Personally, I RP because I have always been interested in the concept of an interactive, collaborative story. I have tried other things similar to this before. (like making google docs that people at my school could edit, but that went downhill quickly ) I eventually made an account on the message boards so I could ask Greg Farshtey a question about Bionicle, but I ended up wandering into other sections of the site, and fate brought me here. Up until that point, I had a very small idea of what an RP even was, but the concept really interested and intigued me. After reading a few examples of an RP on this website, I decided to create my own: Arena Battle.
Originally, my idea for Arena Battle was to have it be a Death Battle styled RP, with one-shot fights to the death between two characters. But then, I was reading Mata Nui's guide to Bara Magna and saw a passage about the Glatorian system on Bara Magna. That idea intigued me more, so I turned Arena Battle into a Game show, and created the character of the Gamemaster to host it. (At the time, I had no idea that the host of an RP was called a "Game Master", so that was cool to find out in hindsight.)
When I posted the sign up topic, I was nervous that nobody would want to join, either because they would think my idea sucked, or that I was a noob who still had their default profile picture, and therefore couldn't be taken seriously. I kept editing the title and rules, paranoid that they weren't good enough. But luckily, @jayzor17, @controller_of_ice, @Mr.Monopoly, @Tarkur, @Runa and @L.O.S.S-KAL signed up, thank god. I want to take this opportunity to thank you guys for signing up in the first place, because I wouldn't be here (For better or worse) if it weren't for you.
Anyways, when the RP started, I began to think bigger. I thought it would be cool to include a mystery and plot twist to give the story more substance and intigue. So , I decided to stage the ninja sneak into the barracks, and have the Gamemaster kidnap Mark. It turned out really great, and I decided that I wanted to continue the stories of the characters after the RP ended, and that I would stick around for more.
So I signed up for Majestic League.
At first, I didn't believe I would have as big of a role in the project as I do now. I just thought that The Gamemaster would be part of the villains team and get into some shenanigans, but @Shadowrockboy190 promoted me to co-GM, and The Gamemaster as leader of the villains, thanks to a word put in by Mr.Monopoly. After signing up, I waited for the RP to start.
And waited, and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited...
I was getting sick of the waiting, as were pretty much every other player. In hindsight, I do feel a little bad for continuously harassing him about when it would start, as I probably came off as pushy to him on top of the others harrassing him. Eventually, it had been about a month of waiting, and it didn't seem like Shadowrockboy190 was coming back, so I made a controversial decision and decided to take executive action to start and host Majestic League myself. To this day, I still wonder if I made the right decision to start without his permission, what he would think of how it turned out, or what it would be like if the RP never even started in the first place. Either way, I still enjoy playing and GMing Majestic League, despite my occasional moments of poor judgment/decisions as a GM, which I am continuing to work on.
Anyways, what had started as one little RP eventually grew and evolved into something of greater scope and cetail than I could have ever imagined when I first started. I now think of the TTV RPs as sort of an MCU, where everything is conected. I feel as though I'm just getting started with my ideas, and can't wait to show you all of the RPS I am planNing in the future!
Back to the question: the reason why I RP on the message boards is simply because I enjoy having fun and sharing my ideas with all of you.
Also, I have tried other RP sites and I can't grow any roots, so i'm stuck with you guys.