Before I start. This is a very long guide, feel free to skip to the bits that are relevant to you. If you want to know how to start a Closed RP, go to that section. If you want to know about Expectations of Open RP, skip there. Also feel very free to offer constructive criticism, or criticism in general, every post is a bump :)
This, as the title suggests is about Forum RP. If you wish for a Guide on In-game RP, I suggest: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2016793577
The above guide is very easy to read, and a lot of the basics can even be strongly relevant to forum RP. Even if you don't plan to in-game RP, the above is an easy read and comes with a few strong links that relate to forum RP as well.
Edit: Second reference: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1406722537?page=1
This is another written set of guidelines and rules, check them out for another reference if you like, it's definitely more compact than this and might give you a good summary.
And lastly: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3871117384?page=1
This is a brilliantly written ongoing statement and guide. It's not only personal, but comes from an experienced and helpful person.
Types of Forum RPs
This thread is an expression of my opinion. I am not stating fact, but I am hoping that I am vague and general enough for it to be true, even if skewed a little. I am writing this guide, so that people can understand what the different forum tags mean, how you can get into different types of RP, how you are expected to act in them, and how they work in general.
First of all and most important: You are not expected to read this whole thing, it is considerably long and detailed and I probably should have condensed it. But, if you read anything, please read the second post, with Expectations and the Rules of RP, this is probably the most important part of this thread!
Feel free to post criticism. Even if I disagree, I will post any valid arguments up on my first posts, for anyone else to read, so they can understand the mixed opinions that are present. This guide will also shape and form from structured opinion, I will edit as seems fit. At the start this might seem a little... not good... but with help from our community, it will grow better.
I will be focusing on two main types of RP. Open, and Closed. However I will also delve into the variants of each, such as the Tavern RP, and the structured Closed RP. I will try and keep a vague sense, as it is not black and white, especially when getting into the structured aspect of things.
Also, remember, I am not telling you how to do things; I am just trying to help.
Each Topic will be separated by emphasized titles. At the end of each topic, there will be a short summary in italics. After the Table of Contents, there will be a summary of expectations, as it is likely the most important part of this thread.
What this Guide will contain
- Expectations - Post 2
The "Rules' of RP - Post 2
Summary of RP Types. - Post 3
General Feel -Post 3
How to get into one - Post 3
Expectations - Post 4
How to make one - Post 4
The Tavern Element - Post 4
General Feel - Post 5
How to get into one - Post 5
Expectations - Post 5
How to make one - Post 6
The Structured Element - Post 7
Quick Term Summary
There are other, better places you can find these, but I will just go through the ones you will need to know here.
OOC: Out of Character. Refers to any comment made from you as an Earthling, not from your character, as I am talking now, as opposed to...
IC: In Character. Any comment made from your characters perspective. E.g.: Thurman took the blue silken wizards hat from his bed and placed it on top of his head.
TM: Thread Master. The Person who creates a thread, this is the poster with the most control; role will vary depending on the RP type.
OP: Opening Post. This refers to the first post in a thread by someone. The TM’s first post will start a thread, while the posters first post will introduce their character. Generally, the OP will be longer than the other posts, because you have far more to write about, and generally want to put more effort into it.
Feel free to post criticism. Know that I want your opinion, and if you have your own guide, or bits of guide, feel free to give them to me, and I will add them. We are a community. The credit should go to all of us.