TurianShadow
 member, 2 posts
Mon 15 May 2017
at 23:03
Questions for a PbP newbie
Hi all,

I'm excited to get started on the site! I had a couple questions for ya'll about playing.

1. What does RTJ mean? I've seen it on a few forums and advertisements, but I can's seem to find the definition.

2. How effective is the Players looking for GMs forum? I'd like to play in a Shadowrun or maybe a Call of Cthulhu game if I could, but it looks like most of the advertising GMs are going mainly freeform things, which I'm not as interested in at the moment.

3. Does anyone have general tips for getting involved in games? Are there any particular tricks to getting picked up, or is it mostly perseverance?

Thank you all in advance!
Gaffer
 member, 1468 posts
 Ocoee FL
 40 yrs of RPGs
Mon 15 May 2017
at 23:13
Questions for a PbP newbie
RTJ means Request To Join. It's how you submit an application to be accepted into a game. It is done through a 'button' at the top center of a game accepting players. There is usually a thread that describes what a GM is looking for in the request.

Freeform and DnD/Pathfinder are probably the three most popular 'systems' among GMs. Call of Cthulhu and Shadowrun are less frequently advertised, probably at no more than a 1:20 porportion to those other three.

I think the best thing you can do to increase your chance of being selected is to carefully read the Game Information and the RTJ instructions and shape your application to conform to them. In addition, being coopoerative with the GM and congenial in your approach won't hurt.
evileeyore
 member, 7 posts
 GURPS GM and Player
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 00:14
Questions for a PbP newbie
What does the "IC" stand for in many of the titles in the Games Proposals forum?
horus
 member, 271 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 00:26
Questions for a PbP newbie
In reply to evileeyore (msg # 3):

It can stand for several things:

With respect to Characters:
  • In Character
  • Independent Character
  • Individual Combatant

Then there's:
  • Interest Check


There may be others.
horus
 member, 272 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 00:28
Questions for a PbP newbie
Welcome, TurianShadow!

I see Gaffer has answered your questions already.

I'd only add that reading the Game Proposals, Input, and Advice forum might also present new opportunities to get in on a game at the get-go.

Welcome to the best PbP site anywhere!
evileeyore
 member, 8 posts
 GURPS GM and Player
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 00:41
Re: Questions for a PbP newbie
horus:
Interest Check

That one makes the most sense.  Thanks!