Welcome to Storyteller's Circle's Roleplay Forums! A multi-genre roleplay forum designed to support a wide array of stories and player interests.
It is our vision to see Storyteller's Circle as a thriving community of writers and roleplayers, and to be a place where writers of all skill levels can feel safe and welcome. We offer a supportive staff, numerous features to help support roleplays of all types, a live discord, and above all a healthy dose of enthusiasm and inspiration derived from a group of people dedicated to seeing Storyteller's Circle prosper.
If you're a roleplayer looking for a fresh start on a new site and who values a healthy community and supportive environment, then I welcome you to come join us at Storyteller's Circle.
Among our offered features, we provide personal forum space for large roleplays or tabletop roleplays that include multiple sub-forums for sorting threads, tabbed threads for organizing information, an integrated bbcode dice system, google document embedding, moderator privileges over the roleplay's forums, optional co-GMs, and a custom feature on our front page.
We also support all creative outlets and have made available our Creative Forums for sharing artwork, photography, short stories, poetry and more.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
(There is no required length of membership required to apply as a Mentor as long as your account has been approved and you can display an understanding and familiarity with the website layout, functions, and rules)
The Mentor Team
What is a Mentor? A Mentor in a simple sentence is a steward to our community. Each and every member of the Mentor team represents the spirit and motivation to foster the growth and development of Storyteller's Circle, and to provide our users with a healthy and supportive environment.
What are the responsibilities of a Mentor? It is the responsibility of the Mentor team to ensure the optimal experience for our users through any number of community support initiatives. No one Mentor is expected to accomplish every angle of this personally, but instead we aim to maintain a full team of well-rounded individuals who compliment one another's skill sets and interests to ensure all angles are covered by the team as a whole.
Are there any rules that Mentors need to follow? A Mentor is expected to uphold not only the letter of our rules, but the spirit of them as well. They are role models and as such held to a higher standard of conduct than a standard user. This is especially true regarding our rules on respect. One of the most crucial aspects of the Mentor Team is maintaining an unwavering patience with helping users of all types. They must be prepared to handle difficult and at times frustrating situations with understanding and tolerance. Differences in roleplay styles and beliefs must be respected at all times (a Mentor offers their services to guide others, but does not force those services upon others), and users who struggle to learn new things should be treated always with patience.
What sort of things should Mentors be doing? The following is a list of key Mentor expectations that are crucial to drawing in and retaining new users:
Meet-and-greet with new and returning members that post in the Welcome Center. Forming personal connections and friendships with new users is of the utmost importance to ensuring they have a reason to remain on our site.
Be familiar with the ins and outs of the forums and its active RPs. The best way to provide timely assistance and recommendations to new users is to be familiar with what's going on around the site.
Guide new members around the site. Integrating into a new community can be intimidating. Getting them familiar with our site mechanics can help them feel more comfortable.
Recommend appropriate roleplays to new users according to interests, and offer to get them in contact with GMs. A lot of new arrivals can find it daunting to approach established roleplays. Be the ice breaker for them.
Help new users with starting their own roleplays. Sometimes we just don't have a roleplay available that suits a new users interest. Offer to personally help get their roleplay idea coverage and attention, and offer assistance with getting it setup if they wish.
Help assess situations in which players feel as if their roleplays are dying or lacking activity.
Report to the moderators any behavioral concerns that could negatively impact the community.
This list isn't exhaustive and leading any community driven projects that foster growth and interaction falls under the responsibility of the Mentors. This could range from forum contests, to GMing open roleplays, to one on one mentoring, to writing articles for our front page.
How does one become a Mentor? We are currently accepting applications to join the Mentor team. Simply PM the following application to Tiko. Please note that due to the sensitive nature of the Mentor Team, users with account warnings, a history of misconduct, or an active history of intolerance towards others cannot be accepted on the Mentor Team. There is no requirement regarding length of membership on the website before someone can apply, but all applicants must be approved and active members.
Aelora is a land forgotten. Legend tells of a blight known only as the Void that spread through Aelora two millennia ago. As nation after nation fell the last of the Aeloran races joined together to seal the continent of Aelora away in a final effort to contain the blight from spreading to the rest of the world. A veil was erected and Aelora was lost to time and memory.
For two millennia the veil held and none could enter nor leave Aelora, and for two millennia the war with the Void raged on. Nations were shattered, and entire races driven into extinction. What survivors remained retreated into mountain strongholds until the tides were turned with the return of the Elysian Vanguard - a fabled order of heroes and legends.
With the blight driven back the races of Aelora have stepped forward to reclaim their ancestral homes. It will be an enduring struggle though as much of the land remains tainted by Void corruption and unforgiving wilderness.
A mighty and grand fleet looming in space silently may be a mental image that inspires grandeur and awe, but the process of creating one is something that can seem titanic and terrifying. It is an undertaking that is sizable and time consuming, but like most things in life, it can be done if you set your mind to it and create a plan. Science fiction is something that is both interesting to many, and fun to write once you begin to delve into its depths and understand it, be it in nature realistic (known as hard sci-fi) or taking advantage of more fantastical elements (or soft sci-fi). The intention of this article is to go over steps that outline the steps to take to take the seed of your ideas for outer space and allow you assemble your armada piece by piece.
To this end, this article will be broken into two primary sections: the Navy Building Process and Ship Design. So without further ado, we shall move onto the first topic on our outline: The Navy Building Process...
Metagaming in Roleplay: What It Is And How To Avoid It
Metagaming in its simplest definition is the use of knowledge your character doesn’t have. It can come in many forms, though. Often, it is simply a lack of experience that leads to metagaming, but other times metagaming is utilized deliberately to gain unfair advantages over other players. This guide is geared towards helping the former to understand what metagaming is and how to avoid it. It is also to help recognize the latter type of player so as to avoid them...
"Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them."
- Job 1:6
A historical dark fantasy roleplay set in Eastern France, it follows a group of individuals who become tied together through the effects of a mysterious book deemed heretical by the church. Now they must stand against the Inquisition, an invading army, and monsters that threaten their way of life. As these threats enclose on them, they must learn to survive them, and bring peace back to their homeland.
Based in a custom Eastern French Duchy in 1191, players will be tangled up in a number of storylines that will change the shape of the French countryside, and potentially history.
A unique science fantasy set on a megastructure of cosmic proportions fleeing from immortal horrors. A setting predicated on a ubiquitous hard magic system centered around constructs of solidified mana, and featuring eight races, seven of which are unique and alien in their shape. The setting is intended more as a backdrop for different tones and themes of RP rather than as a unified story setting, so there are opportunities for most genres of RP, including epic fantasy, horror, action-adventure, mystery, and drama.
The world of the Ark: a boat-shaped construct so vast that it would take up a significant portion of any solar system is was in, dwarfing even the largest stars in it's scale.
In the past we've always opened our monthly highlights with a special section for users who have really gone above and beyond, or who make a concerted effort to make storyteller's circle a welcoming place.
This months special thanks will be going to the people who made this month's site overhaul and upgrade possible. Thank you to Ver, Sokka, and Vauvanukke for their contributions to our site upgrade campaign, and a very special thank you to Yun Lee for her substantially large contributions to our site upgrade campaign. We also would like to thank Script and Yun Lee for their continued monthly support of Storyteller's Circle.
New Roleplay Content
Things have been a bit slow in this area as of late, but we've had some new interest checks and RP openings crop up in the bulletin board, so make sure you swing by and check them out. A roleplay site isn't much without roleplay! And while not a NEW roleplay, I would add a special note that The Convergence Series has posted up a new side-story that's worth taking a look at. The Convergence Series has proven itself a consistent and welcoming roleplay for all sorts of players.
Keep an eye on the bulletin board in the days to come as well, because we'll be making an active push to get people posting their roleplays ideas up! The more we get churning, the more welcoming the bulletin board is going to look to new users.
New Miscellaneous Content
Oh boy, where to begin! Site Upgrade! As most have noticed, the month of January was largely focused on getting the place cleaned up, polished up, and ready for February's recruitment drive. This has come with a fresh new look to the website, as well as a lot of small changes throughout. The conversations system has been replaced with a much more involved version that offers a greater deal of control and flexibility for people. This includes the ability to remove participants from group conversations, build a system of auto-sorting conversations, the ability to rejoin conversations you have left (and to see when people have left conversations with you), and more! Make sure you take a look and familiarize yourself with all the new functions.
Most of our former features where smoothly transitioned and replaced, though you may notice some minor variations.
And I'm also happy to say we got our old dice-roller replaced! The new one runs much smoother and isn't riddled with the bugs that forced us to retire the old one, though isn't as intuitive in how to use it. If you want to try it out, we set up a thread for experimenting. To use it you make a post first and submit the post, then you edit that post to attach a dice roll to the post. You can add multiple dice rolls to a post, but can't edit or remove previous ones.
What we're doing right: Well, still being here is the big thing! Especially our dedicated regulars that have been turning up for years now. That long lasting connection with the website will only be a boon in moving forward and drawing new players and new activity to the place.
What we need to work on: New users! Things have slowed down over this past year, and only a concerted effort by our users will see that change. So in the coming weeks we would encourage everyone to participate in February's voting drive, and take the time to frequent the introduction forum for new arrivals, and even just take a moment to browse new content in the creative forums. Only takes a few moments to like someone's post, or to post some feedback when asked for. These little things make people feel less invisible and more part of the community.
Sneak peak for February: RECRUITMENT DRIVE!!! With TopRPSites resetting on the 1st of February, we will be hitting the month off with a huge push to draw new users to the website. Much of the month will have the staff (and hopefully the rest of the community as well) focused primarily on advertising and recruiting. Let's all see a strong start to 2020.
From our wiki: "Convergence is set in a fandom multiverse where events have been set into motion to cause beings from disparate dimensions to, despite all odds, meet each other. With the multiverse becoming more widely known, dark forces seek to reach out and take whatever power they can muster from these chaotic opportunities, and it’s up to those who would stand against them to put a stop to these evil schemes. The background and lore of this series is constantly expanding, creating a rich and varied history with a growing cast of thousands."
The Convergence Series is a multifandom crossover epic roleplay that follows an overarcing story and lore, featuring dozens of popular franchises and characters. While we are fandom based, we absolutely welcome OCs as well, and anyone of all writing styles or experience; in fact, we go out of our way to make our roleplays as newcomer-friendly as possible!
Convergence offers many different roleplaying options. Our Main Events are big, multichapter roleplays that serve as another chapter in our lore. Side Stories are smaller roleplays with a slower pace that tend to go on for a longer period of time. We also have a few casual jump-in Sandbox roleplays which anyone can join at any time. And of course there are One-On-One roleplays if you'd prefer writing a story with one other person. No matter what kind of roleplay you enjoy, Convergence has it!
You can find us here over in the Epic Roleplay Forums. We have a lot of different roleplays going on, there's bound to be something for you! Hope to see you over there soon!
So it's been just over 3 years now since the opening of Storyteller's Circle! And that time sure did fly by. I'm pleased to say that we're still standing and revving up to make this year a good one!
We'll be kicking things off with a major recruitment drive over the next few months to really try and liven the place up with some new faces and new roleplays. Anyone wanting to help out with that can do so in two very important ways.
One, be ready to vote daily for us on TopRpSites when we start up a voting drive in a week when TopRpSites resets its votes. Historically speaking, almost all of our traffic has come through TopRpSites, so if we can get all our dedicated regulars voting enough to push us back up into the Top 10, that will greatly increase the traffic. I can't understate how this is the best way to help out in the days to come!
And two, be ready to engage new arrivals. TopRpSites is great for bringing new faces in, but a site is nothing without a connection between its users. Taking an interest in new arrivals, helping them get situated, and welcoming them into (or joining their) roleplays is what keeps people around.
In addition to our recruitment drive we will also be restarting our monthly highlight articles. They've been popular in the past, and they really help to highlight content and users and liven up the front page. So keep an eye out for those!