This goes without saying, but any rules in the Forum rules also apply to this section.
- Always make an OOC (Out of Character) topic before making the IC (In Character) topic so that players may read the setting and whatever rules or changes you may wish to set before the roleplay begins. IC topics made without an OOC will be locked.
- Do not randomly join a roleplay. The GM (Game Master) of the roleplay has to approve you before you can play. Most of the time, you can join a game by posting in the relevant topic in the OOC subforum, but always make sure beforehand, as some roleplays may work in a different way.
- Before an IC roleplay commences, approval must be given from one of the roleplaying or global moderators. This is only to give a period in which interest can be gauged to ensure the life of the roleplay and not clutter the forum with dead topics.
- Stay sensible. If you don’t think something is PG-13, don’t post it. If you believe you must post it, send a PM to either a global or roleplaying moderator beforehand to read over it, make changes, and ensure its acceptability.
- The GM controls who is accepted into his/her roleplay and how loose/strict the rules are. However, in the case of a roleplayer breaking the GM's rules (perhaps in the GM's absence), the global or roleplaying moderators may intervene to ensure the cohesiveness of the roleplay even if they are not personally involved with it.
- The roleplaying forums are held to higher standards of writing than the rest of the forums. We all make mistakes, since we’re all only human, but when somebody consistently uses incorrect spelling and grammar it makes roleplaying harder for everyone involved. Perfection isn’t expected, but decent writing is. If English isn’t your strong point, you should still put some extra care into your posts. It's more than likely that the extra effort will help you improve much faster.
- If you need extra help with something, don't be afraid to ask a moderator. We're here to help too, not just enforce the rules.
- Try not to be inactive. Some GMs demand you post at least once a day, which isn't really a lot. Others are more loose, but you should still post a decent amount as not to be unfair on the other players.
- If you foresee being unable to post for an extended period, please notify us in the Main Out-of-Character thread. This will cut down on unnecessary duplicate posts and save you time. It is your responsibility to check that thread before assuming another player disappeared without notice.
Advice for creating a roleplay
First, ask yourself what type of roleplay you want to make. If you would like it to take place in the ‘Housepets!’ universe, you may wish to create a PF (Pet Friendly) roleplay and label it as such. If you want to make a PF roleplay, you should read over all the rules in the PF Main OOC. The page provides basically everything you’d need to know about PF. If you want to know anything else, however, feel free to ask a roleplaying or global moderator. We've been doing this for a while, and more than likely know how to help.
If you would like to make a roleplay that isn’t Pet Friendly, you should describe it very clearly so that potential players can understand your intentions for the world they would be playing in. You may use parts of prior roleplays for your RP, from the ground rules to character sheets. This choice gives you more freedom, but could make matters more difficult if you want to create something significantly different from the roleplays that already exist. Of course, the maximum forum rating is still PG-13, and all the forum rules still apply. Please do not create a roleplay for the sole purpose of roleplaying with no rules.
In both cases, the more detail going into the OOC, the better. Normally, the first post should include:
- A description of the setting, as in-depth as you wish.
- A list of the relevant rules to be followed for that particular roleplay.
- Number of players involved, and how many slots are open (remember that more slots means more roleplayers and characters to keep track of).
- A list of active players and their characters, updated as players join and leave
Next, don't be afraid to suggest rules that you think may improve the section. Please post here about it if you choose to suggest one. Us moderators will definitely review them and see if we can't make everyone's lives better with them. You're all bright people.
Last, but definitely not least, have fun!
There is currently a limit on the number of RPs that are active on this forum. For now, there are no open spaces available. Our apologies for any inconvenience.