role-play (rōl'plā')
v. role-·played, role-·play·ing, role-·plays
To assume deliberately the part or role of; act out. n.
Role-playing.

Roleplay Terms

God-mode, or Power-play: When a player takes it upon him or herself to decide another characters fate or responses without first consulting the involved other character. Also, when a character is invincible, or especially powerful.

One-liner: A player who only writes one sentence per turn.

Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu: A character who is basically perfect. A good example of this would be a blonde-haired, blue-eyed cheerleader, who happens to be "the most popular girl in school." This may also refer to the person playing said character.

Illiterate: A player who does not type with good grammar.

Despie: A player who craves attention and/or romance in a roleplay. This may also refer to the character being played.

Elite" Roleplay: When a player attempts to use complicated words to make a post sound better. In this case, the player does not use the word correctly. If a roleplayer uses words you do not understand, it does not automatically mean he or she is trying to seem smarter, he or she may just have a larger vocabulary.

OOC: Out Of Character. This signifies when it is a roleplayer speaking, not his character.

10 Hints

  • Get a basic feel for the differences between the races, cultures, and social groups in whatever roleplay you decide to join.
  • Have an idea of how your character thinks. This is a huge part of your character's personality.
  • Develop your character. Make your character as different or similar from you as you wish. Make it unique.
  • Develop your character's history. How was he or she raised? How vast is his or her knowledge? What training does he or she have? What secrets does he or she have?
  • Make sure your character has weaknesses and flaws. This makes him or her more interesting.
  • Before jumping into a roleplay, watch a few of the genre you are interested in. When you are comfortable, join one. The more you roleplay, the better you'll get.
  • Make OOC comments as little as possible. It is good, if you want to ask the creator of the topic questions, related to the roleplay. However, chatting distracts from the game.
  • Do not use chatspeak or type in 1337 format. It annoys most roleplayers, and really is pointless. Put effort into your posts, it will be appreciated.
  • Do not be concerned with ellaborate posts. A simple paragraph is fine. It is not required that you refer to black as "ebony" or "raven." It may help to put your sentences in a way you think your character would. How would your character write it out?
  • Have fun.

    Your Character

    Here is a list of things you should know about your character, even if the information does not come up in roleplay. If you are unsure about some of your characters aspects, it is okay to figure out as you roleplay him or her.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Home
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Eye Color
  • Hair Length and Color
  • Skin Color
  • Distinguishing Mark(s)
  • Clothing
  • Accessories(Weapons, Jewelry, Etc.)
  • Marital Status
  • Education
  • Religion

    Starting a Roleplay

    If you want to start your own roleplay, as opposed to joining one, there are some things you should keep in mind.

  • Rules - These are unneeded, but can be very helpful.
  • Plot and Setting - Its important that roleplayers joining know the place and circumstances of the scene. What is the point of your roleplay, do the characters have a goal?

    Another Roleplay Tutorial




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