Methos' guide to obtaining games
So you've now got a shiny new registered name on Elliquiy and your the roleplay equvalent of being all dressed up but with nowhere to go, what should you do? I consider myself to have had some sucess in getting games, so to you I humbly offer a few tips. To some extent it will overlap with what has already been said but for the sake of completeness I'll just write down all my advice in one place.
1. Do you ons and offs, this will tell people what you like to some extent.
2. Post some ideas you have for games you'd like to play with people on one on one threads wanted.
3. Read the one on one threads and follow up on any ideas your interested in. Do the same with players wanted.
That's pretty much what Sherona already said so my comments up to this point are redundant. However, I think having put in the basic trenchwork like that its incumbent on people to consider things as follows:
You and your roleplay are now a product. You want people to pay attention to you and buy your product by roleplaying with you. Act accordingly.
4. Do some market research. Look around, more specifically check people out. You'd do it if this was a bar and you were trying to pick up members of the opposite sex, well your trying to pick up writing partners. So read peoples ons and offs, and more importantly READ THEIR POSTS.
5. Identify your target audience. Firstly, who is this audience? Well this depends on who you are? Do you make volumous posts that go into intricate detail, or do you prefer something less elaborate with quicker posts back and forth? Are you looking for consentual scenes to roleplay some slightly kinky fantasies, or hard core non-consentual tentacle rape? Answer these questions as is appropriate for you. Thereafter, go out and find people who resemble you! Approaching everyone here is a waste of time. Not everyone reads the one on one ads or the players wanted adds, but they may be the person you wish to play with. Your potential audience is those who roleplay in a manner similair to yourself stylistically and have common interests.
6. Having identified your target audience make your pitch.
If you politely message someone most people won't bite your head off. You might get ignored but so what? Nothing ventured nothing gained and your no further behind than you were before. I emphasize again being polite here is key. You want something from this person so antagonizing them is the least desirable outcome. Plus harassing people will get you in trouble, so both of those possibilities are a bad thing.
6.5 How to make your pitch
Now, you're about to message someone, so the logical question is how should you go about that. Well obviously you start with some sort of salutation any variety of hi, hey, hello, heya works. Thereafter, identify why of all the people on elliquiy you've chosen to speak to them. This refers you back to market research. Your messaging them because you read their ons and offs, or their one on one roleplay want add, or you read their post in this game or that game and liked it. After having done so your now interested in roleplaying with them because you believe you have similair interests and styles. So say so. Your interested in playing, would they consider engaging in a game with you? And if they are interested you have some ideas you could discuss with them, or do they have anything they'd like to play?
7. Additional points - Flattery works. Plain and simple as that. Am I suggesting you lie to people? Heck no that would make it insincere and ineffective. On the other hand I'm suggesting you identify people on the basis that they appear to be people you want to play with. They are people you find to be attractive roleplay partners. So say so, people like being wanted. So make that clear. Were you impressed by one of their posts, say so! Again I'm couching this all under be decidedly polite about it. Flattery is good, creepy is not. Beyond that, don't be discouraged if people don't necessarily agree. Some are in the midst of many games and will decline because they're too busy already. Nothing you can do about that. Others may simply not deem you a good match. Again nothing you can do about that. Finding people is a numbers game, and your hitting the pavement your just trying to save yourself some time here by narrowing the list. Of course this will only work if you do your research and know a bit about the person your approaching as result.
8. In other respects get out there and be seen! Spend some time in the shoutbox, the chat, the various ooc threads and let people see you, get to know you extra, your developing relationships and cultivating people which can lead to roleplay if you work it properly.
9. Get some roleplay out there - this might sound silly in that I'm telling you how to get roleplay and saying have some at the same time. However, even if its just a writing sample in your intro post its good to have. This gives people an idea of what they can expect of you should they roleplay with you. Your a product people will want to examine the goods so to speak. So make sure you have something which can be looked at, its like going to a club be presentable.
10. Have some ideas on what you'd like to play. You don't necessarily need to roll out set pieces as most things come about through discussion. However, have settings, and vague ideas that can be fleshed out in mind or you'll be hitting a very akward point in the conversation with "so what do you want to do?" being directed at you and your response being "ahh..I don't know ..". Always, always, always have a setting and a vague idea even if its a bad one. Because if you propose an idea they don't care for, often you'll at least get a counter proposal and you can work with that. On the other hand your in much better shape if you have a variety of well thought out ideas obviously.
11. If you've annoyed, creeped out or otherwise inadverantly erred in approaching someone appologize profusely and then leave them alone.
I hope this is of some assistance to those that read it. Best of luck to you - Methos