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Roleplaying


Haflinger

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This is a concept foreign to many CN players.

Let me summarize it for you.

Roleplaying is where you pretend to be someone else while playing a game.

For example, members of the New Sith Order pretend to be Sith, or followers of the Sith (I hate the prequel films and don't really understand the whole Sith idea because I haven't watched most of them) from the Star Wars universe while playing CN.

They are not actually Sith. This is roleplaying. :)

Recently, there was an incident where the alliance sent a number of messages in the game to another alliance. Some people said the messages were disrespectful.

One person, evidently confused about the meaning of the word roleplaying, said that the messages weren't disrespectful because the Sith were roleplaying their evil personas.

I replied to him, but snipped that little nugget out, which was inappropriate on several levels, not least because it was a discussion of roleplaying in an IC area, i.e. where roleplaying is actually done.

The biggest way in which it was inappropriate though was gross stupidity. If I choose to roleplay a disrespectful person, and then in an IC forum, someone accuses my character of being disrespectful, it is the height of foolishness to say "No, I was just ROLEPLAYING!" Given that's what everyone is doing there to one extent or another.

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I find myself wholeheartedly agreeing with you on this Haf. Roleplaying isn't an excuse to say whatever you do isn't wrong. It explains it, but doesn't excuse it. If I were to roleplay a jerk, I'd still be a jerk. I can't just say because I was roleplaying that excuses my actions.

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I find myself wholeheartedly agreeing with you on this Haf. Roleplaying isn't an excuse to say whatever you do isn't wrong. It explains it, but doesn't excuse it. If I were to roleplay a jerk, I'd still be a jerk. I can't just say because I was roleplaying that excuses my actions.

Wait, you don't roleplay a jerk? :P only kidding my friend.

I agree with you as well Haf, and I hope more people can think with this level of levelheadedness.

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It's true, there is a limit to what RPing can cover. I think a lot of times, we forget that there are real people on the other side of the computer screen, and they may be genuinely offended by something that is said "in character".

However, if you have an OOC issue with something said IC, it may be best to deal with it privately, to avoid mishaps like that you described there. I would certainly hope that anyone that had an OOC problem with me would come tell me. Sometimes I get carried away (as I'm sure many of us do), and don't realize I may have crossed a line. :)

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It's true, there is a limit to what RPing can cover. I think a lot of times, we forget that there are real people on the other side of the computer screen, and they may be genuinely offended by something that is said "in character".

However, if you have an OOC issue with something said IC, it may be best to deal with it privately, to avoid mishaps like that you described there. I would certainly hope that anyone that had an OOC problem with me would come tell me. Sometimes I get carried away (as I'm sure many of us do), and don't realize I may have crossed a line. :)

It needn't have anything to do with anything OOC. What they did was perfectly legitimate and perfectly in-line with their RP personas. Haflinger's point, I believe, is that just because it is RP doesn't excuse them from the IC consequences. If you play a rude character your character is liable to get punched in the nose.

As much as it pains me to agree with Haflinger, I do agree with that point. I'll probably be berated for it later.

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If you play a rude character your character is liable to get punched in the nose.

This is the core message, yes, and it is correct. I am sure that many of my IC opponents or enemies through my time in CN are roleplaying the character that I (or my character – with some people's characters, I admire the way they play a lot) dislike. But that doesn't mean that my character isn't going to have friction with them in the IC areas. If you are going to RP a rude, aggressive, power-hungry group then you are going to take the IC rap for that.

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If you are going to RP a rude, aggressive, power-hungry group then you are going to take the IC rap for that.

Well, assuming you get caught. :)

And hell. Supposing one person isn't really disrespectful, but another person is RPing a deceitful person and decides to make the first person look disrespectful. It just isn't OOC. All of that is IC.

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It's true, there is a limit to what RPing can cover. I think a lot of times, we forget that there are real people on the other side of the computer screen, and they may be genuinely offended by something that is said "in character".

However, if you have an OOC issue with something said IC, it may be best to deal with it privately, to avoid mishaps like that you described there. I would certainly hope that anyone that had an OOC problem with me would come tell me. Sometimes I get carried away (as I'm sure many of us do), and don't realize I may have crossed a line. :)

I don't think I fully understand this comment.

However if you have any OOC reaction at all to anything anyone says on the forums about fictional nations and the like, you have a problem you need to deal with. This is a silly game about numbers. That's all.

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