Introductions: Crash Course in Roleplaying
Table of Contents:
- Glossary of Abbreviations, Terminology, Jargon and their Definitions
- Types of Roleplaying
- Roleplaying Ground Rules
- Joining a Roleplay on EcchiDreams
- Creating a Roleplay on EcchiDreams
If you’re new to roleplaying, or don’t know what it is at all, then look no further; here is a simple crash course in roleplaying so you can join the club. As such, this will be as concise as possible, but even then it’s a big guide. That said, the guide is split out into sections for easy reading, or scanning through if you already know something, or even just for use as a reference. We’ve attempted to strip out personal biases from this, but some may still remain. As usual if you have any comments and feedback, or even criticisms, please leave them in the comments below.
This is also a good place in learning how to do things on EcchiDreams and ultimately, how they work. There will be links to other guides to help you get started on joining or even creating your own roleplay.
So what is Roleplaying?
According to Dictionary.com, Roleplay is a verb and it means “...to assume the attitudes, actions, and discourse of…” A character “...especially in a make-believe situation…” At the core; you play a character, and control their actions, personality, decisions, roles, and even their entire life history, in a fictional universe.
Why do we do it?
The reasons why people roleplay could be limitless: to some it’s an escape from the shit that real life throws at them, to some others it's a means of telling an interactive story with strangers, some people prefer it over video games, and the list goes on. Roleplaying is basically the act of taking a usually fictional character (or one based off yourself) and playing it, like a game, into a role or scenario. For some of us, myself included, it’s been a great way to think deeper on things, to do what I consider practically impossible; Socialise, and communicate ideas to another person, or to a group of people.
In truth there’s probably no one real reason as to why everyone roleplays, but if I had to sum it up… It’s because it’s fun.
This guide was written by: @Temaelrin, @Neptune, @Manni and @SMFoxy in a collaboration, on Google Docs. All four of us are roleplayers with a combined total of over 50 years of experience under our belts - but we’re by no means demigod experts, or ‘elites’; we can only teach our experience in as much detail as possible.