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8-04-2008 @ 7:57AM
It's a good article and it would be great if people realised that this is all the case, but it falls down on two points:First, while our characters are (usually) not the centres of the the universe on a world-wide scale, they can be the locally, and some people will strive very much to become that, often to the detriment of a lot of other people. Because the local plot is nothing to do with Blizzard, there's little reason to deny these folks the limelight, and they possibly generate a lot of roleplay doing it, but constantly hogging the limelight in their city doesn't usually make for great roleplay.Second, MMO roleplay has little to do with PnP roleplay and a lot more to do with Live RP. For starters, instead of 4-8 friends gathered around a table, you have hundreds of people of very variable skill all wishing they could be centre of attention. In LRP, some people WILL get most of the power, be the ones everyone defers to, and often have the ego to go with it. Much the same kind of thing seems to happen when you have free-form roleplay in an MMO, the only difference being that it's far easier to just totally ignore the rules and lore in an MMO.
8-04-2008 @ 7:22PM
I'd agree with this statement. I don't see RP as a universe, really. It's more like a river. It flows and eddies, ripples caused by underlying features and the pulls and tides of the water itself. (That is, its players.) It sometimes swirls around one part of the river, and then it pulls back and swirls around another. Throughout the whole, the RP moves forward.Good RPers know when to push themselves into the spotlight, and when to step back out of it. But it's a tough skill to master.
8-04-2008 @ 8:52PM
Yes, you could call it a tossed salad if you want to. No metaphor is going to cover every aspect of roleplaying. The purpose of this one is to emphasize the way it can feel decentralized and centralized at the same time. If you want to emphasize the way it changes over time as different people move into and out of the centers of attention, then a river would be better. It all depends on which aspect you're looking at.
8-04-2008 @ 10:51PM
Now, of course, I want to figure out the tossed salad RP metaphor. :)
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