Introducing Roleplay Theory 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 07:25 PM
I've been wanting to get this thing moving since i joined FSF, but I've been lazy. Or probably more accurately, a little hesitant. Blogging is something I tend to start and stop with reckless abandon - usually because I don't have a lot to say. Fortunately, I think I've got a good topic and a great forum for discussing it.

Before I get moving on the real topic, I figured it might be wise to throw out my bona fides before I got into the meat of things.

I've been involved in group RP in one form or another for almost twenty years now. It all started as a young lad in middle school, at which time one of my friends discovered a book called "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" in the library. While the whole act of fighting bad guys and juggling stats was fun, what I really enjoyed was embodying a character. I was awful at it, of course, but that didn't mean it wasn't fun. I've continued to play games like D&D, Aberrant, Hunter and the like on and off as often as possible since then.

On the online side of things, I started simming on AOL at the tender age of 13. My dad was actually the one who discovered SFOL's old games, but I was the one who actually played them - before jumping down to the Kid's Only section because I was far too young to be playing. As I got older, I also got involved in online roleplaying communities based in MMOs, including World of Warcraft, Star Wars Galaxies, Star Trek Online and (more recently) Final Fantasy XIV.

I'm also used to running games. I've run a few tabletop RPGs at conventions and I've hosted a fair number of live, play-by-email and message board games over the last thirteen years or so. I was even, for a time, a host with FSF as FSF Guardian.

On the real-world side of things, I've been writing professionally for the last four years. It's a side job these days, but I'm constantly immersed in the idea of figuring out how to engage readers. I've self-published a really poorly edited book and I'm working on another, but fictional lives are never that far out of mind for me.

I say all of this because I want to lay the groundwork for where everything else will be coming from. If it's happened in roleplaying, odds are that I've seen it - or at least, I've heard about it.

I mostly just want a space to help new players understand the mechanics of creating fictional worlds with others. It all starts with your character - and if you can't create a strong character, your games will always fall apart. Hopefully - with VERY welcome and necessary input - we can all figure out how to raise the level of RPing in our games.

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