I roleplay online sometimes, but everytime I run into the problem where there's at least 20 pages worth of new posts and it takes me a long time to catch up on a daily basis.

Is there any online or downloadable tool that would facilitate the catch up process? It could be forum-based or a standalone program in which the roleplaying would happen. Anything that would make it easier to keep up.



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    \$\begingroup\$ What precisely would you want this tool to do? (If you can't know what's relevant to you without reading those 20 pages of text, I can't see how a tool that's not a true AI could help you go through it any faster.) \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Aug 19 '14 at 4:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ If it's a forum tool, it would be handy if it somehow organized the posts better, or displayed the posts in a more readable fashion (because people's signatures get in the way a lot). \$\endgroup\$ – shieldgenerator7 Aug 19 '14 at 4:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ If it's a stand alone RP app, anything it could do that would make the enormous amounts of posts more managable to read \$\endgroup\$ – shieldgenerator7 Aug 19 '14 at 4:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, so you're not just looking for help with a specific forum that's causing you this trouble, but also maybe looking for a completely different platform to PbP on? \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Aug 19 '14 at 5:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ No, I believe they're looking for a tool that will make it easier to organise/view a large amount of content in an existing forums RP threads \$\endgroup\$ – Wibbs Aug 19 '14 at 8:45

Tool to make reading a forum easier

That would depend on the specific forum software, and would be better asked in uh 'super user' or one of the other stack exchanges relating to internet or computer use.

Play by Post (Roleplaying in a Forum)

The best forum to roleplay in that I have found is mythweavers.com. It has a forum software that allows each game to have a miniforum of it's own with multiple threads or categories of threads.

Additionally, too many players and/or GMs in the same thread makes it nigh impossible to have any sort of storytelling, or even like, a conversation in-character. Same with real life, really. Multiple threads help with this. But ultimately organizational issues make 'too large' games slow down and suck in any case.

Real-Time Geographically Displaced Online Roleplaying (RTGDOR - Roleplaying somewhere else)

roll20.net provides an interactive tabletop for combat, and IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a traditional medium for online roleplaying with a bot like Bones to provide dice-rolling capability.

Skype video chat is another good online tool for roleplaying.

Ultimately any communication tool can be used for roleplaying, with some limitations based almost solely on dice-rolling. Which you use is a matter of preference and the specific type of group you have. Play by Post (forums) is great if people can't get together at a specific time - some form of real-time chat is nearly always superior otherwise.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I like your answer but my skype experience is pretty bad because of how badly it supports video multi-conversations. I've found Google Hangouts to be better (and has a roll20 app on top of it) \$\endgroup\$ – Zachiel Aug 19 '14 at 9:58

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