A Roleplay is a game in which multiple people gather to take the roles of a specific character, this character/s explores the setting of the RP as the plot moves around them…think Dungeons and Dragons or World of Warcraft, or any main game were you play a character that doesn’t speak if you will, or if you want to move away from the games then think back to when you were a little kid and used to play as your favorite cartoon or movie character with your friends.
Now to explain a bit more, the person that originally comes up with the idea for the RP as well as being the person behind the scenes (or in the scenes if he or she so wishes to) is called a Game Master (Manager, whatever rocks your boat) or GM for short. The GM is the person in charge of the RP and the one in charge of controlling the plot, setting and NPCs (this last one is optional as some people might allow others to create their own NPCs, NPC means Non Player Character by the way)
But anyways RPs in this section can vary, they can either be Pokemon RPs or RPs that aren’t about Pokemon, on that note they can also be RPs about other franchises or even original concepts or concepts inspired in other franchises.
The RPs in this section go through two phases.
The first phase is Sign Ups, which is basically where people can create their characters. Sign Ups usually follow a general scheme, such as putting up a character’s name, gender and appearance. Some others ask for your character’s personality or background as well. They can also ask for things that are unique to the RP you’re signing up to (a special ability of some sort or Pokemon if it’s a Pokemon RP for example)
Essentially this is the part where the GM allows people to come in and craft their own unique character, keep in mind though that the GM can create their own conditions and he or she can either accept or deny you depending on what he or she believes.
Now for the second phase of RPs. The Start Up.