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Apr. 26th, 2013


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Lets Talk About Gif/Icon Chats verses Para/Threads and Characterization


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Lets Talk About Gif/Icon Chats verses Para/Threads and Characterization


There's something I've been thinking about a lot in terms of Roleplay Games. This is specifically for Journal Platform Games and Tumblr Games--because while they have different styles and rules at times there are also similarities in play and, I believe, sometimes similar pitfalls. Perhaps the most troublesome thing I've had to learn how to manage, and I think others have as well, is the disconnect between Para/Threading (novel style responses) and Gif-Chats or Icon-Chats.

Before we get into the differences I want to define these two methods of conversation:

Paraing or Threading

the style of interacting through novel style writing. Its often, but not always, written in third person (past or present depends) and each writer focuses predominantly and mostly exclusively on their character.

Icon Chats

Chats on journal platforms often in first person--written as dialog or as written dictation with Icons used to convey tone or expression of the character. Example

Gif Chats

Chats on Tumblr often in first person--written as dialog or as written dictation with gifs included so that tone or expression of the character can be conveyed. Example

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Apr. 24th, 2013


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Vital Statistics and the Art of Guestimation


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When filling out vital statistics about my characters, like height and weight, I always look to their initial play-by. Most celebrities have their height listed somewhere on the Internet. Some even have full measurements. However, more often than not, their weight is not listed. This is when I look to the art of guestimation. To be honest, I've never been good at guessing anyone's height or weight or even the square footage of a house. I'm a writer; numbers aren't my forte.

So, what is a writer to do when the overwhelming need to guestimate something like weight is encompassing? Or rather, what do you roleplayers do? Most Web sites that calculate BMI take into account age and the body's "average"* growth rate, so I imagine in teens, BMI tends to differ drastically when considering bodily development, self-image issues, and fad diets. Should I just list a body type, e.g. athletic, muscular, slim, etc., and just be done with it?

*I say that carefully because we all know everyone's body is different.

Jan. 13th, 2012


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Shut Up Sarah: Plotting And Characterization in [info]roadmaps


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Note: This TL;DR is brought to you by [info]roadmaps. It was written in relation to Activity In Game, Plotting, and Characterization in that particular Marauders AU Universe but I've been given the impression that it might be useful elsewhere.


Previously On Shut-Up-Sarah | Temporary Characters and Unaffiliated Characters | Plotting And Characterization in Roadmaps |

Plotting And Characterization in [info]roadmaps


Started by Sarah, Molested by Fin


Welcome to [info]roadmaps! This is sort of an intro to characterization and plotting for this game in specific--mostly for those who are new but also those who might feel that they are struggling. Plotting and Characterization Relating to Activity )

Jan. 12th, 2012


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Plotting and PB Issues


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I'm having one of those periods when you have great ideas, but the enthusiasm isn't shared between players. Instead of writing for lines, I'm writing for myself. However, all of these failed lines have left me dry in the creativity department. I think if I find the right PB, I might find that spark again, and I remember once seeing a comm here that suggested PBs. I haven't been able to find the link though. Does anyone remember the name of that comm off the top of their head?

Aug. 13th, 2011


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Sarah TL;DRs: Temporary Characters and Unaffiliated


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Note: This TL;DR is brought to you by [info]roadmaps. It was written in relation to writing Temporary or Unaffiliated characters in that particular Marauders AU Universe but I've been given the impression that it might be useful elsewhere particularly if a player is having trouble getting interaction for characters. The characters mentioned in detail in this post are my own. Temporary Character for the US Stevie Laurel [info]laurelluv, Temporary Character for the US Rueben Jones [info]hoodooblues, semi-Temp Petunia Dursley [info]petuney, Former Temporary/Now Perm Elena Kerr [info]crackthewall, and Perm Regulus Black [info]applefromvine. Also a mention of Leg's fabulous Temp-Turned-Perm Candy Reeser [info]bowerybitch and a big thanks to Fin who edited this mess!



Previously On Shut-Up-Sarah | Temporary Characters and Unaffiliated Characters | Plotting And Characterization in Roadmaps |

Temporary Characters and Unaffiliated Characters: How to make them work in an Harry Potter Multi-Organization Game


I think people sometimes highly underestimate the challenge of a temporary or unaffiliated character. I’m putting both under this category because they both come with, in my humble opinion, similar pitfalls. For the temporary character—the player has a relatively short period to make them relevant and often few standard in-game connections. For the unaffiliated character, particularly ones who do not have standard canon, or in game pre-set connections, the character and player are inherently limited in the amount of posts they can respond and react to. Both of these types are, therefore, something that takes a little bit of effort to play.

Now, I won’t say I have always been successful playing temporary characters. I’ve failed multiple times in a hundred different ways—both in timing, how I decided to play a character, and my organization or lack thereof. However, I’m going to discuss here what I personally think helps make a temporary, or unaffiliated character, be able to lift off—however briefly. As I’m more intimately aware of them, I will be discussing my characters in each section as examples. It’s not because I don’t love other people characters but that I don’t know them quite as well. I’d love to hear other people’s takes, advice, and concepts.

These are my thoughts on <strike>Yaoi</strike> Temporary and Unaffiliated characters )

Jul. 19th, 2011

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I know I saw a link in here some time ago where you could find all the name-only canon characters from Harry Potter. I've gone back a bunch of pages and tried searching all the tags I could think of that it would fit, with no luck.

If you could point me in the direction of the post, or just link me to the website, I'd really, really appreciate it!

Thanks in advance!

Feb. 2nd, 2011


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I don't know if this is something that would be allowed on here, but I have another question.

How do you pick a name for a character that's in reason? I prefer names that are a bit unique, but sometimes I feel that my name choices could affect how people look at my character. If that names sense.