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    Information and guides on how Realm of Roleplays work as well as best practices for running your Realms.

    • Morrigan
      What is Realm of Roleplays?
      Realm of Roleplays is a unique site that combines being a storyteller/creator without it being a sandbox environment. Instead people join in the realms that you make, make decisions that affect your plot and are guided through an adventure of your making. It's a place for people that want to create a story and see it through to the end.
       
      Now, not all of us are storytellers, some of us are just players, this place is great for you too! You can participate in storytellers' realms or read the stories being told. Heck, you can even just hang out and chat with us, we like that too.
       
       
      How does it work?
      This is the short version as we have guides for both participating as a storyteller and participating as a player in our guides already!
       
      As a storyteller you create a realm, or a setting that you wish to tell a story in. Provide all pertinent information for a player (more about what "pertinent" means in the Storytellers Guide). After you've done that you recruit your members. Then, when you're ready you start your story and your players respond. You set your pace and what you expect of your players.
       
      As a player you review and look at realms that you are interested in. When you find one that you like you read all of the pertinent information that is provided by the storyteller. Then you join the realm. Once you've joined the realm the storyteller will eventually start the story and your time to roleplay begins.
       
      If you have questions ask in the Staff contact center or in the #questions-and-suggestions room on our discord.
       
       
       
       

    • Starter Guide

      By Morrigan, in Guides,

      Starting here on Realm of Roleplays really depends on you and what you're looking for. Whether you're here to lurk and read stories (react and have fun), whether you're here to guide others on an adventurous journey through a realm or if you're here to play in one of the realms our storytellers have created.
       
      To get started the first thing you need to do is register with your OOC account. Next, choose which role you wish to take. If you're a lurker, then read, react, relax and enjoy. If your a storyteller, read our Storytellers Guide. If you're a player, read our Players Guide. Once you've read a guide the next thing to do is to find a realm to join. You can find all of our Realms on our main page. If you don't find one you're suited for, don't worry, new realms can pop up at any time so hang out with us on Discord and in our OOC Chat.  
      Really, that is all there is to it. If you have a guide that you think would be great for helping other storytellers or players feel free to submit it to our guides and the staff will review it and approve it. If you have questions feel free to post in our Staff Contact Center.
       

    • FAQ

      By Morrigan, in Guides,

      This is a combined FAQ of all of our frequently asked questions.
       
      General FAQ
      Do you have to be a storyteller or player to register? No. You're free join or lurk or whatever. We're happy to simply have people that hang out and enjoy our company.  
      Storytellers FAQ
      Is it possible to be a player and a storyteller? Absolutely. Storytellers are only storytellers in their own realms so participating in another realm makes you a player. What is the storyteller account used for? The storyteller account is used for posting when no NPC is involved or you're telling story. You can use it exclusively, you don't need to use NPCs if you don't want to! It's meant as a tool for you to progress your story. How do I get access to the storyteller character account? When you complete your realm and it's approved the account will be shared to you, it will automatically show up in your character list. Am I allowed to create my own storyteller character account? No. In order to keep things uniform we want all storyteller characters to have the same appearance. How long do I have to setup my realm? About three months. Periodically we'll look for realms that haven't been completed or started to remove them from the list. We won't remove realms from active users without permission. What happens to my realm if it goes inactive or the story completes? Nothing. We will leave realms that have been completed and started alone. No promises that realms with incomplete stories won't start playing "Baby come back" at random though. What happens if I get stuck in the middle of my story? You can get help from the staff in Stuck Help where we can throw some ideas at you to help you get the wheels turning again. If I have a problem member, what do I do? Try reaching out to them to talk to them before reaching out to the staff for an intervention. Most of the time things can be sorted out with a quick talk. I lost time for my realm, what do I do? Let your players know, let them know if you intend to pick back up the story at some point and try to give them an ETA. Don't feel pressured to finish a story, we're all roleplayers here, we know Real Life comes before roleplay.  
      Player FAQ
      Is it possible to be a player and a storyteller? Absolutely. Storytellers are only storytellers in their own realms so participating in another realm makes you a player. Do I need to use a character account or can I use my main account? You must use a character account to participate in a realm. Do I need to use a real life playby? Most character specific questions can be answered here but the answer to this question is, not unless your storyteller requires it. I joined a realm and can't keep up! What do I do? Reach out to the storyteller of that realm, talk to them about your struggles and work it out with them. I need to leave a realm, I don't have time for it anymore. What do I do? Reach out to the storyteller of that realm, talk to them about your struggles and work it out with them. We're all roleplayers here, we know Real Life comes before roleplay. The storyteller kicked me out of the realm? Storytellers are the leaders of their groups, their responsibility is to progress the story and keep it flowing smoothly. This often becomes difficult with players that are unable to keep to their commitment of participation or intentionally disrupt the flow of the game. Before you're removed the storyteller should have reached out to you to talk about the issues they were having. If they didn't feel free to first reach out to the storyteller to find out what happened and if you still need further help reach out to the staff.  
       
      Character FAQ
      How many characters can I have per realm? You may have 1 character per realm. This ensures that more people can get involved. How many characters can I have? As many as you want. We have no limit just remember you can only play one character per realm. Are storytellers allowed to create characters too or just NPCs? You can create both. As a storyteller you are only the storyteller in the realms you create, any realm you join to participate in, you're a player. Do I have to have a Playby or a Faceclaim? No. The simple answer is that some storytellers may ask that you have one in order to participate in their realm so if you're not sure, just ask the storyteller. Can I use animated/drawn/anime playbys or faceclaims? This is, again, up to the storyteller of the realm. They may have a preference. Do I have to use a character to participate in a realm? Yes. This is both for uniformity as well as a character account strips out all of the OOC stuff that we have for non-character accounts. May I reuse a character in another realm? Absolutely! Have fun with it. You'll find the staff (namely @Morrigan does this all of the time and you may even have repeat/different versions of the same character in our characters list). May I create the same character but with a different look? Sure. You'll note that some characters in our list already do that (like Alice Gregory and Alice (Scars)). What is the difference between "Avatar" and "Big Avatar"? Avatar is a square image that is used in things like the topic list and on mobile (preferably 250x250px in size) and "Big Avatar" is the 250x400px sized image that replaces it on larger screens for a more traditional roleplay appearance. May I use the NPC I created as a character in another realm? Yes. You're character, do with it what you will.

    • General Rules
      These rules apply to everything on this site unless otherwise specified. Site rating is PG-13 or S2-V2-L2 in all areas except for the designated mature areas. By entering an age into your profile you waive all liability of Realm of Roleplays for any content seen that is designated Mature sections. Derogatory and hateful content is forbidden. Harassment is prohibited. Registering
      Accounts are to be registered to individuals. Registering an account for more than one person to log into is prohibited. Must be 13 years of age or older to join this forum.
      Please report registration issues to the staff contact center or our discord. Posting 
      Posting requirements are set on a per realm basis. We do not police these issues unless staff involvement is required. Posting requirements do not affect your status on the site but can affect whether you can stay in a realm. If you have a problem with a player or storyteller please reach out directly to that player or storyteller. Bumping topics in requests forums is allowed no more than 2 times a week, this includes topic updates or a standard bumps. Avatars & Signatures
      Only static avatars are allowed. Signature can contain non-static images as they can be ignored. Max height of signatures is 400px. Staff reserve the right to remove content from either avatars or signatures that they deem inappropriate. Private Messages
      Harassment, advertising and solicitation is prohibited. Contacting other members about realms that they did not request, especially mature content, is prohibited. Contacting the staff via PM unless requested, or for personal reasons, is considered harassment and prohibited. In case of any suspected violations of these rules the administrator ( @Morrigan  ) reserves the right to log into your account and view all private messages.
      Users Issues
      Conflicts with other members can be posted in the Staff's Eyes Only forum once you've attempted to reach an amicable resolution on your own to no avail. Conflicts with staff members should be brought directly to @Morrigan  via PM. Discord
      Soliciting users via the Initiative's discord server, including messaging members to see if they are interested in joining a new RP is prohibited outside of designated areas. The discord server's channels, except for the NSFW channel, is to stick to the site's rating of PG-13. Derogatory and hateful content is forbidden. Harassment is prohibited. Contacting the staff via DM unless requested, or for personal reasons, is considered harassment and prohibited.

    • Reactions!

      By Morrigan, in Guides,

      As you may have noticed in the lower right of other user's posts there is a little dice icon and when you mouse over it, it tells you the reaction is "I read this" and shows you more reactions. These reactions are a fun and flirty way to tell other players and storytellers things about their posts.
       
      We believe that posts are inherently meant to invoke an emotional response in some way and so we want you to react in those ways. If a post makes you angry, or you feel angry reading it, then react with angry. If a scene just got a little steamy then react with "Hot/Sexy". We encourage that you use reactions to tell not only storytellers but players that you are enjoying reading their work and the best part is there is no wrong answer! All of our reactions provide a point of reputation to up that persons awesome level. Who knows? If you read and react to their post maybe they will come read and react to yours!
       
      We do have a few just for fun and OOC use like "Great Idea" or "You're Welcome" as well as "I smell Storyteller plotting". We want you to have fun with them.
       
      If you have an idea for a reaction please suggest it in the Staff Contact Center.

    • On Realm of Roleplays there are many ways to use Characters and re-use characters for that matter both as a player and a storyteller. So we'll go through and explain both how to create characters and ways to use them.
       
      Creating a Character
      Congratulations you don't need another account, or email or anything! You won't even have to switch around to edit your character either! We have this spiffy Character Mod that makes all of that unnecessary (shhh... sooper secret trick, you don't even have to edit your post to change the character!).
       
      To create a character you need to go to our Characters Page which has a list of all of the characters within The Realms. In the top right, click on "Create Character" and a little window will popup and give you what you can enter. The only required bit of information is the name (and don't worry you can always edit). Then Click save at the bottom and you're done. You'll be brought right to the character's profile where you can edit and spruce it up or leave it as is.  
      To use it is just as easy. When you are posting around the forum (or in a realm) you will see a new drop down that says "Out of Character" click on that and choose your character. If you mess up then click "Change Character" at the bottom of your post and choose the correct character.
       
      It's that easy!
       
      How and where can I use characters?
      As a player you use a character in a realm to represent the character you are playing for the story the storyteller is guiding you through. Pretty simple.
       
      As a storyteller you can use characters as  NPCs to help your players visualize who they are speaking to. It's a good way to help immerse your characters into your realm.
       
      FAQ
      How many characters can I have per realm? You may have 1 character per realm. This ensures that more people can get involved. How many characters can I have? As many as you want. We have no limit just remember you can only play one character per realm. Are storytellers allowed to create characters too or just NPCs? You can create both. As a storyteller you are only the storyteller in the realms you create, any realm you join to participate in, you're a player. Do I have to have a Playby or a Faceclaim? No. The simple answer is that some storytellers may ask that you have one in order to participate in their realm so if you're not sure, just ask the storyteller. Can I use animated/drawn/anime playbys or faceclaims? This is, again, up to the storyteller of the realm. They may have a preference. Do I have to use a character to participate in a realm? Yes. This is both for uniformity as well as a character account strips out all of the OOC stuff that we have for non-character accounts. May I reuse a character in another realm? Absolutely! Have fun with it. You'll find the staff (namely @Morrigan does this all of the time and you may even have repeat/different versions of the same character in our characters list). May I create the same character but with a different look? Sure. You'll note that some characters in our list already do that (like Alice Gregory and Alice (Scars)). What is the difference between "Avatar" and "Big Avatar"? Avatar is a square image that is used in things like the topic list and on mobile (preferably 250x250px in size) and "Big Avatar" is the 250x400px sized image that replaces it on larger screens for a more traditional roleplay appearance. May I use the NPC I created as a character in another realm? Yes. You're character, do with it what you will.

    • Players

      By Morrigan, in Guides,

      What is a player?
      On Realm of Roleplays a player is someone who participates in a realm that they are not the storyteller of. They use the information provided and found out through the storyteller as the plot progresses to reach a goal or the end of a story.
       
      How do you become a player?
      It's actually really easy. Join a Realm and create a character.
       
      As a player you will be provided prompts and information with the rest of your group as the storyteller starts your adventure. You use your character to progress through and make decisions based on the things provided to reach a goal or the end of the story.
       
      Players can play a maximum of 1 character per realm. You can repeat whatever character you would like in any realm. Since there are multiple realms Playby duplicates will happen, even possibly in the same realm. Storytellers have final say in what players will be allowed to participate in their realms.  
      Other than that, enjoy joining realms and becoming parts of epic stories!
       
       
      Note: When you join a realm that you wish to participate in you agree to the activity terms, and other specifications of the storyteller. If at any point you are unable to meet those requirements we recommend you reach out to the storyteller of the realm to discuss it.
       
      FAQ
      Is it possible to be a player and a storyteller? Absolutely. Storytellers are only storytellers in their own realms so participating in another realm makes you a player. Do I need to use a character account or can I use my main account? You must use a character account to participate in a realm. Do I need to use a real life playby? Most character specific questions can be answered here but the answer to this question is, not unless your storyteller requires it. I joined a realm and can't keep up! What do I do? Reach out to the storyteller of that realm, talk to them about your struggles and work it out with them. I need to leave a realm, I don't have time for it anymore. What do I do? Reach out to the storyteller of that realm, talk to them about your struggles and work it out with them. We're all roleplayers here, we know Real Life comes before roleplay. The storyteller kicked me out of the realm? Storytellers are the leaders of their groups, their responsibility is to progress the story and keep it flowing smoothly. This often becomes difficult with players that are unable to keep to their commitment of participation or intentionally disrupt the flow of the game. Before you're removed the storyteller should have reached out to you to talk about the issues they were having. If they didn't feel free to first reach out to the storyteller to find out what happened and if you still need further help reach out to the staff.

    • When it comes to being a storyteller there is a lot to it, from creating a realm for people to play in, to creating a plot, to adapting to your players' decisions and more, being a storyteller is a tough but rewarding job. However, sometimes we need just a little help to give us the extra edge and these are tips to make your realm stronger.
       
      Don't share everything - Your players don't need to know your evil plot twist to back stab them right before they get to their final goal just to start them right back at the beginning. Provide them only what is necessary to continue the plot. The less you give them the more opportunity they will have to be creative. Inspire your players - Be visual when you have a reference, add an image to your post, use a character in place of your OOC or Storyteller account, have images on an Images Feature with character types and races. Don't ignore your players' character choices - Whether it's to make them pay for stabbing that dark elf a few pages ago or stealing that computer chip that you didn't expect them to get make sure their actions mean something to their end goal. Make it hard for them - Don't give them every answer, do give them every clue, make them search for things, make finding something rewarding and when they do... Reward your players - When they get something make sure they are rewarded in some way. Even if it's OOC or on our discord remind them that they are awesome for joining your realm. When in doubt (or the story is stalling out) throw out another clue - When you find your players, or even yourself, struggling to continue down a path in the plot throw them (and yourself) a bone and get them one step closer to their goal. Just because they don't do what you expected/wanted doesn't mean that you can't continue - Sometimes players throw you curve balls that you were not expecting but a lot of times those balls are home runs and give you an even better direction to go with your story. (No idea why I put a sports analogy there...)  
      There is always fun and a story to be had no matter what happens!
       
      If you have a suggestion for this list reply here.
       

    • Storytellers

      By Morrigan, in Guides,

      What is a storyteller?
      On Realm of Roleplays a storyteller is a creator of a realm that works with players to take them on an adventure to tell a story using the players decisions/roleplaying to form and shape their future plot as the players move through the realm that you created.
       
      How do you become a storyteller?
      It's actually really easy. Create a Realm.
       
      As far as the actual realm creation/approval process there are a few things that are required before you can open your realm to players and we're going to go through them here.
       
      Firstly, there are a few types of realms and you need to decide which one you want to create.
      Unrestricted Realm - These realms are fully readable and anyone can join at any time. Restricted Realm - These realms are fully readable but require your approval before a player can join the realm. Mature Realm - These realms are not readable and require your approval before a player can join the realm. These realms are exclusively intended for stories that have adult content in them. Hidden Realm - These are fully hidden realms. While you can invite players this type of realm is exclusively restricted for secret development realms. Realms that you would like to work on without the prying eyes of other members.  
      Don't worry if you pick the wrong one, you will be able to change this in the future.
       
      When you create a realm there are a few things you can enter immediately although you can always edit it later:
      The name of the realm The type of realm The description of the realm Realm Icon  
      Once you submit this, the realm is created and ready for you to setup.
       
      The setup is the most important part of creating a realm. This is where you provide the players with the information that they need to be able to join the realm and for you to get ready to start the adventure. At minimum you need two "Topics" features. One for your information and one for the story/roleplay. We also recommend using an "Images" feature for you to upload reference images for things like "character races" or "location images".
       
      The minimum required information that is needed to start a realm are as follows (and they can be all in one topic or multiple topics):
      Premise or basic information regarding what the realm is, types of characters and races allowed etc. We do not recommend long story arcs (as the point is you make the story arc as you go) or histories. Minimum number of players to begin, 2 is the very base minimum for any realm. Note: Players are only permitted 1 character per realm so one player=one character. Maximum number of players allowed. Approximate expected post speed from yourself and your players as well as whether you expect a specific posting order. What you do with players that go inactive, and what you consider to be inactive. Whether players will need to post character information/app prior to being able to begin. Whether your player's characters can die during their adventure. Any important mechanics to you, like whether they can roleplay a dodge or if you say it comes hurling at them, that they are hit by default, or if they can fully roleplay out a hit to another character or whether you decide the outcomes of each encounter etc.  
      These things will help a player decide if the storyteller is a right fit for them to be able to participate in the realm.
       
      Once you have this up then you are ready to request players and get your story started. We do recommend that you read the Storyteller Tips guide for things to do to help make your story better.
       
       
      FAQ
      Is it possible to be a player and a storyteller? Absolutely. Storytellers are only storytellers in their own realms so participating in another realm makes you a player. What is the storyteller account used for? The storyteller account is used for posting when no NPC is involved or you're telling story. You can use it exclusively, you don't need to use NPCs if you don't want to! It's meant as a tool for you to progress your story. How do I get access to the storyteller character account? When you complete your realm and it's approved the account will be shared to you, it will automatically show up in your character list. Am I allowed to create my own storyteller character account? No. In order to keep things uniform we want all storyteller characters to have the same appearance. How long do I have to setup my realm? About three months. Periodically we'll look for realms that haven't been completed or started to remove them from the list. We won't remove realms from active users without permission. What happens to my realm if it goes inactive or the story completes? Nothing. We will leave realms that have been completed and started alone. No promises that realms with incomplete stories won't start playing "Baby come back" at random though. What happens if I get stuck in the middle of my story? You can get help from the staff in Stuck Help where we can throw some ideas at you to help you get the wheels turning again. If I have a problem member, what do I do? Try reaching out to them to talk to them before reaching out to the staff for an intervention. Most of the time things can be sorted out with a quick talk. I lost time for my realm, what do I do? Let your players know, let them know if you intend to pick back up the story at some point and try to give them an ETA. Don't feel pressured to finish a story, we're all roleplayers here, we know Real Life comes before roleplay.  

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