A Query about RPs with Groups

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Ω Angel Ω

White-Winged Symphony
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Group Roleplays, One on One Roleplays
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A Few Posts a Week, One Post a Week
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Intermediate, Adept, Adaptable
Genders You Prefer Playing
Primarily Prefer Male
#1
Though I'm not such a newbie in the RP scene, I've never done an RP with more than one person. One[x]One RPs make up my little life here on Iwaku. However, now I'm looking to branch out, and one of my new ideas involves a decent size group to work with. My question is how to work with a group, both as a GM and a character in such an RP.

Of all the things I want to know, the following are the most important to me:

- How do you time posts between people? Like, one of my bigger pet peeves is being interrupted (another reason why I've avoided group rps), so what do you do if two sets of two characters are talking in the same thread? Is there some method of organization?

- While on the topic, how does one manage a group of characters that split into smaller groups? I suppose the answer is pretty obvious, but I like hearing the advice of others.

- GM tips? Just in general, really. :P

- When should I, as a character, enter into conversation/action with other characters? I hate interrupting just as much as I hate being interrupted, so I'm always super shy until I'm mentioned or invited into the conversation. If I have a relevant reason to break into a conversation or fight, how do I do that...correctly?

I guess any other tips are welcome, but I care about the 4 points above more than any general tips and tricks.
 

Kestrel

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Group Roleplays, One on One Roleplays
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A Few Posts a Week, One Post a Week, Slow As Molasses
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Douche
Genders You Prefer Playing
Male, Female
Playing Style- Passive or Aggressive
Leaning towards aggressive.
Favorite Genres
Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Space Opera, Modern Fantasy, Western, combinations thereof, etc.
Genre You DON'T Like
High-school, slice of life, etc.
#2
- How do you time posts between people? Like, one of my bigger pet peeves is being interrupted (another reason why I've avoided group rps), so what do you do if two sets of two characters are talking in the same thread? Is there some method of organization?
If you absolutely have to talk with just one other character without being interrupted, make a collab. Collabs are basically a lot of posts into one. This way you don't break up what everyone else is doing, but instead get it wrapped up all nice in one post. Generally, group RP's focus more on, you guessed it, the group rather than one or two characters. This generally means that individual relationships are less important than in 1x1's.

For more on collabs, check this out.

- While on the topic, how does one manage a group of characters that split into smaller groups? I suppose the answer is pretty obvious, but I like hearing the advice of others.
Create multiple objectives that have to be pursued at the same time. Personally I feel of four PC's per scene is the optimum. Three often leads to exclusion, five or more to chaos and long waiting periods (unless you go hardcore plot>character interaction).

- GM tips? Just in general, really. :P
https://www.iwakuroleplay.com/threa...sts-the-action-reaction-wheel-and-more.87700/
https://www.iwakuroleplay.com/threads/characters-101-roles-relationships-combat-and-more.93852/
https://www.iwakuroleplay.com/threads/conservation-of-detail-spatial-contextual-awareness.112854/
https://www.iwakuroleplay.com/threads/setting-up-stories.64646/

- When should I, as a character, enter into conversation/action with other characters? I hate interrupting just as much as I hate being interrupted, so I'm always super shy until I'm mentioned or invited into the conversation. If I have a relevant reason to break into a conversation or fight, how do I do that...correctly?
In a group pretty much whenever. Write about your character going up to their characters and speak (or whatever action you're planning) to them. Group RP's are also collaborative efforts, not a bunch of 1x1's in one thread. Everyone exists within more or less the same time and space.
 

Ω Angel Ω

White-Winged Symphony
Roleplay Invitations
Group Roleplays, One on One Roleplays
Posting Speed
A Few Posts a Week, One Post a Week
Writing Levels
Intermediate, Adept, Adaptable
Genders You Prefer Playing
Primarily Prefer Male
#3
Wow! Kestrel Kestrel Thank you so much for all the info! That pretty much covers everything I wanted to know. Also, I adore your profile picture. Secret of Kells is an incredible movie. <3 (Also diggin' the song quote).
 

Kestrel

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Roleplay Invitations
Group Roleplays, One on One Roleplays
Posting Speed
A Few Posts a Week, One Post a Week, Slow As Molasses
Writing Levels
Douche
Genders You Prefer Playing
Male, Female
Playing Style- Passive or Aggressive
Leaning towards aggressive.
Favorite Genres
Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Space Opera, Modern Fantasy, Western, combinations thereof, etc.
Genre You DON'T Like
High-school, slice of life, etc.
#4
Glad to see it's helpful. Best of luck with your group RP'ing ventures.