Roleplay Guides

These free forum roleplaying guides offer information for both beginners and seasoned roleplayers. Learn what forum roleplay is and how to start roleplaying on a forum — or improve the craft you already love.

RPG administrators, you’ve got a section all to yourselves! Read the RPG administration guides and learn how to enforce your RPG rules and how to add staff to your RPG. It’s a tough job — so make it a little easier on yourself!

Why Read the Forum Roleplaying Guides

Online forum RPG games seem easy at first. They’re free and cater to many interests. Many games have little or no barrier to entry. Easy, right?

It can get pretty complicated, actually. Writing on an online roleplaying forum is subtly different from other kinds of writing. When you’re writing a novel, you only have to think about your perspective. Involving others is the fun of forum roleplaying, of course! It also introduces some of the tough stuff, though. For example — you can easily write bad roleplay by simply insinuating a reaction!

Use These Guides

RPG admins — feel free to link to these guides. Forum Roleplay strongly recommends using a direct link to the guides. This ensures the most updated version is made available to your roleplayers. You can find some (though not all) guides available for download on the Downloads page.

Roleplay Guides: Resources

  • Intermediate Roleplaying

    These roleplay resources provide a little bit more than the basics. It may take some time for newcomers to adjust to these intermediate ideas in roleplaying.

  • Forum Roleplaying Basics

    Forum roleplaying is a great hobby. It’s free, it’s creative, and it’s a highly social activity. If you’re interested, read on for examples of forum roleplay and some essential starter’s information. ContentsWhat is Roleplaying?What is Forum Roleplaying?How Does Forum Roleplay Work?An Example of Forum RoleplayPost LengthRoleplay RealismWriting in A Collaborative EnvironmentOOC Does Not Equal ICIC […]

  • Fight Roleplay

    ContentsBad RoleplayRoleplay Fight StylesParagraph Roleplay FightsAttackingDodgingAutohitKey Concepts of Fight RoleplayFairness in Roleplay FightsLosing Roleplay Fights and Perfect RecordsWinning Roleplay FightsRealistic Advantages & DisadvantagesEtiquetteSee AlsoSources Bad Roleplay If you’re seriously new to forum roleplaying, see the Bad Roleplay Guide. They are very important aspects of roleplaying and are especially important in roleplay fights. There are too […]

  • Bad Roleplay

    There are several bad roleplay behaviors common to many RPGs. They are often employed by those new to forum roleplaying games. This is because these things are specific to roleplay, some to forum roleplay. It’s no wonder newcomers don’t know all the ropes yet. However, bad roleplay also may come from experienced players. While bad […]

  • RPG Admin Guides

    These forum roleplaying guides offer information specific to RPG admins. Whether you are starting your first or fiftieth RPG, you will benefit from reading some information about how to run an online forum RPG. Why Read RPG Admin Guides Like joining games, becoming an RPG admin is easy. Just set up your roleplaying forum, and […]