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play by post, how it works?

Postby richardcdowen » 3:10pm on 16 Jul 13

this might be obvious any of you in this forum but how does a play by post game work? could anyone give me a run down of how it works? im interested in getting involved in a play by post game and want some idea of how it works.
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Re: play by post, how it works?

Postby wraithben » 9:04pm on 16 Jul 13

Generally it depends on the game - the best thing would be to check out some of the threads below - there's two Duty and Honour/Beat to Quarters based ones (one star wars themed) that would give good idea of how some games are done.

As a basic guideline Play by Post is done on a forum - the GM posts what is happening and each player posst what they will do - as a rule the rolling of dice/playing of cards etc is then done by the GM and they post the results.
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Re: play by post, how it works?

Postby richardcdowen » 1:17pm on 17 Jul 13

ok cool

but whats the time frame between posts; are people on the forum at set times or is it just post whenever sort of set up?
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Re: play by post, how it works?

Postby wraithben » 4:32pm on 17 Jul 13

That's normally set up as you set the game up - if you're going for all available at the same time then you might be better off playing live over G+ hangouts or something The normal expectation (from games I've played) would be to check the forums once/twice a day and post when it's your turn. Personally I try to check at least in the morning and evening.
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Re: play by post, how it works?

Postby 3Jane » 10:31am on 18 Jul 13

In my (limited) experience, the primary thing you want to watch out for is the expected minimum posting rate.

Random bits and pieces:

- There may be some expected genre/conventions including posting style (example: 3rd person or 1st person).
- RP style tends to be different, because you need to post a fair chunk of action, description and dialogue on your own; it can be closer to storytelling and scene description than normal RP.
- Interacting with other characters is hard; either you and the person you're talking to post very very often, or you need to assume they say something and post an exchange between the characters, responding "as if".
- You can be out-posted. That is, if your posting rate is once per day, and everyone else can post several times per day, the action will move on without you.
- I suspect you may need to have a stronger character concept than in normal RP.
- It's easy to loose your drive after, say, a month or two, when the story hasn't moved on as much as it would have in normal RP and life situation suddenly changes and eats up your free time. People drop out.

And finally, it's really worth it to read a couple of different PbP threads because there are different styles and it's quite educational :)
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Re: play by post, how it works?

Postby Neil Gow » 12:45pm on 18 Jul 13

How does it work?

Well, if the failure rate of games on this site is anything to go by, it doesn't. :lol:

Playing in a PbP game is, in my opinion, quite different from the normal RP stuff you will do around a table. The main difference is the time dilation - it can take days to play out one scene that would take minutes at a table, especially if you and the other person do not share time zones! A PbP game might encompass in a few months what could be done in a session around a table.

However, it has some very strong advantages. No time restrictions, no location restrictions and if you make the effort, you can probably create a more thorough canvas for the game through images, NPCs, descriptions etc.

The very best PbP I have ever taken part in is running at the moment - http://southronambitions.com/index.php

Have a gander at that bad boy and see how much work 'Stranger' has put into creating a truly immersive experience. It is mind-boggling and I shudder to think how much time has been dedicated to it. Each day takes a week and has specific challenges and events that can be entered, that all have complex interactions.

It is very very good indeed
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