A Beginner's Guide to the Roleplaying Room

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A Beginner's Guide to the Roleplaying Room

Post by Articuno on Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:20 am


The Roleplaying room is perhaps one of the most complicated ones on Pokemon Showdown. When you first join - even if you have experience with roleplaying - it may appear to be convoluted and confusing. Everything done in the room has a purpose and an order, so jumping in can quickly cause you to get confused or even warned for disrupting. This guide aims to explain the basics of the room and how to get started. 

The Very Basics:

First off, it's probably best to have an idea of what exactly roleplaying is. You can think of it like writing a story or a play in real time... with other people. Those you interact with affect how the story goes and what ends up happening. It's sort of like a creative writing game. You can read a little more on that here.

Now let's have an example of something you might see when you first go into the room. We're going to break this image down, since there's a lot going on.
Picture of the room:


OOC is one of the most commonly-used terms in the room. It stands for "out of character", which basically means that YOU, not your character, is the one talking. If you aren't participating in the RP at all, be sure to use OOC when you're speaking.

Out of character is commonly denoted with two parentheses on each side of whatever you're typing. 


Bold is the main formatting used, but ONLY by hosts and staff members. Randomly bolding can still get you warned if you use it - and likely will. Anyone set to the rank of host will receive Voice for the duration of the RP, so if you see someone with Voice (+) rank or higher bolding, you can probably assume they are hosting the RP or co-hosting it.

In this example, Turtleawe is hosting and announcing developments within the current RP, Conquest.

Roleplaying Bot:

Roleplaying Bot, affectionately known as Synthia (or Claire, based on who you ask), is the room's bot. RP Bot is vital to the function of the room, as it keeps track of the current roleplay, its time, who is hosting it, and what document is being used.

A list of commands can be found here.

Getting Started:

Is the room looking interesting? Great! Here's a few do's and don'ts to help you get situated. Also check out this quickstart guide if you want to get started with the current roleplay.


  • Read through the site and the room rules.
  • Ask a voice or staff member for help if you don't understand something.
  • Spend a few minutes watching the chat to get an idea of how it works.
  • Join in a roleplay when you feel ready to try it out!


  • Randomly jump in with whatever you like.
  • Assume that using /me means you can post anything.
  • Use bold without permission.
  • Spam bot commands.

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