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Posted 9/28/15 , edited 9/29/15
As a guy who doesn't RP, it seems really strange for people to pretend to be other that they aren't

It's like a 30 year old man, playing house and pretending to be a little girl

you also do it with a bunch of strangers.

Ex. "I am 14 year old pretty girl from bark town"

I just find it strange, can someone tell me why RPing is so appealing to some?
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Posted 9/28/15
You never played a tabletop game have you?
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It's not so much pretending to be someone else as it is acting. It's co-operatively writing a story with your friends in real-time. Your character is both your tool to move the plot and your personal "protagonist" through whom you experience the story, just like you would in any other kind of fiction. I started playing tabletop games with DnD about ten years ago, and while it definitely took some getting used to, it's one of my favorite hobbies now. I suppose it depends on who you play with, but from my experience, it's not as immersive as you make it sound. People are always breaking character to comment on what's going on, and you get people having their characters making decisions they never would themselves, because the player doesn't come into the equation except as a meta element.
Posted 9/28/15 , edited 9/29/15

kimchino wrote:

As a guy who doesn't RP, it seems really strange for people to pretend to be other that they aren't

It's like a 30 year old man, playing house and pretending to be a little girl

you also do it with a bunch of strangers.

Ex. "I am 14 year old pretty girl from bark town"

I just find it strange, can someone tell me why RPing is so appealing to some?



I don't get it either. It seems pretty weird.

Also, nice profile picture. A+
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Posted 9/28/15

It's theater. Some people like watching theater, some people like acting in theater. With RP, it's basically improv theater where the GM comes up with the basic setting of the story and the players come up with the characters who react to the setting. Together, talented players and GM's can make very entertaining stories that neither side expected.

That's about it really.
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Posted 9/28/15

GardanTheBlue wrote:


It's theater. Some people like watching theater, some people like acting in theater. With RP, it's basically improv theater where the GM comes up with the basic setting of the story and the players come up with the characters who react to the setting. Together, talented players and GM's can make very entertaining stories that neither side expected.

That's about it really.


Unless it's more hardcore. I'd prefer something more casual like how Urealms live is done. (Good stuff, would recommend)
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Posted 9/28/15
Escapism is radical.
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Posted 9/28/15 , edited 9/28/15
somebody must a have a life
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Posted 9/28/15 , edited 9/28/15
I've RP'd mainly on MMOs, and I started on a game called Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). That game was so immersive... I just got caught up in everything going on... unfortunately, TOR (Star Wars: The Old Republic) mainly targets PVPers, so I'm on and off with it. Haven't RP'd on anything else. I've never LARP'd, or RP'd on tabletops, ERP... I will not say if I have ERP'd or not... cuz you know, *Whispers* that's TMI

I guess I just love actually wanting to be in the universe of the game I'm currently playing, that's just what I like and what others like. Some people are more for the competitive side of MMOs, and that's fine too, I just feel that the WoW style of MMO is dying, and I loved SWG so much because it's one of the few MMOs post-WoW release that isn't like WoW. I played WoW for a month and just got bored with it... the community was absolutely awful. You mess up once in a dungeon and you get cussed out and reported, just like in LoL, you can report someone for being bad at the game... But I digress...
Posted 9/28/15
Aren't we all playing the roles of what we perceive to be ourselves??
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Posted 9/28/15
I participated in a forum RP type dealio a bit back and while it sadly fell apart before it really got anywhere, it was really fun and a damn good writing exercise. I think that anyone who enjoys writing characters should pretty easily be able to see why RPing is really fun.
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Posted 9/28/15 , edited 9/28/15
My form of roleplay is just writing from another characters perspective with someone else writing as a different character. It's basically fandom writing fun. General writing fun. What's so odd about that?

Moreover, what's so odd about wanting to assume the role of someone else. Maybe it's because I struggle with my own id but I thoroughly enjoy the experience of pretending to be a character, even if they're nothing like me, even if they're a lot like me.

When professional writers assume another person's perspective no one views it as odd but when two people do it its viewed as strange?

I've been able to meet friends through it, not to say there isn't drama and asinine assholes with massive egos thinking they are better than everyone else, but like all other activities it has pros and cons. I enjoy it.
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Posted 9/28/15 , edited 9/28/15
Role play is fun precisely because it allows you to become someone you are not.

I've been a teenage girl, an insane vampire, a politician, and a clan leader. That was just in the live action games I played.

Tabletop role play, I've been just about everything. I love doing voices, putting myself in the NPC's shoes, playing the paladin, the demon, or the wandering wizard. I am currently enjoying my alternate life as a sarcastic swordsman, having just retired from being a prophet of war.

<---- 33 years of RP experience
Posted 9/28/15 , edited 9/28/15

haikinka wrote:

Aren't we all playing the roles of what we perceive to be ourselves??


^ This. Also we do it all the time mostly unconsciously though. Ever wondered where the word person comes? Trace back the word to the Latin root and you might have a good laugh. Ever put on airs or put on a mask so to speak in order to get by in the world? In a way I see that as role playing. But I see that doing it consciously might be weird for us to do cause we overthink it and get caught up in "I can't do this cause it's not me" which can make the whole situation quite crass, which is understandable. By the way I'm not to into it at the moment since I've never sought it before but I think it could be fun if I could get into character.
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Posted 9/28/15 , edited 9/28/15

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haikinka wrote:

Aren't we all playing the roles of what we perceive to be ourselves??


^ This. Also we do it all the time mostly unconsciously though. Ever wondered where the word person comes? Trace back the word to the Latin root and you might have a good laugh. Ever put on airs or put on a mask so to speak in order to get by in the world? In a way I see that as role playing. But I see that doing it consciously might be weird for us to do cause we overthink it and get caught up in "I can't do this cause it's not me" which can make the whole situation quite crass, which is understandable. By the way I'm not to into it at the moment since I've never sought it before but I think it could be fun if I could get into character.


I play my roles consciously, I learned how to interact with groups by assuming different personas while larping. The skills I learned then are how I cope with people today. I simply assume the role that fits the situation. None of them are the real me. Only close friends and family get to see that.
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