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Friday, June 7th, 2002
7:10a - ...
I dont know why there is a need for all these new communities.

Please read the community bio. You are allowed to talk about /anything/ on this community so long as it is RP related. And for the most part, that is exactly what we've done on this community.

I really don't see why these other communities are needed, other than to sap this community of discussions.

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12:54p - Always a sidekick, never a bride
So. I was putting together a character for a Changeling game that a friend of mine is starting up. Looking over the description I wrote, I realized that I'd consciously typed the character as a "minor sprite," the kind of thing a more powerful Changeling character might have as a chimerical companion.

And it occurred to me for the first time that virtually all the PCs I create are like this: support characters for someone else's story. Bodyguards. Backup. Followers. "Flavor" characters. I don't create heroes, I create their lackies. Not actual servitors, because I wouldn't have much fun playing a weak-willed character in an ongoing, open-ended campaign, but still adjuncts and helpers rather than Hero Protagonists.

Which got me wondering. In every game I'm involved in, there's at most one or two people who actually want to be The Hero, who want to lead the group and take charge of the story and be "first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat," to quote C.S. Lewis. Those players seem to be in the minority, but without them, less would get done.

So here's a brief text poll, for my own curiosity:

1) When you first create a character, do you consciously consider how it's likely to function in relation to other PCs?

2) Do you generally think of your characters as stars in their own story, part of other characters' stories, or members of an equal team?

3) Would you be content playing an otherwise involving and well-run campaign where the main focus was always on someone else's personal plotline, and you were just helping them achieve their private goals rather than concentrating on your own?

4) Does it vary widely from game to game whether you're playing a leader or a follower, or do you tend to stick to roughly the same sorts of roles?

5) Have you ever played a character that was completely subserviant to another PC (a squire, servant, ghoul, etc.) for any length of time? Did you enjoy it, or did it become frustrating?

6) In considering the above, does it make a significant difference to you whether you're playing in a tabletop game or a LARP?

Discussions welcome.


current mood: curious

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11:33p - Question about Caitiff's
For those familiar with Vampire the Masquerade...
I have a little problem concerning Caitiffs, and how they got to be Caitiffs
If a Vampire is Caitiff simply because of his high generation, it's pretty simple.
But, if a Caitiff is a Caitiff because he doesn't know his Heritage, and thus has no sense of lineage, what happens if this Caitiff get to nkow his Sire?
Does he suddenly switch to a clan-vampire? And if yes, how would you explain the sudden change (clan weakness, clan disciplines), depending on whether the formerly Caitiff had by acident the same disciplines, or some others.
Or does he remain Caitiff, and if so, how would you explain that he never got the Clan disciplines and Clan weakness? Just because he didn't know of them? And if he didn't have the Clan Disciplines, would he be able to develop them after he realized his heritage?

So many questions... please give me your opinions.


current mood: curious

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11:45p - Question about Caitiff's
For those familiar with Vampire the Masquerade...
I have a little problem concerning Caitiffs, and how they got to be Caitiffs
If a Vampire is Caitiff simply because of his high generation, it's pretty simple.
But, if a Caitiff is a Caitiff because he doesn't know his Heritage, and thus has no sense of lineage, what happens if this Caitiff get to nkow his Sire?
Does he suddenly switch to a clan-vampire? And if yes, how would you explain the sudden change (clan weakness, clan disciplines), depending on whether the formerly Caitiff had by acident the same disciplines, or some others.
Or does he remain Caitiff, and if so, how would you explain that he never got the Clan disciplines and Clan weakness? Just because he didn't know of them? And if he didn't have the Clan Disciplines, would he be able to develop them after he realized his heritage?

So many questions... please give me your opinions.


current mood: curious

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