Sralos is the name of the world where all of our roleplaying took place. Sralos.com has been around since 1998. It hosted a message board with all of our stories. But it all really began with the Red Dragon Inn on AOL, back in the days when AOL was a universe unto itself. The RDI had a whole forum complete with moderators and hosts, message boards, several larger capacity chatrooms, and even a place where you could upload your own art. That forum went through several name changes, but in the end it was called the Free Form Gaming Forum or FFGF.
Most of the message boards in the FFGF were dedicated to In Character (IC) roleplaying, which were basically a place to write stories about characters. There were only a few Out of Character (OOC) boards, and one of those was dedicated to discussions about roleplaying. The first incarnation of that board was called Player’s Helping Players or PHP. After PHP blew up in a flame war, someone had the bright idea to change the name to Players Assisting Players, which has the unfortunate acronym of PAP.
I was a frequent contributor to both PHP and PAP, and wrote a few articles with tips on Free Form Roleplaying. You’ll find some of these here on Digital Fantasy Roleplaying. Not all of these tips hold true today, but some still might be useful. I’ve also run across a few snippets from our FFGF IC board, as well as some originally posted to this site. The stories are incomplete, out of context, and aren’t in chronological order, but some might still find them a fun read.
My interest in making Digital Art came directly from my interest in online Fantasy Roleplaying. Though I have a BA in Art, and was capable of drawing or painting my own characters, scanned images simply sucked back then. The brightest, most distinct art was digital. In the early days there were a couple of AOL digital artists who created a character portraits for a few gamers. A whole lot of people started using the art of Boris Vallejo and others. After a while, everyone was using the same character pics. I wanted something unique.
A gaming friend was doing some great Digital Art using Poser. I’d used it before, but the figures always looked so plastic, like a mannequin. The program had improved vastly. I bought my first copy of Poser in 2000 and, along with Photoshop, used it to exclusively make Digital Art until 2016 when I returned to painting.
Digital Fantasy Roleplaying is a disjointed collection of tips, stories, and art. I hope you find something you like.