How To Play Games And Chat With The RPS Community

Get involved!

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has one of the friendliest and most active games communities online, but it’s possible that you’ve never peeled back the mask of the frontpage to discover the forums, guilds and game groups that lie beyond.

If you’re intrigued and you’d like to join the forum, find people to play with, or chat with other RPS readers, read on for a guide to what’s happening and instructions on how to get involved.

The community is welcoming and it’s straightforward to sign up, but if you need to know where to go, what to do or who to speak to, these links will jump you to a relevant guide:

The Forum
PlanetSide 2 outfits.
Guild Wars 2 guild.
The Minecraft server.
MOBAs
Our other active gaming groups.
The Mumble server, for mouth-based conversation.

First up, it’s:

The Forum

General discussion between readers doesn’t only take place in the comments section beneath articles, but also on the awesome forum which (at the time of writing) features close to 1,000 active members and over 11,000 threads.

The forum is open to anyone and folks post about a range of topics. There’s also a specific place for people to promote their own game-making efforts or similar projects.

All users are expected to abide by the rules, which are focused around being excellent to one another to promote a friendly, positive and constructive atmosphere. These tenets are implemented by five active moderators (including me!) to ensure users are in a position to discuss whichever topic they like in a place they can come back to on a daily basis.

How to get involved: Simply register on the forum and start participating. Note that you’ll be unable to start new threads until you hit 8 posts; this is so we can keep spammers at bay.

Gaming Together

Out of the forum’s ocean of intelligent discussion emerged many users who play games together. RPS’ highest profile communities based on the main site are the PlanetSide 2 and Guild Wars 2 devotees. RPS members in these worlds have put on huge events open to hundreds of players, alongside their weekly intra-oufit (or intra-guild) sessions. Here’s how to sign-up:

Feel the love!

PlanetSide 2

Our community is spread across two factions, Vanu Sovereignty and New Conglomerate. Both outfits are based on the server Miller (EU) and share a lot of the same players.

The spandex superstars of Vanu’s Rock Planet Shotgun and the freedom fighters of Rock Traitor Shotgun can be found online pretty much every night, running casual raids in groups of 10 or more. This is in addition to their regular, scheduled outings on Wednesdays (for the Vanu) and Fridays (for the Conglomerate). I have personally joined them on a few evenings and can say they’re a blast to play with, always providing a welcoming atmosphere even for complete newbies like myself.

From the outfit's Twitter - @RPSPlanetside2

How to get involved: Both communities are based out of our PlanetSide 2 forum which you can find here. In order to join a specific outfit, you’ll need a character of one of the relevant factions on Miller server (EU).

Once you have that, it’s a simple case of heading over to this thread (for the Vanu) or this thread (for the Conglomerate) and posting your in-game character name. Vanu players will then have to give a member of the outfit a poke on our Mumble server (more on that below) to get an invite. New Conglomerate recruits should receive an invite in-game immediately.

From there, it’s a simple case of jumping online and joining the outfit squads from the social side of the PS2 interface. If possible, make sure you’re on Mumble most evenings (EU time) to get coordinated.

Screenshot by Dewi.

Guild Wars 2

Another RPS community that’s been going since 2012 is Rock Paper Signet, a Guild Wars 2 guild based on Gunnar’s Hold (EU). Together, the Signets have conquered many challenges in each aspect of the game, whether it be helping comrades achieve the coveted Dungeon Master achievement, boosting our server in WvW, hosting intraguild sPvP tournaments or managing the biggest original PvE events in the game.

Despite having close to 400 members, the guild is still openly recruiting people who are interested in a casual but active set of friends to play with. Like the PlanetSide 2> players, there’s folks online every night, although you’ll find more when specific events are planned.

How to get involved: You’ll need an account based on the EU servers – it doesn’t really matter what you picked as your home server, as we only use that when in WvW.

Read this post and then reply with your account name (e.g. Krathor.9514). You’ll likely receive an invite in-game the same day, so check the guild panel and remember to click ‘Represent’ after accepting in order to participate in chat.

Most regular events are featured in the first post here, but I’d still encourage you to keep an eye on the forum to see when one-offs crop up.

But these games are not the only places where RPSers can be found! In fact, readers of the site enjoy playing a load of other titles together…

Minecraft

RPS has had an unofficial Minecraft server for years and it has continued to thrive throughout all the changes to the game. The map is now impressively populated with landmarks left by generations of players as they’ve come and gone. Buildings continue to be thrown up as the whitelist expands to accommodate new blood and I’d encourage anyone to give it a try.

The map is HUGE!

How to get involved: The best way is to start by checking out this thread, as it explains which build of the game the server is running and how you can connect. There are also loads of useful links there to help new and returning players adjust to life on uRPS.

If you’d like to be added to the server’s building whitelist, post in the thread with your username and a bit of background information on your time in the game. Someone will usually add you within a couple of days so you can get crafting.

MOBAs

Reverse Captains Mode, anyone?

Dota 2 is a forum favourite among regulars with around 30 active players during the week. As there’s so many people playing, getting a team together is easy and the wide range of skill levels makes for some interesting compositions. So long as there’s enough folks online simultaneously, we also hold custom lobbies with interesting twists on normal gameplay.

Heroes of the Storm is also proving really successful, thanks to beta codes raining down on the community during March and April. RPS’ 20-minute romps in Heroes provides a nice alternative to the hour-long hardcore sessions of insanity that Dota matches can become.

Whatever your poison, it’s pretty easy to join up with other RPSers for a game or two. It’s really important to note that it doesn’t matter how good you are if we’re in casual matches; it’s just fun to play with people you know a little.

How to get involved: Both MOBAs have their places on the forum, with the big Dota thread being here and Heroes being here. Joining up with fellow players is simple; just post your relevant username in those threads (Steam for Dota and Battle.net for Heroes) and wait for other people to add you.

Alternatively, hop on Mumble (see below) on pretty much any evening (EU time) and you’ll find quite a few people willing to play either game.

Them Other Games

Click here and look at all of those threads. Look at them! Those are all games that people like you have expressed an interest in playing with others. Heck, in April 2015 alone we’ve seen loads of activity pick up in Cities: Skylines, GTA Online, Killing Floor 2 and Torchlight 2 – among others!

We built this city on rock and papershotguuuuuuuun. Screenshot by Cei.

It may seem like everyone posting about these games knows each other, which is how they can play together so easily. This is not the case and most users haven’t even spoken to each other before diving into a game together. I have had a blast playing different games over the past few years with hundreds of people from across the community.

How to get involved (in any game, really): After registering on the forum, cast your peepers here and see if anything piques your interest. If you’re looking for something specific, a full list of active communities has been compiled by Challenger2uk and can be found here, which can help narrow your search.

If you do spot something you like, feel free to post in the thread and others may be up for joining you in the game. From there, it’s a simple case of ensuring you set a time to play, adding interested people on Steam/Origin/Battle.net and jumping on Mumble as appropriate.

Some of our communities (like Arma) require you to sign up with an external website or shouting for an invite on Mumble.

If you are required to sign up on an external, community-run website, then the related post on the forum will instruct you how to do it. Note that this is for the minority of games and organisation for most titles is based off the main forum.

As for Mumble? Well…

Mumble

Mumble is a program that enables players across the world to communicate with one another through voice in (almost) real-time. It operates in similar ways to TeamSpeak and Ventrilo, which are also utilised in other online communities.

Through some totally unscientific experimentation, we’ve found that Mumble generally works the best for most people, most of the time. The server is used for almost every game RPSers play together, from Battlefield to Warframe and has hundreds of users on a daily basis.

Cheers to Mumble for being so cool!

We like it so much because…

1) Folks can just use it to chill out, talk with one another or randomly find games to play together. You can connect on any given evening and find players willing to dive into a selection of games, from MMOs to online pen-and-paper titles. If you’re new to the community, hopping on Mumble can be one of the best ways to get to know other members just by having a chat and a game.

2) It’s also used for huge, pre-planned events like those held by Guild Wars 2 and PlanetSide 2 players. These are usually highly-advertised evenings of fun that are open to folks outside of the normal RPS community. I speak from experience when I say Mumble is invaluable when hosting one of these nights for the level of coordination it can offer.

Without VoIP this would be impossible.

Before using Mumble, it’s worth noting two things:

1) You definitely don’t have to use a microphone: We understand folks may not have quality voice equipment, or just don’t feel like talking. That’s totally cool and there’s no pressure to speak up.

2) For those of us who do like talking, the same rules apply as on the forum: Be excellent. This includes treating people as your equal and not engaging in hostility.

If you do come across someone who rubs you up the wrong way, note that Mumble offers a ‘local mute’ option which silences them for you – just right-click the person in the channel and select it. If you spot a user who is evidently breaking the rules, please feel free to contact one of the administrators and we’ll see to it soon as possible.

How to get involved: Joining Mumble is easy, just download from the official site, install it and click ‘Server’ at the top of the client.

After selecting ‘Connect’, you’ll want to add the RPS using these details:

If you have any problems, please stick them in this thread. Many thanks to Cei for setting up and administrating the server, which has been invaluable in helping the community.

Any Questions?

Stick them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to respond to them. Alternatively, you can give me a poke via PM on the forum.

26 Comments

  1. padger says:

    Splendid community: CONFIRMED. I have had more multiplayer fun since reading RPS and joining in with folk than I’d had since the dark days of Eve Online.

    \Internet/

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    Grizzly says:

    Also also of note, again: Folkarps.com, an RPS co-founded Arma community that hosts fun missions that don’t require any hassle to setup. If you like Arma, go check it out, they’re great.

    • SuicideKing says:

      Yup, forum thread here:
      link to rockpapershotgun.com

      (Scott, would love it if you’d add Folk ARPS to the article).

      • Scott Constantine says:

        Hey folks,

        I have linked to Arma actually in the article as an example of an organisation that requires involvement outside of the normal RPS forum. Unfortunately, as the subforum on RPS isn’t very active and admittedly I don’t have an account with Folk ARPS, I was unable to point readers to a more specific place.

        It’s good to hear that we still have a contingent playing the game and I have noticed the third one is on sale on Steam this weekend. I may be tempted to pick up a copy and try playing with you guys to get a feel for it myself…

  3. BathroomCitizen says:

    The RPS communities in Planetside 2 and DOTA 2 were amazing. Had a really rockin’ time with them a couple of years ago.

    Now, sadly, I have little time to play online on a regular basis.

  4. BTAxis says:

    I think I’m terrible at being part of a community. I’ve posted on the forums a bit but it’s not a place I feel compelled to return to.

    • alms says:

      I remember your nick! It’s been a while since your last visit yes? if so, it’s worth trying again, many things have changed.

      (Full disclosure: I’m a community moderator)

    • Fontan says:

      I’m in a similar position, except I’m an eternal lurker. I’m often there and following multiple threads, yet rearely I feel compelled to actually comment anything.

  5. Palimpsest says:

    This might be the only way I can have fun in GTA Online

  6. TehK says:

    I can highly recommend playing with the RPS communities. Until now I had the pleasure of playing Planetside 2 and Guild Wars 2 with those lovely ladies and gentlemen and it’s been great fun and a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Unfortunately my free time is limited so I sadly can’t stick around for long, but the time I’ve spent with the RPS community has been a blast so far.

    If I wasn’t too ashamed of myself because of my non-existing skills I’d also play Dota with them. :D

  7. tehfish says:

    The minecraft server sounds interesting, but at this stage i’d probably end up too confused by not having a million techy/geeky mods installed :D

  8. phoss64 says:

    I started playing Eve with the RPS community corp, sadly the corp is inactive now, but I went back to Eve. Playing with the RPS community is a safe bet

  9. ineatprophet says:

    With respect to Guild Wars 2, is it feasible to play on an EU server despite being stateside? I’m curious about RPS.

    • DalamarTheDark says:

      That’s always my conundrum… the RPS community is always lovely on here, but as a gamer in the USA I can’t really deal with the latency issues of EU servers (GW2 and DotA 2 primarily). I’d love to see a larger gaggle of US-based RPSers get together.

      • Scott Constantine says:

        In relation to Guild Wars 2, I can confirm that the guild has players as far away as New Zealand. They don’t appear to have any ping problems at all, so it’s definitely worth giving it a shot.

        For Dota 2, I live in the UK but personally like to play ranked games on the US East set of servers. I don’t appear to get any ping problems from that myself, although I bet this may vary greatly depending on your own connection.

        I think your only problem would be trying to find fellow players at the times you’re online, but I don’t think that’s too much of an issue as both communities sport quite a few people.

  10. Blackcompany says:

    The Rock, Paper, Skana Clan (Warframe) is great. Some really helpful folks there. Langert has been a true gentlemen, fielding questions, helping out with mods and missions. Joining the clan was something my girl and I were hesitant about at first but we have really enjoyed it!

  11. racccoon says:

    yeah i’m happy for you to have it, great.
    I prefer the netmag and reply thing, as it is what I see rockpapershotgun as,
    if I want a game playing community to team and help in playing mmo games of all kinds and languages.
    I always go to http://www.onrpg.com
    Each place has its benefits in my gaming life.

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    reitrop says:

    Hello, newbie here.
    Do I need to create a specific account for the RPS forums? My regular account didn’t seem to work, I was wondering if forum and website have different accounts or if I made a mistake.

    • Scott Constantine says:

      Yo!

      Short answer: Yes. The forum runs on different software so your account will need to be different to that on the main site.

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        reitrop says:

        Okay! Thank you for your answer ;-) Creating an account, then heading straight towards Payday 2 and Killing Floor 2 topics.

  13. TheLeetTaco says:

    Hey i was Wondering if it was ok for me to use this server to talk to my viewers on twitch

    • Scott Constantine says:

      Hi there.

      As the article suggests, the resources provided are generally for the community playing together, rather than broadcasting to others. Technically, if your viewers are RPS readers/members and you’re playing together, I’d say sure, why not? But if you’re just using it as a platform to communicate with non-RPS folks, then I’d advise against it.

      This is mainly because it’s not to be there for self-promotion and if you’re just bringing in Twitch viewers then they may not come with the normal attitudes we expect of our community.