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)
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Year of Birth (BBY or ABY):
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Roleplaying Terminology and Common Abbreviations
Roleplaying Terminology and Common Abbreviations - modified from ForceNet Jedi Council Forums
This list will be updated frequently
RPR - Role Playing Resource. Star Wars RP University on FB is where we talk about how to roleplay (RP), techniques, writing, plots, storylines and performances, etc. Anything that has to do with Star Wars and Roleplaying will be posted on the Star Wars RP University (SWRPU).
RP - Roleplay
RL - Real Life
IRL - In Real Life
FB - Facebook: WE USE THIS TERM ALOT HERE!!!
TT - Twitter less frequently used on FB or Twitter
Star Wars - SW
STAR WARS SPECIFIC COMMON ABBREVIATIONS
- TPM - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- AOTC - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- ROTS - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ANH - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
- ESB - Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
- ROTJ - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- TCW - Star Wars The Clone Wars
- SWD - Star Wars: Detours
RARELY discuss Ewoks or Droids, but… There are some of us geeks out there
Games currently used in the lexicon:
- TFU I and II - Star Wars The Force Unleashed I and II
USE - Ultimate Sith Edition
DLC - Downloadable Content
- KOTOR I and II - Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
- SWTOR - Star Wars The Old Republic
Novels in the current lexicon being used:
- TCW - The Clone Wars
- TFUI or II - The Force Unleashed
- NJO - New Jedi Order
- LOTJ - Legacy of the Jedi
- FOTJ - Fate of the Jedi
PLEASE be respectful on the novels, because there are quite a few RL Lucasfilm folks, Star Wars Authors, Artistis, Filmmakers and Actors following various RPers on FB and Twitter!
Do not be disrespectful to them and use profanity. That is just plain dumb!
STAR WARS TIMELINES:
ABY - After the Battle of Yavin in ANH. The standard zero-year; all dates in the SW universe are usually given in years relative to the Battle of Yavin. Also refers to the ABYverse, a group of games set in roughly 130ABY.
BBY - Before the Battle of Yavin in ANH. The standard zero-year; all dates in the SW universe are usually given in years relative to the Battle of Yavin.
RPer - common abbreviation for Roleplayer.
CS - Character Sheet. The character sheet is a form that you fill out before playing in the RP; it lists some basic things about your character like his name, age, species, gender, and things like that. Most GMs will require you to submit your character sheet to them before you start.
IC - In Character. It shows where you are writing the actual story of the character.
OOC - Out Of Character. Can be used as:
You use it when you (as opposed to your character) want to say something in the feed. Typically you do it before your post.
In general, information posted on your OWN wall or fan page is sometimes out of character. You can ask if someone is IC or OOC.
IF you post something in either IC or OOC and desire a respons, such as discussing RL events never related to RP, then you will invariably get responses, some you may not like.
Careful what you post because you are responsible for the information. And there are no First Amendment Free Speech protections on Social Media — you have the right to say what you want, but if what you say defames the other person, the other person can sue you for it… You are what you post. The Internet Is Written In INK—NOT PENCIL! Your boss may ACTUALLY BE watching…
EMOTION OR ACTION INDICATIONS:
*saying your favorite emotion or action* - wraping your phrases with the use of the
Are arbitrary “emotions” or “actions” you do on Social Media sites:
e.g.: *She yawns* I think I am tired…
It can be written into prose like this:
e.g. She yawns, “I think I am tired.”
IM - instant messaging
DM - direct message — more prevalent on Twitter
PM - private message — on older forms of Social Media
Services for chat is: Tinychat, Meebo and Skype. Careful, some are videochat sessions. Careful what you say in them.
General terminology for Social Media can be found ANYWHERE! If you have questions, GOOGLE is your friend.
STAR WARS RP SPECIFIC TERMS:
COMMUNICATIONS: HUGE DISCUSSION AND CAN CHANGE!!! Most are stated as an emotion or action during RP.
OCC - Over Comm Channel
-comm- - communications
-holo- - have a Hologram communication
-holocom- - same as a hologram
comlink - Sometimes said, most times referring to Com
-villip- - The organic equivalent of a communication device used ONLY by the Yuuzhan Vong
More to be added…
Who is the Star Wars RP University?
There are many reasons to “roleplay” or RP or pretend you are a character in your favorite movie, television show, videogame, novel or comicbook.
Star Wars RP University is here to help fans who wish to RP develop their creative artistry on social media.
A character can be part of the Star Wars canon or characters that are made up—non canon, but first and foremost we are FANS OF STAR WARS!
What is Role Playing on Social Media?
Our Talking Points
This blog focuses on this particular of the Star Wars “Universe” or “Verse” and provides synopses and narration for upcoming RPs with addenda to understanding new concepts into the stories we tell, based on scientific facts.
History of Roleplaying
Roleplaying (RP) in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU) is not new. Since the 1970’s people have created many stories—also knowns as Fan Fictions. More excitingly, the advent of Social Media has shared these stories with millions of people.
For those new to RP this link provides the best explanation that is from the top Star Wars related video game design companies.
Star Wars RP University’s mission is:
To be the resource for SW RPers who roleplay on social media.
This group does the following, but not limited to:
- Background researchers
- Promotional Campaign Organizers
- Graphic artists
- Social Media account managers
- Customer Relations Managers
- Professional Liaison Managers
- Event Planners
- Online Event Managers
This list is incomplete…
WIIFM: What’s In It For Me - The Roleplayer?
At Star Wars RP University, a RPer of any age or profession can develop their skills with the guidance from various professionals, who range from professional writers to research scientists. These skills help a RPer to share their ideas about Star Wars on Social Media.
Some of topics a RPer can learn are:
- Basic storyline and arc construction and tropes
- General writing techniques: grammar, spelling and conciseness
- Character development: Protagonist, antagonist, hero, villain, accessory character
- Writing combat maneuvers in Star Wars
If you think this is something you might be interested in doing, take our courses at Star Wars RP University on Facebook!