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1-28-2012 @ 4:04PM
"One of the most common mistakes that people make with character descriptions is that they confuse them with character histories."I was fortunate that I learned this before creating a character on a role-playing realm. I want to really stress Anne's statement because it is so true. It is our natural inclination to include history with description because we know our story and want to tell it. Role-play interactions are give-and-take, though, and it's really no fun when the other person dominates the conversation. Practicing this helped shape my RP into a more meaningful experience for myself and my RP partners, and it's even improved my story-telling skills in my writings outside of the game.As an aside: RoleplayersLament.com is a blog chock-full of examples of what NOT to do (several of which are NSFW) with very occasional examples of RP description correctly done. They even take the time to point out the reasons for why it is so bad in a snooty, sarcastic manner (think TotalBiscuit's style).
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