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  1. i think my site is dead but i dont want to give up....
    3 points
  2. Last year I scratched an itch and created an entire RPG - designed the premise, wrote the rules, built out a forum, scrungled over code and customizations, and ... didn't open it. 😄 I showed it to a couple friends, but the point was, it was just fun to make something. The actual RPG I run now, I made with a team of people after the site we were writers on went down. We wanted to keep writing with each other.
    2 points
  3. Other than being scared of being the one to "lose the farm", it's stressing about the possibility of getting yelled at by rp directory/advertising mods for posting ads wrong. I seriously sweat over this.
    2 points
  4. We've all done it, especially as we're just getting our feet wet. What are some of the mistakes that you've made as an admin. For me, its been not trusting my instincts about people. I've messed up something fierce by allowing the wrong people to join and make my sites unenjoyable.
    1 point
  5. Find and add a couple more players. We've got six and it's a little thin. I don't think I could deal with more than 10, but a few more would be good. Get everyone involved in the main plot so they feel that they're an important part of it. We started an invasion of Earth storyline and hadn't really had a plot that spanned the whole game before. I think that'll help. Do more chatting with other people in the community. I've already started on sites like this and on reddit and it's going well. Mostly everyone is very friendly. Maybe start a social media account for the game, like X (Twitter) where I can post a "post of the week" or something.
    1 point
  6. I hope you find them! ❤️
    1 point
  7. Heya, just shouting into the ether here on the off chance that I manage to find an old RP partner of mine again. Miscanthus and I met on Oasis in 2019, my username was Wilderness and we were both in the nature faction on the forum. Very into nature, plants, gardening, grain meats, fantasy and worldbuilding. Just dearly, dearly, dearly hoping to find him again.
    1 point
  8. That the site will die with me. I have had a fairly long tenure on MRO, going on 7 years. It is a long running site having started back in 2005. I want to be able to pass it on to a crop of younger RPers and have it grow and evolve.
    1 point
  9. Spanish! I started my RP career in Spanish forums since it's my native tongue, but overtime I transitioned towards exclusively RPing English. It has helped a lot with the language over the years, but I really miss writing in Spanish. I also would love to try to RP in French? My French is only conversational atm, though, so it would be a bit tricky 😅
    1 point
  10. When I go into a site and staff show interest in your plot idea, but get upset when their friend cannot have the character you reseved. Then bully you using their characters. Like seriously guys... I am glad you're closed because you cannot bully your guests now.
    1 point
  11. Oh man, there have been some many over the last fifteen years! I mean, I am 35 years old and still make Admin mistakes but I hope my members can give me grace. Allowing bad people back onto my sites Allowing manipulators manipulate me into letting them do something I'm uncomfortable with Not allowing my site time to thrieve because other staff have said we need to do xyz to be active Catering to certain people who didn't deserve it Putting guests above my members... nobody is supposed to be above anyone!!! These are just a few!
    1 point
  12. We build our current site because we were on another were I had Ronald Weasley, and Neville Longbottom and him just clicked so freaking well! They ended up dating... When we left that site due to bullying, we found ourselves just wanting as ite where we could play them but also a nice relaxin place where it was not always end-of-times plots at every turn. Cosy is how we explain our site!
    1 point
  13. Honestly, I am keeping it to... I want to maintain a site for six months. Everything past that will be a bonus! ❤️
    1 point
  14. For the site admins -- How do you manage the flow of time in your RP? Does your in-character timeline line up with the real timeline? How do you all row together? Do you date threads? What works for you?
    1 point
  15. When it comes to thinks I sweat about... there is a laundry list! Making a site for it to never take off Making a site, having some activity and it dying Being told I am plagiarising when I'm definitely not Not advertising right Advertising and all my links being broken... Much more... I have anxiety disorder! LOL
    1 point
  16. My first RPG was actually the first every Harry Potter roleplay site! I was twelve at the time telling them I was 16 years old. I should not have been reading the things I was! LOL
    1 point
  17. Hello everyone. My name is Cheeca, and I am 35 years old. I am Indigenous to Turtle Island, and currently working on reconnecting with not only my people but the Earth Mother, as well. I am a Child and Youth Care worker, currently working in the school board but would love to work in hospital. I am currently working on my own book series, but that is taking a long time since there is so much involved in writing it. I have been roleplaying table top since I was right years old while rping online since I was twelve. I have admin everything from Real life to Harry Potter, Twilight to Teen Wolf. Honstly, I just like living a peaceful and quiet existance with sprinkles of adventure.
    1 point
  18. I try to balance both though the tendency to focus on relationships (platonic, familial, or otherwise) too much is something I'm guilty of. When you do slice-of-life RP, that seems to be the norm. But I'd like to have a visible story arc for my characters in an ideal world!
    1 point
  19. In 2022 I almost gave up RP entirely. In 2023 I entered this community and was welcomed with open arms, amazing words, and so many virtual hugs. I was the new person, and yet within days I was fully a part of this, both in the Discord discussions and in the stories, where my characters fit so well. The site itself is incredibly well organized, the interface user-friendly, the setting clear and engaging, the lore has original twists and is simple to understand. It was so easy to just get started! And once the words start flowing, they don't stop. I have improved so much as a writer, and was thoroughly supported in my personal quests as well. This is not just a community. These are friends for life. Thank you so much for having me! 🥰
    1 point
  20. My first ever site went mostly dark after half the members left for reasons I still don't know to this day. It took me almost a full year before deciding to try another site. Lucky for me my favorite RP partner still wanted to write with me and invited me to join her on this other site! I'm so happy now 😄
    1 point
  21. First ever RP site had a very tough behind-the-scenes argument that caused half the site to leave almost out of nowhere. The remaining members tried to push forward, in vain. Silver lining was that my closest RP partner on site dragged me to another site, which I've been on for a year with great happiness! 🙂
    1 point
  22. My biggest fear is putting a lot of work into yet another site, and it dying all over again. i love writing lore and developing things within the rp. but i always seem to get two members who post a lot, and plot with one another, then leave and its like the site dies when they leave. i try to push activity and give things to do, but no matter how much i push and pull nothing happens. it makes me feel like i made everything for nothing, only for it to just sit offline and collect dust.
    1 point
  23. I have never encountered a more welcoming and mature community in the role playing sphere before. As a member, I feel included and valued, which, in a hobby space is so important to me. There are only amazingly written characters here and it's honestly a joy to watch other's stories unfold and really get into the in-character drama of it all. It's a wonderful space to write and tell stories in. I don't think I've ever found a more amazing group of people to tell stories with before.
    1 point
  24. I am honestly a bit naive about this, and tend to have good faith in everyone until a site has already exploded (or imploded, as the case may be), but I'm definitely taking lots of notes from this thread on things to avoid, both in attempting to run a site myself and when scouting somewhere to join.
    1 point
  25. For almost two decades, I embarked on a quest to find a new Medieval High Fantasy roleplay community, longing for a place where I could immerse myself in a sandboxy world without fear of sudden closures. With each new landing, hope was mingled with trepidation, as I yearned for a haven free from random deletions, staff conflicts, and ego-driven chaos that tore communities apart. Alas, my search was a bittersweet one. Time and again, I found myself in places that mirrored the past: a few egocentric staff wielded power, punishing and isolating those who dared to question. Communication faltered, and the hunger for an authentic Medieval High Fantasy experience remained unfulfilled. Heartache followed as sites I tried to call home imploded, leaving me adrift. The pain of losing my formative roleplay community lingered, leaving an ache in my heart that time couldn't heal. Only years later did I come to recognize the gaslighting, DARVO tactics, and cronyism that had shattered my youthful refuge. Each new encounter with echoes of the past deepened the sorrow, and I yearned for a place that would understand my longing, respect my voice, and embrace my passion for Medieval High Fantasy. My quest continues, hopeful that one day, I'll find a true home to rekindle the magic of my cherished memories. During my time online, I went to places like RPG-Directory where some people acted in a mean way, pretending to support marginalized groups, but really they were causing trouble. When I tried to speak up and challenge these bad actions, things didn't go well for me at all and I was gaslit when I took the time to write thoughtful correspondence to the administration about their decisions. It made me sad and hurt that I couldn't handle those disingenuous people and their fake support. I'm still looking for a safe place where everyone can talk openly and support each other without fear.
    1 point
  26. Spanish. It's my native language but I've always done sites in English because it's... easier somehow? I find written Spanish to be very pretty, but considering that different Spanish-speaking places use different words than what I'm used to it's a little intimidating. Also, the fact that I might have to switch from using "Dialogue" as dialogue to — Dialogue, is kind of jarring to me, even though a lot of our books use an em dash for dialogue.
    1 point
  27. Back in like, 2012-2013 I think...I remember being a part of this wonderful wild horse roleplay site. Made a lot of good friends over the years of being on it, then all of a sudden one day someone had gained access to the admin account and absolutely destroyed all of the coding on the forum, making it impossible to access any former threads unless you were on mobile. I think it was something personal against the admin of the site themselves, but I never really got the full story, or I don't really remember all the details. Eventually they just ended up closing the site down and deleting everything. It's so sad knowing all of the characters I'd created were just lost to time. There are scraps of memories from that site here and there but I'll never be able to read the writing on those forums again. I was able to keep in touch with other people from the site for a while, but they've all since vanished too...only one (my best friend from those days) is a Facebook friend now so at least I know they're doing okay.
    1 point
  28. I ran into a particular creator in a niche fandom who would open boards, get a bunch of members, and then just... disappear after about 2 weeks. Never any public OOC drama that I saw, there was always plenty of activity but people were still getting into their characters, and she (playing one of the main canons of course) would simply fall off the face of the earth and the site would die. Then she'd wait until after people left to finally put the board in offline mode. She changed her OOC alias a couple of times, so she got me with this routine more than once...
    1 point
  29. This is my confession I suppose. I had a very active board. It was thriving. I was a stay at home mom at the time but then me and my ex broke up. I had to get a job and I just slowly, very slowly stopped giving the board the attention that it needed. I did have one very amazing, active admin. He did keep the board alive but after I had just basically ghosted the board, it wasn't thriving the same. One day when I felt as though I could finally give the board the time it needed my admin and I revamped the entire board. I let him have a lot of say in any of the changes I was making as he had kept the board afloat in my absence. During the revamp we were speaking regularly, and we were exited to reopen because the board was like 3 years old at the time. Then one day, he just vanished and I never reopened the board. The board is still around. No members but also isn't offline.
    1 point
  30. A good ol' "fuck it" suites me. Then I lean into it full tilt, most times I am absolutely sure I am being ridiculous in the event that I put myself out there. I try to forget about it after doing it, stepping away and disconnecting. If I don't give myself that breather moment of, 'okay you did it, now relax', it will spiral into the sort of conversation you think about five years from now. Like that one time I pulled into the Starbucks drive-through and the conversation went something like this: "Welcome to Starbucks! I am Becky, what's your name?" "I'm good how are you?" ... She had to ask for my name twice and we both pretended it didn't happen. I've come to realize, acknowledging the awkwardness helps let a lot of things go.
    1 point
  31. This site has dragged me (lovingly) out of writing retirement, and for that, I am grateful. I have wandered the roleplay desert for over 15 years, but Passing Strange community has been unlike any that I've ever joined. They are immediately so welcoming, offering up advice and answers to silly/serious questions. The staff is incredibly patient and uplifting -- they're heavily involved with their community and it shows. The members themselves are amazing and are constantly interacting with one another to help create numerous stories. I am in awe of this unique little community and it's dedication to balancing Passing Strange and Work/Real life. I am so very grateful for all the amazing stories this site has provided over the past month and I cannot wait to help create more. I absolutely adore this site and I beg whoever is searching for a reason to rediscover their creativity or to get into writing, please check this site out.
    1 point
  32. As a hobby in general, RP can be so draining and toxic. The writing is fun; the egos and cliqueyness are not. This community is made up of people who have gotten away from those awful experiences and created a truly safe place where OOC and IC are clearly separated. Then there's the stories themselves! Any character can quickly become intertwined within the in-character communities that have been built, and if something happens to one, it ripples out to others they knew. One move can set off a chain of events that culminate months or even years later (but usually much sooner than that!). It's so much fun to be here. The lore has also developed over time without retconning, to allow for more character development as well as rebalancing mechanics between different playable species. It's important to note that these things come about through discussion with members and testing out feelings overall. Feeling like our input matters is extremely important, and I have never been on a community that actually allows that. So, yeah, five stars, this place is the best.
    1 point
  33. After being burned out for so long in Tumblr spaces, this place feels a bit of a safe haven to me, honestly. The community being relatively small and easy-going definitely helps a lot. Been there for 2 years already and I'm not planning on leaving anytime soon... so ya'll stuck with me. Always looking forward to the April Fool's jokes, the Yearbooks and all the neat summaries of the things I've missed because of my timezone. 10/10, great admins, great characters, tears were shed during threads.
    1 point
  34. Honestly, there are not enough kind words I can offer to state how I feel about this site and its lovely community. I'm so happy a close friend of mine introduced me to it last year. I feel like I've grown both as a writer and a person just by being here, and it hasn't even been a full year. It's such a supportive and warm environment, where I've felt completely safe to be myself and write. The lore of Passing Strange is amazingly written, but ever-evolving as well. The world is so dense with diverse, incredible characters that sometimes I just get caught up for hours reading threads my fellow members have written. The rules aren't too complex, the handbook is easily laid out, which was great for me as I tend to take a long time before I understand a world in which I'm RPing. I've absolutely adored playing each species the site has to offer (human, psychic, were and vampire). It really is a rich world to explore! Don't get me started on the incredible staff either! Fao, Kiew and Drew are all warm, helpful and supportive admins who have made my experience so much better. I feel completely at ease knowing they are at the helm of this wonderful site. I've never had to wait long for an answer to a question, nor have I ever felt they didn't have the safety of the community in mind at all times. Would recommend this RP to anyone who loves writing supernatural characters (or humans!) and a supportive community that'll have your back ❤️
    1 point
  35. This place is undeniably home. It is filled with familiar, welcoming faces and even if you're new you very quickly fall into the familiar heartbeat of Passing Strange. Everyone is always interested what everyone else is up to. The sense of community is undeniable. Not to mention that there is always something compelling to either read or be involved in. Everyone here is a wonderful writer who constantly goes above and beyond. Each character seems to be crafted with the utmost care. Each post, no matter how short or long, leaves you wanting more. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this community.
    1 point
  36. I love this place. The people, the admins, the atmosphere. It's welcoming to everyone who comes in. Everyone is always willing to talk and joke or just be there if you need an ear as well. The Roleplay side of things is pretty spectacular as well. You never know what is going to happen, theres a plot twist in almost every thread and they're always fun! Some are intense and others are silly. Just depends. I'd 10 outta 10 recommend this place to anyone looking for a great people environment as well as a place to watch your characters grow and thrive (or yah know kick the bucket sometimes lol) and just see what happens. I love this place, its my Rp home.
    1 point
  37. It was the community that first brought me in. I had stepped away from RP for a while and really wanted to start up again, but faced the problem of feeling awkward and rusty. The people from Passing Strange were more than welcoming and I felt part of the community instantly. Everyone is remarkably kind (even the self-proclaimed sour-pusses). The writing talent is top notch and so fun to engage with. The community is also very open to new RPers. No one is made to feel a stranger is this ground of Passing 'Strangers'. I've vastly improved my own writing confidence with this group and I've grown to really care for the other players. Real, long-lasting relationships have been built within the community and it truly is a place of constant support and motivation. All and all, I would come for the fun, riveting RPing and stay for the people at Passing Strange.
    1 point
  38. I love everything about this site. From the layout of the forum, to the writers, to the characters, to the plot and everything else that goes into it. You can truly "pass strange" because these people here are lovely. They will bring you into their lives and they will no longer be strangers after a while. I've been writing since 2012, and there hasn't been any place that's been as fun or as welcoming as Passing Strange. I want to be clear that I was not someone interested in vampires/werewolves before I joined this site. I liked fantasy, but it was more akin to Harry Potter kind of fantasy. But I thought the site sounded fun. Lurking through the threads as a guest let me know how active and entertaining this site is. I love this site. I love these people. Ride or die with Passing Strange, for real.
    1 point
  39. I'm probably going to mirror what a lot of people have already said but I would also suggest trying to approach members differently depending on what cues they give off. Such as members who seem like they are hyped and reply positively to plotting requests but don't actually respond well to discussing plots. In those cases try to switch to a tactic of simply throwing the two characters in a thread together. Instead of focusing on detailing plot ideas, since this doesn't work for some members and does for others, ask if they'd like to throw the two characters together and you can whip up a starter. Most of the time you'll find those types of members are a lot more receptive to a less plotting, more rping approach. While others will be more receptive to plot discussions and with those members you probably want to take the approach of plotting something feasible and then getting the thread started. I concur with a lot of peoples suggestions with throwing up a site event, usually an event that involves sign-ups and staff pairing members together to RP the site event. This also helps to encourage members to RP together when they might not have interacted prior. Keep up the effort of RPing with your members via various means and I do think as time goes on and your site becomes more stable you will see your member base "mirroring" your styles. More people will start plotting and mimicking the tactics they see from the staff. At least, those are my experiences.
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  40. This is a character application template for the "Your File" coding challenge. This template could be used for a character application. It provides basic information about a character as well as a section for the character's history. The items are all editable, but should be kept brief except for the history which will scroll accordingly. The only image that needs to be added is the character image. Just replace the placeholder url. This image will re-size automatically, but due to the particular proportions, it'd be best to either keep your image close if not exactly to 204x198. This will work on any background. NOTE: The code may look out of alignment here, but has been tested on boards that allow html and will work like in the example image (which was a direct screencap) on jcink/invisionfree/other html-allowed sites.
    1 point
  41. I have been RPing a long, long time. Almost two decades. I've gone through many sites. I've picked up many friends along the way. I've been an admin more times than is probably really reasonable, actually. But I have to say, after being through the wringer, deciding what sorts of people I like, what sorts of RP I like, and how I want my home to look... this is the place. After this, I really don't think anywhere else will suffice. Out of character, the community is warm, supportive, always aiming to make sure interactions are healthy ones where everyone is treated as a person with feelings and lives of their own. It's not always perfect, but when conflict does arise, there's always that goal of making sure it gets solved with communication. I value this online as much as I do in the "real" world. And don't even get me started on the site itself. It was built with love, and is always open to changing what it needs to change in order to make sure the site runs as desired. RP is meant to be FUN and that's the goal here, making it stressful would defeat the whole purpose. Every day sees over a hundred posts, typically even on the slowest days, and plots are almost always hot. Being able to jump in wherever and whenever and keeping things organic means no one gets left behind or left out, and the community's respect of other players means bulldozing isn't an issue, either. I think about my characters here, and the characters of others, almost all day every day. The writing is top notch, the characters are varied and often hilarious, and really I wouldn't trade Passing Strange for anything. Twenty years and I have never felt more welcome, more creative, or more proud being in a forum. If you want to play a wereanimal of some sort, or a vampire, or a magic human, or even just a very normal human stuck in a world with all of these crazies... you gotta at least try this.
    1 point
  42. With most of my RP career involving science fiction, historical, and fantasy flavoured boards, who often try for galactic wars and epic plots, my time on Passing Strange has really made me appreciate the blend of slice of life, supernatural intrigue, and interpersonal drama, without feeling there's a need to follow any particular plot beyond where the characters take you. The free flowing writing, an anything goes attitude, and a drive to have fun while doing it makes for a great environment for some exploratory writing that can take you outside your comfort zone, in a good way! There's always something to learn in new threads: about characters, about the world, about your own writing, and about your partners' writing. With the culture of opens and ability to enter a thread freely, the place keeps you on your toes, especially with the knowledge that something interesting will always be waiting around the corner. You might be surprised by someone hopping into a thread, but I found that it helped me loosen up and become more adaptable when surprised as action unfolded in threads. The community is also friendly and welcoming when you hop into the Discord, willing to answer questions, get to know you, and coo over your cute pets. There's always excitement when someone new pops in, gleeful about new characters and new opportunities. I've been RPing for more than a decade at this point, but the PS community has been one that's been easy to get into and appreciate. They possess an overflowing positivity that can be overwhelming at times, but at the end of the day is appreciated for how it brightens days and cheers up dour moods.
    1 point
  43. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, Passing Strange gives me the opportunity to read from all of my favourite authors in the one place. Everyone has a different style, a different spin to their writing, and yet everyone also meshes together brilliantly. I’ve been on so many sites - some short lived, others lasted years - and from my own personal experience I think it’s rare to see RPers complement each other as flawlessly as they do on Passing Strange. I believe it stems a lot from the community, because the community is like... it’s like a family, really. Uplifting, supportive, and outrageously funny with some of the greatest banter you can find. Real people with real perspectives on life and above all, real friendships.
    1 point
  44. This place. I'd gotten out of the RP game a couple years back after a decade and a half or so of it being my primary hobby. Just diminishing returns, souring relationships, egos and mess. I meandered into Passing Strange a good few months ago because I'd known one of the staff for a long while and missed regular engagement with them. We neither of us are great at maintaining contact, so I thought this would help. And my goodness. These people. They are good writers, sure. Threads are engaging and unpredictable and I like that we have a sort of melting pot of styles. Some posts are appropriately pithy and brief, evoking only the attitude of the established character and being excellent little reaction snapshots, while others are replete with visceral imagery that absolutely paints a picture. It all runs the spectrum and serves to drive stories forward in fun and fascinating ways. But whatever, a lot of places have stellar writing. That's not why I love these people. Statistically I have to accept that you probably could, but I still catch myself doubting anyone will ever find a kinder, healthier community of humble humans just trying to have a little fun and make each other's lives better. The staff are across the board gentle and welcoming, hilarious and proactive. They embrace their role as facilitators and accept their fallibility, always open to suggestions and changes. They very sincerely want this place to be safe and gracious to all comers, and the memberbase embraces this fully. I was not a month in before this community felt very much like the place I belong. Compassion runs rampant, and while we of course have occasional conflict because that's how human interaction works, the overwhelming desire to respond with understanding and find workable solutions keeps the community strong. If the setting intrigues you, stop on in. Passing Strange is a wonderful home and if you decide to settle in, I think you'll find yourself loving it for a long, long time.
    1 point
  45. I do not think I could find a better community of kind, caring, hilarious, talented people anywhere on the internet. The stories and characters that these individuals create are some of the most enriching literature I've ever read. I cannot be more happy to be a part of a community that is made up solely of genuine people that are genuinely here to have fun and make one another happy. The admin team is small but mighty, always open to community discussion and disagreement without making it into a bigger deal than it ever has to be. We're all just a bunch of nerds that like to roleplay and be silly, and it shows in every part of the site as a whole.
    1 point
  46. Having been a part of several writing communities for more than half my life, I think I've finally got a pretty good grip on what makes an enrapturing roleplay experience. The people I have met in the PS community have introduced me to a largely plot-free play style - and that has honestly changed this hobby for me for the better. The writers here consistently supply immense inspiration and compelling characters and stories, and half the time none of us have any idea how a thread is going to end, and I freakin' love that. On top of having extremely rich and vivid in-character happenings, the OOC community is absolutely the kindest, funniest, most thoughtful group of people I have ever met, online and otherwise. The folks here communicate openly and lovingly, are inclusive and engaging, and I have learned a whoooole lot - about writing and real life situations in general - from a lot of them. Here's to PS being around for a long time to come. 💖
    1 point
  47. This is a crime themed thread tracker that I made a year or so ago, now free for your use. You can edit it however you like and this could be easily adapted for use as a simple plotter as well.
    1 point
  48. Hosting is not going away, however at this time its only going to be offered in a limited capacity while we look for a new hosting panel front end.
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  49. Coordinates and creates the monthly newsletter.
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