Tricks Of The RP Trade

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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by Myrn » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:35 am

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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by DaTurtle » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:20 am

See you're learning already
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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by Actual Trash » Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:43 pm

Something I've noticed of late is that there are really two kinds of 3rd person narrating. Now I'm sure there are more official terms, but I'll just call them 1st 3rd person and True 3rd person. Both are valid, and you can use both in harmony to help your story, as well as aid your characters' characterization.

1st 3rd Person I have named such because of the fact that despite the writer describing in the 3rd person, they still narrate a characters thoughts and feelings, and things other characters would never know unless they could mind read.

True 3rd Person leaves out such descriptions, only narrating a character's actions and reactions without the soul window of the writer's knowledge.

You can use these individually or together to create or banish mystery, narrate a more open or closed character type or add tension to a scene by not letting other RPers know what your character's thoughts are. It can also help if you want to keep the character's motivations or ideas secret or known, and if you wish to use it for character development you can start one way and progress into the other as time goes on if say, a character is going from closed off to more open, or otherwise. In general it can help you out if you don't want to give away what they're doing or chance someone accidentally metagaming during an important arch.

Overall, my baseline advice on this one would be to stay aware of which you choose to employ, and if it fits the story or character you're attempting to craft.
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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by Annasiel » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:05 am

Third person limited, third person objective, and third person omniscient! The former focuses on a single character's internal monologue, the latter on all characters, and the middle remains neutral, only describing what can be observed. Yup, these are good narration devices, and a strong part of proper narration is knowing which best suits your story.
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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by Apophis » Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:09 am

Couple tips.
First, don't think your post is long enough? Details. Not every single detail, but just enough to get your point across.
Second, pre-plan. This is easiest in 1x1, the trick is to put your partner on a linear path without them knowing it. For example, I know exactly how my current 1x1 is going to end.
One final thing, don't get disheartened if an RP you are participating in dies. There are far more failed RPs on this site than there are successful ones.
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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by DaTurtle » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:27 pm

I honestly can't think of one rp I've had where we reached a satisfying ending, sure I've had a few abrupt endings and some that should have ended sooner but none where it ended just right. 89% of the time someone gets bored of it and stops posting so thats how a majority end.
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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by SaheenTikeerleesh » Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:25 pm

Neither have I. At least not on a site. Especially this site.

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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by Wint » Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:01 pm

One time I did.
Once.
In a spaceship abduction RP.
Everyone left the spaceship after battling the aliens with their superpowers.
And then I woke up and went to my phone to write up my intro post because it was too late for me and I had to wait till morning since it started that very night.










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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by Shinigami » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:42 am

This is not the RP Talk thread. >.>
DaTurtle wrote:
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I honestly can't think of one rp I've had where we reached a satisfying ending, sure I've had a few abrupt endings and some that should have ended sooner but none where it ended just right. 89% of the time someone gets bored of it and stops posting so thats how a majority end.
This is easy to work around. If someone leaves, message them and ask if they plan to come back. If they don't, simply write them out. I've done it.
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Re: Tricks Of The RP Trade

Post by DaTurtle » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:34 am

Sure but sometimes they say they will but don't and others loose steam and so on
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