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RP Styles Discussion
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:18:43 AM »

So I was thinking of composing a sort of reference guide to RP styles.  In TK I've noticed it's generally "para or bust", but the average para RPer isn't even a strict para RPer and more falls under guidelines like "Lit", which is basically "literate", and tends to imply they can write multiple paragraphs if they want, or half a paragraph as the scene sees fit.

I was wondering what other styles you know of.

> One Line/Quickplay
> Lit
> Para / Multipara

There should also probably be subdivisions of fighting styles like T1, T2, etc, even if most of them are obsolete now.  I think it could help identify and broaden RP potential if people stop just posting "multi-para" in their profiles.

Ideas? Alternate styles? Definitions to even styles above? How to break this down?
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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014, 03:44:48 PM »

Tabletop, aka real roleplaying.
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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014, 10:30:56 PM »

Tabletop, aka real roleplaying.

Well by that definition we could add LARP, but LARP is irrelevent in TK.  However, TT is valid.  Again that's a matter of classification.

I think in reality there's two divisions:

Writing Style - Indicative of post size, expectations, grammatical structure and presentation style.

Play Style - Indicative of rules or obligations in the actual method of the "game" itself, varying from turns, number of actions executed, limitations or effects like "dice" or "stats".
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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2014, 08:46:56 AM »

I get that you're trying to provide an alternative for people who aren't aware that posting in giant blocks of extremely purple text is the only way to pretend to be an elf, and I can get behind that.

However, I think classifying this sort of thing actually enforces that - by saying "These are the styles of roleplaying" you just make people believe that's all there is to it. For why I think what you want to do is a bad idea, look at the problems tabletop gaming is having with morons trying to enforce the stupid ideas of GNS Theory and the artifical "roleplaying/storygaming" divide.
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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014, 12:15:53 PM »

At the same time I'm so sick of reading "para" in people's profiles I want to vomit, especially since half of them more ascribe to a Lit standard than para.  But now you're rolling the dice constantly.  Am I going to get someone who has to type 5 pages to scratch their ass? 

The way you absolve the issue you presented is simple: when the list is designed, make sure you state "these are not all the options available, but are methods of marketing yourself by popular tag lines in your profile to find players that match your style", and "we will gladly expand the list as alternate styles are presented."

Problem solved.
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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2014, 01:45:55 PM »

It's not going to solve anything. What is going to make these people adhere to your list? Willpower?

Don't play with people who even describe their "style" in the first place to begin with.
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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2014, 12:47:59 AM »

I will begin posting my posts in purple to prove my elvish heritage. Problem solved.

As for the other stuff, there is a simple solution. WYSIWYG, PERIOD. Just play for the sake of playing and if people who like your method or have like posting and ideas come about then it will sort itself out. Someone likes para. Awesome. When they see others posting para they will clique together. Someone wants quick rp, they'll get noticed for it and others of like mind and style will follow along and join in. Over-thinking this is the issue I think.
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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2014, 10:34:13 AM »

I'm glad everyone else has so much time to waste that they can just start playing with someone after witnessing a few posts and feel it'll be worth the time; or better, stare at that person for a few hours before deciding.  Optimizing potential to find similar RP partners shouldn't be considered so absurd.  People list their stuff in their profile all the time; thing is, their listing is usually incorrect because for some reason, the word "para" has infected the Keep like GoZeus and put all other identifying forms on lock down.  All the suggestion here is, is to broaden the list so people stop spamming "para" when it really isn't para-play.
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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2014, 02:54:10 PM »

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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2014, 05:12:23 PM »

It seems the majority of your problem seems to be people misapplying "para" as their "RP-Style" I agree in that you are "over-thinking it". Finding good RP or "compatible partners" on a whim is always a crap-shoot. Even if people adhered to your style-list whose to say other problems would not arise? Its sort of like asking people to wear their personality traits on their shirt so you can know whether they are "worth" talking too. I do sympathize with your frustration however, but as for people "having time to waste" Is that not all we do here anyway? lol.
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Re: RP Styles Discussion
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2014, 06:24:49 PM »

Yeah, that's the majority of the problem, and publicizing a list that lets people realize what they do isn't actually para-style at all could alleviate it.  It's not actually always a crap-shoot; there's ways to browse profiles and see what kind of mindset they have in character development, but that tells me NOTHING about how they post when all I read is "para".

And no, Erik.  That's not all everybody does on here.  Maybe everyone you know. 
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