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
LET’S SEE HOW WORDY WE CAN MAKE THIS POST GET SHALL WE.
re: brain window, as much as I absolutely loathe when people emote their specific character thoughts, I do do this one thing that is unique to my paladin- none of my other characters have this happen when I RP them- where I sort of window into his ridiculous thought process as he bumbles his way through whatever social situation he’s in.
After several minutes of fuming to the side, Chadley finally raises a finger to speak up. He immediately retracts, though. These are important people, Chadley. You do not want to piss off important people. He resumes his silence with a glare.
I have no idea why this happens with only this one character. So I’d be an enormous hypocrite to say that all thought-window emotes are garbage.
YES. No, Mac, that is my favourite. To me that is stylistic and generally how I wind up doing it, too. I prefer a narrative thought, like:
She stares at him. In her mind, that sort of behavior is a no no, so that might explain the look on her face - yeah, the one that clearly shows how much of a psycho she thinks he is? That one. She… etc.
She stares at him. ‘This guy is such a psycho,’ she thinks. ‘No one should ever act like that’. Her expression is mixed alarm and disapproval...
I just think the first is so much more fun to read and THAT’S the kind of mind windowing I like, plus I also have a really bad habit of talking to my characters in emotes sometimes :I Because I find it entertaining. And sometimes I think it’s just fun to throw little snippets of WHY in there for the reading value of the roleplay. I don’t think this should be excessive at all, it should be very sparse, actually, but I do enjoy it.