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Advice/Help The Struggle of Finding RP Partners

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I don’t know why it’s so hard to find roleplay partners when there are tons of them in this website. I can’t seem to find anyone that is interested in plots or fandoms that I like. It’s frustrating because I would love to build a plot and create an amazing story, but no one seems interested. I see so many posts with so many replies with fandoms I love and no one responds to mine. What should I do? Any advice would be great.
 

AnnJam

WAP Inspector!

What should I do?
There isn't anything you can do per say. But I can suggest a handful of things:

1. Identify the common trend of your fandom. RP communities go through trends and if you mirror those trends you may have an easier time attracting a partner. Sometimes you want to RP something that isn't desirable, has fallen out of fashion, and it is a reality of RPing. You either wait it out and hope you land that rare gem of a partner or adjust to the trends.

2. If you are someone who posts threads but doesn't actively go asking others for RP. I suggest asking those people who are more or less close to what you want to do if they'd like to RP (even if they don't say this fandom with this trend, if they say they enjoy a trope or theme you can ask if they enjoy it along side whichever fandom). Be proactive do the leg work and do it while also understanding that you will have to bend on some of your ideas. You can't be so rigid that you won't compromise or hold back on a element you enjoy until later in the RP. Just because your partner doesn't want to do it RIGHT NOW doesn't mean it can't fit in later. Everything is negotiation, unless they state otherwise (respect peoples hard NOs).

3. If the fandom won't do it, try shifting your idea to a original character RP / non-fandom. A lot of non-fandom RPers will be intro trends and tropes that your fandom may not be into, so you may have an easier time finding someone willing to at least RP the trend/trope you're into, but you'll have to sacrifice the fandom element.

4. Try RPing a trope/trend you aren't 100% into, maybe you're only 70% into it and then suggestion other things to add to your partner. Again like #2 everything is negotiable give and take.

5. Try finding a partner on a different site. RPN is great and all but it has it's limits. Different communities often have different users into different stuff and you may find that what you're into is more popular on a different site. RPN's community has very clear preferences and even I know that a good chunk of what I enjoy is not enjoyed by people on RPN; but I can get SLEWS of the shit I love from other communities.
 

Idea

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I had a look at your threads just now and they don't seem to have much of an issue with them. I think you might be being a bit too impatient here though- you posted a thread yesterday and another one less than an hour ago. There are people busy with tests or occupied with any of the million things going on right now. I really recommend just giving it a bit of time for now.
 

nerdy tangents

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Like Idea said there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with your threads themselves. You just need a bit of patience that all.

I have been searching for roleplay partner for months. I will get one or two people replying to my interest check but they inevitably get busy with school, work, or other IRL stuff.

With COVID on the rise, people loosing or looking for jobs, and school starting up soon I would just give it a bit of time before you panic.
 

Onmyoji

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If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by. As well as rp partners.
Sometimes finding a rp partner takes months even if your threads are perfect.

But I agree that being proactive helps too. If you check someone's thread and like something there, send them a PM. in worst case you'll get no reply or a no. In best case you'll get a good rp partner that wants to rp the same things just didn't notice your search thread.
 

Andei

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If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by. As well as rp partners.
I totally read that as 'dead bodies of your enemies and RP partners' hahaha

In terms of advice, nothing much to add to what's been said: wait for people to bite while also actively looking for potential partners by reading their RPs and recruit threads.

It might be worth trying to join something which is outside your primary zone of interest because it could end up being really interesting, especially if there are good writers involved. It also helps you develop a circle of writers who know you and are used to writing with you.

When it's really dead, I sometimes just write loads of prompts or character ideas to keep my mind and figurative pen rolling, but that might not be for everyone haha!

Good luck buddy~
 

AnnJam

WAP Inspector!

Sometimes finding a rp partner takes months even if your threads are perfect.
Question . . . is this common on RPN? Like does it take months to get a partner on this site normally? I just thought my shit was a bit to much of "not RPNs thing" because I can get a partner in a day or two on other sites.
 

Onmyoji

HanGuang-Jun
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Question . . . is this common on RPN? Like does it take months to get a partner on this site normally? I just thought my shit was a bit to much of "not RPNs thing" because I can get a partner in a day or two on other sites.
It really depends. I found my first partner within like a day or two after registering on RPN. The rest were spread out and there were indeed a few months between them. Then again, I wasn't actively looking and it all happened naturally. And on some other site it's been... I think three or so months since I joined until I actually got a rp. Half a year on another one.
So it's a huge matter of luck and I can't say RPN is worse than others.
 

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