Our How-to Get Started With GTA V RP Guide will walk you through what you'll need to install and how to connect to your first server! If you've been watching streamers role playing recently and would like to give it a shot, be sure to keep reading!
GTA V RP has picked up again big time with many big time streamers flocking to the game. While RP seems relatively new, it has been around for a long time. Lirik in particular used to play it quite often in ARMA years ago, and the type of play eventually jumped to GTA.
How-to Start Up GTA V RP
First, you need GTA 5 installed on your computer. You can have it on Steam or the Rockstar Social Club, either will work fine. GTA 5 has been pretty cheap lately, you should be able to pick up on sale if you wait for it. At the moment it's $29.99 on Steam, which is well worth the price if you've never played the game before. It has a really fun single-player campaign that's worth playing even if you don't end up enjoying RP.
Next step is that you'll need to install FiveM (it's completely free). Go to their website, click Download client, and save it to your computer. Place the FiveM .exe file wherever you'd like it to install (it installs in place). You will then need to select the folder containing Grand Theft Auto V. If you used Rockstar then it will likely be in your C: Drive, Program Files, and in the Rockstar Games folder. If you have it via Steam, then it'll commonly be in C: Drive, Program Files, steamapps, and then in the common folder. These are just the common spots, you might have custom folders or drives. Once you find it, it will start to install and might need to update the game cache. Finally, it will ask you to login to your Rockstar Social Club account.
Once it has installed it should start up automatically. You'll be able to join a bunch of servers, you can browse the servers if you want right here. Some servers don't require an application, but a lot of them do. You'll want to research them and see which one fits you the best!
What is NoPixel? How Do I Join?
NoPixel is the main server the majority of Twitch streamers have been participating. If you've been watching people like Lirik, Summit, MoonMoon, and others a lot lately then that is the server they've been playing on. The problem with this server is that it's extremely popular now, and to join requires you to fill out an application to be whitelisted. The other issue is they have so many applications that they've stopped accepting them! The server is also relatively small, and only holds 32 players at a time. More popular streamers get priority when trying to queue, so if you are not a streamer or are small time then it's going to be tough to get in. Basically, if you want to RP anytime soon, you'll want to find yourself a less popular place to do it.
While that's bad news if you were hoping to jump in with your favorite streamers, it does sound like the people who run NoPixel are working on opening up a second server. You can learn more about NoPixel at their website.
What is Metagaming?
When a streamer is roleplaying it is a rule that they do not know anything that their character doesn't know. So, if someone from chat was watching another stream and told another streamer what was going on in that other stream, that would be metagaming. It's very frowned upon because the whole point of RP is to have organic experiences, and knowing more information than you should lessens the fun! So, don't be one of those people trying to put a damper on the excitement.