After several, ah interruptions brought about by this wonderful thing called life, I I am looking to begin a few 1x1 scenarios.
I am an advanced roleplayer. How do I define “advanced”? It isn’t writing a 2,000 word post and smugly smiling at the screen knowing my partner is going to have to give up the next 3 hours of their evening coming up with a response I’ll only consider half-decent and probably giggle at behind their back.
Advanced roleplaying should focus on developing interesting and complex characters that become part of plot-lines which catch the imagination and inspire the writer behind them to exercise creativity. It is mature, humorous, imaginative, tragic, terrifying, passionate, and rife with descriptive language and characters with real personality and relatable cares. Quality posting is far better than needless novels, yet one should never neglect detail when one feels the need. However, while word and paragraph requirements ought to be unnecessary, single paragraphs cannot contain enough detail to suffice.
For these reasons, I would not turn away one who considers themself a Casual Rolelayer.
~[ Hard Rules ]~
1. Chatspeak is unacceptable.
2. Make an attempt at proper grammar and spelling. Write your posts in MS Word and if you don’t have that then Google Chrome has a fairly decent spell-checker built in. Use it.
3. Mary Sues. We all hate them. We all cringe when we see them. Don’t perpetuate the roleplaying cliché.
4. Power-gaming, god-moding and meta-gaming. Nothing ruins a scenario faster than invincible characters that can’t be harmed and conquer every challenge without breaking a sweat. That’s dull. Don’t be dull. Don’t control what my character does or if we’re in the middle of conflict presume your attack hit my character. Meta knowledge of plot is another way to quickly sour a plot. Characters do not know everything about their universe nor do they possess your inside knowledge. I understand the concept of “Genre Savvy” and find that sort of a character entertaining, but don’t go over the edge.
~[ Romance ]~
I am not here specifically for romance plots.
Allow me to explain. I am opposed to plot-lines that focus on romance. In fact, adding sexual tension, romance, love, and emotional manipulation often adds to a plot’s intrigue.
What I do not want are Twilight Plots. Idiot characters with no personality or likeable qualities who are oh so sweet and pure who exist for no reason besides being the guy or girl on Hunk X’s arm and getting straight to bedroom scenes. Scenes in the bedroom are fine, interesting, and capable of portraying a lot about a character’s feelings and background, but they shouldn’t be the sole focus of any scenario. And while I am comfortable writing such scenes, if any roleplayer is not… “fade to black”.
On the subject, I am open mainly to MxF and MxM pairings. I have never been involved in a FxF pairing simply because… there’s never been the opportunity to do so. Since I’ve never participated in one, I don’t want to get another player’s expectation’s up and then totally screw it up. However, I’m always open to new ideas and new writing challenges.
Mostly, I play male characters but from time to time I am used to taking on females.
~[ General Roleplaying ]~
~[ Cyberpunk & Sci-Fi ]~
I’m not talking about the universes of the 1980s and early 1990s that never in their wildest dreams imagined ubiquitous Wi-Fi, where everything that crawled out of William Gibson’s wonderful mind was taken as the sole expression of what we’ve come to call “cyberpunk”. I’m really not a fan of the term, “cyberpunk”…
Think about the trends in modern science fiction. I’ll list some of my favorite here.
† Biological modification
† Digital immortality through mind uploading
† Augmented reality / Simulated reality
† Designer human beings and Bioandroids
† AIs and AGIs
† The Singularity
† Aliens so inhuman that it is biologically impossible to communicate with them
Below are several pre-existing universes which use these trends to great effect. Check them out if you want to know the sort of science fiction I like.
† Eclipse Phase
† Charles Stross’s novels Saturn’s Children and Singularity Sky
† Ghost in the Shell
† Mass Effect
† Richard K. Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs series
Themes in science fiction, cyberpunk, and post-cyberpunk scenarios are something one must always keep in mind. A few of my favorite themes I like to focus on specific to the genre are listed below.
† Where the line between consciousness and programing lies.
† Life in a society where everyone is essentially immortal through technological means such as brain-scans or personality imprints which can be transferred to another body should one’s original expire through natural means or killing.
† The relationship between humans and AGIs/AIs when it becomes line blurs and one can no longer tell whether a response is true emotion or the result of something placed there purposely.
Ideas for a post-Cyberpunk/Sci-Fi would focusing on my interests include exploring the line between human and machine, authority and rebellion, life in a society where everyone is essentially immortal through mind back-ups and interchangeable bodies, the relationship between human-like AIs and humans, bio-androids and androids and whether or not the individual, corporation, or government who creates them can rightfully claim them as property in spite of sapient-level intelligence. Aliens are a possibility but not necessary to explore these themes.
I’ll admit I’d love to participate in a narrative-based set in either the Eclipse Phase or Cthulhutech universe even though the latter isn’t anywhere close to realistic sci-fi. However, I prefer unique universe we create collaboratively.
I am a sucker for all forms of horror, whether it’s vampires or star-born Old Ones. Vampire, were-critter, demon, angel, and so on... I suppose I should separate this into modern gothic horror and Lovecraftian horror. The classic Masquerade-style games… yeah, I suppose I’d be interested in a 1x1 with someone.
Modern Gothic Horror: Vampire: The Masquerade and all the Old and New WoD material (actually, I’m kind of interested in the Rokea, Anansi, and Naga, though in the case of all of those, I’d rather not use the actual White Wolf setting material because I was never a fan of the story they used for their Shifting Breeds), the Dresden Files, the Vampire Chronicles, the Dark-Hunter series.
On to Lovecraftian then… You don’t see very many of them, do you? Well, I’d like to have a 1x1 in a modern or historical real-world setting with Lovecraftian horrors. The story would probably be a little more pulpy than many of his tales… Think the Shadow over Innsmouth and the Atrocity Archives verses the Music of Eric Zahn. I’m not saying that Zahn is a bad story, I actually love it, but something a little lively would be preferable. Again, collaborative world design before we start off. Decide what we want, if we want strictly normal people or not, access to magic, if any of the stories actually happened in our ‘verse, or if our horror is completely unique.
I’m just going to go ahead and list my fandoms and see if there are any takers. NO CANONs! All characters and storylines in fandom need to be separate.
The Elder Scrolls
A Song of Fire and Ice
Ghost in the Shell
Er… possibly more… I may edit this later.