a lot about my RP philosophy...
A fair bit of warning, some of this was written in response to certain incidents. I can be more flexible when the situation warrants it.
- Logging in and sending replies
Additionally: from March until June I get swamped with work, and cannot promise regular response times. There are some great days where I can reply a few times a day, but these don't happen all the time.
If I've missed a couple days logging in, or if I've logged in, but failed to respond to a message for a day or two, I probably just had a bad day or I don't feel well. Those are the days I become clicks-only. If I'm on vacation or have something coming up that will prevent me from logging in for an extended time, I'll warn you in advance, either personally in our messages or here in the blog. If there's been no warning and no blog, and I haven't even logged into the game at all in more than two weeks, not to be morbid, but I'm probably dead, fatally ill, or have a death in the family. My dedication (see also: addiction) to this game is strong enough to keep me at least logging in regularly even when I'm not very active.
As far as messages, we're probably not going to be able to play out an entire scene in one night, unless we're doing so in chat. My solution? If one date lasts several RL weeks, I'll fold popoverse times in. For instance, let's say they go out for New Year's, and we're still RPing that same date a week later, it can slowly turn it into a Valentine's date.
- Writing style
- Adult content
- Character development
Additionally, I don't believe in setting characters up. I hate being set up in real life, I won't put my characters through it. You can suggest to me in an OOC note that you think one of your characters might be suited for one of mine (and be specific who you think is a match. Don't just tell me you have three singles, and you want to see who I have available), and I will welcome starting some RP, but they have to actually get along. If it's not there, it's just not there.
That being said, if your character is about to break my character's heart, a little advance notice is always good. I'm very protective of them and I'd like to know if I'm going to have to help them through something.
- Game Mechanics
The majority of my RP is inventive and not tied to game mechanics. As snobbish/bitchy as this may sound - if you do not have the imagination to create your character or allow them to live outside the scope of what the game provides, I will lose interest very quickly.
- Private/Public Knowledge - Metagaming
Furthermore, the diary does not always accurately reflect the way things go down in play. For instance, in the past I used all my characters as mules on DOTD (thanks to that ammo crate, I don't need this anymore), but as far as RP goes, only Troy and Parker go hunting. Groupies? Just because they game says they 'did the wild thing,' it doesn't mean they hooked up.
With regard to blogs, anything written in italics is private or is simple storytelling. I will never label the private ones 'private' because I don't like the way it looks. For the most part, anything in those blogs should not be commented on or brought up in roleplay, but consider the context. If the blog describes someone having a meltdown in a public place, then people will have seen that, people would know about it. A meltdown at home? No one knows about it. I will not address something if it comes up in RP (unless the topic has already been broached through the existing conversation) and I will delete comments to these blogs.
- The OOC/IC line
That being said, I am damn sure I never take out OOC frustration through my characters, and I would really prefer that same respect. When your Betty suddenly starts picking fights with my Jughead simply because you don't like something that I did, or as soon as I start to RP my Veronica with the Archie controlled by someone you don't like, it's very clear that you're blurring the lines. Also, if I'm not around for a few days, please don't suddenly act like my character is a neglectful spouse. It won't make any sense at all, and again, is very obvious that you personally feel like I've neglected you, and you're taking it out through our characters.
- OOC feuds
I have a lot of characters (maybe too many), and that's potential for a lot of different RP partners. There are going to be people I play with that you don't like. Similarly, there may be people that you RP with that I avoid. I respect any mutual or one-sided dislike between players, but please understand that I am not going to choose sides, in real life or in game. The only person whose side I'm on is me. There may be times I will RP with people that I don't particularly like, because our characters get along. Again, I do not owe anyone any explanation behind why my characters are close to other characters, nor would I expect any from you.
- Honesty & Integrity