I’m sorry, I can’t have my character, who doesn’t know yours at all, just randomly waltz into their room while they’re doing hardly anything. Same with general RPing. It’s boring when all your character does is just sit there and think. Socializing doesn’t work that way. Interaction potential PLEASE.
Oh, I know so many players like that.
“Nobody ever RPs with meeeee!”
Every post or every emote in game is something that literally nobody but a telepath (which didn’t exist in the universes in question) could reply to. Paragraph after paragraph of annoying, usually emo, internal monologue, and the only outward physical signs given were ones that shriek, “Leave me alone, please, I’m happy reading quietly in this corner, kthx!” to any reasonable person.
See, here’s the thing: If I’m out somewhere and I see someone sitting in a corner all alone and either glaring, looking like they don’t want to be there, or if they have their face buried in a book or a tablet or whatever, my first reaction isn’t, “HEY LET’S GO INTERRUPT THEM! I BET THEY WANT TO TALK!” it’s more along the lines of, “Oh, well, they look unpleasant and disengaged, I’ll find someone less distracted or pissed off to talk to.”
That’s the reaction most people have.
And no, bad RPers, it doesn’t matter how hot, sexy, bishie, or whatever your character is. It’s even MORE intimidating for people to interrupt or inconvenience someone they find attractive.
Also, if most of your emote is about describing their appearance and includes any of the following (assuming they don’t have literal versions of these things present): orbs, mounds, cascading anything, sparking, shining or flashing anything, or uses words like ‘peach’, ‘alabaster’, ‘caramel’, ‘ivory’, pretentious words for common colors (JUST SAY GREEN, GODDAMMIT, YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY PERIDOT, WE GET IT, YOUR CHARACTER HAS FUCKING AMAZING GREEN EYES THAT ARE SO AMAZING NOBODY HAS EVER HAD GREEN EYES THAT STUNNING IN THE HISTORY OF FOREVER, BUT IF YOU SAY PERIDOT, I WILL PICTURE ROCKS IN THEIR EYESOCKETS JUST TO SPITE YOUR PURPLE PROSE WRITING ASS. The prior all caps rant applies to any other goddamned color, especially if you’re describing eye color or lips.), or looks like you took a thesaurus and beat it mercilessly until the words fell out, it doesn’t make you a seasoned, professional, creative looking writer.
And no, emoting about how your character is thinking about how they really want to talk to other people doesn’t count either.
Unnecessary padding with purple prose makes you look like you’re the kind of person who thought 50 Shades of Grey was a well written novel with engaging, well developed characters.*
Do you see what I’m saying here?
^ That is why everyone “ignores you”, because you probably have an annoying character.
* If you aren’t sure if your prose is purple or not, there is a 99.9999% chance that it is.
See, for a while, I used to be rather self-conscious that my rp was too simple and boring. I didn’t describe things down to the most minute of details and my posts were blunt, with minimal unnecessary nonsense (His eyes are blue. There is a cat sleeping on her lap. Etc). I’m just a minimalist by nature. I’ve gotten a lot more confident in myself and in my RP, though.
Mostly because I was sick of being a victim of my own anxiety. :P
Man bb minimalist RP (especially in our setting) is just the fucking best. I can’t really speak for forum or journal-style roleplay, because every time I bother to try it I do feel somewhat obligated to pad my posts a bit just because I have the room to do so (and my RP partner is a ~writer~ and I am not really so I feel silly), but in an MMO setting where there’s a small post limit and things are happening in more-or-less real time? Smaller the better. I die of laff every time some sunshine blonde priestess surrounded by sparkles sits down in Cathedral Square and slams down a six-paragraph emote that I can’t even read because it’s been spammed away by everyone’s dialogue by the time I get to the second paragraph.
SO DON’T FEEL BAD. I don’t think anybody but the people that identify themselves as “multi-para RPers” in their MRP actually give a damn about how long your post is, just as long as it has -substance-.
Bear with me, here, I’m gonna talk for a bit.
Get it? Bear? .. polar.. no? Okay. Moving on -
I definitely have to shake my head at people who do this. And by this, I mean the ‘I can’t ever find ROLEPLAY, no one wants to RP with me, or include me, and I just don’t know whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!’ thing when all they do is sit around and emote how moody/surly/brooding/mysteriously beautiful but reserved they are. I can safely say I do not do this.
However, I’ma address some of the responses here cause I think it’s an interesting topic -
I think that sometimes it’s good fun to have a vocabulary of interesting and palatable words to draw from, and that it can definitely add spice to an emote or a scene. I admit that words like ‘orb’, ‘spheres’, and yes, even people who simply describe the colour (i.e. ‘He gazed at her with his blue-greens, unblinkingly’ -Yes, I have seen this done, and yes, it baffles me) grate on my nerves in a scene simply because it’s EXCESSIVELY florid.
I think that I definitely flounce over that little purple prose line and shake my verbose ass in front of other people, though, so I’m laughing at myself a little here. Granted, in MMOs, machine gun posting (or single lining) is far more prevalent than para-RP. I have become accustomed to para-RP over the past few months due to RPing in a more IM-style of chat where it’s both necessary to describe the setting and what someone is wearing, or their body language.
I’m hoping in GW2 I can shake that habit a little and transition between the two styles, because I know no one wants to wait around for 5 minutes in a posting order for me.
I admit that I’ve become kind of partial to the brain window style of roleplay which is ODD because I used to HATE people who emoted their character thoughts, even when they’d include a perfect action or dialogue to respond to In Character. Now I sort of love it, provided, of course, that they do actually include some sort of Doing Thing or Saying Thing in their RP, even if it’s just a disgusted expression or shock, or a sneeze.
Kay let’s see how many people still want to RP with me after that fucking wordspew of mine, eh? :D