Sunday, July 31, 2005

General Role-Play Pointers

Howdy all,
Recently, it was decided by several of the 'regulars' that a quick run down of role-play pointers may be beneficial.
As this is an open forum, I would love comments and any other pointers I've missed.
One important part about role-playing is just what the name says. We play a role and want to come off as we *are* that character. Role-playing should be like putting who you are aside, and taking on the mantle of another character. You can add your own take onto that character. Just look at Master Yoda! Mr. Lucas forgot to tell us about Yoda's fear of spiders, or his love for Dolly Parton. Not only, through role-play, are there new stories featuring our favourite green muppet (sorry, Kermit), but they are interactive and fun. Bill, who plays Master Yoda, thinks up a new situation for his character and writes it out like a story. He uses Yoda's unique form of speech to make the reader feel as if Yoda, himself, had written that entry.
Compare the following:
Threepio: "Greetings, Sir, I am C3P0. Human Cyborg relations. If there is anything that you request, please do not resist to ask. I am your humble servant."
Threepio: "Hi. I'm C3P0. Can I help you?."
Which is more like the Threepio that we know and love? The second doesn't give the same feel as the first does. When you read the first bit, can you see Threepio talking? The second sounds more like Threepio should be wearing a McDonalds uniform. The way you write your character should hold true to that character.
Some people play characters who did not get lines or backgrounds in any of the movies. These people still need to use proficient writing to get their take on the characters across.
One huge point, these characters are from the Star Wars Universe, but have no idea what Star Wars is! Star Wars are films from our galaxy, not theirs.  They should know what happened in the films, but not about the films themselves. Qui-Gon Jinn was played by Liam Neeson in Phantom Menace. Qui-Gon Jinn is played by Rebecca in our blog role-play. Qui-Gon Jinn *is* Qui-Gon Jinn in his galaxy.
Also, punctuation and grammar makes a difference in a characterisation.
Qui-Gon: I think that Darth Maul and the other Sith Lords are jerks!
Qui-Gon: i think darth mual and teh other stith lards r jerks!!11
Spelling accidents happen. Even Jedi make misteaks.
However, without proof-reading this post, it can change how the character comes off. A great tip is to write out your post in Word or (Text Edit for you Maccies), spell-check the post when you've finished, and give it a final glance over.
Don't feel like you have to go overboard for a post. You don't need to Photoshop a picture every time. No-one is in competition. We should be writing our blogs, not only for the enjoyment of others, but ourselves. We should be using our creativity. I believe everyone has showed that they are not only creative, but intelligent, with a great sense of humour, as well! Also, don't feel like you have to post daily. Take a few days to cook up something special!
Another point is the matter of seriousness. We joke and play, but no-one should do so maliciously. Many of us take our blogging seriously. We should be proud of our work. We work hard to produce something that is a pleasure to read. No-one deserves to be mocked or insulted here. We are a great team and should be maturely working together so that we are interweaving all of our tales.
Role-play! Interact! Most of all, have fun!
With respect to my SW buddies,
Rebecca, who plays as Qui-Gon Jinn


Blogger Anakin Skywalker said...

As Anakin would say: Word.

July 31, 2005 3:14 AM  
Blogger General Grievous said...

thanks for the tips rebecca

July 31, 2005 4:41 AM  
Blogger Count Dooku said...

Indeed. Great job!

July 31, 2005 6:00 AM  
Blogger Captain Typho said...

I hope everyone reads this. Well done.

July 31, 2005 10:11 AM  
Blogger JawaJuice said...

Well said, becks. Well said.

July 31, 2005 11:03 AM  
Blogger Master Yoda said...

Great job!

July 31, 2005 12:11 PM  
Blogger Leia said...

Thanks Rebbecca!

July 31, 2005 1:39 PM  
Blogger Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Nice pointers, but what if the Sith Lards were a bunch of jerks, though?

And what about us who don't seem to reside in that galaxy, or at least usually don't reside in that galaxy?

July 31, 2005 9:57 PM  
Blogger Qui-Gon Jinn said...

Ah, my dear Jon,
You always have a nice place in our galaxy if you want a holiday.
We have hot and cold running Jawajuice, Dookulax, VibroAxe, fused spores in every colour, bling on every robo-claw, fluffy plants, totally awesome, like, shopping malls, an endless supply of brownies, non-head danishes, a Han in every mirror, the complete Dolly Parton CD collection, SLA meetings, wheel-bike races, Bibby Boogie, wicked bad security, Oreos by the case full, Hobbits who are Wookies and Wookies who are Wookies, major-league butt-kicking, PETE, homicidal droids, Mullet fashion tips, ice-cream trucks, 1337 13550n5, lekku, comic relief in the form of Wayne Brad... uh, Gungans, and the love of Babboo.
Our Galaxy ROCKS!

July 31, 2005 11:47 PM  
Blogger Jar Jar Binks said...

If I ever refer to Star Wars (not often) I call it a "documentary series". But that's just me.

August 01, 2005 12:15 AM  
Blogger Count Dooku said...

Wow...that leave you short of breath Quibecca?


August 01, 2005 5:34 AM  
Blogger flu said...

awesome post

August 01, 2005 10:09 AM  
Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

Don't forget the most important rule of roleplaying:

The GM (DM, whatever) is ALWAYS right. Rules lawyers will be shot on sight.

August 01, 2005 9:40 PM  

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