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Basically roleplay basics not so basically.
Offline 01-30-2013, 06:09 AM (This reply was last modified: 02-02-2013 11:41 AM by golgothasTerror.)(Edited by golgothasTerror.)
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Basically roleplay basics not so basically.
HOW TO ROLEPLAY
otherwise known as "golly gee wilikersons there goes all of those problems i didn't know i had!!!"
(+ a kawaii emote and a yo for all of you "cool kids")


So, you have a new fictional character you would like to replicate the text style of. Whether it be to gain a wonderfully entertaining past-time or to, say, measure the accuracy of how other people portray characters secretly in order to assume your rightful throne as the "Homestuck Avatar", this will help out a bit. (but no one does that second one psssh)
Before we can discuss the right, we have to discuss the left that went so left that it hit a ravine that almost turned it right but still made it left. All of these will be addressed later on.

COMMON ERRORS:
  • Taking on the personality of a character but not their vocabulary.
  • Taking on the speech of a character but having no knowledge of their interests.
  • Not bothering to evaluate exactly how characters say things
  • Thinking "HOLY SHIT IM TOTES X, DAMN THIS IS A X STATEMENT" instead of thinking as that character.
  • Taking roleplay too seriously.
  • Not bothering to character to begin with; In which case you are likely only in this for shits and giggles and this isn't your dungeon to stale in.

OKAY. So here's where we start.
Number one: Vocabulary.

When taking on a new character, especially Dave, Jake, Rose and Eridan, it's important to note how expansive their vocabulary is and just which terms they use for what. This of course, especially applies to people they know. As in, Jake roleplayers, in direct conversation with Dirk, Jake refers to him as "Bro", not "Mister Strider". Jake's vocabulary is much more closely linked with that of a southern gentleman instead of the mildly offensive British stereotype many veer for, and if I see someone say pip pip or chap one more goddamn time, I will cry. Don't be afraid to pick up a dictionary, and whip through it for high class terms or low classy nonexistentish ones depending on who you're going for. It will change how your voice comes out completely.
It's the difference between:
"Thats really great! I got that achievement and i screamed yay."
and
"Thats totally rad! I acquired that audacious prize and i was all like PAYCHECK!"
(poor semblance to gamer aliens is completely incidental)

Of course, people accumulate their vocabulary from their interests and environment largely, so if you do proper research on their hobbies then you may be able to fake it.

which brings us to


dunanANANNumber two: Interests/Knowledge!!:

A large part of your character's personality comes from what media they've had access to, and in what amount. For example, Dave has a foul tongue, and he happens to have been raised by a man that makes puppet porn for a living. What else can we also figure out from this? He's not likely to be bashful. And he's going to be more open to the abnormal.

*Promptly gives cold hard stare to blushing strider types*

He also knows a lot about programming, he's into a lot of little known music, he owns his own darkroom and is into photography, and he collects dead things. Despite how often he's alone, he's highly active in blogging which exposes him to a multitude of different personality types on top of the slurry we're allowed to directly see.
From this, we can say that he obviously is a bit of a hipster, despite seclusion his social proficiency is high to the point where he falsifies himself (this coupled with the fact that he hates himself) he's likely to think about death often which correlates with his brothers interest in philosophy and is likely to have more artistic potential then anyone will fucking give him credit for.
The more you can piece together from and generally know about the subjects they know the better because it makes grappling character syntax as a whole, that much easier. You can understand a character easier so your references aren't awkward. It allows you to improv easier. It also allows you to reference shit in day to day conversation that no one else around you will ever understand for the entirety of their existences!!! :D
Also, if someone else brings their interests up you have to be prepared to respond to them. And there are the assholes out there that will play elitist with your little hineys.

Alright! Yee! Number three!
ACTUALLY TALKING LIKE YOUR CHARACTER:

This goes right along with vocabulary, you can't just know which terms they use and how they use them. You have to know where to place them and why!
This becomes a relatively simple task if you simply flip through the logs and read through for a bit. I would recommend taking some phrases of theirs and thinking through and asking yourself: "Why is this sentence okay for this character?" "How would I change this line to suit another?""What patterns are there?".
I would not recommend thinking "Tildy flipping turnpikes in a basket!! What the frig is a mofolatcher???" unless you happen to be G pa.
G pa, please.

For example:
Good Dirks are the rarest of fucking unicorns because only a select few have evaluated how and why he synthesizes his speech.
He invokes rap vernacular to denote when he's nervous/to ground himself so he doesn't appear to be too far above others.
He frequently invokes terms to dissolve absolutes, ex: "I'm mostly sure of this." " Which I kind of am, like with a ninja sword I'm basically nuts, ok?" (it's also worth noting that lil hal almost always speaks in absolutes.)

Onward,

Dave will never say:

"this is cold like ice"

that would be stupid.

"this is cold like some fuckers unfortunate repo notice to an unsuspecting family of four"

that was closer but still stupid.

"this is cold like some fuckers unfortunate repo notice to an unsuspecting family of four
there will be hell to pay in the echelons of their empty parking space for years to come
who is responsible
justice"

this is stupid enough to work

Feel what I'm saying here homies? Pay attention to how they say.


(YOU CAN'T WRITE DAVE)<--- flags the way for

NUMBER FOUR: HOW TO THINK!!!

There is a proper and an improper way to do this. Check out Uta Hagen's book "Challenge for the actor", because she's rad at this.
There is no good way to describe this aptly, but you have to kinda sorta. Think normally but not. Take bits of your own experience and apply them to situations to get the emotional response needed to react properly. Don't think in terms of them, think in terms of you because you're them and you don't think in terms of you when you're thinking about you.
Basically go read that one book because this person isn't making much sense.


wow that was disappointing but oKAY NUMBER FIVE:
FINAL EDITION:
WHY NOT TO TAKE THIS SHIT TOO SERIOUSLY!!!


Criticism is fine but don't be a jerk about other peoples representations of characters. Let's be real here, it's roleplaying. Online. There is no theater production in place and there are no quotas to fill. I'm going to encourage you to ingrate humor when possible into your rps, even if your doing super super sadstuck. Humor is entertaining. It creates a differentiation between you and the 99999999 other rpers out there. Humor does take wit to craft properly and it lends itself to better writing. You can use humor to point out/get out of cliches so they don't happen as often. And most importantly, it gives the other person something to smile about.

It especially comes in handy with romantic rps where the other person starts ignoring my character and their reactions completely in trade for garbage.

So when people type:
*Gives passionate kiss while caressing gently*
I tend to type:
*Returns kiss awkwardly; Fumbles to get free of entrapment*
or
*Watches partner intently. Wow, they're getting INTO this shit. Should I be doing that? Wait. What if I like. Mess up. I'll just stand like a board here until this nightmare is over. Yeah.*

So all and all,

Be smart about rping and don't be a douche.
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(I'm also going to make a few guides on specific characters/situations which I will link here when done. They will be less awful to read through. They also may have more pop culture references.)
Guide 1: Dirk Strider
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Offline 01-31-2013, 12:33 AM
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RE: Basically roleplay basics not so basically.
This was beautiful and actually a joy to read. (And don't be disappointed with the how to think section because that really is a difficult thing to explain!!! I've tried to explain the concept to some of my non-thespian friends and it tends to go straight over their heads!))

Really, honestly, taking just a little bit of time to go and read some of the logs your character's in makes a huge difference! Even with the more "normal" characters like John, who people tend to skim and only seem to remember Nic Cage and No Homo for. If I come across a John and they mention Mcconaughey, or understand the plot of Armageddon, or mention the beaglepuss disguise, I literally start crying with pure, unadulterated happiness, and those are very superficial things about John, not even the really good emotional and personality traits!

((Also, every Strider roleplayer should read this because yes to everything about all the Striders, please and thank you.))
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Offline 02-01-2013, 06:36 AM (This reply was last modified: 02-01-2013 07:05 AM by golgothasTerror.)(Edited by golgothasTerror.)
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RE: Basically roleplay basics not so basically.
(01-31-2013 12:33 AM)selfIndulgence Wrote:  This was beautiful and actually a joy to read. (And don't be disappointed with the how to think section because that really is a difficult thing to explain!!! I've tried to explain the concept to some of my non-thespian friends and it tends to go straight over their heads!))

Really, honestly, taking just a little bit of time to go and read some of the logs your character's in makes a huge difference! Even with the more "normal" characters like John, who people tend to skim and only seem to remember Nic Cage and No Homo for. If I come across a John and they mention Mcconaughey, or understand the plot of Armageddon, or mention the beaglepuss disguise, I literally start crying with pure, unadulterated happiness, and those are very superficial things about John, not even the really good emotional and personality traits!

((Also, every Strider roleplayer should read this because yes to everything about all the Striders, please and thank you.))


Heh! Thank you so much for the nice comment!
I'm the same way when people bring up character facts.
Like.
Jade and science. (and manthrochaps for that matter)
Or Rose and Lovecraft/Problem Sleuth's set of monsters that take a lovecraftian base
And Jane and Problem sleuth 2/The watchmen poster so so happy.
its just like mwah you've been reading good person best choice.

and as it so happens i have a masters degree in stridarian
stridarian what you may ask
i simply respond everything⸮
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Offline 02-04-2013, 06:41 PM
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RE: Basically roleplay basics not so basically.
this just adds to my list of 99 reasons why i love you.

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Offline 02-05-2013, 11:43 AM
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(02-04-2013 06:41 PM)John Wrote:  this just adds to my list of 99 reasons why i love you.
At which point do I get to assume my rightful place as "Jake English kokoro magnet mack daddy of the 7th parallel of the outer ring of the msparp forums."

a more accurate responce to this comment would of course require holding down A + shift for about two hours but no ones got the time for that. no ones got the time. so i will encapsulate a giant thank you in this spoiler box for good measure.

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