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  1. Okay, so there's an rp forum I enjoy that I've been on for three years, but right now, there's a few glaring problems: -The current staff are very biased, lazy and inactive, and only really look at their friends' stuff- they even refuse to ban a literal pedophile who has publicly harassed a minor in the past -The current owner doesn't care about managing the site or fixing these issues. The only time they've posted in the last year or so was when I posted a public poll asking about replacing some inactive moderators, and it was only to defend their position. -The current ow
  2. So I plan to accept donations for my next rp site to help pay for premium costs, which I currently pay out of pocket. But I'm wondering if there are other paid services members might be willing to donate toward as a supplement to traditional rp. In the unlikely situation where donations are exceeded for covering premium costs (I know this likely won't happen - we'll be lucky if we get any donations at all), what would you allocate those excess funds to? I'm not trying to make a profit off of my members, so I'm curious if there are other features out there you, as a member, would l
  3. Super simple question, just tell us how many sites (and maybe include genres) that you are a member on. This topic is exclusive to being a member. If you staff on that site please do not include it in your total. Just to make this clear this isn't a thread that is meant to find out that you exclusively staff. This is purely for how many sites you're a member of. If you are only a staff member then this question doesn't apply to you. If you would like to share how many sites you are a staff member of, please do so in this other thread:
  4. Yep, Tumblr today announced that on December 17th they will remove all adult content from their site. This could potentially affect those who roleplay on that platform. Tumblr has slowly been adjusting their policy move the last months but this seems to be the final nail in the coffin for the adult content on the platform. What other platforms could be used in place to Tumblr? And with this change coming rather soon, how would admin and players go about moving an entire community quickly?
  5. Hello Initiatives, I am curious to hear about favorite plots. I am not as much interested in larger scale plots (such as site wide events) but more so the plots that developed your characters, made you a few new friends and even was the most fun you've had during your time of writing. I will personally have to think long and hard on my favorite one, as this is a tricky subject but I am probably leaning more towards the plot where I and a few others developed a family lineage that has even since years ago continued to grow and add juicy details to play over a multitude of si
  6. I'm having issues with a person who took my wanted ad and I need some advice on what to do. My ad was for a female partner on this spy site I just joined and I made sure to say no romantic ties. They took the character and we chatted on Skype, everything was normal. We started a thread, everything was cool and we were having a lot of fun. Halfway through they messaged me saying they want confirmation that our characters would be romantic. This hit me out of the blue because I wasn't looking for romance. Especially since we're in our first ever thread together and I don't know if
  7. I am working on the reboot for my swords and sorcery site which means I am wading through our old lore documents. My initial goal was to pare the lore down to one document per species / race. However, now that I am into it, I am starting to feel that is not feasible. The site draws its inspiration from many genres. However, original ideas are blended in. In the past, we were told that the amount of lore that we had at the site scared people off joining. Therefore, I undertook doing lore revisions to make the site more appealing. Now, however, I am finding that cutting out informati
  8. Let me be honest - sometimes I set up a story in a particular genre or with a certain look just because I like the way it fuckin' looks. This is why I love anime-inspired fantasy roleplays, because I love love LOVE a cast of characters who are buxom women with comically oversized weapons, and bishounen princes with long coats and flurries of rose petals. How about you? What are the kinds of RPs you'll join just because you love the look? What are those specific looks?
  9. This is from a staff perspective. Now I want to hear what members think! Purely as a member: Do you like apps? Yes/no Why not if not? Your reasons! If yes, what kind do you prefer and why? Traditional/shipper/freeform/etc Do you find that they help you in creating character? Do you for example, discover anything more meaningful about the character as a result from writing an app? Does it help you get a grip on them? Etc
  10. I'm not talking taking a break. I'm not saying that moment that you are like "Well maybe I'll pick it up later". I'm more asking have you ever considered leaving all of the sites you are on, leave all the directories/resources you're a part of and just no more. Pick up a new hobby and move on. I ask because sometimes I get so exhausted sometimes. The drama, the slogging through terrible admins, terrible members, lost RP partners, great ideas that die within a few months and all of it just goes around in a circle, round and round and round. Isn't that the definition of madness? Doin
  11. Approaching a month waiting on the person I'm writing with and feeling a bit frustrated so figured I'd ask the question: How long do you go with waiting for a reply? Personally, a week or so I can handle but when it starts approaching the month mark I start to get annoyed. Mostly because I start to forget what I was doing in the thread to begin with. Anonymous poster hash: 7632b...351
  12. What drew you to a site, but might have made you hesitant about jumping in? If you are a converted lurker, what made you jump in?
  13. when thinking about it, I found it hard and frustrating on finding genres that fit my rpgs perfectly. they feel so unorthodox that they end being a little too original for this directory. in fact, some time ago I pitched an idea about an rpg where you play as a bug/humanoid arthropod. one user stated it was way out of their comfort zone and i fear it might not catch on compared to the several fairy tail or harry potter. things, i hate fan related things based on popular media. i don't car how original your harry potter thing is compared to the rest of the pack, I'm not interested nor will i
  14. Admin and Players, please tell us your best stories about the positive impacts a Lurker or allowing lurkers on your site/chat has had on your RPG. Bonus points if the story includes converting them to Players. Former Lurkers: Please tell us your best stories about having been a lurker and being converted to an active RP member!
  15. What converted you from lurking around the Initiative and become a member? Whether it was the community, an event, or even just to submit your site to our directory, let us know!
  16. I got to thinking about this because I've run into a couple of old RP buddies from years and years ago here on The Initiative. People I lost contact with for ages, some over 10 years. It's always neat running into someone you remember. Also, user names and handles are just interesting in and of themselves. So what online handles have you used in the past / do you use now, and why do you use them? I've used: Krymson/Crimzon SableSymphony Sable Foxfire - taken from a horse in a favorite novel series, though also a sort of bio-luminescent fun
  17. Are there any patterns you catch yourself falling into when creating new characters? Things like gender, physical/personality traits or things like birth dates/zodiac signs? Whether or not they keep pets, or the kinds of pets they keep. Any sort of thing, really. Are there any kinds of traits that you intentionally incorporate into all characters? As an example (arguably a particularly odd one), I was once on a site with a player who would literally only play characters with a name that began with C. So what are your patterns and quirks with character building? And, m
  18. I've been thinking about triggers and how stressful I find some of my characters to play on sites that require trigger warnings because ... they just have so many potentially triggering features that I am not sure if I can catch them before they occur. And I suddenly wondered why do we not mark characters. In other words, if I have a character who is prone to TW: incest, rape, homophobia, racial slurs, child abuse, sexual abuse, why aren't we marking HIM as a potentially triggering item as opposed (or in addition to) thread events. Partly I'm wondering this because I
  19. So as I go through sites I see fabulous mini-profiles, I see garbagey ones. I see the same ones over and over and over and over. And what I'm curious about is from a member (and I'll even take staff perspectives too). What sort of mini-profiles do you, as a member, find the most appealing? The most common ones in the roleplay world that I see are the hover effect ones that don't work at all on mobile. What sort of information do you find useful in a mini-profile? I know this can be specific to the site like species etc and feel free to add that stuff. What do you find fun
  20. On a sort of related note - if you've had a player who has pushed you to the point of uninviting and / or whose pre-teen temper tantrum and strop off has left the staff breathing a collective sigh of relief - and you then find out / get told / see / whatever that they've joined another site. do you warn them? Does how well you know the site owners / admins make a difference?
  21. Everyone manages their site's in-character sections differently. This topic is an open discussion (not debate) on managing and promoting the IC aspects of roleplay. Some items to think about and add to your replies are below. However, don't feel like these are the only subjects you can discuss in this topic or that you need to cover all of them in your reply. How does your site encourage IC writing? Do you prefer that sites are activity oriented or story-focused? Can they be both? Do you find site-wide plots useless or intimidating? Do you enjoy them? Should joining a site-
  22. A trend I'm seeing more and more of lately in new rp sites are character aesthetics instead of using Face Claims/Playbys. That is, instead of using a person's face as a basis of your character's physical appearance, you use a series of images, not necessarily of a person at all, to conjure up the character's "aesthetic" to represent them. I'm curious as to everyone's opinion of this approach, and how they feel that affects the game in comparison to sites who use traditional face claims. What do you prefer these days if you're required to use images in your rps? Do you like having a
  23. You ever met that one player who just left everyone speechless, and not in a good way? Maybe you're not even salty anymore, maybe you're even impressed by the sheer magnitude of their temper tantrum. I met someone like that on another site I was on. I'll change some names and pronouns around. I was running a roleplay and this one player, we'll call him Sequoia He was outgoing and clever, and enthusiastic about the story I was setting up. This was a year or so ago so I don't remember all the details, but he got into a fight with another player in a different RP that was
  24. Not sure if this topic has been made before (it probably has) but I've been apart of the roleplay community long enough to dabble in all sorts of genre's, and something I've noticed about most forums has begun to bug me. Why do the "fighting-based" forums never have any actual fighting in them? I'm a supporter of fluff threads and dramatic plots and other cool thriller-esque environments, but even then the forums not based on slice of life sure do have a lot of slice of life in them. In fact, I'd say %90 of forums based on something combat/mystery/supernatural related has far more fluff than i
  25. ... or: how I learned to stop powerplaying and love the bomb. Do you have telepathic characters in your RPG? I'm curious as to how that works, how it doesn't work, and how it could. (Context: I write in and run Star Trek RPGs, which we call 'simming'. A group of five to, say, 20 writers write a character on a starship, starbase or colony. We produce third-person longer-form 'logs' (posts of 500-1000 words), sometimes collaborating for a joint log or ensemble log. These RPGs, or sims, run on play-by-email or similar systems, and sometimes forums.) How are emp
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