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Posted 9/29/15 , edited 9/29/15
Responding in pieces for clarity; sorry that it makes the "quote" feature a little more awkward to use.


lambofgenesis wrote:

What do they call cyber sex nowadays, if not cybering. Or is that not a term anymore.


I just don't think that is the preferred term anymore; I haven't heard it used for a while. Having someone basically "talk dirty" to you because you get off on it is just that, whether it is person to person, over the phone, dialog from something or in a chat. Likewise getting off on reading sexual acts is again not unique to the internet in anyway; probably not as old as writing but as soon as there was a written language that could be used to describe sexual acts in some detail and someone had the time and resources to write it out, there was probably an audience.

Anyway it isn't my "thing" so maybe I'm just flat out wrong and it gets used that way all the time. The "cyborg" comment was supposed to be a joke. That... failed badly.


lambofgenesis wrote:On MUSH's and MUDs, we had like... a system that's hard-coded, so we didn't need a GM. If you've ever played a text-based game, all the rooms are coded in, so areas are premade, and they routinely add more. The roll system is coded too. So it's pretty much automated. GMs are used (I guess yeah the admins would be GMs) during large events with NPCs or quests or whatever. But most RP is done privately. If you're online and someone else is online, you can just PM them "Hey u wanna rp!" and then you'll meet up at X area or X room, pose your characters in (or whatever pose would be in non-MUSH terms... I guess it would be emote, and that would be that.......) skills are precoded, both active and passive, and non-combat too. So if combat should happen, you'd just type +attack <player> <skillname> and the code would do all the rolling to see if it's a success or not.


Yeah but this is just one venue of role-playing. Maybe it was (or even still is) the most common at present, but I guess it doesn't strike me as being representative of role-playing as a whole. Not claiming I'm right, but I am explaining why I (and likely a few others) were confused.


lambofgenesis wrote:When I say cybering, I'm not talking about flirting with an NPC or talking dirty. I mean, full-on graphic acts. I've not been involved in one, but most of the times I've been walking around town and walk into an area with 2 people RPing and one so happens to enter his emote, I see the "THEN HE SLIDES HIS ____ AND MOANS" or something like that.


Thanks for explaining and I hope that doesn't get taken out of context. XD A statistic I wish we had was how much of that was "experimenting" and how much of it was habitual usage. I mean do you think that 9 times out of 10 people were only on the MUSH or MUD to "cyber"? Even if they enjoyed it, are there enough that were practically doing it all the time? I'd think the ones that only did it some and the ones that rarely (if every) engaged in such activity would at least skew things lower. After all, if all someone wanted was to "cyber" they could have just gone to places dedicated to it.


lambofgenesis wrote:With girls they're always experimenting with each other, or with some guy they happen to have "caught"... that "arrancar vs shinigami captive" :P.


Not sure what that last bit means but I am pretty sure it was more often "Guys experimenting with each other while pretending to be female." I say this mostly based on experience with similar venues. Kind of like how when you see a bunch of female characters/avatars that are scantily clad and/or doing anything else that would be considered sexually provocative, you know most don't belong to female users.


lambofgenesis wrote:Anyway, so I might not have actually sat there and counted up all the cyber RPs and non-cyber RPs and tabulated it to exactly 90%, but it's certainly more than non-cyber RPs. And mostly due to yaoi and yuri. But then again on V:TM, for some reason all vampires just have sex when there's 2 or more close acquaintances in a room.


Most of the old World of Darkness stuff was sexually charged; Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, etc. Not sure if it played as big of a role (pardon the pun) in Mage: The Ascension; I never played any of that one. To be fair I played very little of this system, though I did have several source books because both the story and mechanics interested me. I even used to have the GURPS adaptations of the three main games (VtM, WtA, MtA) because I favored GURPS and wanted to more easily appropriate certain mechanics.


lambofgenesis wrote:I guess in tabletop RPs where you're always RPing in a large ass group, people won't cyber, or probably can't LOL. But, yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaah on MUDs and MUSHs where people can have private RPs here and there... that's what goes down. Not to mention that when people send their RP logs in to get XP so they can make more custom skills, there's more than a handful that's been edited to cut out the cyber parts...


Wouldn't know about that last bit, but in a pen and paper RPG, its all up to the group's preferences. If you want to engage in such things for fun, you can probably find a group (different rule systems are better at it than others). Otherwise if two PCs or a PC and NPC are going to "engage" then you only need details relevant to the larger game as a whole, like seeing if there are any additional results (pregnancy, disease, alterations to reputation, etc.).


lambofgenesis wrote:Although sex is a part of life, you don't see it too often explicitly in mainstream anime. But, I like your point that sex is part of everyday life, it's just that the people in my games who RP usually end up doing mostly cyber RPs, which IMHO is what they really end up enjoying, and do non-cyber RPs just for the XP.


This brings up my final but perhaps most important point:

Don't mix up traditional RPG mechanics like characters with stats, dice rolls and gaining experience points for "role-playing". You probably are not but I know for a lot of people, they get confused by things like the video game "RPG" genre. Plenty of good role-playing experiences in video games, but actual video game RPGs can be hit or miss. Are you assuming a role and playing it out in more than a superficial manner? Then I'd call it role-playing. Role-playing is a tool, a technique and sometimes the means and sometimes the ends. People can use it simply to help them think and learn (and all by themselves). "Role-playing games" where you don't actually do any role-playing are a misnomer that is probably not worth officially changing... but still worth addressing. Thanks for the excuse.
Posted 9/29/15
Regular tabletop RPGs are pretty fun once you get into it. I did Call of Cthulhu with a few people before. It was nice. The RPs I don't get are the stuff they have here in the forums and the things people do in GBs. Those are a bit weird to me.



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Lol I've never seen someone rp that hardcore before. But they sometimes making interesting conversions.
Posted 11/30/15
I sometimes do minor roleplaying with some male forumers pretending to be imoutos!

Good times. We usually stop short of coitus, just some snuggling, maybe a bath or two.
Posted 11/30/15
Don't know. I've never done it myself. It just seems kinda silly to me.
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I rp myself and I don't see anything wrong with it. If two consenting adults agree to it then what's the problem? Yes, it's "strange" and "weird" but what isn't? What is normal? If we all did the same thing the world would be incredibly boring
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There's nothing like a change in perspective, place, time, etc. to turn a scene on its head. There's nothing wrong with role-playing in my personal opinion. It helps generate new ideas, fuels the imagination, plays with the mind in ways that can supercede daily life. As a kid, most people want to be something when they grow up.
Some people never achieve what they desire, and some even still need room to grow before they grow into the person they've always wanted to be. With that being said, role-playing allows an individual to break away from the confines of reality and branch out to explore and simulate an experience that they may not ever divulge in first hand. Not everyone gets to choose their role in society, so we must make due with the little we have big or small. Possibly one of the biggest thing we all have is an imagination. (=w=")
Posted 12/1/15
Nah I don't do this.
Posted 12/1/15
I wish I could roleplay.

I would be a Sith Lord.
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Posted 12/1/15
Because i want to be a naked midget girl who runs around in her underwear >:C

....half serious



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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?


You can do the funky roleplay like that, OR you can do something more suited towards your taste. That being said, the RP I'm more experienced with is in the naughty side of things, so I'm not sure if that's exactly what you were getting at.
Have you ever wanted to pretend you were someone else for a bit? That's all it is.
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People roleplay to put themselves in a character's shoes or position that they have zero chance of being in, in real life. I think it makes sense. I don't roleplay outside of my own imagination, because it isn't really necessary to flaunt it if you don't want other people to get involved in your made-up story. But that's the point, they're playing. Pretending. If you're asking what the point in that is, you're probably asking in the wrong website's forum, haha.

Why do you see it as weird? Because it's embarrassing when people get so invested in it that they start talking like an evil magician, or something? well that is a little odd I have to admit, but I'm also not about to stop them from getting as invested in their imagination as they want.

I roleplay, when I play a good RPG for example. (in my head at least). I try to put myself in the character's position to gauge how I would feel if I were them. It helps make the fictional world more relevant, and guides my reactions so that it feels like less a game, and more like I really were exploring a tomb beneath an ancient monastery, or assassinating a political figure in renaissance Italy.
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I don't think role playing is weird , easiest way to explain it , is you are writing a story that basically doesn't end with the help of one or more people , I am hugely into role playing in groups as I am a writer at heart ( still working on spelling and punctuation haa haa ) it's not a matter of pretending but writing for the love of it , it's no different from an actor playing a role , they aren't pretending to be that person , just playing the person , some people take role playing personal , it depends who you role play with and the feelings directed towards them . But with good friends who love role playing and writing it can be quite fun , I personally enjoy writing more than video games and movies , it shouldn't be something to be ashamed of , it's also a great chance to learn new writing techniques , plots and a way to make great friends , I personally like the role play that is pg-13 no more than that and is in groups and has themes like maybe from an anime , or something like example , a group about dark romance , or a supernatural war, etc.
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Posted 12/2/15 , edited 12/2/15
As opposed to playing video/board games, performing in theatre, and Hollywood actors? Unless there's genuine confusion between reality and fantasy, I consider it normal escapism.
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