- This article is about the type of game. For the type of project, see RPG Projects.
An RPG or RP in Scratch is a Role-Playing Game played on the Scratch Website. They are played in three places: projects, studios, and the Collaborations forum. RPGs were previously played in the old Text Based Games Forums. In Scratch, an RPG game does not have rules or structure that real RPGs have and can be defined better as a storytelling game.
Role-playing games are activities where people control characters and interact with others in a virtual world. Posts contain 'snippets' of a story, usually made up as it goes:
- RPGer1: "RPGer1 went outside to check the area for intruders."
- RPGer2: "RPGer2 made a few mugs of hot chocolate. 'RPGer1, want some hot chocolate?'"
- RPGer1: "Yes please," RPGer1 replied, taking one of the mugs and sitting down. They scanned the horizon for people as they took a sip of the drink.
RPGs in Projects
- Main article: Role-Playing Game Projects
When projects are used to house the RPG, a project is created and uploaded, usually by the RPG owner. The project usually contains information about the RPG and its characters. To RPG at the project, users place comments — they act just like forum posts.
RPGs may also use projects as forms for character information or other things.
RPGs in Studios
Some users prefer using studios instead of projects. With a studio, there can be many projects related to the RPG, not just one. As the studio itself can not have a project on it, the information about the RPG is placed in the studio notes. Like projects, users RPG by placing comments.
RPGs in the Text-Based Games Forums
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With projects and studios, users are limited to comments; in the Text-Based Games Forums, forum posts could be used instead. Unlike comments, forum posts can use formatting (BBCode) and easily quote other posts. One of the most popular RPGs in the TBG forum was Flag RPG. It was also the topic with the most posts in the entire Scratch Website, but, following a mysterious deletion, it no longer holds that title.
On February 1, 2011, the Text-Based Games Forums were split into two forums, leaving a forum specifically for RPGs. However, on March 1, 2013, the forums shut down permanently. The Text-Based Games forums can now be accessed here.
RPGs out of Nowhere
Basic Rules in RPGs
Here are some basic rules that many RPGs contain:
- No powerplaying — power playing is controlling other characters.
- No godmodding — this means having god-like powers and going beyond the limits of the RPG rules.
- No perfect characters — this means characters are perfect in every way. Also known as "Mary Sues" or "Gary Stus."
- No super flawed characters — this means characters are flawed in every way.
Users in RPGs may decide to make another account with the name of the character they are playing. (For example, a user playing Ben Farmer may make the account BenFarmer.) On these accounts, users may post projects made to look like they are made by the character they play while still commenting/posting in their RPG. They will probably have a picture of their character as the profile picture. These are not often used as main accounts, but some people become very active on them. However, by the time that the RPG is over, these accounts are often either deleted or abandoned.
|You can create one of these! A tutorial is available here.