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Wolf roleplaying forums are a popular gaming type in the area of roleplaying games. Wolf roleplays have been growing in popularity throughout the years; most wolf roleplays are forum-based, but a few are chatroom-based.

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[edit] Platforms

Forum-based roleplay, also commonly called play-by-post roleplay, is played on a forum. One character starts a thread to set the scene and actions and others respond. Popular free forums in wolf roleplaying include Invisionfree and Proboards.

Chat-based roleplays are done in live chat groups where players chat dialogue indicate their characters speech and actions.

[edit] Genres

There are many genres of wolf roleplay ranging anywhere from strictly realistic roleplay to high-fantasy, to an intermediate mix of both. Strict realistic roleplays adhere to natural coat coloration, body dimensions, and breeding times while high fantasy can allow anything from magical powers, to neon fur, to mutations.

Anthro or furry roleplays have also increased in popularity, though they are not always termed as such. Werewolf and werecreature roleplaying games are popular; many incorporate the aspect of humanism (human to werewolf form) into the roleplay.

[edit] Level

Another distinction among wolf roleplays is the level – most commonly only used among forum-based roleplays – of difficulty.

Although quantity is the easiest way to measure ability, there are other factors that must be taken into consideration as well. The most popular levels (from easiest to most difficult) are: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Some forums use "literate" as a step below beginner to indicate they cater to even newer roleplayers. Some websites also tout themselves as "all levels" roleplaying games, as they allow roleplayers from any level.

Literate may denote a one-lined post, or even simpler, posting in asterisk-form. This may include roleplaying that involves the user denoting actions between asterisks or dashes, and text outside of the asterisks are speech. For example: *Jumps over log* Hiya, Rain! *Wags tail*

Beginner usually consists of one- to two-lined posts to one paragraph. Beginner posts may feature spelling and grammatical mistakes as well as the use of "wolfspeak".

Intermediate features roleplayers who are more adept at posting and are able to write coherent sentences. Although they may be associated with the ability to post two to three paragraphs of roleplaying, the notion of quantity as an indicator is being overturned.[1] Increasingly, the denomination of Intermediate roleplayers are coming to be associated with well-thought out posts that can engage the partner.

Advanced was seen as posting over four strong paragraphs of roleplay. A detailed paragraph might include attention to physical detail, including the setting, other character's appearance, and other various factors. An even balance of thought and observation can make a strong paragraph.[2]

[edit] In Character Hierarchy

Wolf Roleplays imitate the interactions that take place among real wolves and as such, they usually have a highly defined hierarchy and dominance/submission behaviors. As well, most wolf roleplays have a complex history or plot that drives their site though some are more straightforward and do not have a site-wide plot to follow. The main focus of the wolf roleplay is the pack life of the wolf and usually there is a board (territory) set aside for individual packs to roleplay in.

[edit] Hierarchical Terminology

The Greek Alphabet is often used to denote ranks in wolf packs.[3] Often times, a gender is also attached to a rank. For example, the leaders of the pack are the Alpha Male and Alpha Female. The subleaders are rendered at the Beta, or Beta Male and Beta Female. Depending on the game, other letters are used for ranks in between; however, it is also common for a ranking system to only have an Alpha, Beta, subordinate, and Omega. The subordinate rank is for general members, though other letters may be used to divide up the general membership. The Omega rank is often used for members who have in some way broken an In Character or Out Of Character rule, or fallen into disfavour with the Alpha.

One constant of all wolf roleplays is the character profile (though specifics vary from site to site) which contains specifics and information about the character which others can view. Some websites require a profile to completed to join, while others require an example of roleplaying ability, such as examples of previous posts.

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