Character Development Thread--Discussion:

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13851 BiggerBen18th Feb 2013 11:15:36 AM from Arizona,USA
Razzin-Frazzin Robot
What I'm saying is, people are in control of their own characters, so they shouldn't act like what the characters do isn't their fault.
13852 m8e18th Feb 2013 11:25:57 AM from Sweden , Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody
But it's a Character Development Thread, the characters should behave like they... do. For example if a character is an jerkass they should behave like a jerkass. It might be the writers fault to use a jerkass character, but whatever that character does is kind of the point of the thread.

edited 18th Feb '13 11:27:26 AM by m8e

13853 BiggerBen18th Feb 2013 11:33:56 AM from Arizona,USA
Razzin-Frazzin Robot
I guess you're right about that.

That can be abused, though, so I guess it's only relevant up to a point.

Yes, I have investigated into the past. I know about Prisha.
Let's not go there. *flails noodle arms*
13855 BiggerBen18th Feb 2013 11:44:59 AM from Arizona,USA
Razzin-Frazzin Robot
What's Prisha?

I think the veterans can explain better but if you use the find post by troper thing, Psycho Frea X's last posts in this thread are a good start.

Now I kind of feel like I'm talking behind his back :[
Let's not go there. *flails noodle arms*
13857 Yomegami18th Feb 2013 11:54:32 AM from out of nowhere
Sanely Insane
On Mansion: I really can't think of anything for Anne to say apart from "I'm ready; can we go now?" So if the other people in the library want to head off without me, assume that Anne's following them.
Father, Father, Father, help us, send some guidance from above;
Because people got me, got me questioning: Where is the love?
13858 BiggerBen18th Feb 2013 12:56:40 PM from Arizona,USA
Razzin-Frazzin Robot
Okay, I found out who Prisha was and I can see what you're talking about.

Anyway, are the other rules I mentioned okay?
13859 Blackfire66718th Feb 2013 03:29:35 PM from The Outer Limits , Relationship Status: Anime is my true love
Attitude is prohibited!
What about this "casual meet-and-greet/get-together" that Mansion has become? It's like a party, but without the loud music, college fraternities and binge drinking... Mostly...

This is working great for Mansion, but should future threads have a plot of some kind to stress characters (to some degree or another) and/or prod them into getting to know each other better?
13860 Yomegami18th Feb 2013 04:56:25 PM from out of nowhere
Sanely Insane
[up]Mansion's partially able to get away with that due to the fact that it's a casual thread, which means that there isn't going to be a heavy major plotline. The other reason is that currently there aren't a lot of subplots to get involved in (as far as I know, the only going-on that could be considered a subplot is the relationship between Agustin, Freidrich, and Linza). If I remember correctly, Resort (the last casual thread that was really successful) was a bit like this as well, though there were a lot of subplots (Xavier's, Saliha's, and Qrlil's love triangle; Virgil's quest to bed every human-like female in the Resort, especially Aseyu; Aseyu's quest to bed almost everyone; etc.). For casual threads, a source of stress isn't really a necessity, though it would help non-casual threads.

On another note: It seems Nathan is about to have his second encounter with an odd-looking female character of mine. :X

edited 18th Feb '13 4:56:53 PM by Yomegami

Father, Father, Father, help us, send some guidance from above;
Because people got me, got me questioning: Where is the love?
13861 DarkbloodCarnagefang18th Feb 2013 09:16:50 PM from Free Climbing the Mountains of Madness , Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Sewer Croc
I'll be noting that I'm very tired and I'll be going to bed. I won't be responding to interactions with Donovan and Talbot immediately, as I have a program I need to attend, butI I'll respond when I get home.
Note to self: Pick less edgy username next time.
13862 Ryuhza18th Feb 2013 10:10:56 PM from San Diego, California
Alligator Season
Going to have Ozzy wake up some time tomorrow, and should be active from there on out.

edited 18th Feb '13 10:11:10 PM by Ryuhza

13863 nrjxll18th Feb 2013 10:35:15 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
And I've finally posted in Mansion. Still trying to get a fixed feel for these characters, but oh well.

Still hate doing descriptions, too.
13864 Night19th Feb 2013 12:02:40 AM from Jaburo , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
The future of warfare in UC.
Nara apparently remembers Qrril and Dream now.
Nous restons ici.
Eh, some things are better explained by PM, after some research and time to chill out from my possible overreaction.

edited 19th Feb '13 6:26:08 AM by KillerClowns

13866 Aqueos19th Feb 2013 10:50:12 AM from Orange County California , Relationship Status: Californicating
Made the appropriate edit. Note to self, actually think things through.
Bet you didn't see that coming
13867 nrjxll19th Feb 2013 12:17:24 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
Sorry for the short post earlier today; was a bit busy.

Also, yes, anyone who's previously met Qrlil should be able to tell that Krajn is a different individual of the same species. Anyone who previously met Krajn or Harry in University/Dig Site, on the other hand, should not recognize them, because I've declared those appearances out-of-(my)-CDN-continuity due to Characterization Marches On.
13868 CrystalGlacia19th Feb 2013 12:57:40 PM from Cedarpointland
I reiterate- if anyone would like someone to talk to, Sora is in the Art Gallery.
"Whenever I feel like I know how computers work, I go to class and leave feeling like I'm wearing my pants on my head, eating paste."
13869 Masterofchaos19th Feb 2013 01:02:53 PM from the void , Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
sophie! from mwdh

Okay, I'll just edit my so I can send Thomas.
13870 Blackfire66719th Feb 2013 02:22:31 PM from The Outer Limits , Relationship Status: Anime is my true love
Attitude is prohibited!
What does Nathan look like? He's not on the page.
13871 Yomegami19th Feb 2013 02:54:59 PM from out of nowhere
Sanely Insane
[up]Unless MoC changed it between University and now, I believe Nathan's a twenty-something white man with straight black hair.
Father, Father, Father, help us, send some guidance from above;
Because people got me, got me questioning: Where is the love?
13872 Masterofchaos19th Feb 2013 03:23:06 PM from the void , Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
sophie! from mwdh

Yep. Sorry for not describing him in my post, Blackfire.
13873 Tehpillowstar20th Feb 2013 03:14:38 PM from the remains of the Galactic Federation fleet , Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
Giant alien spiders are no joke.
I didn't post yesterday because I didn't have a computer, sorry!
"Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." - R. W. Raymond
13874 BrainSewage20th Feb 2013 03:17:54 PM from that one place
I forgot- is there a set time when a new Character Development Thread is supposed to start, or does that just kinda happen when the current one fizzles out? If the latter is the case, is there any way to be notified when the next one is in the works?
[up]Pretty much "when one fizzles out, another starts." Watch this thread for a general idea of when the pieces are in motion. We're... pretty goddamn informal.

Anyways, I've left it long enough. I've been meaning to comment the proposed... I don't want to say so much "rules" as "social contract."

The most agreed on: We should avoid the whole "where are we/how did we get here/how do we escape" plot, since that wasn't getting a good reception.

Yeah, running something like this would require a DM sorta guy. Me, Tera, and Gault may have whipped together the Mansion, but I can't honestly claim we're running it in any way, shape or form.

If anyone wants to have a major plot/sub-plot, it should be discussed in here, just so we can see if we can agree to it.

I sorta agree on this. A fundamental plot, one that's a core part of the thread from the start, is obviously A-Okay, because the characters brought in can be ajdusted appropriately. But other than the fundamental, nothing should happen that forces the entire thread into a plot. But they can grow organically without comment as optional. The big thing is, there should always be an exit if a character doesn't give a shit that isn't "leave the thread altogether."

As a corollary, no plan survives contact with the characters. Especially ones with lots of secrets. Expect that, and be prepared for a round of Xanatos Speed Chess that could end in ways you never saw coming.

If you plan on being gone for a specific amount of time, please tell us ahead of time so nobody will be stuck.

Definitely agreed. And if you can, move your character a bit off to the side, but that's not always easy to do gracefully so it's not a necessity.

If someone else's character is making you uncomfortable, please tell them.

This. On a personal note, It's something I worry about, given just how many unsavory characters my story is populated with. So, please, if I cross a line and you feel like I'm going after you instead of having one of my characters go after one of yours, for the sake of all that's holy, tell me so I can lighten the load or have them find a new victim to harass.

Fighting should have a good reason.

Agreed within reason. Some characters are naturally more prone to violence than others, and might not have what we'd call "good reasons." But the other tropes should be able to see a fight brewing with time enough to shift away, even if they have to cheat a little.

Venturing outside the thread's location is only allowed if everyone involved agrees with it.

Agreed without comment.

Try to have the thread end with a resolution.

Agreed, but no promises. It's not necessarily worth dragging a zombie thread on to resolve it.

Generally, a character being dead is to be stated first by that character's poster.

Since I'm probably the one most able to abuse the potential loophole I see here, due to writing a world where power-nullifying Anti-Magic is handed out like candy, I'll suggest changing it to "dead or crippled".

Remember, you write the characters, the characters don't write themselves.

This controversial one. I agree: I don't know how many times I've pushed my fingers on the metaphorical scale of my characters' decision making to prevent the thread from getting messy.

edited 20th Feb '13 3:56:56 PM by KillerClowns

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