So you want to make an Original Roleplay?

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Roleplaying is a flexible art, and so there is no mandated way to set up a roleplay, nor do we have any rules in regards to it. All the same, there are conventions that are useful to know of. When your signups and discussion thread goes up, it's how you're going to tell people about your roleplay. It goes without saying that you want to get all the essential information across while not also overwhelming the reader. What follows are simply suggestions of what to include in your thread here.

This can be your quickest way to grab someone. Like the blurb on the back of a book or a DVD/game case, this offers a very brief glimpse into what your story is about. Your might want a quote, an in-universe journal entry, something encyclopedic - all options are open to you.

In an original world, this is pretty much essential. Here, you'd tell your readers all the essential details of your world - the mythology, the history, the major events that brought the world to where it is now. Cultural, military, technological milestones are but a few things that are usually described to flesh out the world.

Where Background applied to the entire world or nation on a macro scale, the Plot focuses on the micro scale. Events in very recent years or months that determine where characters and significant factions find themselves.

Some rules can go unsaid because the global rules apply across the entire roleplaying section. Roleplay creators who trust their fellow roleplayers or have little concern for content may feel it unecessary to lay out specific rules. Others, however, prefer to make things clear or set specific restrictions. Common rules that aren't global concern the magnitude and forms of violence, gore, romance and other potentially sensitive topics.

Character creation
This is where you tell people how they can join, and what sort of information they'd have to provide on their character. The most common way to apply to a roleplay is to fill out a template, though this is not mandated and more unconventional forms are possible and sometimes preferred with particular styles of roleplaying.

Character roster
Here is where you list all the roleplayers and/or characters that are involved in the roleplay with some consistency, so obviously a one-time NPC won't require an entry. The most minimalist rosters simply list a character and its roleplayer. A level above that would be to have each entry link (where possible) to a character's template. A more comprehensive form again would be to lay out a table that gives a simple overview of the character's capabilities without having to view the actual template.
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