Naya’s Guide to Starting Up a Roleplay
Well, let me first start off by saying that I’m in no way an expert. I’ve made a couple roleplays in my time, but that’s about it. I know how difficult it can seem when you have this urge to make something, but you don’t know how. So here is my personal guide to starting up a roleplay.
But be aware that a rp isn’t something that you can make in a day. No, it might even take you a month to create. If you are committed and driven, then this guide is for you.
01. Plot & Research
This is something that can make or break your rp. It’s what your roleplay is all about. There for, it should be what brings people in. But don’t forget that there are many other things that makes a roleplay great. Remember, a well thought out plot is your golden ticket. You are probably going to get quite frustrated with yourself, because plots are never easy. It often seems like they’ve all been thought of. I recommend listening to music, reading a book, or even watching TV; those things are great idea starters. An idea won’t probably come to you right away, so you’ll have to really ponder over it. Try to make your plot interesting with having some kind of twist to it.
A good plot has at least three well thought out paragraphs. It should answer all the many questions your onlookers may have. Of course, there are some things you should keep a secret. Mystery is always welcomed. Yet, don’t just explain the setting, dig deep into your plot. Think of the five W’s and one H.
- Who is it about?
- What happened?
- When did it take place?
- Where did it take place?
- Why did it happen?
- & How did it happen?
That is always important. What my English professor always told me was to analyze my writing. Always ask yourself questions that your reader might think, and see if you can answer them.
02. Bio’s & FCs
People say that you should always think of the bio before the face claim, and I think this is fairly right. The reason behind it is because you could fall into that category of stereotyping face claims. We’ve all done it, so it’s not anything new, but we all try to stray away from it. However, this doesn’t mean that we always go by the rules. It’s perfectly fine if you have a set of FCs all picked out. Just remember to try and keep away from making them cliche. Try to be original and different.
And if you need some help with the formatting of a bio, I highly recommend you look here.
When you’ve come up with your basic bio format, it’s time to write out your characters bio. This is going to take you some time, so don’t rush it. If you get flustered, you can always take breaks. Maybe try thinking of your character graphics to go with it? Now, if you aren’t Photoshop savvy, there are loads of rphs/rpcs that can help. Just make sure they specialize in that department (like I do) and that their graphics requests are open.
03. Theme’s & Color Schemes
Finding the right theme can be a real nightmare. Color schemes can be tiresome. Don’t panic! There are plenty of blogs out there willing to help with all this. Theme Hunter is one the many tumblr blogs that dedicates themselves to finding great themes just for you. And when it comes to a good color scheme, just remember to go along with your mood/theme.
For instance, if you have an Asylum Roleplay, I don’t think you’d want your color scheme to be bright, pretty colors. No, your goal is to set the mood, which means that you’d want to choose darker colors. Now, if you decide that you want to make a Fairytale Roleplay or a Hollywood Roleplay then I think you’re color scheme will be brighter. However, keep in mind that you don’t want to choose anything to bright to where it hurts peoples eye’s or makes them want to close the browser immediately. Your theme and colors are what potential roleplayers first see, so you want make sure that you make a good first impression.
As for your url, don’t forget to always put “rp” or “rpg” after the name. For instance, lets say you wanted your roleplay to be called, The Wonka Factory. Now all you have to do is add rp to the end of it, just like this: thewonkafactory-rp. Now everyone will know that your blog is indeed a roleplay. ;)
04. Rules & Pages
Now, this could probably be catactorized in the themes section, but I feel like I need to explain this alittle bit. I know that when I was first making my roleplay, I was overwhelmed by all the things that went into it. I remember looking at the other rps and just being in awe. So here are a few tips on the various rules and pages you should think about adding to your roleplay.
#1. Rules Page. This is very important.
A rules page is a must. Any good roleplay has a set of rules or guidelines. I recommend making them more straight to the point, and not drag on. There are many roleplays that have rules that are paragraphs long, but lets be honest here; no one really likes to read them. So my tip to you would be to have a password mixed somewhere within them. Then in your application form, have a section where it asks for the password. It’s just something many admins do to insure that potential roleplayers read over their rules and regulations. You wouldn’t want to accept someone and then have them break every single one, now would you? I didn’t think so.
If you find yourself having trouble, here are a few points you should think about adding to your rules page.
There are countless others, but if you honestly can’t think of any others just take a look at rpcsgrons guide here. She goes into more detail than I do.
- No OOC drama
- Staying in character
- No godmodding
- Being active
- And stressing the mature themes your roleplay might have.
#2. Navigation Page.
Now this is merely where most people put all their important link/pages. I personally recommend it. However, some themes have space for several different links, so it’s ultimately up to you. If you do want to make a navigation page don’t be shy to list a bunch links, such as characters, rules, your plot, application form, the followlist, and so on. Be careful not to make it too overcrowded though.. You see, you want it to be well organized and easy to navigate.
I’m guessing you’ve made your roleplay, gotten most of the bio’s up and are ready to have people see your work. Well, promote! Now here are some tips when doing so.
- Have a cool promo graphic. Ask any rph that specializes in this or if you’re good with photoshop, then make one yourself!
- Don’t just make text posts. They are easily overlooked and can be somewhat annoying to roleplayers.
- Promote at least every hour. If you don’t want to clog up your dash then make a promo blog. This is basically just a sideblog where you post all your promotions.
- Submit your promotions to promotion blogs, rpcs and rph’s that accept that sort of thing. (Sorry, but I don’t do that)
- Also, ask for reviews from rpcs or rphs! This helps make your roleplay better and attracts potential roleplayers, so be sure to take their opinions into consideration.
06. Accepting Applications/Opening Date
Now some admins open up their roleplay right on the get-go. I strongly ask you not to do this. Get things all in order before you start attracting people to your site. This way you won’t feel pressured to finish bio’s and such; you can work at your own pace. Once you’ve collected at least ten bio’s in your drafts, you can start posting them to your dash. I advise that you not publish them all at once. Give people a reason to come back. So in my opinion, post maybe three a day. This doesn’t mean you should forget about your promoing, because don’t! Promotion is key to making sure roleplayers see your roleplay.
Once you’ve published a few bios people are going to ask if your roleplay is open or closed. This is when you have to decide. Do you want to open it right away, or set a specific date? If it’s the latter, I’d give yourself a good week. Make sure that you don’t make roleplayers wait too long though, because they could become restless and uninterested. You never want that.
And lastly, when opening date comes around be ready to spend a lot of time reading over applications. If you promo’d enough and grabbed peoples attention then you’ll find yourself with an overflow of messages. Accepting and declining can be hard, especially the declining part. Just remember that you can’t be a pushover. Don’t be afraid to decline people. It is something every admin has had to do. Of course you should try to be as nice as possible, but keep in mind that you’re only doing what is right for your roleplay. That should always be your main goal.
Well my friends, that’s all the tips I have for you today. There are probably some key points I’m missing and quite a few grammar mistakes, but it’s late and I can barely keep my eye’s open.. Anyways, I wish you and your future roleplay the best of luck! And be sure to stick with it, no matter how hard it may seem. It’s always worth it in the end.
And because you read this long ass guide, you deserve to have some Naya.