Long Runner that closed in 2011, but was rebooted after a six year hiatus. Through thorough Canon Welding, the game combines elements from the Harry Potter series, Old World of Darkness, and Call of Cthulhu, set in the modern era.
  • BZ Power has a Bionicle-themed roleplaying forum, it being a Bionicle fan forum, but don't expect to just walk in and make a new RPG-only three RPGs besides the BZPRPG can ever be occurring at once. They have to place 3rd or better in a polled contest every three months to even get started, and to avoid being closed they have to enter the contest again and place 3rd or higher again. Thankfully, there is an official planning topic to refine RPGs and RPG concepts.
    • There are also a few RPGs active in Lego General Discussion and Completely Off Topic forums, including Dino Attack RPG, which ran for over seven and a half years. While more than three can be active at once, the former requires approval from an LGD forum leader (who acts as a quality control for incoming RPGs), while the latter requires 7 RPG judges, and Sisen, the RPG Leader, to approve the RP (which acts as a more strict quality control.) Thankfully for COT, there is ALSO an official planning topic for refining COT RPGs and COT RPG concepts.
  • Mafia is a game seemingly made for this format.
    • Indeed, there are quite a few sites dedicated to forum Mafia, which, given the nature of Message Boards, are much longer and involve much more detailed analysis than other formats. MafiaScum is perhaps one of the best known sites devoted to the game.
    • Mafia is also known as Werewolf. There's a very active Werewolf PBP forum on BoardGameGeek.
    • Also, eRegime is a similar site but run by the creator of the forum variant of Balance of Power himself.
    • Molotov Is another forum where Mafia (and non-mafia) games may be played.
    • The forums for Town of Salem host a series of forum-based Mafia games, usually five or six at a time.
  • Suzumiya Haruhi no Yakuasobi, literally the RP of Haruhi Suzumiya. A relatively new forum that's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • The Annobyn Universe is a jcink-based series of RP sites all set within the same continuity, employing mostly the same cast of characters and players. It ran from 2013 into early 2015 and focused primarily on the lives of several High School (and ultimately, college) students in a fictional Florida community as they dealt with totally normal Teen Drama type issues such as pregnancy, first love, substance abuse, gang violence, an ever-present clown mafia, ambiguously undead serial killers, alternate universes and much, much more...
  • Zelda Elements RPis a Zelda-based RP.
  • Simrtk is a very large Play by post sim based off of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms video games, with some dashes of Dynasty Warriors thrown in.
  • Star Army features an original Space Opera / sci-fi setting created by its members and characterized by sleek, powerful starships, power armor, cute catgirls, and heavily armed men of action. Star Army has run continuously since 2000 and has up to a dozen or so individual games within the universe's main factions at any given time.
  • Kiseki, which is a CLAMP-based RP at Insanejournal. There's a mod who tosses events out every six weeks or so, but she doesn't really act as a GM per se and the gaming is very freeform.
  • Retribution Games sprung from forum-based games History of the World and Divided We Stand played on the Something Awful Forums.
  • Time To Pretend, an Academy RPG where characters have the spirits of Disney or other fairy tale characters.
  • Online-Roleplaying is yet another site, most active with D&D gamers but willing to host anything. It also has its own dice roller.
  • Super Hero Rpg is a superhero-themed RP with a story sorted into chapter arcs.
  • This fictional commercial advertises a service that allows FPSes to be played this way.
  • MSF High Forum has one. Characters from the forum have even appeared in this comic, and a good few of the moderators are tropers.
  • The Gaming Steve Forums have one: The Gaming Steve Universe. The game itself can be found here. While the individual creations' pages can be found here. This is actually an offshoot of a Spore 2005 Fan Fic; when Spore failed to live up to the expectations of the universe that was created, Origin became its own story. Especially notable are the Nauceans, a race so well-built that Will Wright himself CANONIZED them.
  • Oberon and Salvation are two linked games, each following one of the eponymous ships in the Firefly 'verse. Like several examples listed above, these games emphasize writing as well as roleplay, and a general outline of the plot for each "episode" is worked out in advance, although there is a great amount of flexibility in the outline and deviations are generally accepted if they lead to good story.
  • Digimon RP A board based on Digimon Tamers, but as if it continued from Digimon Adventure 02, and later Digimon Frontier. Digimon Savers is planned to be adapted later. Also included are Original Characters, and characters based from the mangas. This RP has lead to a spin-off, Pokemon & Digimon RP Unlike the previous RP, it isn't set in a universe mixed together, but a Multiverse which also includes a universe of Pokemon.
  • Pokemon: The Three Relics A Pokemon roleplay of over six years of activity, boasting over 1400 pages of posts and a slew of well-developed characters mixed in with established NPCs.
  • Lightning War is World War II-era game that mashes together multiple canons, mostly Harry Potter, Heroes and Supernatural.
  • Rescue Horse RPG is an RP set in a slightly Darker and Edgier alternate continuity 10 years after Tomica Hero Rescue Force, where Rescue Horse and Rescue Fire have disbanded. It follows the adventures of the recently recruited fourth generation, the third generation having been killed in a Mach Train disaster.
  • The Unified Wrestling League is a professional wrestling PbP with the distinction of running 11 years and counting without closing. `
  • Neverending Struggle RPG, a massive crossover RPG with an unfortunatly low number of players. The story is about a war between 6 factions composed of characters from fictional media but the plot is pletty loose and it has no specific rules.
  • Superhero!Hype RPGs also features a collection of RPs based on the various superhero comics, including World of Heroes (a DC RPG), Heroes vs. Villains (a Marvel RPG) and the One Universe RPG (an RPG that combines elements from both canons).
  • Monochrome Black is a new mystery-horror role play, featuring an intricate plot, a crap sack world, and a variety of characters and character types.
  • Persona: Project Rebirth is essentially an an original RP based on the Persona universe, mostly Persona 3 and Persona 4. There's original characters, an original story; generally everything is original except the entire universe it takes place in.
  • Keeping with the subject of Persona, Persona: Shallow Colour is a a brand new, original RP based on SMT: Persona!
  • In addition to that, there's Persona Heaven is a casual RP environment based on the franchise.
  • And still on the subject of Persona,Midnight Masquerade is an RP set in Iwatodai that centers around the return of Apathy Syndrome, Tartarus and the Dark Hour.
  • Island Eight is an RP based on the titular Island, a place where creatures of myth and legend are thrown into along with humans who can use magic.
  • Struggle Against Mecha Insano: A long running free form game run on the Spoony Experiment Play by Post Forums. It concerns a resistance group fighting against the evil Doctor Insano (Yes, that one.) It spans over twenty years in game and has several generations of the family fighting against Insano. Is known for large time skips lots and lots of drama and intense violence, putting characters through everything imaginable.
  • Hogwarts Extreme (also known as just HEX) is a rather popular Harry Potter forum-based RPG. It also works as a regular messageboard and general online networking community for Potter fans. Each individual roleplay thread is stand-alone, so it's a good site for beginners who don't feel ready for a more traditional Play By Post site.
  • Multiworld Madness is a "derelict flagship" of the Roll to Dodge game type. Having recently "celebrated" its second anniversary, spanning three mini-universes as of this writing, with six more to come, this action epic has pretty much drove the Roll To Dodge games forward, causing their explosive growth within the confines of the Bay 12 Games forums and being influential in their spread across the internet. Although progress in the game has slowed from two updates a day to one update a week (at most), it still remains the largest Roll To Dodge forum game on the internet.
  • The MS Paint Adventures forum Collab/Roleplay section has a lot of these, the vast majority of them based on Homestuck.
  • Video Games and Hair Dye is a Scott Pilgrim roleplay.
  • Gallega is a new Sci-Fi RP with a small but dedicated group. The RP focuses on user made content while the staff design most of back story. The RP itself follows the story of a crew exploring unknown spaaaaaace. Of course players can easily start their own stories.
  • Totally Awesome Random Robot RPG the mechtalk story that took on a life of it's own. Pilot a massive mecha of your very own for either the Mighty Fandom or the Determined Earth Sphere Union. Lots of Gundam and other anime influences collide in the titanic struggle for the Earth Sphere.
  • Transformers: Deadzone is a multiversal Transformers RPG where Transformers from different universes and times are being pulled to the in-game universe for a currently unknown purpose. The Cybertron of said universe has been destroyed, Unicron's running loose, and it seems that no-one knows of the Transformers as a race. No Megatron, and the only Optimus Prime is the most untested one. To go with one of the most-used taglines, "It's kind of like Lost, but with giant robots. And no, we don't know what the hell's going on, either."
  • Shared Worlds on bears host to several RPGs and collaborative works (such as stories); more often than not, they tend to converge. The works themselves. however, vary, from NationStates-esque fare to Mecha RPs, Red Dawn "sequels" and even stuff based out of Axis Powers Hetalia. It's split into Large Games and Sandbox folders.
  • Naruto Creation is a Naruto RP that has a dedicated playerbase, and is recovering from a population decrease after the forum switched boards.. A lot of the players have a thinly-veiled distaste for the series, and it tends to deviate from the series at times.
  • Rise of the Believers is a spinoff Rise of the Guardians RP, adding worldwide folklore characters to its cast and sporting a large and colourful cast of characters. Taking place a decade after the film, it continues the war between Pitch and the Guardians on a much larger scale.
  • Star Wars Universe Rpis a Star Wars RP with very loyal member base that is still going strong. This is the second incarnation of the site and averages anywhere from 40 to 60 active members a day. Their shortened version of the plot is:
  • 3602 BBY. The galaxy has been thrown into upheaval as the forgotten Sith rise from the ashes of their ancestors. No one is safe from the effects of this political unrest as the Republic is forced to take the defensive against this dark tyranny.
  • Dimensional Clash is a multi-series crossover RP that takes place on an island in another dimension. There's no overarching plot, and much of the individual RPs on the site are about the interactions of various characters from various franchises.
  • The Tandy Arena: An arena-based Play-by-Post game set in a town called Tandy.
  • Overclocked is a story-heavy roleplaying game inspired by Persona 4, Yume Nikki, and Drifting Classroom. Set in a small town in Japan, players assume the role of highschool students whose investigation into a fortune telling rumor leads them into a strange parallel world that might be future Tokyo. In addition to traditional public roleplaying on the forums, there's also the private message "cellphone calls" players can receive, containing information they can share, keep to themselves, or blatantly lie about.
  • Doujinstyle, an english-speaking website dedicated to, in their own words, "doujin stuff, doujin music and Touhou", possesses several roleplaying sections. One club in particular, Shifting Worlds, deals primarily with Gensokyo but also involves a few other dimensions, some original, some not. The club has established its own very special alternate continuity, one in which, along the course of the roleplays, the Scarlet Devil Mansion has turned sentient and also doubles as a Humongous Mecha, Cirno Took a Level in Badass and gained control of a huge castle within the Forest of Magic, our universe (or at least the one Gensokyo is in) has turned out to have been created and protected by a spider Goddess, among other gods/goddesses... and that's only scraping the surface of the insanity.
  • Friendship is Magic rpg - One of the first forum RP based on the MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic. If the forum is mainly based and respect the show canon, it allows some freedom as long as it stay coherent and possible with the original material.
  • Aeterna Roma is an alternate timeline ancient Rome RP set in about the 50's AD. The plot revolves around (what else?) the tumultuous lives of the people living within Rome's reach, specifically focusing on the inner workings of Rome itself. While a wide variety of main plots are made available, the game is generally player-focused - meaning that members can worry about their specific character's (or characters') plot(s) without needing to dive into any major site plots.
  • Along with a thriving Mafia community, Smogon has Create a Pokemon—Anime Style Battling, using both official Pokemon. While there isn't any sort of universal plot of any type (there ARE smaller roleplays within it that have plot-like structures, though,) it can be played with either a roleplaying combat mindset or a more strategic combat mindset.
  • Wuality Clob is a roleplay using characters from any fandom. Most of the fun comes from the IC Livestreams they do. Notable for the fact that anything goes
  • Santharia is a fantasy world-building site with two separate forums: one where the Dreamers help develop the world, and the other focused completely on Roleplaying within Caelereth (the world created). Recently there has also been development of an interactive game.
  • Star Wars: Rebuilding of Empires is an ongoing Star Wars AU taking place after the reborn Emperor Palpatine and virtually every major character in the series was killed in action above Coruscant, forcing Imperial and New Republic planets to form their own interstellar powers in order to survive. Each player leads an interstellar polity with a stable of characters. Highlights include politics, Loads and Loads of Characters, epic conflicts of Dark and Light, and philosophy. The game is an example of Long-Runners, with thirty years of in-game history, and has been ongoing since 2004.
  • Sonic: Darkness Eternal Zone is a Sonic the Hedgehog RP set years after Dr Ivo Robotnik, in a final act of cruelty, dropped the Spaaaaaace Colony ARK on the Earth setting off a nuclear winter. The old heroes are dead but new ones have risen to defend the only remaining vestige of civilisation, the Teams of Neo-Tokyo. They are faced by the numerically superior Gangs of Osaka. Taking Sonic, injecting a large dose of Grim Dark and Fallout this equates to one hell of a setting. On its third revival, the original incarnation was so good it was plagiarised!
  • Virtual Warrior World is an Warriors RP that is for all roleplayers, from beginner to intermediate.
  • Mega Man Oblivion is an RP that is set in the Mega Man Battle Network, X, ZX, and Legends worlds. It is fashioned in the style of an MMORPG with a slew of missions, boss battles, and character customization along with the main plot.
  • Requiem of Ages is a Fantasy RP set in an original world known as Pax. Players take on the role of humans that have died and become immortal thanks to being chosen at the moment of death by the Goddess of Darkness or the Goddess of Light, Known as Taint and Purity respectively. There is a plot that is largely run by the Admins and Moderators but characters are free to act as they wish for the most part and create their own stories completely unrelated to the plot if they want.
  • Bridges is a Massive Multiplayer Crossover spanning four universes: Kingdom Hearts, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Metal Gear Solid.
  • Einsteinian Roulette: A recent and running Roll to Dodge game based on the Bay 12 forums, it focus on the lives and violent deaths of the convicts living in the Paracelsus' Sword, a ship dedicated to housing people enrolled to a punishment worse than death: completing a series of deadly missions for the dictatorial government of mankind in a future where humans have already colonized several worlds and are a spacefaring civilization. It mostly runs on Black Comedy and Character Development, with an original universe created by the Game Master.
  • Invite RP is a roleplay on Gaia Online. Players invited to the RP send original characters through fictional worlds like Series/Firefly, The Hunger Games, The Legend of Zelda, etc in an effort to get back to their homeworlds in a game show run by the Slender Man.
  • Dimensional Chess is a relatively small science-fiction roleplay.
  • Malkavian Madness Forum is a small forum devoted primarily to both the old and new World Of Darkness, though other games are hosted on the site as well.
  • Lost And Found of The Multiverse is a freeform roleplay hosted on the Bay 12 Forums.
  • Digimon Tribute A Digimon RP with elements from nearly every franchise. Set during the second season, but with Digimon Tamers happening alongside. There are original plotlines going around the world too.
  • Digital Link A Digimon RP with elements from nearly every franchise. The Forum is still in the Beta State, but is so far going strong. It currently follows a purely AU approach, not touching the Canon Series or any of the Characters, using purely Original Characters and even Custom (Original) Digimons. The Plot is mainly occurring on File Island, where a Five-Bad Band of adult level digimon, lead by a perfect Digimon, are trying to steer complete control over the island and it's inhabitants, their reasons unknown.
  • The Ninja Forum is a Naruto based Roleplay, set in the continent of Seichi, the Sacred Place. Separate from the Continent that the Manga/Anime takes place and the individuals within, Seichi currently has five great Elemental Nations, the Lands of Fire, Frost, Sun, Water and Wind, as well as the independent Nation of Safe Haven and the desolate lands of Silence. With a dynamic Lore system, your plots and actions can have lasting effects across the entire continent.
  • Haven City Features the exploits of the residents of the Nurikabe Estate. Borrowing from Josei and Seinen Anime and Manga this site is a very free form rp allowing for a wide variety of characters and events. From action to romance to comedy, this site has strong sense of location and community.
  • Fabled Albion - A literate, extensive roleplay based on the Fable games - now into its second season.
  • Ten Thousand Rads is a more-or-less freeform site with multiple roleplays based on franchises ranging from Pokemon and Star Wars to The Elder Scrolls and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Sithspawn - one of the longest-running Star Wars rp forums around (first version emerged in 2004), AU from the canon timeline and set between the movies and Kotor.
  • Digimon Tribute
  • Starry Garden is a Space Opera-ish RP with giant robots, set in an original universe where humanity destroyed the Earth and is searching space for a new home.
  • Storium is an RP site where, in addition to writing out their actions, players place cards representing their characters' strengths or weaknesses on challenges imposed by the GM. Whoever plays the last card on a challenge and decisively tilts it towards a strong or weak outcome is allowed to God Mode.
  • Battle of the Grounded Dungeon is a spontaneous How to Train Your Dragon-based roleplay hosted on Tumblr that is nearing its end, in which a small group of roleplayers originally were escaping the "Grounded Dungeon" for masochistic fandom members, and the story has evolved into a typical fantasy roleplay with demons and magic. It draws strongly from HTTYD, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Magic: The Gathering and Norse mythology.
  • Avatar High, a tale about love, friendship, spaceships, and magic! No, I'm joking. It's about a bunch of overpowered characters going through High-school. Again, or maybe for the first time.
  • The Elder Scrolls Sandbox Wiki is a play-by-post roleplay forum hosted on Wikia, a division from the original Elder Scrolls Wiki page. It is set on Tamrielic background with limitless variations, be it travelling in Tamriel, strategic warfare across cities and holds or choose-your-adventure story. Players can create their own characters, weapons and stories anytime they want.
  • Fallout Gravel Pit Wiki is a sister wiki of The Elder Scrolls Wiki. It is set in the Wasteland, where players can have adventures in the Wasteland, create their own characters, weapons and companies.
  • Hunters Dream Roleplay Wikia is another sister wiki of The Elder Scrolls Roleplay Wiki. It focuses on FromSoftware titles such as Bloodborne and Dark Souls. Unlike TES Sandbox Wiki and Fallout Gravel Pit Wiki, it has a more complex character sheet in an attempt to emulate in-game character builds.
  • Super Smash Brothers Life Itself Is a Super Smash Brothers Roleplay that takes place Ten years after the events of the Brawl Story Mode The Subspacae Emissary It is about a mysterious blast that suddenly sends the Smash Brothers and Sisters (Along with tons of new characters) To LI, A planet that's filled with a virus known as the Starvia, taking refuge in a giant shelter called the Life Sphere, everyone must work together if they want to live in this new planet...It has been running for six years.
  • Incandescence is a wolf roleplay set After the End where humankind has inexplicably disappeared. and all animals have increased in intelligence, leaving the wolves as the dominant species. Takes place in Siberia about two centuries after humans vanished, in a land known as Candenta.
  • After Transformers Universe was cancelled, the main players of their Roleplay Board banded together and set up a new board called Transformers Galaxy. They endeavoured to bring it as close in spirit to the original as possible and there are several fanon 'Legacy Characters' there, including Skyspray, Feenixfire, Backbeat, Death Wish and Breech Loader. While it forbids Optimus Prime and Megatron, other Canon Characters can be claimed in a first-come-first-served manner and include IDW characters such as The Pet and Whirl.
  • Persona: Shadows of the Mind is a play-by-post roleplay based in the Persona universe, hosted on the unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages forums. Within, a group of normal Canadian high school students are forced into battle with an occult force seeking the doom of humanity itself.
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