How to Interact with Roleplayers Anonymously

I was talking with a few friends of mine from the delayed timeline group about magic anons. Personally, I don’t get many - I never ask for them - but it quickly became clear that most of the reasons I had for not wanting magic anons were problems they were also acutely aware of. So we decided a guide would be in order! This guide will cover:

  • How to give your magic anon ask the best chance of being accepted and enjoyed.
  • Etiquette for when to send an ask and when not to send one.
  • Going beyond the realm of the magic anon, including tips for working with/towards a plot.

A lot of the bullet points below were a collaborative effort. They aren’t hard rules, but more like an outline of what our group, at least, would love to see become commonly accepted practice. Over all, the main objective is for both the magic anon and the roleplayer to have fun, but we also think these guidelines would help the tumblr roleplay community.

  • It’s important to adhere to common roleplaying rules! Ordering someone to do something that would offend their partners is never going to go over well. For example, giving someone’s character the power to control another character is called godmoding. Good roleplayers do not godmode.
  • Try to avoid cliché! No one really likes getting the same magic anon/order over and over again. Cliché topics include:

                    “Kiss this person”
                    “Cat ears/Animal parts”
                    “Blind/Deaf/Mute”
                    Genderbending/species swapping.
                    Bloodswaps.
                    Grimdark/Trickster
                    Become a cat/dog
                    Become children  
                    Orgasm when you hear your name
                    Go into heat

  • Keep in mind that some magic anons, particularly extreme transformations such as into children or animals will affect a player’s other plots, including their ability to type.
  • Transformations are most useful if they lead the character to conflict with themselves or with others in a manner that extends past the time they actually spend transformed. Transformations which impair a character’s moral compass or common sense may therefore yield better results than the cliches listed above.
  • Don’t overload someone with magic anons/commands! Give them ample time to react and play through the situation you’ve presented them with.
  • Remember, if someone doesn’t accept your anon, it’s okay. It’s all just for fun; don’t take it personally. If you suspect they might not have gotten your ask, it’s alright to send one follow-up message, containing your original command and something along the lines of, “Sorry if this got sent twice.”

Don’t limit your anon activities to magic anons and commands. There are plenty of other ways to prompt interest/change/interaction, and you can easily tailor something interesting if you follow along with someone’s blog consistently. For example:

  • Play on insecurities.
                        Even if you don’t follow someone’s character closely, you can usually guess at common ones and see what sticks - accuse their romantic partners of cheating, their teammates of betrayal, their friends of being malicious.
                        If/when they deny whatever accusation you choose to level, argue with them! Be as persuasive as you can manage, and keep in mind that this is where it helps to follow along with someone’s plots and relationships, because you can provide evidence to support your claims.
  • Ask them intrusive personal questions.
                        It riles a character up is to ask about something they don’t want to talk about, or about something one doesn’t usually talk about in public. Don’t just focus on sexual questions, either, unless they’re specifically asking for that, because there’s a wide range of other taboo and uncomfortable topics to choose from.
                        Don’t wait for it to be TMI Tuesday or for the roleplayer to request asks. Assume that everyone wants their roleplaying day brightened by your beautifully uncomfortable inquiries.
                        I’ve gotten some really good reactions by combining this with a magic anon/command to tag whoever they mention while answering my question.
  • Make fun of them for a recent mistake or embarrassment.
                        This is pretty self explanatory, and follows a lot of the same rules outlined above, but know that you get a gold star if you make them cry.
What I think most people have forgotten or never learned about magic anons and commands and basically just the function of anonymity in tumblr roleplay is to provide movement. The best thing you can do for a roleplayer is further their plot or provide them with one, because that’s the way one has fun with roleplaying. Aggravate existing problems or create new ones - and try to remember that after the third time a character becomes a mutant blooded foxtailed mute six year old, it stops actually being interesting and just becomes routine.