I wanted to take a moment to talk about something that really grinds my gears.
"Does anyone want to scene?"
This is not the way to go about getting roleplay started. At all. It's a way to feel bad when no one picks you up on it, and reinforces group dynamics that already exist. When you put that message out there you're putting the effort and work on other people. Now it's up to them to satisfy you, but as we all know roleplay is a search for self satisfaction through personal character use. Putting yourself out there and waiting for things to happen is no way to live life! You need to be active.
What does that mean? It means you have to put forth the effort. You want roleplay right? You want to scene and experience character growth? Then you need to go get it. Don't expect a handout or for it to fall on you like an anvil.
Be the change you want to see in the world!
- Select a character of yours you'd like to use and interact with.
Don't expect other people to choose for you, you know your characters, and you know best which one to play with. Put forth the effort! If you like your characters as much as you should, it might be hard to pick one, but you can do it.
- Look at the active players in the chat. Ones that aren't too busy!
There's a lot of people in the chat, and if they're there and talking that means they're usually available. But make sure they aren't in two or three scenes already.
- Go over their characters, and pick one you want to meet yours.
Skim over them and get to know them, show you actually care about them as more than just props for your scene. They're equal parts important to a scene happening you know, you're not just roleplaying at a wall!
- Ask them for that specific scene pairing.
Be nice, and ask for it. 'Will you play X with my Y?' It takes all the effort of prelim set up away, and after they've confirmed you can get to the rest of the details. If they say no, don't be sad! Most people have a good reason for it. Just start over!
- Enjoy your roleplay, or raincheck for a future date!
Scenes without waiting! Or at least, you've shown that person you want to do this scene. So they'll remember it and when they're free they might want to do it as well.
Let's try to be a little more friendly!
We can all be better players and can always improve, asking might seem like a lot of work, but if we all do it the scenes will flow freely! Let's all try and be a better community, together.