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  • ChanguChangu Posts: 9Member
    I like to try to roleplay me+, where the + are characteristics I find lacking in myself in RL.  A roleplayer I admired from another IRE game said that playing his character in a manner somewhat like that actually helped him grow as a person outside the game.  I don't think I ever got the same effect, but I think it provides some interesting food for my own thought.  At the same time, I have to admit that even playing me+ is a challenge, and I wouldn't call myself a highly skilled roleplayer (some people are just amazing at it, and I'm not even close to their level), but I definitely make it a priority to stay IC at all times.
    dancinkKestrel
  • KestrelKestrel Posts: 122Member ✭✭✭
    Roleplay is everything.
    Changu said:
    I like to try to roleplay me+, where the + are characteristics I find lacking in myself in RL.  A roleplayer I admired from another IRE game said that playing his character in a manner somewhat like that actually helped him grow as a person outside the game.  I don't think I ever got the same effect, but I think it provides some interesting food for my own thought.  At the same time, I have to admit that even playing me+ is a challenge, and I wouldn't call myself a highly skilled roleplayer (some people are just amazing at it, and I'm not even close to their level), but I definitely make it a priority to stay IC at all times.
    I try to find people who are smarter/better than me at everything and then just stalk them obsessively trying to learn their secrets. It's how you level up!
    MalashSqueakumsQitorienBorran
  • zacczacc Posts: 41Member ✭✭
    I'll stay IC but I'm not doing any paragraph emotes. Ain't nobody got time for that.
    Can't be bothered to use paragraph-motes. I shouldn't have to detail -everything- for you. Use your imagination.
    Borran
  • BorranBorran Posts: 6Member
    Roleplay is everything.
    I enjoy roleplaying someone vastly different than myself. I decide how the character is going to be different from me and stick to that.

    That said, the struggle is real. I have to correct my actions often. My main Achaea character was supposed to be goal-oriented and antisocial but I playing that way eventually made the game intolerable so I folded. 

    I should've just started an alt.
    Kestrel
  • AvymosAvymos Posts: 2Member
    I'll stay IC but I'm not doing any paragraph emotes. Ain't nobody got time for that.
    Just wanted to respond to something I saw a few posts back. This isn't directed at the poster, but a caution for anyone who rp's to any degree.

    I avoid playing characters that resemble myself (be it mentally, emotionally, or physically) like the plague, and would advise anyone who does to be extremely mindful that your character is not you. It's really easy to fall into that trap unwittingly, and I've seen it happen time and again. I've fallen prey to it a few times myself over the years.

    It makes it super easy to take any slight against your character as a personal attack on you, it makes you much more likely to hold grudges over things that you really shouldn't care about, will make it easier to blur the lines between what is and isn't in-character for you and your character and end up making IC decisions because of OOC reasons or taking OOC decisions as IC ones, and worst of all it can lead to you making decisions that your character wouldn't or shouldn't make, and that end up leaving you stuck in a situation that's bad for your character and can end up driving you away from the game, or to create a new alt just to make the same mistakes all over again.

    Even if it's not a conscious decision to play as yourself and treat your character as an extension of you, even if your character doesn't resemble you but you treat it as your alter ego (whether you mean to or not), there are a lot of pitfalls, and it's something to be extremely mindful of as you play your character.

    You are not your character. Your character is not you. Play your character as if you were your character. Do not make decisions for your character based on the decisions you would make in that situation.

    That is all. Go home folks. Nothing more to see in this post. I promise.


    KestrelsaturnineDushkaAmondrask
  • AmondraskAmondrask Posts: 31Member ✭✭
    Roleplay is everything.
    The entire reason I play MUDs at all is for the roleplay, as the text-based nature lends itself very well to the hobby. The game aspects are a nice framework and can break the RP up and all that, but even when it comes to other games I'm always thinking of roleplay in terms of my character's choices and decisions. I've roleplayed on everything from forums, to MMOs, to Neverwinter Night Persistent Worlds, chat rooms, emails...You name it, I've probably tried roleplaying on it somehow. Having a strong roleplay community is a guaranteed way to keep me coming back to a game time and time again. Without it, I tend to lose interest fairly easily, as I just can't invest in the mechanics as much. 

    I'm a notorious paragraph emoter, and unabashedly so. I love to read, and forums were my introduction to roleplaying, so I tend to go for the longer side of things. It's just natural for me, and I gravitate towards players who do the same. No problem whatsoever with players that don't, so long as the characters are enjoyable. I think the longest single span of roleplay I did was 15+ hours with one person, though that was an extreme case! 

    So yeah. Roleplay. I guess you could say I kind of like it.
    TravelerSqueakumsQuean
  • SqueakumsSqueakums Posts: 60Member ✭✭✭
    Roleplay is everything.
    Agreed @Amondrask. For me, coming from countries where tabletop RPGs are hard to put together, Iron Realms has often been a form of "always available D&D". The depth of roleplay and complexity of storylines you can put together is really helped by having everything done through text already. 
    AmondraskKestrelQuean
  • QueanQuean Posts: 59Member ✭✭✭
    Roleplay is everything.
    Just a side note: being in the "RP is everything" camp does not necessarily involve paragraph-long emotes :-) I myself prefer more dense exchanges with my partners, unless I am singing or performing a standardized ritual.
    SyajaSqueakums
  • KestrelKestrel Posts: 122Member ✭✭✭
    Roleplay is everything.
    Zil said:
    I've always approached MUDding as an avenue for collaborative writing. For me, a MUD is like a book that we're all writing at the same time together. I play to tell the story of a character in the specific setting, and I utilize the mechanics to support that narrative.

    For example, if I play a tough-as-nails mercenary, I'll learn how to PvP well enough to play that role believably. But I can just as happily play a meek little pacifist and never touch PvP. It all depends on the story I want to tell.

    As for emoting in paragraphs: love it. Feel free to bring me your paragraphs, please.

    Zil
  • HomuraHomura Posts: 11Member
    edited December 2
    Roleplay is everything.
    Prude RP =) → PK'ing RP >:) → tightknit bonds <3 → :3 Gay RP 
  • KedlinKedlin Posts: 13Member
    I like roleplay sometimes, but not all the time.
    I’m always in character when interacting in game, though sometimes I just want to log in and quest/bash solo for some me time. Sometimes I’ll chip in if there’s a scene unfolding and it’s appropriate and that interaction could be anything from a small, targetted emote with some speech, it could be a change in posture or expression or it could be a large emote with multiple targetted expressions or says depending on the circumstance or my investment towards those present. I’ll either adapt to what’s going on and the format used by the majority present or I’ll politely excuse myself and go about my busbess.
    bairloch
  • SawtoothBriggzSawtoothBriggz Posts: 2Member
    I'll stay IC but I'm not doing any paragraph emotes. Ain't nobody got time for that.
    In Achaea I'm always in-character unless circumstances force me otherwise (like telling newbies about the curing system, etc) and I like to roleplay, but when someone spends a while typing out a massive paragraph emote about how they're gently caressing the bookcase while twirling around in circles I just kinda stand there awkwardly like 'uhhh me too'
    Kestrel
  • QueanQuean Posts: 59Member ✭✭✭
    edited December 8
    Roleplay is everything.
    [sorry, edited: wrong thread]
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