I am starting a PbP here and I know all my players already. How do I add them to a game? Do I just link them to the thread? If so what stops anyone from posting in any thread and being added as a player?
Yes, your players simply create accounts here on the Paizo website, and then create an alias for each character they're going to play. Give them the link to the PbP discussion thread to check in, and then tell them to post in the gameplay thread.
You might want to point out the "How To Format Your Text" show/hide button under each post they make. Many campaigns have norms around when to use italics, when to use bold and when to use "out of character" text formatting.
There is also a dice-rolling command that lets you show your dice rolls (complete with bonuses) in your post
There is nothing stopping anyone with a Paizo account from posting in any thread, including PbP threads. I've never had it happen in any game I've participated in, though.
If it does, report their account to Paizo staff. That kind of community-destroying behavior isn't tolerated here.
Thanks Crystal. I am familiar with the formatting and whatnot been on the forums a while just never did a PbP and didn't see any obvious add/accept player buttons.
One of my players my fiance is an English major, another is a long-term MUD player and another has been playing since the 80's so I am sure we can get the tone down quick. I also ran a PbP on geocities back in the day.