This is a guide on how to role-play properly online no matter the genre. If you are interested in online role-playing, this article will teach you how to do it properly and avoid the common mistakes made by beginners.
There are two role-playing styles, the storyline type and the use of asterisks and texts.
This is the use of asterisks to show that the character is carrying out a specific action. It can be done in the first person or the third person.
First-person asterisks style:
*walks along the streets of Italy* It’s my third day in Italy, maybe I should buy some souvenirs! *sees a shop and enters shop*
Third-person asterisks style:
*he is walking along the streets of Italy* “It’s my third day in Italy, maybe I should buy some souvenirs!” *he sees a shop and enters the shop*
Storyline style is preferable when you are role playing. It may seem silly, but it actually brings the character and setting to life as it is much more descriptive and imaginable than the asterisks style. Like the asterisks style, it can be done in the first person or the third person.
First-person storyline style:
I strolled along the busy streets of Italy. Cars were zooming past on the tar coated roads and people were making their way to work or school. This was the third day of my vacation here in Italy, and I was about to return home to America soon. As I was walking past the shops, a souvenir shop caught my eye. Standing in front of the store, I looked at the items on display before stepping foot into the shop, the ringing of a bell announcing my arrival.
Third-person storyline style:
Adam strolled along the busy streets of Italy. Cars were zooming past on the tar coated roads and people were making their way to work or school. This was the third day of his vacation here in Italy, and he was about to return home to America soon. As he was walking past the shops, a souvenir shop caught his eye. Standing in front of the store, he looked at the items on display before stepping foot into the shop, the ringing of a bell announcing his arrival.
Comparing the asterisks style and the storyline style, which one do you prefer? I would definitely choose the storyline type. Both have the same scenario and person. However, the storyline one is longer and descriptive than the asterisks one, which makes the scene clearer and more imaginative.
How to role-play
If you are role playing a character from an anime, television show and such, you should do a couple of research on the particular character you are roleplaying so as to capture the image of the character. If the character you are role playing does not have the personality or attitude like the one in the anime/television show, it would be weird to imagine the character actually doing the particular thing you wanted it to do. That is called being ‘out-of character’, which will be covered in the later parts of this article.
Choosing a setting
You should always choose a setting for where your character would be when you are roleplaying with other individual(s). Examples would be being in the streets of Italy (as used in the examples) or any setting from the anime or television show your character is in. This allows you to actually be able to imagine the character being in a specific area in a specific spot, doing a specific action.
Going into admin mode
Being in admin mode is when you are having a non-role play conversation with the other role players. When you are roleplaying, you should also use parenthesis for being in admin mode. (Example, ((Hello! It is nice to meet you. I like the way you role play!)) ) Using parenthesis when you’re not in character is very important so as to avoid confusion. If you were in admin mode and not using parenthesis, the other role players would be confused whether it was actually you who was talking or the character itself.
Example of asterisks and parenthesis in role-play:
What to avoid during role-play
Being out of character
You should avoid being out of character. If your character is a nice and polite character, do not make it impolite and mean or some sort. If it is a normal girl and you want to make it a thief, you can do so. However, keep her personality the same, but add on a few characteristics of a thief to that character.
Mary-Sue, Gary-Stus and God mod characters
Mary-Sues, Gary-Stus and God mod characters are characters which are characters who are “too good to be true”. For example, making a character that is a half-cat, half-bird, half-dog and things like that. These are really annoying and unappreciated. If you were roleplaying a normal girl who does not have powers, please do not give her magical powers of any sort.
Refrain from using text talk
An example would be, “Hi, pls tk me 2 the shop!!!!” Typing in text talk is annoying and hard to understand. Use good grammar and vocabulary, and avoid using excessive punctuation.
Refrain from using emoticons
It is weird when you use emoticons while you are role-playing. It is as if the character actually said that emoticon out loud. Instead of using emoticons, why not use storyline style of roleplaying? It shows the emotion of the character more clearly than using emoticons itself.
Avoid role playing a real person.
Role-playing as a real person is really creepy. I don’t think you would want to go on to a role-playing site and see yourself being role played as something that you are not. It is rather offensive role-play a real person, especially if you did not get their permission for doing so.
Role-playing can be fun and easy if you follow these general guidelines. I hope that this article has been useful for you.