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I can't seem to find anyone who is intrested in any of the fandoms I appear to be in. Has anyone else had this issue? I put that I have 8 years exp (which I do not recommend wasting your life on it) and a few other things. I'm trying to be respectful here, but I'm getting a little tired and bored of being casually without a longterm roleplay partner.
haven't had that problem, just to answer your question

DID find that i have an easier time finding 'In Universe' roleplays (so... the Undertale SETTING, for instance, while canon cast and crew are just background / NPCs, not a major part of the actual roleplay) or otherwise labeled OC-acceptance within fandom roleplays.

There does seem to be, I guess, anxiety? Over writing a canon character *exactly* how they're presented in the fandom, probably because a lot of how we relate to a canon character when we're reading / watching / playing the IP is subjective.

Subjectivity in character interpretation can vary WIDELY, so you're likelier to clash or have the roleplay stagnate if your expectations for a certain canon character aren't being met (or are being actively opposed) by the other writer.

interesting to think about -- i actually started on 'original character' roleplays in pre-established settings (fandom OR original) and only tried canon character in fandom roleplays muuuuch later in my writing career. BUT the IP we were writing in already had its established "Alternate Timeline" possibilities, so it was okay to hand-wave some character aspects that weren't in keeping with canon (subjectively).

It was easier to rewrite and accept character interpretations under this Alternate Universe or AU genre, there was more room for mistakes and forgiveness, way less pressure to write a character Correctly or even stay studied up on fan lore / IP setting, et c.
I mean-
I like Undertale.
But not Sans ships. (Or ships in general, most of the time.) So maybe I can't help you there.
Edited to add something vaguely more helpful: Sometimes finding people who share your fandoms is easier than finding people whose roleplay interests in said fandom overlap with yours. That's kind of just how it is, since everyone's different. But I do wish you luck in finding what you're looking for.
I’ve said it before to people and I’ll say it again, if your fandom(s) is/are a little more niche or unique, you might have to look elsewhere than RPR for writing partners. This is a great site, but I’ve noticed people wanting to RP canon characters and settings sometimes have difficulty finding partners here. I’d wager original characters and lore are more popular overall. That’s not to say you can’t find someone with similar interests, but it’s really a waiting game. I’d say make a “looking for” ad, if you haven’t already, and just be patient. Also consider other RP platforms.
We all have those rps that we crave but never can find players for. I have a kind of a weird suggestion. I would Find a few boards of that fan base (Whereever that is) and see if there are any Rpers there. it is kinda putting your self out there and you may get some weird responses but it may be worth a shot if that is something you really have a craving for. All these rp sites have there Fads they go threw even more so with Cannons than original characters. you can also use the search to see if there any one that plays that Fandom and email them directly. because not everyone is on the boards.
Mina Moderator

I'm sorry you have trouble finding what you're looking for! :( I won't repeat Miarup's statement about the niche nature of fandom (though I agree wholeheartedly.) I have seen many people experiencing a similar issue when they seek roleplay strictly within the confines of fandom or canon universes. But- I do have some suggestions which may be of assistance!
  • Self representation matters
    I look over someone's profile and character before speaking with them. It informs me to some degree whether we'd be compatible as collaborators or casual acquaintances. You can use this space to tell people who you are, when you're around, what kind of themes and styles of RP/characters you prefer, which roles you enjoy playing, and what your fandoms are! It also is an excellent way to make a lasting impression regarding your overall personality. Giving people a glimpse of your sparkly factors and humanity can be the best hook!
  • Answer questions before they can be asked.
    Unfortunately have no idea what fandoms you're into; your profile doesn't tell me. Also, I don't know what Undertale is- so until I got context from this thread, I didn't even realize that your name was referencing this.
  • Forums aren't everyone's thing
    Not everyone uses them or sees your post when it's on the front page. Sometimes you have to do your legwork and seek out what you're seeking instead of relying on the possibility of them coming to you. Consider browsing the groups on RPR; they're under the Community tab! This might be a decent option for finding something you're interested in. Many groups also operate group-specific Discord servers, which I mentioned because you said you prefer that platform.
  • Free Samples
    Having publicly published character profiles is a great way to provide prospective partners and interested parties with examples of what you can bring to the table. The essence of building characters is very telling, like browsing an artist's work before you purchase a commission. Free time is a scarce resource for many people today, so making a connection to have it not be compatible would absorb some of that precious free time, unfortunately.
  • Compromise
    Another thought is that you could browse the LFRP board or groups for popular canons, universes, and themes- maybe some of those will align with your interest, and you can consider inhabiting them. If you make a great connection this way, I bet they'd be open to your wishlist of universes, like Undertale- even if they don't have that as a currently listed ISO!

I hope this came across as me rooting for you because I am! I had to learn all of these things over..20 years.. (grimace) I've been doing this. Sometimes it can be discouraging to change how you seek things, represent things, phrase things, or qualify potential partners/lines. The beauty of the RP community is how different those within it are; learning to communicate in more universal ways can be eye-opening to all of the connections you may have missed before. I know that it was for me!
Mina wrote:
I'm sorry you have trouble finding what you're looking for! :( I won't repeat Miarup's statement about the niche nature of fandom (though I agree wholeheartedly.) I have seen many people experiencing a similar issue when they seek roleplay strictly within the confines of fandom or canon universes. But- I do have some suggestions which may be of assistance!
  • Self representation matters
    I look over someone's profile and character before speaking with them. It informs me to some degree whether we'd be compatible as collaborators or casual acquaintances. You can use this space to tell people who you are, when you're around, what kind of themes and styles of RP/characters you prefer, which roles you enjoy playing, and what your fandoms are! It also is an excellent way to make a lasting impression regarding your overall personality. Giving people a glimpse of your sparkly factors and humanity can be the best hook!
  • Answer questions before they can be asked.
    Unfortunately have no idea what fandoms you're into; your profile doesn't tell me. Also, I don't know what Undertale is- so until I got context from this thread, I didn't even realize that your name was referencing this.
  • Forums aren't everyone's thing
    Not everyone uses them or sees your post when it's on the front page. Sometimes you have to do your legwork and seek out what you're seeking instead of relying on the possibility of them coming to you. Consider browsing the groups on RPR; they're under the Community tab! This might be a decent option for finding something you're interested in. Many groups also operate group-specific Discord servers, which I mentioned because you said you prefer that platform.
  • Free Samples
    Having publicly published character profiles is a great way to provide prospective partners and interested parties with examples of what you can bring to the table. The essence of building characters is very telling, like browsing an artist's work before you purchase a commission. Free time is a scarce resource for many people today, so making a connection to have it not be compatible would absorb some of that precious free time, unfortunately.
  • Compromise
    Another thought is that you could browse the LFRP board or groups for popular canons, universes, and themes- maybe some of those will align with your interest, and you can consider inhabiting them. If you make a great connection this way, I bet they'd be open to your wishlist of universes, like Undertale- even if they don't have that as a currently listed ISO!

I hope this came across as me rooting for you because I am! I had to learn all of these things over..20 years.. (grimace) I've been doing this. Sometimes it can be discouraging to change how you seek things, represent things, phrase things, or qualify potential partners/lines. The beauty of the RP community is how different those within it are; learning to communicate in more universal ways can be eye-opening to all of the connections you may have missed before. I know that it was for me!

All of this is helpful and I didn't even ask the original question. Thank you, Mina! And I love you're new avatar. :D
I'm having troubles with Fandom RP too, except not with Undertale, but with Disney's Tangled franchise, the Despicable Me franchise and The Umbrella Academy. However, I find that finding someone that'll let you use a canon character with their OC in their OC's universe is easier than to find someone with both Canon Characters.

For instance, I am having an RP right now with Varian (a character from Tangled: The Series) with someone else's OC that isn't Tangled-related at all. And my anonymous character (that I kind of already told everyone is mine but oh well) has been in a many of RPs that aren't his universe. :) Everyone has good advice here though, so I suppose listening to those might be a good idea!
Yeah. I'm pretty new but I have defo struggled finding fandom RP even though I write pretty popular characters.

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