Call it a guide, call it a rant.
This is not about role playing your in-game character. This is in reference to the story Roleplay area of these forums.
But this is my opinion on what makes a good role play and how I play/write my character.
Relax... and be patient.
All the stories here will suffer from one of these maladies.
They can and will survive. Stalling of story, lack of participation, conflicting schedules, differences of skill and experience. Emotional writers, detailed writers, one liners, "I was with everyone and answer everyone". Just realize its all just for fun and your enjoyment and relax.
But there are ways of setting up for death of a story. Losing a leader is one way. Godmodding, lack of a what next, transient characters, and poor concepts of story are some other ways. Trying to recruit too fast can also contribute.
These are the recommended reading for the use of the RP Forum.
Info - Role Play F.A.Q. | Skyrim Forums
Info - [Skyrim Freeform RP] A Comprehensive Guide to Free Form Role Play, for Beginners. | Skyrim Forums
Info - Rules & rules discussion for: *Public RP Areas* | Skyrim Forums
These will help with recruiting and forming story groups.
Open - Role Play Recruiting Thread | Skyrim Forums
The Taverns act as crossovers. They are Neutral so no actual harm should be done in them. But these are in character meet & greets. Think of them as places to start your character and to meet those interested in having a story told. I mean, for heavens sakes, they are TAVERNS! Have a drink and get chummy. Talk about the meaning of life, Politics, the local news, gossip over plots, have dinner and meals and parties, start up and transition from story to story.
Open - [Skyrim Freeform RP] The Bannered Mare - Beginning | Skyrim Forums
Open - The SilverBlood Inn... | Skyrim Forums
Open - The Winking Skeever Tavern and Lodge | Skyrim Forums
I often get asked for help in understanding what this all means and how it all really works...
All I have to say about this is create a character.
Open - [Skyrim Freeform RP] Post your character card | Skyrim Forums
And keep in mind certain things to make your life easier.
Try to stay to the lore and skills of skyrim/TES.
Make yourself a good backstory.
You should give a brief description in your character sheet of this but don't reveal everything.
Secret pasts make a good story.
A blank slate is not recommended. Have a idea of what you want in your character.
If you write like I do, enjoy yourself. Creating a character will change you. Suddenly you are thinking about their motivations, how they react, and finding them to be living breathing parts of you.
They will surprise you on how they treat the world you and your group create. I play mine when in story with his own purpose, and his actions are his. If you want a clue on combat this is how I treat it.
Have a in game character twin. Then play him/her with the idea of keeping to your "Story" motivations and skill set.
The beauty of Skyrim is the way you play is what you learn and get better at.
This also allows you to get a feel for your character.
What he/he does in game can be written in story... hence it makes combat easier to make real.
I want to express some things here too.
An appreciation of story and characters and the greatness that is TES and Skyrim is what brings us together. But interests will move on and I want to discuss something not often thought of; the ending of a character. Or of a story.
We get into our stories with the abandon of a creative juiced junkie.
We have grand plans.
Except for how we are going to finish.
A fade into the sunset.
A death. A blaze of glory.
A simple walk into a tavern and fade away...
What about if your interests fade and you (gasp) decide to leave these fabulous forums for something else or a RL interest? Do you have a escape plan? A exit strategy?
I mean you have spent time building and crafting a character and he/she interacts with other characters just like you do... shouldn't they get a ending that pays respect to the story and your interactions?
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