As a collaborative activity, online role play depends on the use of a software platform to manage players’ actions and communications. While a simple design will run perfectly well via use of email messages, in a Virtual Learning Environment or Learning Management System, more complex designs need the efficiency, safety and security of a role play platform. Different platforms each have their special features. Possessing a good general understanding of how different platforms work, and what they might offer in regard to supporting specific role play concepts, helps the underpinning knowledge of educators moving into more experientially based learning processes.