Oct 26th 2009 10:44AM You're right, actually, there were a lot of things in the rules that seemed designed to foster storytelling, and they called it the "Storyteller" system and everything. Maybe it was just my particular GM, or maybe since it was my first roleplaying experience I just didn't know what was going on very well.
I recently tried out another game in the same system (this time Mage: The Awakening) and I found myself frustrated by various aspects of it. But again, maybe if we all understood it better we would have a different experience. I'd love to give it another try sometime :)
P.S. If you ever find that respect for me lying around somewhere, be sure to let me know. ;)
Oct 26th 2009 10:37AM I've actually talked a lot about the point of RP. If you go back to the very first article in All the World's a Stage, that's a big part of it.
You could also read the 3rd part of "WoW is a Work of Art," which was like a prelude to this column, and it's about the "point" of roleplaying too.
Any questions in particular?
Oct 26th 2009 10:35AM I'm glad to hear it! Let me know if you have specific questions.
Oct 26th 2009 10:34AM Okay, sounds interesting. We've covered PvP and RP in other articles, such as...
Does that scratch your itch? After reading that article, do you have questions left unanswered?
Oct 4th 2009 9:43PM I don't think these examples are Mary Sues. The whole purpose of them is to be defeated and deleted, not to remain in the spotlight of attention every time. Some of their villainy might be silly or "over the top" as you said, and that's fine, but it's not about putting yourself in the center so much as it is about providing a bad guy that your characters have to struggle against plausibly, even for just a little while.
Jul 13th 2009 4:21AM Good for you. You should play on the server that suits you best. If you don't want to roleplay then don't play on a RP server. That helps the roleplayers who do want to roleplay to get a higher concentration of people who share their interests also, so everyone is happier :)
Jul 13th 2009 4:19AM I like this. I might use a variant of this and reference Shakespeare more directly in future posts :)
Jul 13th 2009 4:18AM People don't usually think things are weird because of logical reasons. Usually there's some sort of association they have with a sense of unfamiliarity and perhaps even threat. For example, a person who interacted with actors and couldn't understand their behavior may feel that all actors are universally "weird" even though they know logically that shouldn't be true. People's issues with roleplaying are usually like that I think. Explaining such logical reasons like this does help, but sometimes people you're explaining to don't say "oh okay, I get it now, thanks!" It's easier to just continue the way you are than to actually change, though some really do.
Jul 5th 2009 11:17PM You really want to hear me on the radio show? ... Normally it's hard because I live in China and being on the radio show would be a really late-night event for me. But I stay up late sometimes... maybe I'll try it! Thanks :)
Jul 5th 2009 11:16PM There's nothing wrong with your post, Mark. Sometimes people read the first line and mistake a post for a criticism of RP in general, vote it down, and then skip it. That's not what you're saying here, though. I think your personal concern is a valid one.