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Meanderings of an anime and roleplay addict, for all to read.
What defines "literate" roleplay?
I don't really have anywhere to rant, when it comes down to it. My website is too professional, and I stopped having a personal blog ages ago. Of course, that tends to leave me in a position where I might literally explode. As in, I'll go boom! and you'll have chunks of my guts and brain matter all over you - and I won't care one bit. I'm sure you're wondering (if you're actually reading this, anyway) what has me so worked up - I'll share that with you.

I love to roleplay. Granted, I don't really do it on Gaia much, as I've come to the conclusion that I don't like the rules for most roleplay guilds. It seems that Gaians have drawn this really loathsome line between the definitions of "literate" and "semi-literate." Then again, I don't have to like these rules - I can just leave, and that's something I do. Why? Because I have enough respect for those guilds to leave, if I don't want to follow their rules. I would hope for the same if the roles were reversed. It's nothing personal, and I won't remove you from my friends just because I left your guild (that's childish, anyway).

When it comes to creating a character that I intend to play, I like to leave their background blank for a bit. It gives me the opportunity to get a feel for that character, to set her mood, and to decide what caused her to turn out the way she did. I do the same thing with my stories. In fact, I never flesh out character profiles for the works of fiction that I write. I could, yes. But that opens up the door to potential problems. Examples? What if I don't like her personality? What if she's too nice, too mean, or too ordinary? What if I think I want her to be a sweet little angel, then find out a few posts later that the bad girl attitude suited her better? Should I take the time then, to create an entirely new character that I will have to maintain?

Better yet, what if I decide she has a sibling? What if another roleplayer wants to play her brother or sister, whom I never mentioned in her bio? Should I have to cut off the potential for more roleplay, to fit a group's norm? I don't think so, and it irks me that these are decisions I have to make in order to post in a forum on a free website, just to write with other Gaians.

Of course, that uncertainty about the identity of my character is only one side of the issue. On the other hand, what if I spend hours and hours creating the perfect character, only to have their profile rejected? What if I start RPing the character and, because I'm not a god-moder, and play them realistically, I decide to let something happen to her, because it's only natural for it to? Do I just devote another five, six, or even more hours to creating another character that I may not like? Better yet, what about the element of surprise? If you have instant access to everything about my character oocly, then what's going to inspire you to keep interacting with her icly? Are you going to bullshit your characters desire to get to know mine, by forcing yourself to RP it out?

But what does that have to do with literacy, you ask? It has nothing to do with literacy. Proof?

lit-er-a-cy noun ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē:
1) the ability to read and write
2) knowledge that relates to a specified subject

As much as you might like to think that literacy is defined by how much time goes into a character profile, it isn't. If you can read and write, you are literate. If you cannot, you're illiterate (and probably aren't reading this right now). Of course, it's expected that a literate roleplay guild would expect proper grammar and mechanics, where as a semi-literate guild would be more lax in that aspect.

This literacy bullshit also brings up another requirement that I've seen in literate RP guilds: word count minimums. Content and quality should always be placed above quantity. If the post can be responded to properly and engages whomever the player is roleplaying with, then that should be all that matters. Some writers are simply more eloquent, while others are more to the point. Why should we punish them for their style?

I guess I'll just never understand, so I came up with my own solution: start my own roleplaying guild. What do I plan to do with it, you ask? Throw these bullshit rules out the window!

That's the end of my rant. If you read it all the way through, kudos. This is just my pent up rage, and it is not directed at anyone.

TL;DR? I'm bitching about the rules in Gaian roleplay guilds. Don't worry, it isn't directed at anyone in particular. (I really, truly mean that.)

Mrs Blunder
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  • User Comments: [1]
    Shelbysaurus Rex
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    Thu Feb 06, 2014 @ 05:43am

    I hate word count rules. Sometimes I can express my intention in minimal expressions. That word count minimum forces me to add unnecessary "fluff" to my post which makes my post less interesting, powerful and relatable.

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