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Labyrrinth
06-13-2006, 12:06 PM
1001Nicky Yee has just published a new issue of The Daedalus Project (http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/). This edition focuses on the many facets of role-playing, from the different demographics to the diverse protocols involved. There’s a lot of information covered in this particular installment that makes for an interesting read, for both the role-player and non role-player alike.


Demographics (http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/archives/001525.php): 20% of players role-play with the primary age group being in the 29-35 year old bracket



Faces of Role-Playing (http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/archives/001526.php): Players share their opinions on what stories are overused and what stories count as original.

One pervasive theme among created characters was having a tragic past (the “Tragic”). Descriptions of slain parents, loved ones, and pillaged towns during early childhood were common in the background stories of many characters.



The Protocols of Role-Playing (http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/archives/001527.php): Staying in character, the willingness to accommodate others, character development over time, and a command of textual communication.

Navid
06-13-2006, 12:25 PM
I think i am going to make an alt on a RP server and try RPing. I am not sure how good I will be but I definitly going to try. What do you all suggest as a good race to start with...besides human?

Razorwire
06-13-2006, 12:32 PM
I think i am going to make an alt on a RP server and try RPing. I am not sure how good I will be but I definitly going to try. What do you all suggest as a good race to start with...besides human?
What ever gives fuel to your imagination

morg
06-13-2006, 12:36 PM
I don't have much experience RP'ing either. I've tried it, but the last couple of years I've been more caught up in the mechanics of the game (class tweaking, running quests, mastering crafting systems). I felt most comfortable, tho, and it seemed most natural when part of an RP'ing group, whether a guild or just a regular group of friends. Solo rp'ing doesn't quite seem to work for me.

I would recommend, however, that if you're just starting out, try to imagine your class/race in advance. Have you read any stories with elves, and liked the character? Or you always wanted to be Gimli the dwarf ... that sort of thing. Trying to figure out how my character ended up where s/he is, even at the start of a game, and especially where they're going, makes it easier (back story, motivation).

Just a few random thoughts.

Razorwire
06-13-2006, 02:55 PM
Shameless selfpromotion coming up

Intro to Roleplaying by me
http://www.silkyvenom.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2995

Wave
06-13-2006, 03:43 PM
Hahaha, they mentioned the "Tragic"! Oh man, those are everywhere! Is it really so hard to come up with an interesting and engaging character who hasn't gone through the horrors of the nine hells? :p I love RP but man those get old. What's surprising to me is the age demographic. Slightly older and more mature players but most of them still come up with the emo backstories of a teenager? (I don't mean all teenagers of course, it's just where that thing seemed most common to me)

Dillgaar
06-13-2006, 03:57 PM
I RP some times but I don't think I have used a tragic backstory...

most of the time my characters seem to be ne'er-do-wells who end up getting thrown into a situation and overcome their prior nature to step up to the challenge... more of a self motivational type of thing as opposed to a focusing of rage or sadness at something...

unless of course you are mister furious and the whole rage thing works for you

Giftmacher
06-14-2006, 09:39 AM
Having read that I feel quite smug now :D I've got my char planned out already and there's no dead family or personal tragedy. I’m just an ordinary joe who got a reasonable education :)

Gift.

Eshu
06-14-2006, 12:48 PM
Slightly older and more mature players but most of them still come up with the emo backstories of a teenager? (I don't mean all teenagers of course, it's just where that thing seemed most common to me)
Most likely because it's the McDonalds story equivalent...fast, easy, and requires no real thought. Just MHO but some class types lend themselves to a non-tragic RP backstory (soldierly and scholarly types mostly) because the characters go out and enlist into whatever career type, then in the natural progression they then go out to use their new skills as adventurers in a more positive light.

Then there's the rogue-type classes...how exactly would someone make a good story of a rogue coming from a perfect (or even just a typical) home, joining up with a band of thieves and assassins then blythely going out into the world to deal death or steal from the unsuspecting masses? I suppose there's the Robin Hood types, but look at his story...evil king stripped his family of their title and lands, parents rendered non-functional, et cetera. Unless the character was raised by a family of notorious thieves with a history of pulling off epic jobs, I'd think this would be akin to the modern day parents finding out their kid wants to become a porn star.

Gimfalisette
06-14-2006, 01:43 PM
Nick quoted me three times :D