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Jan 23rd 2017 at 10:02:06 PM •••

I was a fan of the (sadly now defunct) RP Ink City, but never got a chance to join in before it closed its doors. However, I've always had an idea for a RP with a similar premise, but have been uncertain on how to get it started. Can anyone give me any sort of advice in this regard?

Jul 7th 2016 at 5:07:06 AM •••

What about simpler message board games like "last post wins", "attack the next poster" or somesuch which do not necessarily involve roleplaying? Would they fit in here too? If so, in which capacity?

Jan 30th 2016 at 9:49:24 AM •••

I desperately need help with this. I'm trying to index on this page, but I've tried several times and nothing seems to work. Could someone lend a hand?

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Jan 30th 2016 at 7:48:41 PM •••

You can't link to pages that begin with numerals, you have to move the page to Three WSR then make a custom title so it displays right. After that you can add the page to an index

May 16th 2014 at 3:12:27 PM •••

It's a Crime! is one of the oldest PBM games around. You can still play this game today as a P Be M. My friends and I just joined a new game and it is super cheap to play and oh so much fun!!... The new game just started and it is easy to catch up. Join a killer PBM game that has been running for DECADES! Just follow the link and sign up, your first two turns are free. Just click request to takeover a gang and you will be put immediately into the current game. Again, very easy to catch up with make-up turns.

Jan 10th 2013 at 1:10:27 PM •••

Does anybody know where the Tongue-in-cheek guide to creating a pbp is? It sounds funny and I'd like read it.

Jan 10th 2013 at 1:09:47 PM •••

Sorry nobody answered before but it is up to you. What kind do you want to make? A single thread a multiple thread or an entire board? There are many ways to do so so the answer depends on what one would fit your idea best.

May 15th 2012 at 8:32:26 AM •••

Okay...This may be pretentious but I'm a member of a play-by-post RPG website that uses a chatroom for its roleplay. I'd kind of like to see if I can create a trope page for it, on my own, though I can't help but shake the feeling that it's against some rule or code of conduct.

Someone enlighten me on the matter? I'd like to know before I try doing anything.

Feb 24th 2011 at 1:59:19 PM •••

I've wondered a long time about one thing: How does this work? There are Fridge Logic questions galore in my head, so if someone could answer me, I'd be forever grateful.

Tabletop-Games play out in real time, Games by email don't. I've heard that sometimes, there is a "Turn order", but that doesn't solve one problem: You can't have character interactions at all, or at least only VERY slowly, meaning a single conversation could potentially take MONTHS and hundreds of emails, or, if it is done by forum, the threads would quickly become too large for the database to handle. What is the solution to this problem?

Also, in Honorable Hogwarts, there's this gem:

Anachronic Order: Because some people are online a lot and others only check in off and on, some arcs move faster than others... this means that certain areas of the plot are sometimes as much as half a year ahead of others. So, Anya's baby being born so "early" makes sense in context.

So... that means if you share an universe with other characters who are on an adventure, if they post faster than you IRL they can make comments about how your group is doing and you would have to abide by it?

My Brain is Full of Fuck

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Mar 21st 2011 at 10:30:51 AM •••

I frequent play by posts a lot and to your questions.

1: The ones I'm in, conversations actually go by pretty quick if you're with someone who's on frequently or you can adapt to his or her schedule, and if the forum reaches post cap start a new thread

2: This mainly depends on the users but most of time they might hold the RP up for you group to catch up (this however is how one user can kill an RP if it's held off for too long so YMMV) other solutions involve flashback and if all else fails, evoking the MST 3 Kmantra

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Nov 29th 2011 at 6:18:00 PM •••

This is something a friend of mine wrote up a long while back. It may be of use to you:

What are Play by post rpgs? Play-by-post role-playing games fall into the category of online text-based rpgs; the first type of rpg to grace the Internet. They borrow some traits from both interactive fiction and collaborative writing to create a fun activity for those who are both gamer and creative writer. They have about every setting out there you can imagine: game-based (Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, etc.), book-based (Twilight, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc.), TV-based (Star Wars, CSI, etc.), and there are myriads with their own original settings and plot as well.

How does it work? Play by post rpgs most commonly take place on an online forum, though there are several other ways to do them as well (email, chat rooms, blogs, etc.) The forum has a decided setting and general plot (for example, Russia in WWII) that players are to implement.

The first step for every player is to create a character to use. Every player's character has their own personality, visual appearance, and past (though some forums, such as ones based on a book, game, or TV show, have premade characters to choose from). An experienced role-player will avoid making Mary Sues/Gary Stus, or idealized characters without any noteworthy flaws/weaknesses (e.g., a skinny, big-breasted blonde woman with an endearing personality and a lot of money), because, let's face it, this is detrimental to the other players' enjoyment of the game. Invincible, perfect, extraordinarily lucky, or otherwise over-powered characters is considered godmoding, and as such is intolerable at most play-by-post role-playing sites.

After character development, the game begins. A player can either start a thread or join an open one that another player has already created. In any case, the thread-starter is usually that particular thread's lesser gamemaster, meaning that they lay out the time and setting of the thread (such as midday, summer, by a lake in a forest) and are solely responsible for changes in the setting and time that take place in that thread.

From that point on, the thread becomes something like a collaborative story. Participating players take turns posting the actions, dialogue, thoughts, etc. of their characters in third-person format. When a player controls another's character it is called powerplaying and is looked down upon at every reputable gaming site on the web. Avoiding consequences that the environment/other characters would normally have on one's own character is another form of godmoding and is illegal almost everywhere. A good role-player will avoid godmoding and powerplaying at all costs.

Where to find them. Play by post rpgs are all over the Internet, and there is such a vast variety of them that linking one or two would be unfair to you, as well as the rest of the text-based rpg world. It all depends on what you're looking for. My first suggestion is, naturally, Google. Yeah, it's that easy. Type what sort of role-play you want (some examples are medieval fantasy, The Golden Compass, or superhero) followed by Pb P rpg. Some other good links are Proboards and Invision Free. Both are companies that offer free forum hosting for gamemasters and they both have extensive directories for role-players to dig through.

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