Things About Genres and Roleplay

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'Ello! I'm just wondering if somebody would be willing to give me detailed descriptions and names of nearly every genre of roleplay that is currently known and how you could combine a few aspects about certain ones to come out with a new genre etc. Etc.

Now I'm not sure if this is a good place for that but I do need help!


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Fantasy is my #1; I will give almost anything a chance if it has strong fantasy elements. Post apocalyptic, superhero, alternate history, science fantasy, some supernatural, romance, and a few fandoms (especially Game of Thrones) are also likely to catch my eye.
This seems like something more for the help or discussion area of the Roleplay Institute. You can use this link, which can also be found as the listing named Request Thread Moderation at the bottom of the page under the Site Functions heading, to ask for this to be moved.

That's a pretty huge question, but very easily answered. Roleplay genres are pretty much the same as literature genres, including specialized ones like 'cosmic horror' and 'steampunk fantasy' and so on, with the notable addition of fandom works that few would classify as a legitimate genre of literature. Literally all you need to do is go figure out what elements are core to the identity of a couple genres, then slap those two things together.

The heroic fantasy/sword and sorcery subgenre of fantasy is all about larger than life sword-wielding heroes where the tales focus mainly on personal battles rather than world-ending conflicts, and there's usually some magic and supernatural elements and romance in there. The mecha subgenre of science fiction is all about people getting into big robots and fighting each other and/or monsters. Combine them together by making all the fighting done in mecha that use huge swords and fight against huge monsters, but make sure it focuses on the personal story of the heroes rather than on some apocalyptic conflict and be sure the foes are supernatural and/or magical foes, plus include romance opportunities. Boom, sword and sorcery mecha genre meld complete.

As for a full list and detailed description of all genres, eh, that's a hell of a lot of work. Go search the internet for lists of literature genres and subgenres and you should be able to find some useful ones.


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Historical, fantasy, magic, horror, supernatural, survival, vampires, demons, pirates, mutants, ghosts, romance (FxF, MxM, MxF) (Romance should be part of the plot and not the whole plot in itself), etc.
We are actually working on a full list describing all the genres iwaku has as prefixes (which probably aren't every genre in existence, but we have a lot of genres). Everything is already written up, but it needs some editing before it can be put up in the FAQ as everything is a bit out of order. So once we're done with that you'll be able to check up what all the genres are about.

As for roleplay questions, they do belong in the roleplay institute in the sub-forum class help. :) Your thread will be moved in a minute.

As for a full list and detailed description of all genres, eh, that's a hell of a lot of work.
Yes... Yes it was. ]: My brain hurts from all the information I never really needed to know D:
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