Roleplaying. Yay or nay? (30)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2010-11-21 11:26 ID:b52n1EhR

Quite simple. What do you think about it?

2 Name: KatonRyu : 2010-11-21 14:54 ID:NGoDwoeU

Personally, I don't really like it. I prefer to have control over the story and characters, thus making the roleplay into a fanfic/original story.

I suppose I can roleplay in a single-player RPG, but not in a text-based way.

A collaboration story with people I actually know, maybe, but that's still not the same, so overall I'd say nay.

3 Name: Lupa Dracolis : 2010-11-21 15:07 ID:IcN5Km3U

I have one particular friend that I roleplay with frequently, via MSN. I enjoy it, but I realise it's not everybody's cup of tea.

4 Name: ricki : 2010-11-21 17:40 ID:0pQ4JRSX

i used to roleplay with a friend by MSN too but we've lost touch now. it was really fun though and i enjoyed it :)) although I don't think it will be good for reading as a story, cause it can get a little random at times.

5 Name: Piccylo : 2010-11-22 07:30 ID:IufDK6AC

I love roleplaying, but I prefer it with dice and rules anymore. It's nice to do it online every once in a while, but thar be godmodders out there (not to be confused with autoing, goddamnit; I've been on forums where people autoed but didn't godmod). It's hard to find good, healthy communities for it; ones with experienced players die out, and ones with activity are often mindboggingly bad.

It does get a little awkward sometimes, though. There was one chick on my IM (forget which) that liked RPing with me, and I think she forgot I was female, because I usually ended up playing the male and her female character would start romancing him. I guess it's a testament to my ability to RP the opposite sex, though.

6 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-11-23 00:15 ID:h40jvAGc

I RPG with my brother and a few of this friend because we know that we won't be godmoding our characters. Of course... one of his friends had a Gary Stu, but his friend was so bad my brother could use parlor tricks to win... so even that was ammusing.

7 Name: TootyBoo : 2010-11-25 00:41 ID:OCqe7fjR

Im on the fence about it.

I love RP when I do with my friend, but I feel awkward RPing with people I'm un-familiar with.

Plus, me and my friend are incredibly familiar with each other's OC's so it makes things alot more easy~

(sorry for bad English)

8 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-11-25 00:54 ID:h40jvAGc

>>7 - Not to mention there is allowances for some Mary Sue/Gary Stu in there, or crack fic if you want.

9 Name: Harbinger : 2010-11-27 19:24 ID:HWnGYe/L

Yeah its true about experienced rpers loosing interest. Iv been at it for over 3 years now and i only know one person from back then who still does it xD

10 Name: KazeYami : 2010-12-01 08:07 ID:jrCJ96QX

I love roleplaying. X3 I'm probably going to be the devil's advocate here, but I've been roleplaying for years (with strangers, on forums, with many many people, both game style and not) and I really love it.

It feels like how I would imagine actors who do improve feel, except that it's a person who likes to write making up their story as they go along, bouncing back and forth between each other, to create conflict and drama. I would even argue that it's more realistic, in that the characters are highly varied and their disagreements are more believable, because they are being played by individual and unique people.

Um, and that's how I feel about that.

11 Name: Anonymous : 2010-12-01 16:20 ID:h40jvAGc

>>10 - You're lucky then, because most of the RP I've come across isn't that good. I also know of one person on the site who happened to be RPing with their friends... even made a page for it, and they happened to... how to put it, Mary Sue/Gary Stu every single one of their RP characters for Bleach. And then he had the nerve to bring it and turn it into a fanfiction.

When I reviewed it, I had no clue that it was RP and that the people were based off real people (which is techinically against site rules... there is a difference between a self-insert that isn't yourself and that is yourself and it says non-fictional, non-historical people not allowed). I confronted them on their fanfic, even saying that they killed off a couple of characters because they got bored with them.

They then tried to blame me for the fact that their friends were laughing at them. I think the reason they were laughing wasn't because of the fact that 'ha ha, you wrote a bad fanfic'... which it was, but because 'Gosh! She thought you killed off real people!', which I can understand why people thought was funny. Oh, and they complained about the fact that they had no other way to contact said friends outside of school because their older brother did really dumb things on some of the social networking sites, and I personally thought... you're parents need to keep an eye on what you're doing too...

12 Name: KazeYami : 2010-12-01 18:17 ID:UPFU26IP

>>11 - I can see where you're coming from. Personally, I'd never ever consider roleplaying on You're not the first person I've heard horror stories from. '>_> Usually, any site that's not really geared for roleplaying tends to attract a lot of fail. I've also checked out the ... 'roleplaying' on xanga, myspace, and a few other places. But, they always seem mediocre, half-hearted, or juvenile.

In fact, even the sites I really like are starting to get trite and boring. The same kind of roleplays keep popping up over and over again. Most of my old friends who roleplay have, kind of, segregated themselves off and will only roleplay with one another, any more. That's how bad it's getting.

Personally, I think I'm just getting older and things that were once fresh and new to me are getting old. Oh, well. Life kind of blows like that, sometimes. -.-

13 Name: Piccylo : 2010-12-02 08:03 ID:IufDK6AC

Roleplaying IS a lot like acting, or any other sort of creative talent; as you progress in ability with it, your personal standards for the company you roleplay with go higher. The sites you started on, after some time, you most likely would never return to (if they're still around).

But, by my experience, roleplays tend to die BEFORE you give up on them (or before the story is finished)--I've only quit one active RP due to the other players just being BAD. Roleplaying communities have a strangely low shelf-life, and it takes A LOT of work to get them good in the first place. It's a luck of the roll finding these places during their good times.

...However, I'm a total RP glutton (if I could play D&D every night, I would), so if anyone knows any good (with emphasis on that word) RP places, totally feel free to forward me to them.

14 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-12-02 13:27 ID:h40jvAGc

>>12 - Exacty what is frustrating to me, and I don't have time to really get into any of the good ones in any depth, nor do I liek entering half way through

>>13 - And that is the other problem too...

15 Name: Anonymous : 2010-12-04 04:16 ID:hbaJp9Aw

I'm currently in an ongoing RP that's currently on it's second year. Many people have dropped, either out of lack of activity, real life or sheer boredom. It's a pretty large one, where the characters are normal people in a town and absolutely anything can be done. Since it's on Livejournal and can seem quite complicated, the only people that joined have been literate mature roleplayers.
We've only had one bad apple in two years.

I have left another roleplay mostly because it wasn't technically literate. Anyone could join whenever they wanted and it just went mad from there. I left within a week.

16 Name: KazeYami : 2010-12-06 13:38 ID:UPFU26IP

>>15 You've probably skittered away, by now, but!

Oh em geez! I really want to try roleplaying on livejournal, but I have no idea how to go about it. Do people just join a community and start posting to that journal back and forth, like a forum? Or, is there some other unspoken style to it?

I 'ought to watch one, first, to see how it's done. But, yes. To sum it up, I'm definitely interested in trying a roleplay on livejournal. I've heard very good things about them. X3

17 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-12-06 13:47 ID:h40jvAGc

>>16 - That is good to know.

18 Name: KazeYami : 2010-12-08 07:05 ID:jrCJ96QX

>>17 Which part? o.0
The part where i'm like, "i'm interested in trying a roleplay", or, "i've heard very good things about livejournal," or, the part where I'm like, "you've probably skittered away by now." The last one would be the meanest and the most epic. X3

19 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2010-12-08 14:31 ID:h40jvAGc

The first two.

20 Name: KazeYami : 2010-12-09 08:27 ID:F7XE8S6Y

Cool beans. :D
... (i feel like i'm spamming) ...

21 Name: Anonymous : 2010-12-09 13:19 ID:hbaJp9Aw

>>16 OHOHOH. You would think so, wouldn't you?

It was quite confusing at first, but I've got the hang of it and the roleplay had a quite clear FAQ and How-To section that I read before joining.

22 Name: Vaneskera : 2010-12-26 08:05 ID:mj8TCNGc

I don't really like being in them, but I love reading the little humorous ones. I used to be part of like a billion original RPGs on a forum I used to be on, but I left that forum.

23 Name: Tomahawk 3.0 : 2011-02-03 10:14 ID:VyQAon3I

Roleplaying might be good, especially for the older members because it gives them a chance to act on their feet, and maybe work some really good stuff out for their stories

24 Name: セーラーエリスは刀の女ですか。 : 2011-02-03 14:15 ID:INe1UtIF

I do not like RP in forums etc with a lot of ppl.
I also like to have control on the story for my fandom.
Though me and my friend we do RP for fun of it through MSN. We RP as our fav actresses, put them in totally unrealistic situations, change plot in advance, change roles, and basically go freely to whatever it will lead. "Real People Role play" is really in different universe.
the funniest moment was when we gave 200 babies to our fav actress, all girls (pff) half of them became presidents of the country , lawyers, diplomats, astronauts (yea lol I know) and the other half joined the theater and made a troupe with the actress name :P (yea we are THAT crazy)

25 Name: Gin : 2011-02-03 15:59 ID:8+Q3c3Fe

I've never participated in formal RPing, though I do enjoy reading the ones associated with my fandom over in the YGO Dressing Room. Occasionally, though, I do degenerate into spontaneous roleplay with one of my fanfiction friends over AIM. (We had a particularly great time roleplaying a conversation between an old man/android and a kitten. Conducted in an entirely straight-faced manner.)

I'd be interested in trying out RP, but I'm not entirely certain I have enough time. If I'm not working, I'm either writing or sleeping!

26 Name: Gin : 2011-02-03 15:59 ID:8+Q3c3Fe

I've never participated in formal RPing, though I do enjoy reading the ones associated with my fandom over in the YGO Dressing Room. Occasionally, though, I do degenerate into spontaneous roleplay with one of my fanfiction friends over AIM. (We had a particularly great time roleplaying a conversation between an old man/android and a kitten. Conducted in an entirely straight-faced manner.)

I'd be interested in trying out RP, but I'm not entirely certain I have enough time. If I'm not working, I'm either writing or sleeping!

27 Name: Amber Lehcar : 2011-03-23 17:20 ID:yj+vvakf

I personally like roleplaying. I've only just started this past year, but I enjoy it! With fanfiction, I always have things planned out from the beginning. But with roleplaying, I have no idea what will happen next, which is fun every once in a while. In fanfiction, I often find myself asking, "What would this character do in this situation?" and the same goes for roleplaying, only all the time!

I'm currently on two different roleplaying forums on proboards and noticed some people wanted to try roleplaying. The rules and admins aren't super strict, and everyone is very nice, so no worries for new members! There's a Soul Eater one that's a sort of second generation storyline and an original story with young people who are "Elementors". Here are the links respectively if anyone's interested: and

28 Name: Ruth4994 : 2011-03-25 10:43 ID:PTLhvC/3

I love RPing. I'm part of a Primeval RP on formspring and it is great fun.

29 Name: Jax Moonsong : 2011-04-04 00:13 ID:Dt6oV67K

I adore RPing. I used to do it all the time. I wish I could do it some more, but I dislike forum RPs so I tend to avoid them, though I do them if I get bored enough. I was actually doing some pretty cool RP on Neopets for a while, believe it or not, but I haven't gotten on that in ages so I'm pretty sure all my RP buddies are gone. I would love to start up again though...hint hint haha =P

30 Name: Red : 2011-04-05 20:13 ID:XJF1GqVb

I've been involved in one for the past three years. It started out as a proper roleplay, then slowly turned into some bizarre multiple-author-novel-sort-of-thing, where we changed from writing characters doing things to writing an epic story. I'm not really sure when that happened, but eh...

It was fun, but I don't think I'd get involved in another one lightly.

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