Text Based Roleplaying Games - Roleplay Chat Rooms
What is HTML Chat?
For those of us who play online games like Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, or Everquest, a distinction between the online games we play and the other kinds of online roleplaying games must be made. One very popular (and long-standing) form of online rpg is text based and occurs primarily in chat rooms hosted on web sites. These chat rooms differ from IRC and messenger chat rooms because they are found only on internet pages.
There are numerous genres of roleplay available on these sites. Really, the options for roleplay are limited only by the level of imagination and writing ability you possess.
Science Fiction Roleplay
One of the genres of roleplay you can find in html-based chat rooms is science fiction. These rooms cater to roleplay based off of Star Trek, Stargate, or any other space pirate type theme. There are a few Star Wars rooms, and even some rooms who have designed their own brand of home brew science fiction.
Vampire chat rooms are primarily based off of books. Some rooms take their concepts from Vampire: The Masquerade, while the single most popular roleplay system is one adapted from the works of Laurell K. Hamilton's books. Until the popularity of Miss Hamilton's books rose to prominence, the favored system for online vampire roleplay consisted of adaptations from the vampire novels by Anne Rice.
Beyond the genres mentioned above lies an enormous realm of roleplay fun and games under a huge umbrella of topics. A roleplayer in the fantasy genre could be nearly anything not defined above. You could, in a fantasy roleplaying room see elves, unicorns, fairies, demons, immortals.. the possibilities are nearly endless.
While there are generic chat rooms for those who follow the BDSM lifestyle to enter and socialize, there are as well roleplay rooms where heavy BDSM themes are present. These rooms typically engage in roleplay involving the exploration of psychological and mental bondage, scenes are acted out between individuals in a 'dungeon play' style environment.