04/15/2019 08:30 PM 

[RP Advice] Literate vs Illiterate ( Identifying)

There is one thing a lot of people don’t realize. It’s Literate and Illiterate RolePlay. There is a difference between the two but the stereotype is far from the truth.


These are common misconceptions about Literate and Illiterate. The RolePlay community has crafted a very toxic version of the two. So much, that people are being judgmental over both parties. Below, are the following stereotypes of the two parties.


Literate

They’re extremely judgmental and are complete grammar nazis. They discourage you over a single typo and think you’re not worth their efforts. They’re super picky and always type in multi-para or novella and love to intimidate their partners with how perfect they are.


Illiterate

Non-judgmental, always welcoming. They love messing up and sometimes purposely do it just to get a laugh. They’re complete freaks and are sloppy with their writing, they care not whether they use one-liner or semi-para. They’re an abomination to the RolePlay community.


The above examples are the stereotypes, something that definitely needs to have awareness raised. The next section, I have constructed the truth. Below are what Literate and Illiterate TRULY are. Look at the difference, they make a lot more sense.


Literate

This means you take your muse seriously and follow their chosen characters thoroughly. It means you don’t make up stuff just to play a character to your preference. Literate means “I take my character seriously, I do not adjust their original design and I know my character well enough to play them as they are meant.”


Illiterate

This means that you don’t even care if you’re playing your muse accurately or not, it means that you play them how you see them. You don’t like canon so you make up something completely different from them. Illiterate means “Oh, yeah, this is just how I portray my version of my character. I know them, but I don’t like how they’re originally designed. I’m going to portray them the way I feel they should be, because it’s how I see them.”


Hopefully this helps to clarify these two parties, I wrote this because a friend of mine had recently brought up the topic. Take care and I hope you all have a better viewpoint!

04/10/2019 12:56 PM 

[RP Advice] OC Designing (Know The Lore)

Here’s one I need to cover since I myself was guilty of this in my earlier years, lol


Designing an OC for a lore isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s a whole lot harder than it looks. When you make an OC for a verse/fandom, you have to know the lore itself. You can’t mash things together on the fly and hope your OC is accepted, but you can borrow materials off the lore in order to make it work out on a moment’s notice. 


I am doing the impossible, combining two fandoms in order to construct one OC. Given I know both of the fandoms, I am taking pieces of the lore from each and applying them to make my OC concrete but not overbearingly powerful. I have set limitations on his abilities, respectfully, involving both lores. However, his overall foundation is for Final Fantasy XV. I have been working on him since 2017 and he is far from ready for his first public debut, I have only tested him with a few friends via trial and error on his development.


If you’re working to make an OC for the Final Fantasy fandom, be sure to know which lore you want to use, being the franchise itself has quite a few different lores to it. Borrow materials from your favorite titles, but keep in mind not to over power them stats wise.


Example


This character is a Summoner like Yuna in Final Fantasy X, but they can also use Summons as their only means of combat. They do not use magic abilities or spell casting, but they can use a backup of a sword like Paladin class from Final Fantasy XIV.


A structure like that will not work, stats wise. But you can construct a perfect foundation with usable stats like this example below.


Example


This character is a Rogue class from Final Fantasy XIV, but they can undergo training to get in the Kingsglaives in Final Fantasy XV because they also dual-wield and are able to use elemental fusion like Ignis.


These are considerable stats, to say the least. They’re within the same classification but one point up us using the elemental fusion implementation from 15. But, you still need to take caution on how far you take your melding. You do not want an overpowered OC that is constructed on abilities that do not merry together within Final Fantasy itself. Lore and customization are not the same, they’re completely different.


It is important to know your lores when designing OCs so that they can fit snug into their fandoms. Without taking lore into consideration, all you’re doing is throwing an OC into a fandom like a goldfish in a tank of piranhas.

04/06/2019 10:36 PM 

[RP Advice] Crossover Content (Expanding Your Muse)

We’re all familiar with contents of crossovers, and there is nothing better than a “what if...” idea when crossing one character into another verse!


Let’s start with the obvious; Crossing Over Content. It’s something video games and TV shows alike have been doing since as far back as I can remember! You guys remember the crossovers Disney held with House of Mouse and Club Mickey and Playhouse Disney yeah? that’s if you were around back then. But yes, Disney is one of the original starters of crossover content. They would cross over Aladdin and Hercules, Kim Possible and Lilo And Stitch.


Most recently, Final Fantasy XV became a game for crossover content as well; Assassin’s Fest, Terra Wars, Final Fantasy XIV. Crossover content is everywhere now a days, as for RPers? don’t ever be afraid to expand your muses and cross them into other verses. As a Noctis RPer, I crossed him into several other verses and he is rather accepted among others.


Some of the first crossover content I remember, aside from Disney, is Cartoonnetwork’s shows. They would throw in Dexter into The Powerpuff Girls, it was quite the surprise honestly. Granted it was a small cameo, it still crossed their shows over. Final Fantasy Dissidia is probably the BIGGEST area of crossover content ever. They take characters from the other titles and face them off in an almost unending battle to keep the realm alive. Their teams are even composed of different titles.


Crossover content is fun, but it’s ultimately up to YOU whether you want to engage in it. Don’t pressure anyone to crossover with you if they don’t want to do it.

04/05/2019 10:15 PM 

[RP Advice] Relationship Matters (RolePlay is Not Real Life)

I actually meant to cover this earlier on in my segments, but I feel it really needs to be taken seriously now. It’s something that I’ve seen in the last 15 years growing ever so problematic.


First and foremost, there is NOTHING WRONG with having RP relationships. HOWEVER! it is a completely different story if you treat the RP relationship as if it is actually you dating the character. This is something I see going on and off throughout the different fandoms, and it really needs a reality check. I have had such cases myself, where the Admins behind their characters have fallen for me when I am, indeed, taken for real.


Many make RolePlay accounts for the purpose of hoping to get themselves a bf/gf. They see the reaction that fictional characters get and believe if it works for a fake person, then they become that fake person and it will make things work for them. This is far from true, it has happened to me several times. A Zexion had asked me if I wanted to be his gf, I told him I was taken and he didn’t have the best response to that. I asked him “Why did you make a Zexion if you’re not even going to RolePlay?” and he, not even kidding, said this to me “Because I wanted to get girls.” and I blocked him immediately.


I have seen it happen to my friends as well, they fear people like this because they hide behind fictional characters. It is NEVER okay to use a ploy to get yourself a date, in fact, it only shows people that you can’t handle a real relationship. Mind you, if you are using a fictional character to score a real relationship with the Admin of your partner, then you don’t have a place within RolePlay at all.


Use a fictional character for RolePlay purposes, not relationship goals. Congratulations if you actually do get a real date out of it, but it is pretty low of someone to step. RolePlay literally means “Role” and “Play” in which NOTHING IS REAL, it is all pretend, acting. Acting is the very marvel, very soul of RolePlay. Please do not ever use fictional characters for something like this.

04/04/2019 11:02 AM 

[RP Advice] Patience is Precious (Impatient Is Intolerable)

A few friends of mine, and myself, have had this very issue with users being impatient. I truly need to cover this because it seems no one else will.


We RPers all want one thing; to have fun. But MANY seem to forget, that some of us hold RolePlay accounts in more than one site or community. Many also forget that we have real lives to worry about. We all live in different time zones and everyone has different lives we live.


I myself have had my run-ins with impatient partners, who beg me for replies and constantly asked if I was ignoring them. It seems many fail to understand that my real life is not the same as theirs, I am not always available. It is why I have a warning about my health and daily activities on my own profile. I always ask for a window of time to be given, for personal reasons and being a multitasker. I happen to be active on 3 different places as Noctis. Which means my response time varies depending on where I answer replies on.


Impatient people will get peeved if you make them wait for so long, yes I get it you are eager for a reply. But, it would not kill you to be considerate of your partners who run on an entirely different time of freedom. Many of your partners have school, many have work, and many are managing their lives on a tight schedule. You cannot hold your partner responsible for the time their real lives take up. But you also cannot hold them responsible for having other replies aside from yours.


There is a difference between someone purposely ignoring you, or being inactive in general. It is disrespectful to your partner if you ask them for a reply when they are going through a hard time. It is rude to ask for a reply by spamming their messages. It is completely irritable and inexcusable to threaten to delete your partner over something they cannot control in their lives.


You need to give a window of time for response, because not everybody can work on your time. We all have different time zones, we all have different lives. Consider that your partner just may be busy at the time of your RP session, don’t beg for a reply. Patience is key to a well-paced story.

03/26/2019 09:49 PM 

[RP Advice] Never Hate The Admin (Character Dislike)

I’m starting to see this make a comeback and I do not like it.


It should not matter what character the Admin chooses to muse. Your dislike for a character should NEVER pertain to the Admin themselves. I see many RPers upset that their character choices are hated upon the community, and are never given a chance simply because someone has a strong dislike for that character. Please remember, there is a real person on the other side of the screen.


Back when I was musing KH characters, I was called Mary-Sue a lot for musing Xion. Not many would interact with me because of my choice of character. I love the character deeply but many did not, as a result; I had hate mail and told I was weak and that I should stop RPing or change characters. Nonetheless for a short time it did strike me, until I spoke up and told people not to hate me for my character.


Do not take your dislike of a character, onto the Admin who is portraying them. Not only is it immature, but it truly knocks down someone’s self-esteem into making them think they’re a bad RPer altogether. Instead of flashing your negativity onto them, simply encourage them into their muse, no matter how much YOU dislike it. Their muse means everything to them and for many, that muse you dislike is how they got their start into RP.


If YOU dislike a character THAT much to where you take it out on the Admin, then why are you even a RolePlayer? your dislike for a character should not equal your dislike for the Admin, simply put. You need to ask yourself how you would feel if someone took their dislike onto you as an Admin for your choice in character. I myself have characters I dislike, but never would I address it to the Admin.


Please think about this the next time you are approached by a character you dislike. If you don’t wish to RP with them, kindly tell them, don’t make them feel awful about their choice.

03/19/2019 02:24 PM 

[RP Advice] Recolors Are NOT OC (Designing OCs)

Seeing some recolored characters on AniRoleplay reminded me of this topic. I see it all too often actually. Something needs to be said.


We all know how hard it is to make an Original Character, but part of that design should NOT include recoloring a canon character. I should know, I used to do this myself until I got better at drawing my OCs. Recoloring is a good start for editors and OC makers, but it cannot be THE solution. Upon designing, instead of recoloring, just use the face of another character that resembles your idea of your OC.




With practice, you CAN eventually come to the results of making your own face.


I highly encourage you pace yourself though. I myself have messed up countless times when I was making my OC’s face. I did recolors in the beginning, transitioned into editing, before honing my abilities and improving myself so I could put my own face to her. If you truly wish to put a face to your OCs, practice. You need the patience to do so, you cannot just give up because it didn’t turn out the way you wanted it, it is part of learning how to do it.


Recoloring doesn’t paint the face of your OC, it simply changes the face of an already existing character. 

03/16/2019 09:06 PM 

[RP Advice] Single Ship, Multi-Ship (Respect The Stories)

My friend and I see this, argumentatively a lot within the world of RP, and it must be addressed..


I have seen this too much with my friends, people shame others for shipping with 1 or more characters. There is nothing wrong with being a single shipper or multishipper. However, there is something wrong if you do not respect the Admin’s choices. It is one thing if you do not like the shipping, but it is completely another to disrespect an Admin’s choice of how they wish to ship.


•Single Ship

-This simply means they only allow one ship for every story they make. Their character chooses to stay with one person, regardless of the different stories they make.


•Multiship

-This means they allow their character more than one shipping. They see every story as a different interaction and are more than happy to make bonds with more than one character.


I digress, it is quite hurtful when someone puts the spotlight on you and claims you’re in the wrong. But thus, you must understand the Admin’s reasoning for why they choose how to ship. It is all about compromise, understanding, as long as you respect each other’s requests. I too have been called out by a now ex friend, about being a multishipper, she actually accused my character of “cheating” on hers. Not the case, I simply separate my interactions and don’t merge my stories into one unless said otherwise, therefor I ship my characters with whomever they develop chemistry with.


Please keep in mind to respect your partners in this aspect. It hurts them as much as it hurts you. It is important to know what your partner’s preferences are.

03/12/2019 12:48 AM 

[RP Advice] Excuses Are No Excuse (Just Write It)

I’m making this segment as an eye-opener, because I just realized it’s still a problem even today.


Have you ever had those partners that claim they’re not good at making stories, yet write in the most fine details? or those partners that give the “I’m not good at making starters” and throw you the pen to make you write one? I think we all have at some point. In my experience, these writers are just making excuses as to why they wanna evaluate you for themselves. These are common excuses for hiding their true skills. There are many I have encountered who have used these excuses just to make me be the one to write the starters.


In my opinion? it’s best to encourage them rather than call them out on their excuses. Encourage them to share their work, encourage them to practice writing. Because if you let them persuade you to do all the work, you’re just bending for someone that’s clearly skilled while they’re judging you. Don’t let them get to you, show these people that you want to see their writing. Give them an outlet to start a story with you, because if you can get past the excuse? you’ve done a good deed for RPers everywhere.


Whether you think you’re not good at something, practice. Practicing helps you improve your skills, because if you just sit around and do nothing but wait, how are you supposed to learn and improve? you can’t. Do yourselves a favor, stop making excuses, stop being lazy. I know many of you are fantastic writers just waiting for your full potential to unlock.


Take it from me, guys, we all began somewhere. Over time we’ve all improved at some point, and over time we’ve peaked and blossomed when we least expected it. 


No more excuses now, let your imagination create your story!

03/05/2019 11:03 AM 

[RP Advice] Writing Responses (Length Does Not Matter)

An RP friend of mine on Facebook recently upon this matter, and I have to agree with him. A lot of us are so worried about being judged for how much we write, that we often feel like we’re not good enough.


We all began as terrible RPers, nobody is perfect upon their first year. I was only 12 (in 2004) years old when I entered the world of RolePlay, it helped me create my stories in school. The lot of us didn’t care about perfecting our roles, nor did we care about how much we wrote. We just simply wanted to have fun, nobody cared about length or grammar or perfect portrayal.


As the years went on, I did notice an increase in RPers making length a requirement to “produce a good story” as they called it. I am here to tell you all right now.. LENGTH DOES NOT MAKE THE STORY! What makes the story is what YOU put into it, feed it the effort, feed it the portrayal, just feed it what it needs. You do NOT need to par up to length with someone. You do NOT need to match someone’s writing style.


Writing a story with a partner is supposed to be about fun, not high expectations of the community or verse. Someone is a Novella, fine and dandy, I can’t always write in Novella format so I just give them the skills I have. I am a one liner, Semi-lit, Para, Multi Para and Novella. Why you ask? because I can write all of those depending on what responses I receive, my replies are formed off the materials I am given from my partners’ responses.


Do NOT create such high standards, some of your partners have disabilities that they cannot always meet your requirements. Do not judge your partners by their writing, by their style or how much they write. It CAN be irritating yes, but please refer to my segment RolePlayers With Disabilities  before you decide.

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