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Old August 11th, 2008 (05:25 PM).
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Pokemorph RP? O_O *googles Pokemorph and sighs in relief* Ah, well that's okay, but I guess now I need a new name for the so-called "Pokemorphs" in the RP idea I'm working on...
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Meh. I've always thought Pokemorph stuff was weird.

To weird for me anyway...
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Old August 12th, 2008 (05:11 PM).
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Agreed, furries in general kinda creep me out. D:
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I've always had a lot of fun with Pokemorph RPs. Of course, this was way back when, when it was a somewhat novel idea. Charm might've worn off with time, but it did provide for some good emotional drama.
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Old August 25th, 2008 (08:49 PM).
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Another bad habit is confusing forum RPs for table-top RPGs. Yes, I've had people think that D&D was played the same way as a table-top.
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Agreed, furries in general kinda creep me out. D:
I'd be willing to attribute that to your first experience with furries being a less than enjoyable one - possibly erotica or whatnot?
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Are you defending furries? *looks at darkhaven3's avatar* that looks suspiciously like a furry, but edited in photoshop so nothing but the face shows.
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Old November 30th, 2008 (02:33 PM). Edited November 30th, 2008 by Darkhaven3.
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Yes, I am defending furries. Maybe you people should wake up to reality if you honestly think all furries do is make porn.

By the way, it was a Typhlosion before you reminded me my avatar was due for a change. Now it is a Renamon. They are both used in the fashion of furries (e.g. walk upright, are sentient). I'm sure this offends you massively, which I enjoy.

Something of note is to be said though, relevant to the thread; I often see myself posting at very inopportune times, rushing simply to get a post out and the quality of my writing suffers far too often because of this. Just a thought.
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I was not trying to be offensive, it was a simple question. I mentioned your avatar because, like I said, it looked like a furry that went through photoshop. I'm not saying furries are bad, just porno furries. And no, thar does not offend me in the least.
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The problem with furries, is that there are so few true fans. There is a much higher percentage of 'fan girls'. That's how the problem arose, because strangely enough, all these people want a sexual character that fulfills their fantasies of fox ears or cat tails, which is sad since I like foxes and cats. But again, the type of furries you wouldn't like, Hippy, is the people who are more along the line of PWP (porn without plot). Because of this, there are very few worthwhile stuff with such things, ranging along the lines of RPs, fiction, fanfiction, art, ect.

And sorry if I sort of came out of nowhere, but this topic interested me.
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Furry anthro was my first love...blending my inability to draw faces and love of animals. There's quite a lot of good, 'clean' furry art out there. But there are volumes and volumes of furry porn... I've been called a sicko for my interest in furry anthro. -shrug- I can see why.

With visual art, you don't have to explain why your character is half lemur, half human. Not so in roleplays. Sadly, most Pokemorph RPs lack a good, solid explanation for the presence of anthropomorphic characters. Scientists fiddling around with genetics...unscrupulous people using the 'power' of Pokemon...nuclear accidents...it's not very logical. In the end, the authors just want to slap Pokemon characteristics on a human frame, like modern Frankensteins, and make the beast live. Actually, I'd prefer it if they didn't try to justify the idea of Pokemorphs. Just say "that's the way things are" and write a world without humans or Pokemon.
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Quote originally posted by SBaby:
Another bad habit is confusing forum RPs for table-top RPGs. Yes, I've had people think that D&D was played the same way as a table-top.
Please elaborate, for I am confused. I've played D&D multiple times, and I was pretty sure it was a table-top game...
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I used to role-play on forums outside of Pokecommunity, but these role-plays seem more advanced and I need all the help I can get. ^-^
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When people's characters tend to be unbeatable and perfect.
Ugh, I really don't like that. People, no one's perfect! Your characters are no acceptions! They need at least some weaknesses or flaws!

NOTE: This isn't really directed to anyone, but I just wanted to vent out this bad habit that kinda makes roleplaying no fun. Dx
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I agree with you at the most point about everything, except I am a little bit sketchy on the elemental rule. Though I do not role play as an elemental, I would just like to say that not all personalities reflect the element that they are. Some Elementals could have a Firey personality, and be quite calm and quiet, while a water may have a sketchy, angery personality.

It should depend on what the person want's thier charicter to be and not how you want it.

By all means this is my opinion and I hope you do not take me too seriously, but I, in turn think that way. I will, anyway abide by your rules seeing as they are enforced.

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Old March 8th, 2009 (08:38 AM).
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Quote originally posted by Alysa:
I agree with you at the most point about everything, except I am a little bit sketchy on the elemental rule. Though I do not role play as an elemental, I would just like to say that not all personalities reflect the element that they are. Some Elementals could have a Firey personality, and be quite calm and quiet, while a water may have a sketchy, angery personality.

It should depend on what the person want's thier charicter to be and not how you want it.

By all means this is my opinion and I hope you do not take me too seriously, but I, in turn think that way. I will, anyway abide by your rules seeing as they are enforced.

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Though I've never roleplayed as an elemental, I agree with this. I wouldn't, for example, have all my water types as cool, calm and collected. After all, have you ever heard of a little thing called Gyarados?
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From Forever's "If you were a mod for a day..." thread.

Quote originally posted by Tristin the Xatu:
I'd mod Pokemon/Other RP and instaban anyone who made a character with 3 or more of the following traits:

Appearance:
Long black hair that covers piercing red/green/blue eyes
Wears only black, unrealistic clothing with a skull chain/pendant/wristband/pattern on shirt

History:
Parents dead, going out for revenge on the murderers
Parents alive and neglected the character
Somehow "raised themselves" from age 1 to 16
Was raised as an assassin, and by age 10 was the deadliest person alive

Personality:
Depressed/antisocial/hates everyone and everything
Has no friends, ignores everything

Other:
Has a supernatural control over the "power of darkness"
Is absurdly thin, but never loses in a fight because (s)he has so much pent-up hostility

Granted, there may be some situations where it's warranted, But seriously, stuff like this makes me RAGE.
Some of them are more acceptable than others, but when EVERY FREAKING CHARACTER is a "dark, mysterious" type who was abandoned by their parents as an infant and raised as an assassin by a secret society, and wears a skull pendant that has some deep, historical significance...

















Okay, I'm fine now.
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Yeah... I've seen RPs where people use allusions to other things, but that go too far.

Such as a person that happens to have a suited armour, and regenerative shielding (Halo), whos name is also John and having genetic augmentations. This has occured when the GM of a post was looking for a character that was canonically correct to the specific RP (not Halo related).

Or another one I've seen is where people will say their character has bi-specled glasses, and a funny scar on their forehead (a la Harry Potter), maybe even have the first name Harry, when the RP has nothing to do with the Harry Potter univese, not that it would, but rather the ideas of lack of imagination in character design is somewhat distressing...
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I agree with the above but I also raise the issue that,
Nobody's RP character can truly be original.
I mean, in your character design you are always going to incorperate things you've seen elsewhere.
And... whatever you make as already been done before by someone else.
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Dark Mike is correct in saying that no character is truly original. However, Tristin and Feign are also correct in saying that lame ripoffs or shallow, overused characters are unacceptable. It's just that some characters can seem like ripoffs or shallow stereotypes at first glance, then when you look at their signup, they turn out to be very original and interesting--that the signup has a creative twist to it.

For example, one character I saw Trainer Kat use in an RPG was a boy named Takuya. He seemed like the stereotypical emo at first glance (and also had the "absurdly thin yet never loses due to pent-up hostility" and "long black hair hiding piercing eyes" characteristics Tristin mentioned), but he actually had a definite depth to him, and was obviously well-thought out. A character can be fairly stereotypical, but as long as he or she has other aspects that make that character interesting, it's just fine.

In another example, my favourite character to RP is a thief named Lupin, who has a red-headed girlfriend. Now, some people might glance at my signup and say, "Oh great, looks like someone's ripping off Lupin III." I may have drawn one or two inspirations from that, but the resemblance between the two Lupins is also quite coincidental. After discovering the similarities (and slapping myself on the forehead of course), I tried to make it so that my Lupin was very different in things like appearance, personality, and history from the other Lupin. Not to mention I put a lot of depth and thought into his character. Well, so far all the feedback I got on Lupin's signups and RPG posts was far from negative, so I guess I'm okay in that respect.

Moral of the story: Any character can become a good character with enough depth and originality added.

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Now, another thing I'd like to add is on the topic of RPing unoriginal characters. For example, I've seen many Super Mario RPGs where you have to RP as Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Toad, etc instead of creating your own character. I've also seen a couple of people put Cloud into a non-Final Fantasy RPG, for instance. Unoriginal characters can be fun to RP, but too frequently I see people writing really skimpy signups for them, or in worse cases, not posting a signup at all and saying things like "I'm going to RP as Sabrina" instead. This can get frustrating because A) people might be unfamiliar with the character, and B) if someone is unwilling or unable to describe their character very well, chances are they can't do a good job of RPing them. And of course that usually turns out to be the case--those people's posts tend to be sub-par.

However, I'm not saying that RPing an unoriginal character should be discouraged. Like I said, it can be fun. In fact, soon I'm hoping to start an RPG where you have the option of using an existing video game character. But when people sign these characters up, they must assume that the other people in the RPG know nothing about the character beforehand, no matter how popular he or she is. The only exception to that rule is if the RPG is based in the world that character is from (for example, if someone RPs a Pokemon in a Pokemon RPG, which I'm sure most RPers here have done at least once; or if someone plays as Cyborg in a Teen Titans RPG).

But even for those exceptions, I find it lame if someone omits a signup. For those "native characters", I suggest at least posting a little bit about the character's personality, and a little bit of history that relates it to the RPG (for example, how they ended up in the situation described in the RPG). This is especially true for Pokemon, even if they just accompany a trainer. I give big mental kudos to people who post additional information on their Pokemon besides just a species (even things as little as a nickname or a sentence of personality), and to RPG masters who include a mini-signup form for each Pokemon and nag people if they don't complete it.

For unoriginal characters that are not being RP'd in their world, a signup is just as essential as that of an original character. Besides, if someone puts a lot of detail into such a signup, that lets the other people know that the person really cares about the character and can do a good job of RPing them. Besides, if it was one of your favourite characters, wouldn't you be glad to write about what they're like anyway?
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Hey guys. I have a question.

In my last RP, The GM/Moderator of the RP disappeared and never came back, so it was axed/canceled.

But... you see... I really liked the character I was using. My OT. I didn't want to get rid of the character, so, I kept it in my documents on my computer.

If another RP shows up that I like (which seems doubtful at this point) is it okay if I use that same character?

I never finished an RP with that character. I want to finish an RP with this character before trashing it.

Is it okay if I reuse this character for a future RP?

Any help/advice would be appreciate in this.

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Hey guys. I have a question.

In my last RP, The GM/Moderator of the RP disappeared and never came back, so it was axed/canceled.

But... you see... I really liked the character I was using. My OT. I didn't want to get rid of the character, so, I kept it in my documents on my computer.

If another RP shows up that I like (which seems doubtful at this point) is it okay if I use that same character?

I never finished an RP with that character. I want to finish an RP with this character before trashing it.

Is it okay if I reuse this character for a future RP?

Any help/advice would be appreciate in this.

Thanks guys.
It is indeed okay to keep the same character (assuming it still follows the rules of the new person's RP).

In some different RP forums, some people will only RP one character, wherein after RPing, the experience from one RP would be added to their history (thus your character develops).

Its up to you, if you'd like to include your character's history in the now closed RP.
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Quote:
It is indeed okay to keep the same character (assuming it still follows the rules of the new person's RP).

In some different RP forums, some people will only RP one character, wherein after RPing, the experience from one RP would be added to their history (thus your character develops).

Its up to you, if you'd like to include your character's history in the now closed RP.
Okay. Thanks.

I'll try to remember that. ^_^'
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Uncreative characters can fit into certain RPs. I mean if you have a super mario RP what are you supposed to RP as? Your own made up Italian human thing? Or a made up dino? Yes uncreative characters is normally frowned upon, but they can also fit. Nintales pretty much is completely right.

I guess the thing I have noticed most on this forums RP area ( I haven't been here too long) but there are tons of RPs dead by the 50-100 post range. It seems that some people end up joining an RP get excited for it then when the next wave of accepted RPs come in they join 2 out of the 3 accepted and get over their heads in work. I guess what I am saying is a very bad habit of roleplayers is to migrate from RP to RP.
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I don't discourage uncreative characters, because some people don't really know how to develop characters. Many people that visit sites like these are young and inexperienced. It's our job to teach them how to make their characters grow into something worth-while. However, OC characters based off of, or related to a character that you have not created yourself, is pretty annoying. Actually try and come up with something different.

However, if you're going to take my character, that I may have spent months fine-tuning, without permission, I would get pretty mad.

Conversely, if I reuse a character for a different RP, it's not that I'm trying to use a "cookie cutter" character, it's more of the idea that I need to know my characters inside and out. I need to spend more time with them, and RPs are the easiest place to do that, or is that not allowed?

I have a good link to a "Mary Sue Litmus Test" which covers a lot of these pet-peeves, but I'm not allowed to post links yet, so if you PM me, I can dig it up, or I can post it later.
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