Oversharing as an #RP CharacterHow much is too much?
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Oversharing as an #RP Character

How much is too much?

Review of the blog: When Everything’s Shareable, You’re Never Not Performing …

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When you RP, you should separated your MUSE from your MUN

islesanctuary:

Have not seen many “live” through their RP blog here. But on other social media sites, like Facebook, it is founded on ships. Some hope that these ships will become real. On Facebook, most people that are accepted on your personal profile are your friends, you have a connected relationship with them. If you create a secondary profile account, you will connect with individuals you don’t know - you’ve never met them. You don’t know where they come from.

PAGES are different. You create the page and people CHOOSE to LIKE the page, verses a request and accept to make that ship. There is a connection when “making friends” on a profile page versus a LIKE or FOLLOW (on Tumblr and Twitter). Being accepted among people is what we want to feel being included in a group.

When you RP like this on Facebook, when there are disagreements that cause blocking or unfriending, it psychological hurts. It is because of this acceptance into the fold. 

When using a page, it’s not like that. Someone unlikes a page, so what, lose a few fans - unless it’s a group block.

At any rate, when you invest in your RP, please separate your MUSE from you MUN. Don’t FORCE a ship. Just RP your storyline.

STOP NECROPOSTING!Please. Stop necroposting on Character pages on Facebook. It’s really not smart. The administrators…View Post

STOP NECROPOSTING!

Please. Stop necroposting on Character pages on Facebook. It’s really not smart. The administrators…

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Social Media Etiquette & Protocol for NewbiesYou are a newbie when you have not been on any social media platform for at least 4-6 months.…View Post

Social Media Etiquette & Protocol for Newbies

You are a newbie when you have not been on any social media platform for at least 4-6 months.…

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SWTOR Character Sheet LONG FORM

Roleplaying on Facebook is NOT roleplaying on games. But there are similarities. This blog is one of them. Roleplaying on Facebook is not about 20 sided dice. It is more like a TV show using creative writing and techniques.

What roleplaying is not is posting on random pages or in individuals’ chats and instigating a story. That is called trolling, which is called cyberbullying on Facebook.

You want to strike up a conversation with your favorite character and roleplay with them, then it is wise to read their character sheet and have yours ready. If the other person does not have one or a backstory, then ask. If they are not open to it, that should tell you something about the kind of roleplaying they do. Interacting with unknown roleplayers on comments and posts randomly is lazy and disrespectful on your part.

This sheet is an outline for character creation from the SWTOR game forums in 2010 (link archived). A character sheet’s purpose gives the audience a general description of the character and assists the writer in developing a character. You may also add to it if you wish. Create your own character using this sheet to use in roleplaying, developing story arcs and writing. Readers gain insights into your character, personality, background, and travels. Please remember that this is your character, and you do not have to follow this outline. We implore you to follow this recommendation.

Species/Race:

Name:

Middle Name:

Last Name:

Nickname:

Gender:

Date of Birth:

Place of Birth:

Date of Death:

Place of Death:

Age:

Height:

Weight:

Hair Color/Style:

Facial Appearance:

Eye Color:

Body Appearance:

Home Planet:

Current Residence:

Ship:

Allegiance:

Profession:

Armor:

Primary Weapon(s):

Secondary Weapon(s):

Miscellaneous Item(s):

Biography (more detail and 2 paragraph backstory): —-

Additional Categories:

Bounty Hunter:

Number of Bounties Captured:

Number of Bounties Killed:

Sith:

Number of Jedi Killed:

Lightsaber Color:

Jedi:

Number of Sith Killed:

Lightsaber Color:

Smuggler:

Number of Shipments Smuggled:

Trooper:

Rank:

Specialties:

—-DO NOT DUPLICATE BELOW—-

OWNERSHIP OF MATERIAL:  WE, COLLECTIVELY OR INDIVIDUALLY, RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THIS PAGE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY INFORMATION, MATERIALS, TEXT, GRAPHICS, IMAGES, LOGOS, SITE DESIGN, AND THE SELECTION, ASSEMBLY, AND ARRANGEMENT OF THE PAGE (“CONTENT”). THE CONTENT MAY NOT BE COPIED, DISTRIBUTED, DISPLAYED, MODIFIED, REPRODUCED, PERFORMED, PUBLISHED OR REVERSE ENGINEERED IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITHOUT OUR PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION OR CONSENT OF OWNERS.

How To: Keeping it IC vs OOC in this FB World? (June 2011 reblog)

How To: Keeping it IC vs OOC in this FB World? How much is too much IC (in character) vs OOC (out of character) in roleplay while on FB in all its access points: Wall, Messages, PM, email, groups and pages? Who decides what? It is all too confusing? 

Getting to know people and make friends through an RP account can be easy and tough. Either way it takes skill and time. Some people easily go with the flow and then over time, RP can become dull. Some people RP full throttle and then leave abruptly because it is too much. And yet, some people watch over time and still RP to this day. But not any RP is ALL IC (in character) or ALL OOC (out of character), all the time.

The question is: How does one manage all these directions of communication? 

There are key concepts to keep in mind in the reasons why people roleplay on Large Format Social Media:

Most people RP for entertainment reasons. It is fun to pretend to be your favorite character on your favorite movie! When news events happen in real life, putting it the terms of your favorite character voice and trivialities, it can cause others to laugh and find amusement and carouse with you. We all strive for community and become a culture. Unfortunately, this process does not last forever.

For some people, RP is a good way to write serious stories, and perform them before a live audience. Some people do it as an artform, a social media creative venture to build their tales for their favorite movie. It is a good way to network and meet like-minded people and get feedback, because many times, writing, plotting and building are done alone, which is fine… But many times, it is lonely and some people want to get out, which brings us back to SOCIAL media… 

Realistically, you cannot extend yourself in your character 100% of the time. Your real life will intrude. You learned how to create friendships and pairing with people since you were a toddler, that real life lesson will be practiced in social media. You mind is unable to physically separate the two. So that means you go “out of character” and use “out of character” tools to manage those interactions.

MANY people on social media have real life social anxiety.  Take that as a given. Many of them do not go into public settings. Many have a tough time making real friends. Some people are lonely and use social media to supplant their friendships. It is harsh, to say to people, “go get a real life” when it is unknown what another person’s circumstances are! Be mindful of that.

The other issue to remember when you develop friendship in an OOC style: While everyone has trash and baggage — EVERYONE is of value and has gifts. If you strive to be better person, then try to help others with their gifts, and their beauties online… EVERYONE has something to offer!

Roleplaying, often helps people come to a decision about huge choices they need to make in real life. And being that support network that got them there makes life so fresh and enriches your life… Think about that when trying to strike a balance between IC vs OOC!

Also remember your purpose for roleplaying!

If you are casual: You will probably roleplay IC some days, and then RP OOC on other days. That happens and is okay.

If you are serious: You will probably spend roughly 50% amount of your RP time IC and 150% OOC. Because half the time your character is RPing and the other amount your time you could be defending your character’s actions to fellow RPers, you are writing the post hoc and insight metrics, and you are preparing for image searches.

If you are professional: You will probably spend 70% IC, because more often your character in your favorite movie is a canon character and you want to remain in character for that. Ironically, you are probably spending 170% OOC, because you are getting paid to play your character and someone else is designated to explain your character’s actions. This is RARE!

Lastly, in roleplaying on how much is IC vs OOC are the Roleplaying group’s rules: 

Some groups are casual groups to get to know people and gain a feeling about one another behind the character. There is a risk to that due to human’s inherent nature to gossip, and your personal information present on the internet, but if you can live through stuff, then it is fine.

Some groups are very serious and possibly 80% to 90% of their time in spent in character.  That is fine, too when you know you can roleplay, you can understand social dynamics easily and/or you have some mentorships. At the same time, your clout levels take time to build and tough to keep at it. Battles can easily turn personal and start to go out of character without any warning.

Needless to say, this is one person’s professional point of view on Roleplay on Large Format Social Media dealing with the IC vs OOC issues. This blog can be expanded and is not meant to offend anyone or belittle anyone.

SWTOR Character Sheet Modified (ISCA/SWAG)

This character sheet is modified from SWTOR. It is the bare minimum. Extending it is beneficial. This sheet is for your STAR WARS character only. Not for you. There are key concepts of Star Wars you would need to know building this character. These concepts can be found in our “Roleplaying Terminology and Common Abbreviations" blog

Species/Race

Name

Gender

Year of Birth (BBY or ABY)

Age

Home Planet

Current Residence

Ship

Faction Allegiance

Profession

Armor

Weapon(s)

Miscellaneous Item(s)

Biography:

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Additional Categories to include if necessary:

Bounty Hunter:

Number of Bounties Captured:

Number of Bounties Killed:

Sith:

Number of Jedi Killed:

Lightsaber Color:

Jedi:

Number of Sith Killed:

Lightsaber Color:

Smuggler:

Number of Shipments Smuggled:

Trooper:

Rank:

Specialties:

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DO NOT DUPLICATE

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OWNERSHIP OF MATERIAL:  WE, COLLECTIVELY OR INDIVIDUALLY, RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THIS PAGE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY INFORMATION, MATERIALS, TEXT, GRAPHICS, IMAGES, LOGOS, SITE DESIGN, AND THE SELECTION, ASSEMBLY, AND ARRANGEMENT OF THE PAGE (“CONTENT”). THE CONTENT MAY NOT BE COPIED, DISTRIBUTED, DISPLAYED, MODIFIED, REPRODUCED, PERFORMED, PUBLISHED OR REVERSE ENGINEERED IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITHOUT OUR PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION OR CONSENT OF OWNERS.

Star Wars RP University Tidbits: DO YOUR RESEARCH!

RP tidbit: If you choose to RP on FB, BE CREATIVE! In order to be creative, you have study MORE than Wookieepedia - even they said it’s a jumping off point. You got to get to the Star Wars Books. You need to read Star Wars Insider Magazine. And learn how to write! You are lame if you don’t do it.

Added: Vordis Korrupto Starkiller adds: Wookieepedia is a guide, nothing more. A quick and easy research tool, or a search engine to find good books to read based on your interests. It should not be the sole basis of any roleplayer’s knowledge

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