An RPG in Scratch is a Role-Playing Game played on the Scratch Website. They are played in two places: projects, and studios. RPGs used to be played in the Text Based Games Forums as well. What is often referred to as RPG games in Scratch generally have no rules or structure that real RPGs have and can be better defined as storytelling games.
Role-playing games are activities where people control characters and interact with others in a virtual world. Posts contain 'snippets' of a story, usually made up as it goes:
- RPGer1: "I go outside and check the area for intruders."
- RPGer2: "I make a few mugs of hot chocolate. "RPGer1, want some hot chocolate?"
- RPGer1: "Yes please," I reply, taking one of the mugs and sitting down. I scan the horizon for people as I take a sip of the drink.
RPGs in projects
When projects are used to house the RPG, a project is created and uploaded, usually by the RPG owner. The project usually contains information about the RPG and its characters. To RPG at the project, users place comments — they act like forum posts.
RPGs may also use projects as forms for character information or other things.
RPG Video Games in Projects
Far less common than social style RPG projects are video game RPG projects. These, are actual programs and are designed to be similar to other RPG video games such as Final Fantasy.
RPGs in Studios
Some users prefer using studios instead of projects. With a studio, there can be many projects related to the RPG, not just one. As the studio itself can not have a project on it, the information about the RPG is placed in the studio notes. Like projects, users RPG by placing comments. Examples:
RPGs in the Text Based Games Forums
With projects and studios, users are limited to comments; in the Text Based Games Forums, forum posts could be used instead. Unlike comments, forum posts can use formatting (BBCode) and easily quote other posts. One of the most popular RPGs in the TBG forum is Flag RPG. It was also the topic with the most posts in the entire Scratch Website, but, following a mysterious deletion, it no longer holds that title.
On February 1, 2011, the Text Based Games Forums were split into two forums, leaving a forum specifically for RPGs. However, on March 1, 2013, the forums shut down permanently.
Basic Rules in RPGs
Here are some basic rules that almost every RPG contains:
- No powerplaying — powerplaying is controlling other characters
- No godmodding — this means having god-like powers and going beyond the limit
- No inappropriate words — this goes for the whole website. No swearing or even being rude. Always follow the Community Guidelines.
This section lists several of the most successful RPGs there have been on Scratch, and a bit about how they work:
Anthros Unite RPG
Anthros is an RPG based around animals with human qualities, called Anthros. They derive their names from the word "Anthropomorphic", which means to have human like qualities. Antrhos, though, may range to be any animal that a user wants, with wolves, foxes, and cats being common.
Once a user picks an animal that suits them, a biography is supposed to be made about their new Anthro. It may say anything, including the Anthro's height, weight, special abilities, and dislikes. Once finished, the user may join a group, or create their own. A few groups include Anthros Unite, Fire Demons, Element Team, Kawaii Neko Nya, and The Forgotten.
A banner for Flag RPG
made by one of its players. It depicts several main characters of the game as of mid-2010
Flag RPG was based around a world dominated by three species: flags, ninjas, and shadows. Flags were as they're normally thought of, though shadows hated flags. They constantly were having a mini-war. Ninjas, on the other hand, were allowed to choose whatever side they wanted. There was even a ninja, named Mika, who went back and forth from aiding the flags to fighting them.
Along with the above, there was also a flag master, who has assisted flags throughout the years; and a character from the future, named Vista. This all played out in the medieval 1500's, though. As a rule, technology was not allowed, except through Vista. The story line was summed up in the topic post, but to make role-playing easier, plot twists were added in.
Flag RPG at one time held the longest forum topic on the Scratch Website with over 20,000 posts, but due to a mysterious deletion, it lost the title. At its height, it had around 50 characters.
Hogwarts RPG is a studio-based RPG created by the Scratchers PastelPanda and Fantazmaz. The RPG takes place in and around Hogwarts, during which the next generation of death eaters have invaded. The rules for the RPG are:
- Must RP realistically. If a player needs help, the Harry Potter wiki is suggested.
- No powerplaying. (Unless it is a community character such as: the nurse, any Hogsmeade workers, care taker or a group of students [none specific].)
- Headmasters must ask PastelPanda to make rules.
- Professors must actually try to teach.
- During quidditch, a player has to let the other team have a chance to win. A player should not immediately catch the snitch or anything like that.
- Players must listen to the owner and curators.
- A player's character must not be invincible.
- No advertising or spamming.
- A player will lose spots (curator spots, professor spots, etc.) if they are not active for 3–5 days without an excuse.
- RPing should be done in 3rd person.
The second year in the RPG is toted as including the Tri-Wizard Tournament, during which three champions will be on the path of death.
The RPG, as of June 28, 2014, had 9800 comments and 60 projects.
The first Jiggler ever made, named Tickle.
In 2010, Jigglers was created by the Scratcher cozyhut3. It focuses on a species called Jigglers. They used to live on a home planet different then Earth, but it was destroyed by The Evil Jiggler. Luckily, every Jiggler was able to make it onto spaceship pods, which all ended up on Earth.
The RPG was run by a person called the creator, who wrote the story as it went. The creator for Jigglers RPG left, though, and ended it just before the final battle between Jigglers and The Evil Jiggler. In response, the Scratcher ChewyPudding created Jigglers 2.0 RPG, which takes place 400 years after the final battle. There also have been two other spin-offs, one of which is The Jiggler Arcade, where anything Jiggler-related is allowed; and Bolt Masters Water.
Warriors of the Forest
An example warrior cat from Water Clan.
On January 2008, 17, Warriors of the Forest RPG was created by the Scratcher HazelleafKitty. It was inspired by Erin Hunter's novel series called Warriors, a series about clans of cats living in the forest. Just like in the series, Warriors of the Forest also had clans, which were formed by participating Scratchers and their cat characters. Scratchers also often made projects describing their character. The story line of the studio-based RPG was flexible in the fact that it was mostly co-created in the comments of its studio.
Warriors of the Forest RPG had reached over 100,000 comments by June 2010, and went inactive after mid-2011. In response to the inactivity, another RPG was created called Warriors of the Forest- The Next Generation RPG.