Welcome to Scrap City
...and welcome to the Guidebook! This document will give you the basic info needed to get started on the forum, as well as covering some frequently asked questions. But first of all…
What is Scrap City, anyway?
Scrap City is an panfandom ontological mystery roleplay
, which is a lot of words. Panfandom
means that you can play characters from anywhere and anything, particularly when it comes to characters from existing media. We also allow original characters (covered in the next section).
An ontological mystery
is a mystery of place - a locked room mystery where you’re the one in the room, and the locks are all on the outside. Your characters don’t know how they arrived at the City, or who put them there, or why. What they do with this information is up to you - do they try to escape? Do they choose to start a new life?
The forum is a mix of story-driven and character-driven. Most events will be dictated by how characters interact with the world and situation they’re in, but occasionally there will be larger events that will drive the plot forward. You might also stumble across plot events in everyday threads - you’ll know such a thing has happened when the forum NPC account appears.
What can I play in Scrap City?
Just about anything! Original characters, canon characters, even someone from good old planet Earth - the possibilities are endless! Your characters can come in with their own powers, or if they wouldn’t have those powers normally you can choose to give them a fancy superpower, or some more drastic changes.
Our only request is that you keep it fun
. Having a character who can trivialize situations without leaving any room for engaging roleplay can cut off opportunities for character development and interaction, which isn’t good in the long run.
Is there anywhere else besides the City?
There are other places besides the City to discover, which can be reached from within the City. However, the ways this can be done will be up to your characters to discover and investigate.
How do I get started?
First, register an account. Scrap City is account-per-player forum, so use your own username for this.
Then, take a look at the Important Info
board - most importantly, the General Rules, which covers the basic guidelines you should follow during your stay on Scrap City. The Plot and Setting Notes will also give you some more detail on what it’s like in the City at the moment.
Once you’ve read those, head over to Registration
and create a character! A template is provided for this. If you post a WIP profile, tag it so, and bump the thread once you’re ready to have a staff member look at it - if you just want to drop a complete template in there, you don’t have to worry about tagging it at all.
Once your character has been approved, you can start roleplaying!
How do I start roleplaying?
You can start by making a thread on the forum in one of the areas of the City. You can also join an open thread if one is available. Opening threads generally follow a theme - your character wakes up in a strange place - an alley, a hotel room, a jail cell - and has to figure out what’s going on.
If you’re looking for someone to thread with, the Discord
is the best place to find a partner! Discord doesn’t require an account or a downloaded program, but both can be useful if you plan to use it long term.
I have a question that isn’t covered in this guide.
There’s a couple of ways to get a question to the staff. Of course, the most direct way is to message them, either using the forum PM system, or by messaging one of us in Discord. You can also post in the Help Desk
. This guide will be updated as we get more questions.