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    What is CNC RP?

    CNC RP stands for “consensual non-consent roleplay.” It’s a type of roleplaying where participants agree to enact scenarios that appear non-consensual within the context of the scene, such as simulated capture or power dynamics, typically within a BDSM framework.

    This form of roleplay relies heavily on trust, mutual understanding, and pre-negotiated boundaries between all involved parties. It allows players to explore intense emotional, psychological, and physical experiences in a safe and controlled environment.

    More broadly, CNC RP can refer to any roleplay where the characters are part of a non-consensual scene that the players agreed to beforehand.

    A brief history of the term

    Historically, CNC RP has roots in the BDSM community, where exploring power dynamics and taboo scenarios in a consensual manner is a cornerstone. It has since been adapted into text-based roleplaying formats, especially in environments where mature themes are explored with care and respect among players.

    Modern usage

    Today, CNC RP is recognized in a wide array of gaming environments, from text-based forums to more complex multiplayer online games. It has found a place in both casual and more structured roleplaying sessions, accommodating a range of storytelling styles and preferences.

    Types of games that use the term CNC RP include but are not limited to:

    MUD, MUSH, RPMUD, PbP, Talker, MMORPG, Chat RPG, Social media RPG, and their respective communities.


    What kind of scenes are acted out in CNC RP?

    While CNC RP typically refers to scenes of a sexual nature (such as bondage), it can also be used to describe other roleplayed scenarios that appear non-consensual within the game but are actually agreed upon beforehand by the players.

    For example, in an L&L game, an abduction scene where a nobleman is held captive by a rogue intent on leveraging him for ransom. The players themselves consented to the scene and agreed to roleplay it out (i.e. obtained OOC consent), but the character of the nobleman is taken against his will (i.e. without his IC consent).

    How do players ensure CNC RP remains safe?

    First, players have to realize that “safe” is a subjective term. What’s safe for one person isn’t necessarily safe for another.

    Beyond that, players can promote safety by thoroughly discussing boundaries, safe words, and aftercare needs before starting the roleplay. Communication is continuous and clear, with all parties having the right to stop the roleplay at any moment if they feel uncomfortable or if pre-negotiated boundaries are being approached or crossed.

    What distinguishes CNC RP from actual non-consensual acts?

    The key difference is the mutual consent and pre-negotiation involved in CNC RP. All parties have agreed to the scenario and have established boundaries and safe words. This contrasts with actual non-consensual acts (assault), which can be harmful to players.

    Games that feature non-consensual acts and power dynamics between characters without prioritizing player safety and comfort are often toxic for many players.

    Is CNC RP common in text-based RPGs?

    CNC RP can be found in text-based RPGs, especially in those that cater to adult or mature audiences. It is less common in mainstream or all-ages games due to its sensitive nature and the need for mature, responsible participants.

    How does a player know if a game has CNC RP?

    Reading the game rules and community guidelines is an important step before deciding to play any game with mature or adult themes. If a game does not mention consent in its rules, you can ask the community about its RP culture and where players typically draw the line.

    Myths about CNC RP

    One common myth is that those who engage in CNC RP endorse or desire non-consensual acts in real life. This is not true; CNC RP is a controlled and consensual activity where all parties have full control and agree to the terms beforehand.

    Another misconception is that CNC RP doesn’t require communication or boundaries, when in fact, these are fundamental to promote the safety of participants.

    If you’re considering engaging in a CNC RP scene with another player, be sure to communicate clearly what you would like to do and ensure that you have the other player’s enthusiastic consent. Otherwise, you risk causing that player real-life distress and harm.

    CNC RP examples

    • Two players agree to roleplay a scene where one character is a captor and the other is a captive, with detailed boundaries and safe words established.
    • A group enacts a medieval fantasy scenario with power dynamics and rescue missions, following a thorough discussion of limits and expectations.
    • In a superhero-themed game, characters engage in a struggle where one is temporarily overpowered, with all actions pre-negotiated and consented to.

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