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Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
8:11a - Question about online RPGs
As the community maintainer for a couple of LJ-based RPGs, this one has been puzzling me for a while now...

Why would someone join an IC community and then never create a character or post in it? I can understand lurking for maybe a week or two and then making a character, or joining the OOC community and posting there, but there are people who've joined the IC communities and then just metaphorically sat there for months; some of them have been members for several months now, yet never posted a thing.

Perhaps I'm missing something about LJ users - do some people just like to join a bunch of communities, the way some others just like to randomly Friend people?

I'd think that if you joined a game, you'd want to play, but maybe that's just me.

Would anybody care to opine?


current mood: puzzled

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10:10a
What is your gaming pet peeve?

Mine is power gamers. People who are only interested in acquiring gold/xp/stats and not in actual role playing the character. Nothing earns my respect as a fellow gamer than someone who does something that completely screws their character/party because that's what their character would do. i.e. running headlong into a band of ogres that you have no hope of beating because your whole family was killed by ogres and you've got issues.

Love role playing, hate roll playing.

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1:48p - Social Control
A comment on RPG.Net, and a debate I had with another GM a while ago had me wondering:
As a Player, or a GM, how do you handle social rolls in your games? How do you handle social powers?

Cases-In-Point:
The GM in question above disallowed Presence and Dominate in her Vampire campaign. Those powers did not exist at all. This just blew my mind -- it crippled a number of the vampire clans (especially the Ventrue), and ham-strung a number of the other clans as well.

But to explain Social Powers in context here:
Presence (Majesty in V:tR) and Dominate in Vampire
Charm Person in D&D
Control Mind (and similar) in Shadowrun

Essentially, powers which allow you to control the minds or emotions of others in such a way as they do what you wish (or act differently than they normally would). Me? I let them stand as-is, though I notice my players tend not to use these powers very often / at all. I have had NPCs who use them, and I have had one PC use them against NPCs or my characters once in a while.


current mood: thoughtful

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