Fuck Yeah, Bad RPer Polar Bear!
We've all been there – cringing over fellow roleplayers' terrible grammar and language use, and the general failtasticness of their behavior and characters. This is why we decided to create Bad RPer Polar Bear, to act as sort of a support group for all of our ranting needs.

Feel free to rant in the form of a meme, or submit a story about your experiences.

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what a mess

I am in a roleplay group for a 42 year old show. To hide the characters’s identities, I’ve changed their names to Beetle Bailey characters. (Both are military series, so…)

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Posted on July 17 with 5 notes at 5:09 pm
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My patience with the rp I’m in is wearing thin. Most of the time I love it, I love the muses I have and I love the plots and interactions they have with other characters. However, the group is large and in a large group it seems near-on impossible to avoid some OOC drama of some sort, no matter how much it is stipulated in the rules that it is banned.

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Posted on July 13 with 6 notes at 1:44 pm
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One day a lot of these RPers started getting spam with anon messages ranging from confusing to full blown harassment. Everyone who got them was very confused, including me.[[MORE]]
Now I roleplay a child whom I’ll call U. One of my friends was upset the character was getting harassed, however they had no RP account on DA yet so they sent me an anon giving U an ice cream cone. My muse took it glad to have a bit of a distraction from the harassment. Then one of the anons who had been harassing us turned the ice cream into another muse’s cum (let’s call this muse S).
Again, they turned a 14-year-old’s ice cream into cum. Then they tried to claim that S was a pedophile and rapist because they turned U’s ice cream into cum. Now everyone at this point was pissed at the anon and everyone stopped replying with their characters. Some turned off anon while others used their stat counter to figure out the anon’s IPs.  
Or anons, as it turned out it was a trio of three. Someone (let’s call them Sailor) sent an ask telling me that she might of known who they were. The anons where her “friends” (she stopped being friends with them after this) who hated the fact she loved the series. 
I then got an ask calling Sailor a bitch for “ratting them out” and more harassment. When I called them out for hiding behind anon and making rape jokes one of them made a new account and dared me to report them. I simply gave out the user’s IP address and every RP blocked the anons and the sock puppet accounts they tried to use against us. Eventually they gave up after they figured out we had their IP adresses.

One day a lot of these RPers started getting spam with anon messages ranging from confusing to full blown harassment. Everyone who got them was very confused, including me.

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Posted on July 12 with 7 notes at 3:26 am
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Isn’t all fantasy DnD?

So first of all I don’t have anything against DnD or the people who play it. It’s a fun game and people can do a lot of really cool things with it. That being said, if you’re a DnD player and you join a para-style roleplay, why on earth would you expect it to play out like a DnD game?

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Posted on July 5 with 9 notes at 5:09 pm
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I’ll try to make this fairly brief.
A little over a year ago, I joined a rebooted roleplay with three of my friends. It was based off of a popular book series revolving around animal characters and took place a hundred years into the future. Basically, my admin friend (who we’ll call Whiskers) made it so that all humans had died off in some big chain of disasters, and animals had evolved to gain new technology, and some even had powers. Two other people joined, one we’ll call Void and the other Bit.[[MORE]]
So anyway, we made our character sheets. I was the only one who decided not to give her characters powers out of the group of four, but it didn’t bother me. One of my characters had to leave the syndicate the roleplay revolved around, along with Whiskers’s and Void’s. We’ll call my runaway muse Ore and the other Berry.
Time passes, and they decided to try heading back home, only to be shunned. There was a meeting, and I asked Whiskers if I could have Berry reappear and get involved, since she was a hot-head and would probably stand up for Ore. Whiskers said no, I think because she feared it would feel like shoehorning, but I didn’t mind. That, however, was probably when the trouble began.
So anyway, some big battle happens, and I think Void’s and Whiskers’s muses leave. Ore gets lost, Bit sends his muses to look for him. Guess what Whisker decides to do? Timeship a whole /year/ while they’re away from the other characters. There really was no way to get back off of our feet. A lot of stuff would have changed with Berry and Ore by now, and Whiskers’s and Void’s characters were a long ways away.
So anyway, I just decided to spectate the roleplay while Bit leaves. A few months later, this is basically what Whiskers tells me:"Sorry we kind of kicked you out of the roleplay XD"
I wanted to be nice, so I said it was okay and that I liked watching. But since then, Void’s muse have become a huge angst-er who constantly tells one of Whiskers’s muses how much he loves her, how much he wishes things were easier. All of their powers have gotten much stronger, too, but I guess that makes sense since they’ve aged a lot.
I just kind of wish she would have asked me if that timeskip was okay, if I wanted to make a new character (though I don’t think she’d mind if I tried to, but it’d feel sort of awkward nonetheless), if I wanted to collab on a new roleplay with her. Well, actually, she did at one point, but then she never asked about it again. We haven’t roleplayed with each other in months; I don’t know why I still lurk the thread.

I’ll try to make this fairly brief.

A little over a year ago, I joined a rebooted roleplay with three of my friends. It was based off of a popular book series revolving around animal characters and took place a hundred years into the future. Basically, my admin friend (who we’ll call Whiskers) made it so that all humans had died off in some big chain of disasters, and animals had evolved to gain new technology, and some even had powers. Two other people joined, one we’ll call Void and the other Bit.

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Posted on June 21 with 7 notes at 10:17 am
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So I have a fondness for pokemon rp’s and sometimes I (gasp) like to play on the side of rocket or magma or whoever the baddies of the roleplay are. Anyway, there have been times when I join a new rp that looks great and I decide that I would like to have a bad guy (since they claim that they would welcome characters playing for the other side) … only to find that they either have absolutely no set up for how the bad characters should work or they’re slanted to always be at a disadvantage to make it easier for good characters.

Like I get if you just want people to play one thing, but why would you advertise that you welcome players on both sides if you don’t?

So I have a fondness for pokemon rp’s and sometimes I (gasp) like to play on the side of rocket or magma or whoever the baddies of the roleplay are. Anyway, there have been times when I join a new rp that looks great and I decide that I would like to have a bad guy (since they claim that they would welcome characters playing for the other side) … only to find that they either have absolutely no set up for how the bad characters should work or they’re slanted to always be at a disadvantage to make it easier for good characters.

Like I get if you just want people to play one thing, but why would you advertise that you welcome players on both sides if you don’t?

Posted on June 19 with 11 notes at 6:51 am
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So let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

About six months ago my writer girlfriend broke up with me and sort of decided to cut all contact with me. It sucked but it happens. Anyway, fastforward to the present and I find a nice little roleplay with a fun plot and while I’m checking it out I notice she’s a member. I wanted to join anyway so I picked a screen name she had never seen before and joined. Things were going great, my character got approved and I started roleplaying. I was there for only a couple days before I wound up chatting with my ex in the cbox and it took about an hour for her to figure out who I was.

Immediately she just completely freaks out and calls me a stalker, and one of her admin friends bans me from the website. I can’t believe they did that! The admins didn’t even let me defend myself just because she’s an older member and they’re loyal to her or whatever. When I tried to get my ban lifted all they said was they wanted her to feel safe when I wasn’t even being threatening. She didn’t even know I was there for a while.

Pity, since it was a really nice looking roleplay but I guess I have to give it a bad review now.

Posted on June 17 with 14 notes at 10:17 am
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I admittedly continually mess up sometimes, and I feel awful about it. But then you get the assholes that refuse to apologize and/or avoid doing what they did wrong in later posts, pushing the moderator(s) or admin(s) to go to extremes.
One guy kept choosing how the world around him looked and choosing the out-come of his character’s actions on an ISRP (basically, the admin builds a plot and story that your character does stuff in. The admin chooses what the NPCs do with your character and the outcome of their actions, and you very rarely interact with other RPers on them. There’s typically also a health or money system), which annoyed the admin, so he told him to stop. He didn’t and did it at least three to five other times, each time getting pissed at the admin because how dare he want you to play fair when everyone else is?
He continued to submit awful character applications each time the last guy died, so the admin had to change the rule of “you can get someone new if you’re character dies” and ban him. Since most people only had one character at a time, and I think that was the maximum, the fear of a character dying became very real.
At one point, I think the admin started to get bored after dealing with the banned dude’s BS for so long, so he hurriedly started killing off characters. Mine died after barely doing anything — she went out onto the streets, killed some zombies, found a bus full of people, found out she had been infected, had to leave out of fear the people on the bus would kill her, turned into a zombie, then died. Keep in mind the admin mostly controlled the outcome of her actions, and had definite control of her health and the NPCs around her.
TL;DR: don’t be pissy when an admin tries to correct you, because you may push them to extremes and ruin it for everyone else.

I admittedly continually mess up sometimes, and I feel awful about it. But then you get the assholes that refuse to apologize and/or avoid doing what they did wrong in later posts, pushing the moderator(s) or admin(s) to go to extremes.

One guy kept choosing how the world around him looked and choosing the out-come of his character’s actions on an ISRP (basically, the admin builds a plot and story that your character does stuff in. The admin chooses what the NPCs do with your character and the outcome of their actions, and you very rarely interact with other RPers on them. There’s typically also a health or money system), which annoyed the admin, so he told him to stop. He didn’t and did it at least three to five other times, each time getting pissed at the admin because how dare he want you to play fair when everyone else is?

He continued to submit awful character applications each time the last guy died, so the admin had to change the rule of “you can get someone new if you’re character dies” and ban him. Since most people only had one character at a time, and I think that was the maximum, the fear of a character dying became very real.

At one point, I think the admin started to get bored after dealing with the banned dude’s BS for so long, so he hurriedly started killing off characters. Mine died after barely doing anything — she went out onto the streets, killed some zombies, found a bus full of people, found out she had been infected, had to leave out of fear the people on the bus would kill her, turned into a zombie, then died. Keep in mind the admin mostly controlled the outcome of her actions, and had definite control of her health and the NPCs around her.

TL;DR: don’t be pissy when an admin tries to correct you, because you may push them to extremes and ruin it for everyone else.

Posted on June 13 with 8 notes at 3:26 am
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So here’s a little story of mine I’d like to share with the class.[[MORE]]
A bunch of friends and I who had been role playing in an MMO all decided we needed a break from that one and wanted to hop over to another. Which was cool, because it’s always awesome to have people to play with when you hop over to other games. Two of us had already been playing when myself and… we’ll call him B… decided to join in. 
Of course, this meant creating new characters and backstories for each. I personally enjoy this part as it allows me to be completely creative and develop new character ties. B and I decided that we wanted our characters to be childhood friends and the possibility of romance was briefly discussed. While I wasn’t against the possibility, I didn’t want to set anything in stone and adopted a “if it suits the characters and the story” policy.
I thought I had explained that well enough. So we created our characters, had them meet the characters of our friends and form a little group. Immediately my character made herself invaluable not only in profession, but as a person. She was sensitive, a good listener, kind-hearted, and just wanted happiness for everyone. This happened within about a week and a half of RPing.
B had not been so lucky. His character was devoid of any real personality, save for being my character’s ‘body guard’ of sorts and had no real specialisation. We didn’t really mind at first because it was a new character and sometimes it takes a bit to solidify personalities. But about two weeks in, B wondered when my character would realise his liked her. At this point I really hadn’t wanted to settle her in to a relationship, so I had explained that and that the character herself really wasn’t interested in such as of that phase in her life.
However that didn’t seem to be enough for B and his character continued to pursue. His personality had developed and the character was super-sensitive, not too bright and very needy. This was not someone my character would have been interested in. Frustrated that it was going nowhere, B decided to come up with a plot twist: his character was secretly an assassin who had murdered whole families of innocent people based on his father’s orders. He didn’t want to be an assassin, but was told that if he refused or told anyone, that his family would come after his friends.
The other three characters of ours were immediately outraged. How could he have kept a secret like that from them? It put them all in danger. For my character specifically, this really cut her deep. How could her best friend from infancy have kept such a thing from her? Not only that, but she was a medic and held life very sacred. So not only had the character lied, but also killed people in cold blood. So naturally, she put distance between herself and him until she could sort things out.
It was about this time that all of us noticed that OOCly, B had started acting peculiar. He wasn’t himself and had become very depressed because his character had become depressed. As it turns out, he had assumed I had promised that his and my characters would be together and was angry that it didn’t work out, especially after his big reveal. 
It was at this time we found out that his character was not only a self-projection, but the sole purpose he had given to it was to be with mine. At this point I decided it was best to cut ties and wash my hands clean of B as I had been going through a lot of changes in my life IRL and not only could I not handle the stress, but it was just a very bad situation in general.
Luckily I still maintain contact with the other two RPers and have made other friends who I RP with regularly. Moral of the story? OOC discussion is key if you want a plot to work out and always remember OOC attachments to people you RP with isn’t always welcome.

So here’s a little story of mine I’d like to share with the class.

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Posted on June 6 with 27 notes at 6:51 am
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Okay, so I’ve recently had a pretty horrid experience with an RP group that I feel I should share.

I found this awesome roleplay for this great book series that I’m really into, and when I checked out the character list and the face claims they had open, I was seriously excited. It was diverse, organised, and pretty much anything you want in a good group. I immediately went to work on starting a new application for the group.

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Posted on June 2 with 24 notes at 3:26 am
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