Discussion Forum or Discord RPs?

Thundawave

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The main mediums for roleplaying in this community are forum and Discord. Forum RPs allow for more description and showing inner thoughts, but they’re much slower. Discord RPs, on the other hand, zoom by and have better potential for natural interactions, but they require people to think on the spot and be online at the same time.

So which one do you prefer? Forum, Discord, a hybrid, or something else?
 

Grunt Beavie

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From doing wrestling RPs, we have used both written posts on forums where we write out an entire RP piece (or a Promo), and also some of them legit use Twitter, which is kind of like using Discord in that it is instant.

I've enjoyed writing a nice in-depth RP piece, sometimes having someone help with it if we need to interact, and I guess I enjoy the sense of control I can have with it. However, it can be a bit more work and in terms of a forum RP, you sometimes struggle to write something longer than a couple of lines since there are some cases that it's all you realistically need and you need filler.

On Twitter, I like the instantaneousness of it and I established allies of my character and enemies entirely thanks to it. However, I think because it is so instantaneous (and in the case of Twitter we didn't have control over it) it's hard to keep a direction and safeguard against someone doing something utterly stupid. Like there were cases where people had decided to pick fights with other people's "companies" including trying to break the fourth wall or just reduce to bullying. I can imagine in a Discord server, there is at least more control to stop that kind of stuff, but it may also move too fast to keep up with.
 

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Even ignoring my personal feelings towards Discord, (had some bad interactions there recently and have essentially left,)
I still prefer Forum RPs.
I'm never very good at coming up with things on the spot. I like to reread everything and have time to plan out stuff in advance. Not that I ever end up doing that.
Also, I take some time to get into character. If I'm interuppted writing a post, then I can just come back later when I'm ready, wheas with IMs I have to get right back to RPing cause the other person will be busy too.

These all apply to talking anywhere online though. I prefer Forums over Discord in general for all the same reasons.
 

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Both have their advantages and draw backs. I like a mix of both, a forum rp that uses discord for planning or OOC. Or maybe a forum RP that has some sort of Discord for collaborative backstory/world building (not sure how this would play out, just an idea off the top of my head). Honestly I can work, and thrive I might add, in just about any type of roleplay format. Admittedly the flaw is that overtime folks lose interest and this is a problem with both Discord and the forums. Eventually people stop playing for whatever reason, things get put on hold indefinitely, and then the game just dies. It happens, and if you're lucky the story ends before that point but it's pretty rare for something like that to occur.
 
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