So, I recently had a discussion where I realized that much of my private gripes, when I have them, about other player's roleplay is that it seems too escapist. Now, that's just my personal preference and I shouldn't judge so (not even saying escapism is bad, lots of people have really crappy lives I've met on this forum, and I wouldn't blame them from doing the equivalent of reading a book to help them forget), but it got me thinking. "Why do I roleplay?" I quickly came to the conclusion that, and I'm sure if I hired a psychologist to review everything I've ever posted he'd disagree, but that I roleplay much more to explore and question than to leave. For example, I've never found the need to make a ruggedly handsome character that gets all the ladies with a word and a look (not saying everyone who does is an escapist, just, that's something I'd do if I were escapist), or I've never felt the need to write my parents out (same as the former), or basically consistently negate any real elements of my life other than my religion simply not to drag the church through the mud if my character isn't lawful good. Rather, I like to explore. "How would someone with values similar to mine run their lives if they could tell whenever someone was lying?" which leads to the natural question I don't explore in thread, which is, "How would I conduct my life?"
So long OP short, just answer the question that wouldn't fit in the title.
"Are you escapist in your roleplay/do you have escapist qualities/tendencies? And if so, is it the majority of your roleplay? Is your primary motivation in selecting characters/situations/RPs to leave a negative element of reality and do you consistently avoid it?"