Questions tagged [freeform]

For questions primarily about freeform roleplaying, a style of gaming that uses a drama-based resolution system instead of a hard-and-fast rules system. It is common among forum and IRC-based games, where dice and maps have been traditionally more difficult to come by and regulate.

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How can I set up interactive spoilers for a PBP?

I am setting up a Play by Post forum to manage a large mystery/exploration based campaign. But I want to set up a way to give the players a direct response when they perform a suggested action that ...
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How can I encourage more proactive players to distribute information they have gathered to other involved players?

I am preparing to run a larger plot via a MUSH that will involve several scenes, but the players between the scenes might change, so not everybody will have the same information when joining scenes. ...
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Adapting a gamebook to multiple players [closed]

This is my first question, so I am truly sorry if it is nonsense. I am a newbie to RPG, however, I used to play gamebooks (Fighting Fantasy) and I really enjoyed them. I want to test if my group of ...
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What to do next after pulling a punch as the GM? [closed]

TL; DR: I just bailed my player out of a dangerous situation with plausible but still apparently contrived GM intervention. How do I follow that up with an action or situation that will preserve the ...
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How can I motivate my players' characters to explore, when they have teleportation?

My group and I are playing a Superhero Campaign. We are using the Fantasy Flight Games Roleplaying system used in their Star Wars series, with a mixture of the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. In the Marvel ...
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What is the general term for a tabletop RPG with no conventional game mechanics?

Playing a tabletop RPG usually assumes using specific game system — character sheet and statistics, conflict resolution mechanics, particular dice rolls and other conventional rules like "in order to ...
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What to do with a fellow player who tries to control NPCs I introduce?

I'm doing a text-based freeform roleplay with just one other person right now and there's couple of things that they do that bothers me. They started controlling an NPC I introduced without even ...
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How to deal with a know-it-all player in a Second Life–based freeform RPG?

I'm a first time poster on this stack but have been using it to help out with some online text-based RP. A new player in our Second Life roleplay group is coming in fresh to the online world. He is a ...
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What is jeepform / vi åker jeep?

Some games are occasionally termed jeepform. I have also encountered the Swedish phrase "Vi åker jeep" (We travel with/by jeep), which seems to refer to the same thing. There is even a website, which ...
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How can I arbitrate freeform RP in a manner more biased towards inarticulateness?

A friend of mine made a shortish Pokemon RPG module for one-on-one play. The module turned out incredibly well and everyone in our extended RPG group has now played it (and each time the supplemental ...
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I am building a homemade RPG and i want to implement a completely freeform magic system [closed]

I have decided to venture into building a completely tweakable magic system based on a new set of game mechanics entirely of my own making. The system is skill-based (As opposed to stat-based, if you ...
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I miss social cues when roleplaying. How can I get better at not missing them? [closed]

I know, and have been told, that I miss social cues when roleplaying. This isn't a terribly huge deal when the social contract is well-set and explicitly communicated or the gameplay doesn't rely ...
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Is there a way to frame narrative management as in-character/without leaving Character Stance?

First, for those who aren't familiar with my situation, this stems from the same environment as this previous question and its predecessors -- an online persistent world/proto-MMO used largely as an ...
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Does a diceless, non-combat, freeform RPG exist?

I'm looking for a free-form RPG with no dice, little or no combat, no stats/skills (or very simplified), and emphasizes imagination, discussion, and improvisation, with very few simple rules. Does ...
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How do I overcome a tendency to play in an excessively goal-driven style? [closed]

I have come to the conclusion that a large portion of my long-standing trouble with integrating with narrativist/literary RP is that I expect driven teamplay -- when in a team environment, I expect ...
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How do you balance preserving the agency of other players with playing a character that him/herself is aggressive in combat in a freeform RP? [closed]

Background: Same community as before -- mostly-freeform online RP in a proto-MMO. This time, my problem concerns combat in particular. I have received quite a few accusations that my problem-...
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How do I retrain myself to see characters as people and not systems?

Background Some of my previous questions (see What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw? and Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?) have alluded to ...
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How could a highly destructive character contribute to gameplay?

I play small role playing activities and games with some friends of mine, and one of them always has highly destructive and somewhat unpredictable characters. He will consistently attempt to kill ...
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What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw?

I have a character (it's the same overly clever character from my first question, even) whose primary flaw can be summed up as "Bull in a Social China Shop". In other words, the character is tactless,...
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Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?

What should one do with a character that is so clever at wielding whatever hand they are dealt that they simply become stronger and stronger the more attempts are made to cripple, or otherwise inflict ...