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You spent months getting your roleplay just right. It had to be absolutely perfect before you would even think about opening it. You asked for opinions, took days to create the most beautiful graphics possible, wrote and rewrote the plot and character biographies, and took time to advertise and gather interest for your game.
But then, just before your grand opening, you receive this anonymous message:

Or maybe this one:

Or, even worse - this one:

Cue the rage.


But what are you supposed to do when this happens? How do you fix the situation without ruining your roleplay’s reputation? The following guide attempts to offer a step-by-step solution to this issue, in the hopes that administrators will learn to handle it in a way that will cause the least drama possible.
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No two situations are exactly alike, but I’ve done my best to make my advice universal. If you’d like specific advice, shoot me a message; I can look privately at your roleplay and the other roleplay and explain the best way for you to go about dealing with the issue without causing drama. Otherwise, I can’t guarantee that all of this advice will work for you…
Assess the damage. Read/look over everything on their blog and try to answer the questions: “to what extent did they copy me? Did they even copy me at all?” Keep yourself open to the possibility that they may have simply come up with the same idea as you independently - it happens.
Use your judgement. Is it worth the risk of starting drama? Sometimes the roleplay is just different enough that it won’t affect yours anyways. For example, I recently talked to another roleplay admin whose ideas were copied by another roleplay, but the other roleplay had changed the plot enough that it was an entirely different genre (as different as a love rpg would be from a horror rpg), so the admin decided to do nothing about it. If you’re not going to be attracting the same crowd anyway, why bother? 
Make sure you’re not angry. If you’ve decided they have outright stolen your idea and you are fuming in fury, now would not be the time to do anything about it. Take as long as you need - even up to a day or two - to make sure you’re not going to let your emotions get in the way. If the admins of the other game think you’re angry and accusative, they’re not going to be compliant and agreeable; they’re gonna get angry and accuse you right back!
Send them a polite message. When you’ve completely calmed down, take the time to word out a kind, polite message to the administrator(s) of the other roleplay. Even if you’re sure they’ve copied you directly, ask them if they were aware that your roleplay was so similar. Point out any specific instances of copying that you’ve noticed, and ask them if they’d be willing to talk with you about reaching a compromise so that your roleplays aren’t the same. Make sure you tell them that part of the reason is that you’re afraid that in having such similar plots you could both be lowering the amount of roleplayers you both receive (people like unique roleplays), so changing things would benefit them as well. Reread it, edit it several times to make sure it sounds polite enough, or maybe even get someone like me or someone else you trust to look over it to make sure it doesn’t sound too angry. Then, send it and cross your fingers (also, take a screenshot of the message before sending it, in case you need it later).
If they get angry and start accusing you or doing the online equivalent of yelling at you, stay calm. Take screenshots of the messages you send and receive. Don’t reply immediately, or don’t even reply at all, if you can help it. Sometimes replying will only make it worse. If you can possibly avoid drama, do it. (Refer to #2)
Things that count as copying/stealing a plot:
A plot that is word-for-word the same as yours.
A plot that is almost word-for-word the same as yours, but with little things changed.
A plot that says almost exactly the same thing as yours, in the same order, but has been completely reworded.
A plot that uses the same proper nouns as yours (dead giveaway). For example, if the name of the locations mentioned are exactly the same as yours, or if there is a central character who has the same name as the character in yours, or a specific name of something like a disease or a company that you 100% made up with your own brain.
Things that don’t necessarily mean they have copied your plot:
The same general idea, e.g. two roleplays focusing on vampires in a small town.
The same fandom, even an obscure one like one based off of a book that is not extremely popular. Someone else could have easily read that book or seen that show and decided to convert it into roleplay form at the same time as you did. In fact, this happened to me only last month!
The same setting. As long as it’s a real place, it’s fair game, and anyone might have thought to use that place as the setting for their roleplay. If it’s a place you made up in your own head, however, that’s a different story.
TAKE HEED! If you listen to only one thing from this guide, hear this:


Do not, and I mean do NOT go around telling the whole roleplay community that you’ve been copied, except as a last resort. People will simply start flooding the other roleplay, and maybe even YOUR roleplay, with hate, and you’ll get nothing but bad publicity.
I totally understand wanting to get the word out if the other admin starts freaking out and accusing YOU of stealing or something else that’s obviously not true. If that is the case, and the other admin has been nothing but horrible to you, they’ve handled it badly and they truly don’t deserve to run a roleplay. In that case, even though it may cause some drama, I believe the community really needs to know to avoid them. Go ahead and write up a post. But don’t do it without:
First asking someone else, like me or someone you trust, to make a second judgement on whether writing a post like this is the right thing to do. Remember step #2 up there? Don’t cause drama if you don’t have to!
Making sure that you aren’t angry when you write it (as I said earlier, give yourself some time to cool down so you don’t sound like an idiot).
Making it clear in the post that you don’t want any hate messages sent to their roleplay.
Making it clear in the post that you are only posting about it because you don’t want people to get caught up in the drama, and you hope people will avoid them.
Using concrete evidence through the form of the screenshots I told you to take. Yes, if you want to link to some of their posts, that’s fine, but have screenshots of everything as back up in case they delete things. Take screenshots of every answer you get back from them as soon as they start to get hostile. People will begin to accuse YOU if you have no evidence.
BEING CAREFUL. Proofread it a million times. Submit it to someone like me who will check it over and make sure it doesn’t sound too condemning. If you do things in the wrong way, you’ll ruin things for your own roleplay as well, and start a whole lot of drama that this community never has and never will need. asdgfhgjkl be careful, please.


I hope this helped, but once again, I really encourage you to come talk to me if this happens to you so that we can discuss a solution privately. I would love nothing more than to help you resolve the issue with as little drama as possible, so that you don’t even need to write up one of those posts. If nothing else, I can at least help you to make sure the wordings of your messages or posts are as polite as possible, and maybe that will help. Anything I can do to help you eliminate the drama, I want to do. This community needs no more of that.
Be really careful, lovely.

You spent months getting your roleplay just right. It had to be absolutely perfect before you would even think about opening it. You asked for opinions, took days to create the most beautiful graphics possible, wrote and rewrote the plot and character biographies, and took time to advertise and gather interest for your game.

But then, just before your grand opening, you receive this anonymous message:

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Or maybe this one:

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Or, even worse - this one:

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Cue the rage.

But what are you supposed to do when this happens? How do you fix the situation without ruining your roleplay’s reputation? The following guide attempts to offer a step-by-step solution to this issue, in the hopes that administrators will learn to handle it in a way that will cause the least drama possible.

No two situations are exactly alike, but I’ve done my best to make my advice universal. If you’d like specific advice, shoot me a message; I can look privately at your roleplay and the other roleplay and explain the best way for you to go about dealing with the issue without causing drama. Otherwise, I can’t guarantee that all of this advice will work for you…

  1. Assess the damage. Read/look over everything on their blog and try to answer the questions: “to what extent did they copy me? Did they even copy me at all?” Keep yourself open to the possibility that they may have simply come up with the same idea as you independently - it happens.
  2. Use your judgement. Is it worth the risk of starting drama? Sometimes the roleplay is just different enough that it won’t affect yours anyways. For example, I recently talked to another roleplay admin whose ideas were copied by another roleplay, but the other roleplay had changed the plot enough that it was an entirely different genre (as different as a love rpg would be from a horror rpg), so the admin decided to do nothing about it. If you’re not going to be attracting the same crowd anyway, why bother? 
  3. Make sure you’re not angry. If you’ve decided they have outright stolen your idea and you are fuming in fury, now would not be the time to do anything about it. Take as long as you need - even up to a day or two - to make sure you’re not going to let your emotions get in the way. If the admins of the other game think you’re angry and accusative, they’re not going to be compliant and agreeable; they’re gonna get angry and accuse you right back!
  4. Send them a polite message. When you’ve completely calmed down, take the time to word out a kind, polite message to the administrator(s) of the other roleplay. Even if you’re sure they’ve copied you directly, ask them if they were aware that your roleplay was so similar. Point out any specific instances of copying that you’ve noticed, and ask them if they’d be willing to talk with you about reaching a compromise so that your roleplays aren’t the same. Make sure you tell them that part of the reason is that you’re afraid that in having such similar plots you could both be lowering the amount of roleplayers you both receive (people like unique roleplays), so changing things would benefit them as well. Reread it, edit it several times to make sure it sounds polite enough, or maybe even get someone like me or someone else you trust to look over it to make sure it doesn’t sound too angry. Then, send it and cross your fingers (also, take a screenshot of the message before sending it, in case you need it later).
  5. If they get angry and start accusing you or doing the online equivalent of yelling at you, stay calm. Take screenshots of the messages you send and receive. Don’t reply immediately, or don’t even reply at all, if you can help it. Sometimes replying will only make it worse. If you can possibly avoid drama, do it. (Refer to #2)

Things that count as copying/stealing a plot:

  1. A plot that is word-for-word the same as yours.
  2. A plot that is almost word-for-word the same as yours, but with little things changed.
  3. A plot that says almost exactly the same thing as yours, in the same order, but has been completely reworded.
  4. A plot that uses the same proper nouns as yours (dead giveaway). For example, if the name of the locations mentioned are exactly the same as yours, or if there is a central character who has the same name as the character in yours, or a specific name of something like a disease or a company that you 100% made up with your own brain.

Things that don’t necessarily mean they have copied your plot:

  1. The same general idea, e.g. two roleplays focusing on vampires in a small town.
  2. The same fandom, even an obscure one like one based off of a book that is not extremely popular. Someone else could have easily read that book or seen that show and decided to convert it into roleplay form at the same time as you did. In fact, this happened to me only last month!
  3. The same setting. As long as it’s a real place, it’s fair game, and anyone might have thought to use that place as the setting for their roleplay. If it’s a place you made up in your own head, however, that’s a different story.

TAKE HEED! If you listen to only one thing from this guide, hear this:

Do not, and I mean do NOT go around telling the whole roleplay community that you’ve been copied, except as a last resort. People will simply start flooding the other roleplay, and maybe even YOUR roleplay, with hate, and you’ll get nothing but bad publicity.

I totally understand wanting to get the word out if the other admin starts freaking out and accusing YOU of stealing or something else that’s obviously not true. If that is the case, and the other admin has been nothing but horrible to you, they’ve handled it badly and they truly don’t deserve to run a roleplay. In that case, even though it may cause some drama, I believe the community really needs to know to avoid them. Go ahead and write up a post. But don’t do it without:

  • First asking someone else, like me or someone you trust, to make a second judgement on whether writing a post like this is the right thing to do. Remember step #2 up there? Don’t cause drama if you don’t have to!
  • Making sure that you aren’t angry when you write it (as I said earlier, give yourself some time to cool down so you don’t sound like an idiot).
  • Making it clear in the post that you don’t want any hate messages sent to their roleplay.
  • Making it clear in the post that you are only posting about it because you don’t want people to get caught up in the drama, and you hope people will avoid them.
  • Using concrete evidence through the form of the screenshots I told you to take. Yes, if you want to link to some of their posts, that’s fine, but have screenshots of everything as back up in case they delete things. Take screenshots of every answer you get back from them as soon as they start to get hostile. People will begin to accuse YOU if you have no evidence.
  • BEING CAREFUL. Proofread it a million times. Submit it to someone like me who will check it over and make sure it doesn’t sound too condemning. If you do things in the wrong way, you’ll ruin things for your own roleplay as well, and start a whole lot of drama that this community never has and never will need. asdgfhgjkl be careful, please.

I hope this helped, but once again, I really encourage you to come talk to me if this happens to you so that we can discuss a solution privately. I would love nothing more than to help you resolve the issue with as little drama as possible, so that you don’t even need to write up one of those posts. If nothing else, I can at least help you to make sure the wordings of your messages or posts are as polite as possible, and maybe that will help. Anything I can do to help you eliminate the drama, I want to do. This community needs no more of that.

Be really careful, lovely.


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