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February 5, 2022

The best starting tips for roleplay servers (guide)

GTA Roleplay

Hello! Start a new roleplay server and do you have any questions or need help getting started? We will offer you a little help here to answer your previous questions and get you started.

Important: The server name

It's time to get down to business: Choose a name for your project. Make sure that the name is easy to remember and stays in your memory. It should also be easy to write. Also check whether the name already exists.

Most operators use names in formats like xyzRP or xyzV. You can do it this way too – or completely differently. It's entirely up to you how you want to do it.

For example, if your server has unique events that take place regularly, you can refer to them using the server name, for example: myEventRP or RacingRP. If your server relies more on Crime/Cop RP instead, call it HoodLife or GangsterLife or something else. Do you understand? Use the name to show what the focus is on. But make sure you don't give the impression of being unimaginative and don't copy names. (e.g. FiveRP -> NineRP)

Offer something unique

Try to offer your players something they can't get anywhere else. Don't make the mistake of rewarding them with "free vehicles" or in-game money, because players will interpret this differently than they probably should. Instead, offer a unique gaming experience, special experiences or unique ones Scripts and maps that not everyone has. We have prepared something for you here:

For example, you can also offer your players unique events - such as karaoke evenings or organized races. Important: Be responsive to your roleplay community and make your players feel understood. And even if the beginning is difficult: Don't run after your players.

This is how your server becomes known

Every beginning is difficult: especially for new servers and communities. Build a server team you can trust. A team you count on. Talk to each other and ask yourself what players on your server think are good – or not so good. Actively respond to criticism and try to adapt and improve your server.

Try to figure out the best way to get new players. But before that, ask yourself if your project (roleplay server) is good enough to “grow big”. Only then should you start advertising or marketing. Only when the foundation stone is in place should you think further.

A lot is necessary to make your GTA server known. For example, you can distribute advertising on social media (Facebook, Instagram), advertise on Google Ads or advertise on video platforms such as Twitch and YouTube.

Create your own FiveM Server website or let us create it for you. This allows you to present your server uniquely on the Internet.

Add your server to our server list ✔

So that your server can expand its reach, please add it to our server list: https://five-rp.de/fivem-serverliste

Your advantages:

  • Place advertising online
  • Lots of new players received
  • Introduce your server on our website
  • Benefit from the name FiveRP as a name

Important questions to ask yourself

We have put together a small collection of questions that you (and your team) should have answers to:

  1. Am I offering my players something unique? If yes, what?
  2. What can I improve on my server?
  3. Are my players happy? Otherwise, ask them what could be done better.
  4. Am I focusing too much on my own server? Can I maybe take a look at what others are doing?
  5. Am I focusing too much on other servers (competition)?

Poaching is not an option

Realize that poaching from other projects does not necessarily mean quality for your own server. Players who have been poached think that they have a better position “on the new island” because they “already know each other anyway”. As a result, IC/OOC experiences are often mixed.

Instead, offer something that creates experiences and experiences for new players. Then they will keep coming back (or at least remember your server). It's a lot of work, but it's definitely worth it.

What brings friends also brings enemies

Remember that people who enjoy your project are much more valuable than people who want to trash your project. Don't give these a chance. Therefore, make sure you have reasonable server hosting with DDoS protection and a Anti-cheat system.

Make sure exploits and FiveM bugs are fixed quickly and adjust your server rules. But don't steal from other servers here either.

Entertain your players

Here are a few tips on how to keep your players entertained:

  • Offer unique routes/jobs to earn money. (pay attention to flexibility here, don't let it become monotonous)
  • Organize cool events (races, skydiving, playing darts, etc)
  • Talk to them OOC (Talk Rounds)
  • Regularly offer exciting events, such as car chases
  • Announce innovations and implement them in the game

And: Give your server a focus

What's the priority on your GTA 5 RP server? Making money (farming), the economy? Exciting roleplay? New carts and races? Gangs or cops? It’s best to give your server a “focus point”.

You can't put everything in one pot. Try to focus on one thing and expand on it. Don't rush anything.

What do you think of our tips? Have we forgotten something? Feel free to write it as a comment.