I got an ask regarding help with plots, and I figured I’d make it a guide to help any other roleplayers out there. If any of you have any more questions regarding your roleplay plot, drop me a line!
Guide under the cut.
→ Thinking of a Plot
As a person who loves making roleplays, I know perfectly well that coming up with a good plot is key. You want something that people will be interested in, without making your roleplay too similar to any others. If you don’t want your roleplay to center around television shows, think about stories you’ve heard or myths you’ve read. A lot of these have been turned into roleplays already, so it can help to put an original twist on it, but it’s not required. If you’re having trouble figuring out if people will enjoy your roleplay, ask yourself if you’d be interested. Think about people you know and if they’ve been interested. If you have roleplaying buddies, it helps to ask them too. And remember, if it is based off something, make you relate it back to the source.
However, if you’re trying to make a completely original roleplay, imagination helps a great deal. Think about the things you like, the things you’re interested, the type of characters you’d like to play. Originality isn’t very common on the internet, so don’t be alarmed if you find a roleplay that is like yours, even if you thought of the plot yourself. Just try to make sure they’re not too similar.
→ The History of the Plot
When writing up a plot, it’s important to give it a backstory. Nobody would enjoy a roleplay that simply goes ‘and they all fell in love.’ Why did they fall in love? Was it a big thing across the globe? How many people did it affect? You’ve got to remember that everything has a history, and your roleplay will certainly be a lot more rich with one. Not all the characters have to be related to it from the very beginning, but make sure a few do-otherwise, it’ll all be a jumble of confusion
→ The Structure of the Plot
I’ve never been a fan of roleplays with a short, poorly written plot. Always do your best to go into depth when writing up the storyline, and try to see if there’s any gaping plot holes. Make your plot well written and lengthy, and try to draw the reader in. Make it as strong as possible-why did it happen, did people try to stop it, what’s happening now, how are people reacting, how did the characters end up in this situation, etc. More people are going to be drawn in by a well though out plot than a dodgy, quick one.
If your roleplay is based on something, make sure you research the topic in depth. I don’t mean looking at a Wikipedia page for ten minutes. Go to at least several sites, and ask around. If it’s based on say, historical figures, look them all up, learn their stories. If your roleplay is inaccurate, someone is bound to notice it, and not only that, it won’t be as fun.
→ The Characters
So, you’ve got your general idea for the plot. But there’s no way you can have a roleplay without characters. So think about how they’d fit in with the storyline, how differently people would react, what they’ve done and will do. Try putting yourself and others you know into the situation, and think about how differently you’d all handle it. For more character help, send me an ask, and I’ll write up a guideline if anyone desires.
→ Writing the Plot
Now that you know the story and the characters, it’s time to write the plot. Start at the very beginning, and work your way forwards. If it’s based on something, explain the story of that. If, for example, your roleplay was Greek mythology with a modern twist, start out by explaining the mythology. Try to keep each background factor to a paragraph each, and try your best to make them a good few lines. Move on towards your twist, and what happened, before finishing up with a final paragraph on the situation now. Remember, try to keep it as real as possible. If your roleplay is based on supernaturals who suddenly reveal themselves, people aren’t going to be calm about it. Think rationally.
I hope this guide helped all you budding admins out there, and if you need any more help, my ask is open.