Role-play can be most simply explained when thought of in comparison to a play. The characters with in a story line are like actors or actresses playing out a part. But as the “player” of Hunter is constantly telling me, FFRP (Free Form Role-Play) is improvisational role-play. It causes its players to make up the story as they go along, no script is provided, and no one is telling you what to do. Of course this can be challenging, FFRP players are often very creative people, some of the most intelligent people I have ever come in contact with, have been through this computer in role-play chats, etc…
How do you implement a character into a story line?
Well it isn’t easy; I won’t make it seem like it is. Most people will work with a “newbie” and attempt to help them either develop a story line of their own, or some how some way work a “newbie” in their own story line. The easiest way to incorporate your character into a pre-existing story line is to
1) Wait and watch Don’t assume just because a character is in trouble that he/she needs a hero to rescue them and jump into the middle of someone else’s role-playing. Usually small fights b/w characters, or even large wars are meticulously planned out by the players for a desired outcome. Now if it is FFRP, it isn’t scripted out; don’t get me wrong that isn’t what I mean by planned out. The characters have pre-thought and discussed where they want their role-play to go, and through that they attempt to direct their characters in a mutual direction.
2) Talk OOC (Out of Character)
Talk to players with pre-established story line. See if someone needs an extra character. I have known of players who run themselves ragged attempting to play three of four characters all at once, where some are talented enough to do this, others are simply playing the character for lack of people. Talk to others and discuss with them the fact you are new and looking for a way to get established in a story line. They will more then likely have a few ideas for you.
3) Don’t be timid I recently experienced this myself; I was so worried about making a mistake that I found myself second judging every word I wrote. Finally learned that regardless of how horrible or wonderful I was no one cared! They were all there for the same reason, to have fun! And if you’re overly concerned about what you type or how you come across, well then your not role-playing for the right reasons. Just do the best that you can, and I promise you, you can only get better.
Role-playing is a very enjoyable past time; millions of people take part in active role-play online each day. It is fastly becoming one of the most popular forms of “gaming” on the web. If our small part of the web is where you choose to come, to play then we are humbled, and look forward to meeting you. Look for either Georgia or Hunter when you come in, if either of us are in the chat upon your arrival let us know you are a new player looking to join into a story line. We will do our best to assist you.
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