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Dax Darksteel
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« on: January 18, 2010, 07:13:05 AM »

Hello folks, I am currently working on my CD now... And i have been looking trough some cd's and an idea popped in.
Lots of characters are special in a certain way. Mine is too and well lots of people might add it to their cd's anyway in their strenghts or weakness section or perhaps their personality. But i'l present my idea here anyway;

How does the envoirment (the common folk around) the character respond to his appearence and personallity?

The different RP-ers will ofcourse each respond differently on 'your person' but how do the people of the world generally accept you (Rp-ers aren't standard individuals mostly)?

an example:
During a RP-ing game your character could be a joke to the characters. They all think 'your character' has a big mouth and do not fear him at all.
While 'the character' is a bit of a slender pirate with no manners for example. In the cd he is intended to be feared because of his sharp mouth and mean appearance. But because of people staying true to their own characters this reaction might get the upperhand.


Some people also might not be sure how to respond to an unique individual. The how-does-the-envoirment-respond thing could give such people a general idea on how to react and also the moderator knows how to let the NPC's respond against certain characters.

An example on how to formulate it;....

Boney the pirate is a mean bastard with a sharp mouth... He is quite a fighter even tough it isn't quite that obvious to anyone.
How does the envoirment (the common folk around) the character respond to his appearence and personallity?
A: but most people see nothing but a trouble maker and tend to look the other way. Nobody likes him.
B: Most people fear the guy, rumours about his temper always spread quickly and they tend to avoid him.
C:Boney is often laughed at because of his temper. Most people know quite fast that Boney is all bark and never bites.
D: Even tough of Boney's quick temper most people see that he means well and will like him anyway even because of his sharp mouth.

It is the same character discription but different ways on how the character could be perceived by the common person (the pc's). It points out how the character is shown in the world itself and not just the story in which he plays (which could really disform the way how other RP-ers see this character without this little bit of information provided by the cd owner of this character).

Let me know what you think....
Lol just new here and allready have all kinds of site-altering ideas  grin :P
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010, 07:24:19 AM »

Actually, it isn't really site-altering, much of it is what we already ask of people in general. It also depends on how a person writes their CD, as there are many different authors and each with their own particular style of writing.

Also, we tend to let the person playing the character allow for response in the stories. Making a few general assumptions from the past is ok in the CD, but don't let them overwhelm your CD so people can't make their own deductions about a character.

I think a phrase which sums this up well, even if in different wording: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010, 07:32:29 AM »

Hello folks, I am currently working on my CD now... And i have been looking trough some cd's and an idea popped in.
Lots of characters are special in a certain way. Mine is too and well lots of people might add it to their cd's anyway in their strenghts or weakness section or perhaps their personality. But i'l present my idea here anyway;

How does the envoirment (the common folk around) the character respond to his appearence and personallity?

The different RP-ers will ofcourse each respond differently on 'your person' but how do the people of the world generally accept you (Rp-ers aren't standard individuals mostly)?

an example:
During a RP-ing game your character could be a joke to the characters. They all think 'your character' has a big mouth and do not fear him at all.
While 'the character' is a bit of a slender pirate with no manners for example. In the cd he is intended to be feared because of his sharp mouth and mean appearance. But because of people staying true to their own characters this reaction might get the upperhand.


Some people also might not be sure how to respond to an unique individual. The how-does-the-envoirment-respond thing could give such people a general idea on how to react and also the moderator knows how to let the NPC's respond against certain characters.

An example on how to formulate it;....

Boney the pirate is a mean bastard with a sharp mouth... He is quite a fighter even tough it isn't quite that obvious to anyone.
How does the envoirment (the common folk around) the character respond to his appearence and personallity?
A: but most people see nothing but a trouble maker and tend to look the other way. Nobody likes him.
B: Most people fear the guy, rumours about his temper always spread quickly and they tend to avoid him.
C:Boney is often laughed at because of his temper. Most people know quite fast that Boney is all bark and never bites.
D: Even tough of Boney's quick temper most people see that he means well and will like him anyway even because of his sharp mouth.

It is the same character discription but different ways on how the character could be perceived by the common person (the pc's). It points out how the character is shown in the world itself and not just the story in which he plays (which could really disform the way how other RP-ers see this character without this little bit of information provided by the cd owner of this character).

Let me know what you think....
Lol just new here and allready have all kinds of site-altering ideas  grin :P


I don't get it!  Huh?
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010, 07:35:43 AM »

Its like this, Ylaya:

When someone writes "She is beautiful" or "She is considered beautiful" in their CD, instead of people making their own deductions when they get to a story.

Since our stories generally involve people from all walks of life (including NPCs), I greatly discourage making assumptions for people before they have a say.

@Dax: Is that something along the lines? (not including my little commentary)
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010, 08:08:07 AM »

I think part of the beauty of roleplaying is that you don't know how other people will react to your character. In a sense, I only really got to know Fu through the reactions of the people he met. You can't determine what will happen. The unpredictability is the fun.

The other part of the beauty of roleplaying is that you have to figure out how your character will react to other people. You could also say that I got to know Fu through his reactions to the people he met. That way, I'm writing their story, too, from Fu's perspective. The interaction is the fun.

In your example: your pirate's bad temper may make people loathe him, fear him, or make them find him pathetic - or they may see past his temper, just as you write. All of this is possible, depending on whom he'll meet. But you'll never be able to state all possibilities in advance. Maybe one day your pirate meets someone who doesn't even notice his bad temper? Or someone who never gets to see it, because that someone is such a nice and serene person that your pirate never flares up in her presence?
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010, 08:29:24 AM »

Hm Basicly what i am saying is;

Your character might be 40 years old and has been amongst people. During that time the world has shaped him into somebody.

That somebody might for example be an angry person all the time.

How each individual RP-er would respond is up to them however during his life he must have gotten something out of his behaviour. An adventage perhaps? Maybe when he is angry people tend to stay out of his way or something.

What i want is to sumarise is how did people react on him so far.... which might sometimes also explain why this angry mask works for him...

In order to give an understanding of how a character works you also need to know how his behaviour corresponds to the general people.

If he is a person with a reputation. A feared killer or something. Shouldn't the story mod at least have to know about it? And get a bit of information on why he is feared and howcome?

Or do such things have nothing to do with integrating a character?
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2010, 08:36:12 AM »

What we're saying is that different characters might also differ in how they react. A character that is too stupid to be afraid of the reputed killer wouldn't be afraid, simple as that. One that is confident in their ability to deal with such a person would also find no cause for fear.
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2010, 08:42:43 AM »

When you wrote a character, you also write the history and background of the character. If you are an angry person, and other people tend to avoid you, that is ok. If there is a specific reason for your character's behavior, then you would want other RPers to know about it. It's a good idea for the story mod to have an idea of your character and all related background issues in order to create a story involving them.

So you can write how people have reacted to you. Try not to make assumptions about others, though, because not everyone is the same. Just say that, in general, or typically, people react a certain way. But not everyone! However, your history of how people respond is generally not counted in a story with other RPers. What YOU must do is roleplay your character how he is supposed to be and let others respond. You are like an actor. Play the part well enough and others will respond how you want them to.

A story mod will only react to what YOU do in a story, not what your background is (unless your history is specific in that you are a criminal or known assassin, for example, and in that case, you'll have NPC guards after you!)
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Dax Darksteel
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2010, 08:44:52 AM »

@Valan

Ofcourse that's true. But i am aiming at the 'common' the 'general' the 'normal'. a global opinion of the people. Not a stupid person or a intelligent.
Just an objective view 'how he might be seen by most people'.

Nor do i want to write rules on how you guys the RP-ers respond to him. It's basicly just that and nothing more. guidelines...


@Azhira

Yea thats how i mean it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2010, 08:56:57 AM »

Hi Dax,

Sounds ok to me, the way you've explained it. In fact, I think the description of such 'usual perceptions' is an element in many CDs. Anyway, good luck with the writing!

Fu
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2011, 10:09:09 PM »

Why don't you just use a flash drive.
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Danny ElfMan
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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2011, 10:09:56 PM »

i also are agree
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« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2011, 10:10:17 PM »

what is flashdrive?
sounds like some sort of fire spell! :D
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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2011, 10:21:43 PM »

sounds like a combat move, if u know what i mean.
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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2011, 10:22:38 PM »

i hav heard of that aswell
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