I absolutely love roleplaying. When I found it as a teen it was just amazing. It was all those imagination games I played as a kid, but for adults.
D&D never really captured my imagination though. It was always so rules heavy and the players would usually just roll their dice and fight things instead of actually playing. I did read a huge pile of Dragonlance novels though, and some of the Drizzt ones, and watched the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon.
My favourite was 7th Sea, which was a swashbuckly pirate game with magic. It was so much fun! And I liked Deadlands which was a weird Western game with magic and undead. And Shadowrun, which is cyberpunk future, with elves and dwarves, and magic and dragons! (Okay I really like games with magic.)
I used to tabletop a lot. I LARPed (Live Action Roleplay where you act out your characters) a fair bit too.
I’ve done various types of online roleplay, from forum roleplay and play by email games, to that online tabletop game using some programme. I’ve tried roleplay on MMORPGs and the likes of Second Life but it’s never quite so immersive for me as pure text games. I’ve done roleplay specific chat-sites, though I tend towards those that are more structured and have rules, as opposed to crazy free for alls some places are.
Most of my roleplay’s been done on MUSHes though. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of MUDs, MUSHes are similar. It’s a type of roleplay with an interface similar to those of text adventures, where you’ve just a screen and text. You build a character, and then you use commands to navigate around a pre-created world. You meet up with other people’s characters and interact with them as if you’re your character. And sometimes someone will run an adventure you can all take part in.
There’s nowhere near as many of these games as there used to be, and they’re a super-old, really niche sort of gaming.
I’ve had the most fun on these games though, with a small group of friends, when we all meet up at a certain time, and take turns about running adventures. One of my favourites involved a group of mages leaping from parallel dimension to parallel dimension, (akin to Sliders) searching for one of the character’s boyfriends who’d gone missing. We’d hunt him down in each dimension, realise it wasn’t the right one, bump into alternate selves, and then move onto the next world.
I love the interactivity of it all and how it’s several people telling a story together.
RPG Net used to be pretty good for finding roleplay. Not sure how they are now. https://forum.rpg.net/forumdisplay.php?21-Ye-Olde-Tavern-Looking-for-Group