How to Roleplay: A guide for beginners. 

So you want to learn how to RP on tumblr? Well, in this guide I take you through the whole process, from auditioning to actual paraing and everything. For demonstration purposes I will be using the RP Bus to Nowhere, with the permission of the lovely admin. 
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1. Finding A RP
The first step to joining a roleplay, is to find a roleplay. You can find a roleplay by going to the tags:
roleplay
rp
rpg
Also, when looking for a RP to join, check if they have these following factors:
A good amount of people on the follow list.
Have decent at LEAST a solid para bio.
A good navigation system. (meaning you are able to find all of the links easily)
An interesting plot that you enjoy.
I would recommend looking for a RP that accepts beginners, and isn’t too intense. For the demonstration, I will be using Bus to Nowhere, and the character that I have for this RP. 

2. Finding a character
Characters! This is probably the most important decision when deciding to join a roleplay. What you want to make sure you do when choosing a character:
Make sure you think you can play them.
The character has a good amount of gifs (If you want to check this, I would recommend going to their tag or searching: insertfcnamehere gifs)
And having a good enough connection with the character to give you the motivation to write for them.
For this example, I will be using my character in the rp.

For example, I picked this character because I knew he had loads of gifs I can use, and I know I can connect to him and play him well because we both have ADHD. 
Having a connection with you character can be important for new RPers, jsut so its easier for you to get the feel. It’s pretty much like acting in a play or whatever, if you don’t think you fit the part, then why would you do it?
I’m not saying stick to a character exactly like you, but I am saying that if you know you can’t play a convincing pregnant mean lady, then don’t audition for it. Even if you love the FC. The main thing is if you connect with the bio.
I also DO NOT recommend trying to make an OC if this is your first RP. Try to get some more experience first.
3. Auditioning
Now that you have your character chosen, you need to audition! So, I chose Charlie Jackson in Bus to Nowhere rp…first, here is the audition form:
 
I am going to fill this out, just for an example as well.
OOC Name: This just means your real name. OOC is out of character. So mine would be Neil. No my name is not Neil just demonstrating.
Timezone: Your timezone, a given. If you don’t know it, go to google. Mine would be EST.
Desired Character: Another given, just put what character you want. In this case, Charlie Jackson.
Sample Para {Must be two paras IC, both with at least two reasonable sized paragraphs}:
Alright, the sample para is one of the most important things in an audition. What a sample para is, is basically a passage of you writing for your character. It’s like you’re writing a book just based off of them. Use the bio to help you, try and say what they’re doing in way related to the plot. For Bus to Nowhere, I would talk about them getting on the Bus. I’ll explain paraing with a partner later on in this tutorial.
My sample para:
Charlie was sitting on Bus 2038 with a huge smile on his face. The bus was on its way to Greece, and Charlie had never been there before. Although, he had been dreaming about it all day and was extremely excited. He was so excited, that he would talk to whoever would listen to him about it. Some of the passengers though he was stupid for thinking Greece would be all stinky and grimy, just because of its name. But that didn’t bother Charlie at all. Charlie had decided that he would not let anyone get in his way of fun today, and planned to stick to his happy-go-lucky attitude.
After a few more minutes of driving, Charlie had grown bored of just sitting there and hoped up to find something to do. He walked down the aisles of the bus until he saw an old woman knitting a sweater. 
“That’s pretty, it’s really pink. Are you going to wear that? It’s a bit small for you. WAIT! I BET IT’S FOR YOUR GRANDCHILD? How are you going to send that sweater to your grandchild if we’re on a bus? OH I GET IT! WHEN WE GET TO GREECE YOU’LL SEND IT? Well that’s an idea! Wait a minute, it must be very expensive to send packages from Greece since it’s international mail! UNLESS YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER LIVES IN GREECE! I BET-” Charlie exclaimed, his ADHD getting the best of him. HE had just got to an extremely loud volume until he heard a little voice on the microphone calling his name to the front of the bus.
Charlie knew immediately that the driver needed to give him some sort of lecture, so he left the wide-eyed, shocked expressioned old face on the seat behind him, and walked back up to the front of the bus. 
Why did this character catch your attention? Why do you want to play them?
Not all RPs do this, it’s just an extra thing this RP does and pretty much a given as well.
Anything you wish to change about the character? Another given. Put any FC change requests here and etc…
4. Getting Accepted and Making an Account
First off, you have to wait for the RP to tell you if you got the part or not. I always send a regular ask message to double check if they received it. 
If you don’t get accepted, don’t get yourself down. Lots of people get rejected the first time they decide to try and join a RP. Hopefully, with this guide, you won’t be rejected. But also keep in mind a more experienced roleplayer may get the part instead. If this does happen, I would send an ask to the RP asking what you did wrong so you can improve on your next audition.
If you did get accepted, that’s wonderful! And now you need to make your account, and collect gifs!
First, you need to set up a new account for tumblr. If you need a new email, I recommend going to yahoo and creating a random one. I do this ALL the time for my accounts…I prefer yahoo over google for RPing because google always asks for a phone number, that’s why I stick to yahoo.
When picking a URL, I would:
Use the characters full name, like charliejackson, or charlie-jackson
Or something random but related to your character. Mine is CHARLIEJACKSON-RULES!
Anyway, once you make your account, I would start collecting gifs. To find gifs, try these few options:
Checking the FC’s tag
Check the FC tag with gif at the end
Google FC NAME gif
I’ll explain more on getting gifs in a future how-to.
A few things to do right after making your account:

OPEN YOUR ASK
Get your icon of your fc
And getting a theme

After you have a good amount of gifs and an account set up, you’ll need to find a better theme for your tumblr. I recommend these themes for roleplayers:
http://tashabartons.tumblr.com/tagged/themes
http://nutty-themes.tumblr.com/
http://manatopia.org/
http://agarfeels.tumblr.com/tagged/themes
Now that you have a theme, start playing around with it and make it pretty and everything. I also recommend adding the following pages:
/tagged/me: So you can reblog pictures of your fc and just tag it ‘me’ 
/tagged/para So you can keep track of paras.
MAIN RP URL!: So outsiders can link to the main page!
Those are just the main things, you can always add more like a ‘music’ page, but I never found a need for that anyway.
NOW that you have your theme, and everything is set up, you need to go to your main RPG page to tell them that this is ‘your character’s account is here!’ then, it may take a while if the admin is offline, but they will post your link so everyone will follow you. In the meantime, take it upon yourself to follow everyone on the follow list too, to make sure you don’t miss anyone.
Here is an example of my theme on Charlie:

((Not current, I change it every time we change locations. :))
5. Roleplaying
So you got your account, you’ve followed everyone, opened your ask, and your url is posted on the main blog, you’re ready to start roleplaying.
What I do when I first join a RP, I usually make a post like this:

I always post some sort of greeting in the title, then introducing myself in the main part with a gif of my fc waving or smiling or something along those lines.
Hopefully, if the RP is active enough they’ll respond with something like this:

See, the character SIMON reblogged me and introduced himself. From this point onward, you should continue the conversation and reply with something such as:

And say Simon responds with something like this:

So he suggests you go out and eat, usually, when another character requests that you go out and do something, you usually para it out. Don’t assume that the roleplayer wants to, always go to their ask first to be sure. OR communicate through the tags in ooc on who will be starting it and everything.

PARAING:
Once you have a para partner, what you normally do it talk with them through messages on who will be starting and what will go on in the para. Since Simon and Charlie are going out for food, we’re going to go with that.

If you’re starting a para, it should look something like this:

 Charlie was hungry and bored. He was about to go get breakfast, but then he ran into Simon along the way. Charlie liked Simon, he found him funny with all of his talk about science. Simon had told Charlie that he wasn’t interested in getting any food that morning, but Charlie ignored him and decided to pick him up on his way to the Diner anyway. After a few minutes of walking, Charlie ended up at Simon’s door and knocked a few times, waiting for the insect-looking human to answer.

Now that is a really, really short para. And a baddish one at that. Usually, when you para, two long paragraphs are usually good. You can always go with a short para, but I prefer long ones. For demonstration purposes I used the short one. After you post that, ‘Simon’ will reply and you go on from there.
This is the main guide on how to start roleplaying, and learning how to roleplay. Hope I helped you out, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask! 
Cue the sexy NPH gif.

How to Roleplay: A guide for beginners. 

So you want to learn how to RP on tumblr? Well, in this guide I take you through the whole process, from auditioning to actual paraing and everything. For demonstration purposes I will be using the RP Bus to Nowhere, with the permission of the lovely admin. 

1. Finding A RP


The first step to joining a roleplay, is to find a roleplay. You can find a roleplay by going to the tags:

Also, when looking for a RP to join, check if they have these following factors:

I would recommend looking for a RP that accepts beginners, and isn’t too intense. For the demonstration, I will be using Bus to Nowhere, and the character that I have for this RP. 

2. Finding a character


Characters! This is probably the most important decision when deciding to join a roleplay. What you want to make sure you do when choosing a character:

For this example, I will be using my character in the rp.

For example, I picked this character because I knew he had loads of gifs I can use, and I know I can connect to him and play him well because we both have ADHD. 

Having a connection with you character can be important for new RPers, jsut so its easier for you to get the feel. It’s pretty much like acting in a play or whatever, if you don’t think you fit the part, then why would you do it?

I’m not saying stick to a character exactly like you, but I am saying that if you know you can’t play a convincing pregnant mean lady, then don’t audition for it. Even if you love the FC. The main thing is if you connect with the bio.

I also DO NOT recommend trying to make an OC if this is your first RP. Try to get some more experience first.

3. Auditioning


Now that you have your character chosen, you need to audition! So, I chose Charlie Jackson in Bus to Nowhere rp…first, here is the audition form:

 

I am going to fill this out, just for an example as well.

OOC Name: This just means your real name. OOC is out of character. So mine would be Neil. No my name is not Neil just demonstrating.

Timezone: Your timezone, a given. If you don’t know it, go to google. Mine would be EST.

Desired Character: Another given, just put what character you want. In this case, Charlie Jackson.

Sample Para {Must be two paras IC, both with at least two reasonable sized paragraphs}:


Alright, the sample para is one of the most important things in an audition. What a sample para is, is basically a passage of you writing for your character. It’s like you’re writing a book just based off of them. Use the bio to help you, try and say what they’re doing in way related to the plot. For Bus to Nowhere, I would talk about them getting on the Bus. I’ll explain paraing with a partner later on in this tutorial.

My sample para:

Charlie was sitting on Bus 2038 with a huge smile on his face. The bus was on its way to Greece, and Charlie had never been there before. Although, he had been dreaming about it all day and was extremely excited. He was so excited, that he would talk to whoever would listen to him about it. Some of the passengers though he was stupid for thinking Greece would be all stinky and grimy, just because of its name. But that didn’t bother Charlie at all. Charlie had decided that he would not let anyone get in his way of fun today, and planned to stick to his happy-go-lucky attitude.

After a few more minutes of driving, Charlie had grown bored of just sitting there and hoped up to find something to do. He walked down the aisles of the bus until he saw an old woman knitting a sweater. 

“That’s pretty, it’s really pink. Are you going to wear that? It’s a bit small for you. WAIT! I BET IT’S FOR YOUR GRANDCHILD? How are you going to send that sweater to your grandchild if we’re on a bus? OH I GET IT! WHEN WE GET TO GREECE YOU’LL SEND IT? Well that’s an idea! Wait a minute, it must be very expensive to send packages from Greece since it’s international mail! UNLESS YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER LIVES IN GREECE! I BET-” Charlie exclaimed, his ADHD getting the best of him. HE had just got to an extremely loud volume until he heard a little voice on the microphone calling his name to the front of the bus.

Charlie knew immediately that the driver needed to give him some sort of lecture, so he left the wide-eyed, shocked expressioned old face on the seat behind him, and walked back up to the front of the bus. 

Why did this character catch your attention? Why do you want to play them?


Not all RPs do this, it’s just an extra thing this RP does and pretty much a given as well.

Anything you wish to change about the character? Another given. Put any FC change requests here and etc…


4. Getting Accepted and Making an Account


First off, you have to wait for the RP to tell you if you got the part or not. I always send a regular ask message to double check if they received it. 

If you don’t get accepted, don’t get yourself down. Lots of people get rejected the first time they decide to try and join a RP. Hopefully, with this guide, you won’t be rejected. But also keep in mind a more experienced roleplayer may get the part instead. If this does happen, I would send an ask to the RP asking what you did wrong so you can improve on your next audition.

If you did get accepted, that’s wonderful! And now you need to make your account, and collect gifs!

First, you need to set up a new account for tumblr. If you need a new email, I recommend going to yahoo and creating a random one. I do this ALL the time for my accounts…I prefer yahoo over google for RPing because google always asks for a phone number, that’s why I stick to yahoo.

When picking a URL, I would:

Anyway, once you make your account, I would start collecting gifs. To find gifs, try these few options:

I’ll explain more on getting gifs in a future how-to.

A few things to do right after making your account:
  • OPEN YOUR ASK
  • Get your icon of your fc
  • And getting a theme

After you have a good amount of gifs and an account set up, you’ll need to find a better theme for your tumblr. I recommend these themes for roleplayers:

Now that you have a theme, start playing around with it and make it pretty and everything. I also recommend adding the following pages:

Those are just the main things, you can always add more like a ‘music’ page, but I never found a need for that anyway.

NOW that you have your theme, and everything is set up, you need to go to your main RPG page to tell them that this is ‘your character’s account is here!’ then, it may take a while if the admin is offline, but they will post your link so everyone will follow you. In the meantime, take it upon yourself to follow everyone on the follow list too, to make sure you don’t miss anyone.

Here is an example of my theme on Charlie:

((Not current, I change it every time we change locations. :))

5. Roleplaying

So you got your account, you’ve followed everyone, opened your ask, and your url is posted on the main blog, you’re ready to start roleplaying.

What I do when I first join a RP, I usually make a post like this:

I always post some sort of greeting in the title, then introducing myself in the main part with a gif of my fc waving or smiling or something along those lines.

Hopefully, if the RP is active enough they’ll respond with something like this:

See, the character SIMON reblogged me and introduced himself. From this point onward, you should continue the conversation and reply with something such as:

And say Simon responds with something like this:
So he suggests you go out and eat, usually, when another character requests that you go out and do something, you usually para it out. Don’t assume that the roleplayer wants to, always go to their ask first to be sure. OR communicate through the tags in ooc on who will be starting it and everything.
PARAING:
Once you have a para partner, what you normally do it talk with them through messages on who will be starting and what will go on in the para. Since Simon and Charlie are going out for food, we’re going to go with that.
If you’re starting a para, it should look something like this:
 Charlie was hungry and bored. He was about to go get breakfast, but then he ran into Simon along the way. Charlie liked Simon, he found him funny with all of his talk about science. Simon had told Charlie that he wasn’t interested in getting any food that morning, but Charlie ignored him and decided to pick him up on his way to the Diner anyway. After a few minutes of walking, Charlie ended up at Simon’s door and knocked a few times, waiting for the insect-looking human to answer.

Now that is a really, really short para. And a baddish one at that. Usually, when you para, two long paragraphs are usually good. You can always go with a short para, but I prefer long ones. For demonstration purposes I used the short one. 

After you post that, ‘Simon’ will reply and you go on from there.

This is the main guide on how to start roleplaying, and learning how to roleplay. Hope I helped you out, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask! 

Cue the sexy NPH gif.

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