Homestuck 30 Day Challenge // Day Three: Your patron Troll
Caravan Palace- Maniac
St. James Ballroom
- When You're Evil
- Twentieth Century Blues
- It's bad for me
oh it’s bad for me it’s bad for me
the knowledge that you’re going mad for me
I feel certain my friends would be glad for me
but it’s bad for me~
- Minnie the Moocher
Blues Brothers [Original Soundtrack]
- Chasing Cars
Leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata
Monterey Bay Aquarium
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THANK YOU I TRIED
(I don’t really know if you’re planning on rping an OC or a fandom character/which fandom. Most of my experience comes from rping a Felt character, so I’m gonna give you what I can think of. If that’s not enough, feel free to shoot me another ask. Also feel free to contact me off-anon with more details so I can reply in private and help more specifically.)
(Also warning, long post ahead. Also all over the place, I’m just writing and not gonna try and organize this mess, sorry.)
I think the only way to practice would be if you have a friend as rp partner. Or maybe writing little drabbles. But none of that is really 100% like rping on tumblr. You just gotta jump into the water and try your luck and don’t let your worries get the better of you.
First of all: If you rped anywhere else, you should consider the special format of tumblr as opposed to other platforms (forums and such). There are two main types: 1. People who only rp face-to-face interaction and 2. people that make their character use the blog as if the character had a tumblr blog.
The first seems to be the default for many fandoms, but the second type is widely popular in the Homestuck fandom and especially the Intermission sub-fandom. (Also if you choose the first, you should keep in mind that many people, especially of the second type, don’t like it if you basically teleport your character to them for face-to-face interaction without any discussion or notice.
Just make sure you make it clear if you’re doing face-to-face or online interaction in that very moment (with formatting, description, tags, whatever works for you), that often helps to prevent a lot of confusion.
What I like about the second option is that you can have characters (even enemies) interact without actually having to jump at each other. Or if one is in a bad situation (hurt or stuck somewhere) they can still communicate. It’s nice for quickly jumping into new casual conversations with other characters. You can also have your character have post little status updates every now and then and sometimes other people reply and interactions just happen.
That said… I hope I didn’t scare you. Most rpers are really cool and most struggle with insecurity and anxiety themselves. Rping is about fun and relaxing.
Make sure you have a good graps on the character, re-read the wiki and pages and whatever you need to know and you should be perfectly prepared. Keep in mind that an rp character will never be 100% canon. You can play in an AU and change specific things about the character’s background, but even if you don’t, during rping, things will just happened that make your character divagate from canon. (Don’t be afraid of going that way. Just have fun!)
It might happen that after a while, you lose the muse/get into a writer’s block. If that happens, either take a break or try to plot new things with friends.
A thing with tumblr is that it’s such an open platform. It can be pretty fast-moving at times and it might feel like you’re missing too much ‘plot’ stuff others are doing. Be careful and don’t let rping stress you out. It should be for fun and when you feel stressed and pushed into constant activity etc. you need to take a step back and focus on yourself.
What helped me a lot to start out on tumblr is joining a group/timeline. Like that, you already have a little group of people that you can interact with and that have experience with tumblr rp and give you tips. If you’re rping an OC, you might have to push interaction some more to get noticed.
Really important though: You gotta do something to get your rp running. Follow people, ask people to plot. Be active.
A thing you should also know about are magic anons or m!a’s. They’re little ‘magic spells’ other people can put into your ask box to temporarily make something happen to your character (change appearance, let birds rain on them, all kinds of crazy stuff). That helps keeping rps interesting (but keep in mind you don’t have to accept all m!a’s and don’t need to do any you’re uncomfortable with.)
Also, if you ever start your blog, I’ll gladly help you start out by following and promoing your blog!
- Let's Get Loud
Homestuck 30 Day Challenge // Day Two: Your favorite Troll
that genocidal nerd