HerculeHastings

What Do You Value Most In A Roleplayer?

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I know I'm terrible; I keep starting conversation threads. But I figure people like talking about themselves!

 

So I just want to know, what do you value most in a roleplayer? Is your favourite roleplayer someone who writes in perfect English, or someone who can write lengthy posts, or someone whose posts give you much to reply to, or someone who posts promptly, or someone who writes interesting stuff, or who has great characters, or who has rapport with you? The list in my head is endless, so I'm curious to know if different people have different preferences. Of course the best person would be someone who possesses all qualities, but if you were faced with a choice, which qualities would you value over others?

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That's a hard one. As far as I'm concerned one strong quality isn't enough tbh. 

 

I would say someone with great storytelling/characterization would be best. 

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Someone who is committed to both the story and their character. I find this makes the best partner, you can be mildly interested and stumble through simply for the entertainment, but the best roleplays are with people that are connected with their character, love what the story is about and are excited about where it is going.

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What I'd value in a roleplay partner is commitment. There's plenty of good writers here, but not many completed roleplays since people lose interest or realize they have other commitments halfway. Even if you write like you're George R.R. Martin, if you don't keep the posts coming, you'll end up finishing roleplays at the pace of George R.R. Martin. 

 

In second place, I'd probably put co-operation, since a roleplayer who doesn't cooperate with the others and insists on railroading the plot the way they want it would be kind of a chore to roleplay with. If someone wanted to tell their own story without involving others' creative input, there's Creative Works for that. Or Fanfiction.net.

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As Kyo has said, there's a lot that I feel is required by a good roleplayer. It's difficult to narrow anything down, but some of the things I look for is commitment to the RP itself, so that it hopefully wouldn't die due to their disinterest. Commitment to the story and their character, as I want them to be invested in the story as a whole, its no good if i'm just being a 'game master' and pulling the story along, without the other participants bringing their own stories. A good example of this is in the RP 'Fuyukaba High' where each of the members are bringing their own stories, histories and other interesting bits of story to the table, so that not only are we able to enjoy the main plot, but the other plots that their characters bring. Its one reason why its going so well, in my opinion.

 

Another important thing to have is a person who is a capable writer. It's fine stumbling through writing if you are only so-so, but without a level of quality, you can't get the RP to that 'A' grade quality. Someone who is able to write long, detailed posts with natural dialogue and proper grammar are key. Rapport is important but not essential at first, you might not always be RPing with someone you know well, but I think making a good rapport with that person is ultimately essential, because it benefits the story and how you interact and discuss the plot, plus it has the added benefit of you making a new friend and getting to know them.

 

There's too many things to really bring them all up for me, but if I had to focus on one aspect I would definitely say characterization. The story is nothing without a set of good, unique and fascinating characters that you are at first, interested to learn about, and then as the reader, invested in as a result. There's no good having an amazing story but having a bunch of lacklustre characters. Whereas you can have a great RP with a very basic story if the characters are well done. They are essential, its what for me, makes Kyo such a good RPer, because his characters are almost always really well made, complex and flawed in some way, that allows them to develop as time goes on. I would say this is true for every person i'm roleplaying with at the moment. Love you guys - all homo. lol.  <3

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I think, in all respects, I'm a pretty bad roleplayer. I don't have enough of an imagination to progress the plot in cool, fun ways. My posts are nice but don't stand out as being amazing, and I've a hunch I don't leave enough space in my posts for my roleplay partners to interact with. And my characters are kinda boring. They hardly say witty things or have outstanding personalities. So, yes, I would think that as a roleplayer, i'm not much of a success.

 

Oh, and the worst part is that as I've said before, I've a good memory for unimportant stuff. I forgot to add that I've a bad memory for important things, in contrast. I always forget whatever was agreed on before, and then spontaneously take my post in a completely unexpected direction.

 

Before I scare everybody I'm roleplaying with, I'd like to add that I do my best to improve on these things. XD

 

That said, I think that what I value most in a roleplayer is somebody who really makes an effort to let other roleplayers feel involved with the storyline. I tend to get uncomfortable when I've no idea what other people are doing, and I'm not sure if what I'm doing is moving things along right. Which is why I'm a little apprehensive of joining a roleplay where everyone else is best friends and probably discuss plot ideas IRL. I'm happy as long as I feel that I've the space to do what I want, and don't have the pressure to write well or do things in a certain way.

 

I think it's related to my FAILness. I can't have perfectionistic roleplayers. XD

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A good sense of humour in the selection of their safety word and a great collection of toys.

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1. Chemistry.

It's really difficult to roleplay with someone who isn't on the same page as you are. When you go one way and your partner goes the other way, the RP goes nowhere.

 

2. Quality.

A lot of RPers don't care about this one, but I can't let it go so easily. I don't care if you write novella-length posts with heaps of Tolkienesque detail-torture-porn. If you can't write and have no semblance of how to create a functional plot, then all your words are just that: words, with no meaning or purpose.

 

3. Don't make me do all the work.

There's a huge reason this is in my profile, and it's because I encounter it all the time. Luckily this is mostly only common in one-on-one yaoi RPs and not so much in general group RPs. But if you make me pull the entire roleplay along, weaving the plot while you just sit there and rehash what my character just did but from your character's point of view, then I'm going to go berserk.

 

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A good sense of humour in the selection of their safety word and a great collection of toys.

Mine's Papaya, like the fruit, yea, has no special meaning... just papaya....

 

​Miel, I've watched that gif a dozen times... it's very mesmerizing and wtf why does all his clothes fling off? XD

 

Also, HH, I will spank the confidence into you. *prepares paddle*

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Mine's Papaya, like the fruit, yea, has no special meaning... just papaya....

 

​Miel, I've watched that gif a dozen times... it's very mesmerizing and wtf why does all his clothes fling off? XD

 

Also, HH, I will spank the confidence into you. *prepares paddle*

Because Shizuo-sama is just that kind of awesome. 

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Yeah, that gif is pretty much, "Bitch, I don't even care 'bout yo' dragon. *camera click* Your tears are going on twitter, lates."

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Yeah, that gif is pretty much, "Bitch, I don't even care 'bout yo' dragon. *camera click* Your tears are going on twitter, lates."

 

wrong gif. haha they were talking about Shizuo.

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wrong gif. haha they were talking about Shizuo.

I keep coming back to watch the flying-stripping-anime-human-rag doll.

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wrong gif. haha they were talking about Shizuo.

 

Oh, ah yeah. Y'know, I swear i've seen that episode of whatever that anime is, I forget what it is but that scene looks so familiar.

I dunno if i've seen it in a youtube link, or as an actual episode or what, but its ringing bells.

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Oh, ah yeah. Y'know, I swear i've seen that episode of whatever that anime is, I forget what it is but that scene looks so familiar.

I dunno if i've seen it in a youtube link, or as an actual episode or what, but its ringing bells.

 

It's Durarara!!

 

Shizuo pretty much sums me up as a person. .__.

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You like to throw vending machines?

Remind me never to piss you off.

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For reals! Though at least you'd see the vending machine coming! Unlike a fist that suddenly sends you cartwheeling through the air and forcefully disrobes you with the power of pure awesomeness.

 

Aaaaaanyway, getting back to the topic at hand here. XD

 

What I value most in an RP partner is trust. Because honestly, if you don't trust them, how can you be friends with them? Or feel any sort of connection to their character?

A close second to trust, would be Intelligence and empathy. I use big words sometimes. I dislike when my partner has to break the immersion of the RP by asking me what exactly defenestration is and why it's bad for your health. By the same token, empathy is helpful because it allows you both to better understand the motivations of your characters, as well as maybe catch a glimpse into the inner workings of each-other's minds. Without it, you're basically just manipulating puppets on strings for no other reason than because you can. Which is fine, I suppose, if that's what you like. I don't like feeling like I'm just a puppet master. I like feeling the joys and yes, even the heartaches, of my characters. And it makes me feel very proud of myself when people are moved by them. XD 

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Ooh, a fellow aficionado of the word "defenestration".

We must be friends. Now.

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EDIT: the creepy man-on-man raccoon torture erotica that filled this post has been removed by the moderators for your sanity.

Sorry for the double post.

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Alright. I have to know. Wstfgl. Is your signature from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure? It kind of has that feel of OMG ridiculous.

 

Also...How can anyone NOT KNOW what defenestration is? It happens all the time in action movies and murder mysteries.

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Because most people use the layman's term "throw out of window" I guess. They haven't heard of the Second Defenestration of Prague (IIRC, I saw it in a history book like 10 years ago.) What's really startling about it is that there had to be a first one.

Yeah, my avatar and sig are from JoJo. The sig's from the anime that aired last year, of Kars from part 2. He's no match for Dio but I haven't found a worthy Dio sig to replace him. Maybe come April when that handsome devil comes on television again.

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