RP Theory

Oct. 25th, 2009 01:35 am
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Given the sorts of ideas I've seen around this comm already, I'd like to open a discussion on RP Theory.

There are a thousand and one ways to run a roleplay, all of which cater to certain types of characters and all of which have the potential to be very successful or fail miserably. Unfortunately, most of my experiences have been with the latter.

The RP that I personally like the most is more of a collaborative novel than what most people would nowadays call a roleplay. (For the record, my favorite medium for RP is Google Docs.)

The mechanics of the theory go like this: All the players agree ahead of time on a setting, then show one another their character ideas and have discussion on how their histories and goals might be connected. (This makes for interesting reveals and plot twists later!) Once everyone is ready, someone is designated to make the first post.

The general rule during play is that if you make it, you're responsible for it. That goes for settings, NPCs, plot twists, etc. So let's say Bob introduces a town and three of the villagers; he therefore takes on a sort of moderatorship of the town and plays all the NPCs. When the characters leave the town, Sally introduces a wide field with a tower in the middle. She's now moderating this place, and only she can say what they'll find inside the tower.

The overarching plot of the RP actually lies in the histories and goals of the characters. The more the characters involve one another in their own problems and reveal their secrets, the more all their individual plots weave together and escalate all on their own.

The problem with this method is that you have to trust your fellow players to both be good at what they're doing and to keep your character in mind. Players unfamiliar with one another or hesitant to trust may need someone to take gentle charge and create a more linear storyline.

That's just my opinion though, and that's only out of the methods I've tried. Have you had any luck in alternative RP methods? What's your RP theory?
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