Creating a storm in your roleplay can add a lot of dimension to it. If things have been slowing down and you find the posts have been just enough to get by you can choose from a variety of storms to mix things up a bit. As with all things in roleplay, it's all in the detail. As opposed to a one paragraph stating something along the lines of "Suddenly the rain started coming down harder and harder till _________ couldn't hardly see _______ Standing in front of him......" you can use this opportunity to get really creative. Take your time and really think about it. Use the following template to help you design the perfect storm. What kind of storm is it? (Rain, snow, sands, ice, winds?) ((think about the demographics of your roleplay. You don't want a sandstorm up in the mountains for example.)) How long will the storm last? (you want to begin planning how long this storm will approximately run for. This is important so it is clear and consise. The last thing you want is for it to run so long that you and your fellow roleplayers forget that it's even storming and move on to other dramas. When it's done it's job clearly state desceibe how it ended.) What is happening to the land/animals/flora? (Describe what is happening around your character. You can never be too descriptive. Is it a small storm that is slightly romantic as the raindrops fall From the canopy above, or is it intense and raging as it rips the smaller trees right out from the earth?) Set the tone of the storm. (What do you want this storm to do? Are your roleplayers moving too quickly from one spot to the next. Do you need a storm to shut everyone in someone to build character relationships? Or are all your roleplayers stuck for ideas on what to do or where to go with the story? You can use the storm to create a sense of urgency to get out of dodge and get to some shelter. Maybe the next town.) Realistic effects of the storm on your character. (Okay let's be honest, no character is invincible. Yes, it's lovely playing a tough badass who marches through the storm bravely, but bring your character some morality and describe how the storm is affecting them. How is it affecting them physically? Is the sand blowing in their eyes? Will they tie a bandana around thier face to protect themselves? Do they get smacked by a log being whipped by in the wind? Are they in a boat? Is the storm making them lose their balance and stumble from one side to the other? How is it affecting them psychologically? Or how is it affecting their relationships with other characters? Maybe a rough rain storm shut two people in and in turn cause them to get to know each other more intimately.) How does the storm affect their fighting/magic? (Are you in the middle of a battle when the storm arrives? If your character uses magic fire type spells would most likely be out of the question in a rain storm. Maybe your character shoots a bow. How would the wind affect the arrow flying? Remember to be honest and realistic about your character. Perhaps it forces them to use a new fighting technique.) Hopefully this helps you open your mind to the possibilites of the perfect storm. Take it from a bland no big deal sort of thing, to something epic and game changing!