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animemetalhead Runs on Awesomeness from Ashwood Landing, ME
Runs on Awesomeness
Apr 24th 2011 at 6:55:49 PM

I just started getting into these threads, but they're really fun. How often do they happen?

No one believes me when I say angels can turn their panties into guns.
MrAHR Ahr river from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
Apr 24th 2011 at 6:56:05 PM

I avoid them. They scare me.

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chihuahua0 Writer's Welcome Wagon from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Writer's Welcome Wagon
Apr 24th 2011 at 6:57:58 PM

What with Snowflake? Was it a megahit, the people their were just that devoted, or it dragged on?

Let's consider the endgame on the 30th, and see if we want to initate it. I want this to end with a strong conclusion.

[up][up] I'm not really sure, but Castle was started just a few days after Beach House, and I waited a week and one day to post Carnival. We may need a long break after this.

edited 24th Apr '11 6:58:56 PM by chihuahua0

The dog days are over.
LoniJay from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Apr 24th 2011 at 6:58:33 PM

I quite like those threads... there were some problems with power imbalances in the first ones (that I saw), but I see you've put some new guidelines in place to stop those. Are they working?

edited 24th Apr '11 7:01:05 PM by LoniJay

Be not afraid...
chihuahua0 Writer's Welcome Wagon from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Writer's Welcome Wagon
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:01:16 PM

[up] So far. The fights seem fair, and there hasn't been too much confusion. Although we're missing our two forerunners, the newbies seem to be putting a little effort into their posts, but I really need to be picking up the slack, since I'm leading the thread.

The dog days are over.
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:04:59 PM

This is my first one, and I'm having a lot of fun with it. I not only get to write several words a day and develop one of my previously flat characters, but I'm getting to know a few more tropers, which is nice.

CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:06:44 PM

One of my favored characters, Vince, is a Physical God, but he pretty much only fights off other godlike beings.

And about Snowflake, it was started on December 1, 2010, then died for a little while from about the 14th to the 27th due to Christmas. Posts accumulated slowly throughout January until it ended abruptly February 3rd without even any post-thread chatter. It had about 330 posts at death.

edited 24th Apr '11 7:07:35 PM by CrystalGlacia

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
LoniJay from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:08:36 PM

@ chihuahua Well, that's good then. Like I said a while ago, I really enjoy taking part in those threads, but it just doesn't seem to be feasible what with the timezone differences and university.

Perhaps the Snowflake thread lasted so long because there was very little emphasis on fighting in it? There was that one fight between the cyborg guys and the helicopter, but apart from that it was either conversations or cooperation between the characters.

edited 24th Apr '11 7:09:15 PM by LoniJay

Be not afraid...
CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:11:11 PM

Oh, don't feel bad. In one of the RPs I'm in, we have a guy participating from China, which is twelve hours ahead of Eastern time.

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
snowfoxofdeath Thou errant flap-dragon! from San Francisco Suburb
Thou errant flap-dragon!
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:12:23 PM

I wish I had the time to put real effort into these character threads, because they sound like fun. Maybe if one starts during summer vacation, I'll be able to participate.

For English homework, we had to write poems by cutting words out of magazines. It was actually pretty fun, even though it took twelve hours. They're going to be the cover pages for our vignette portfolios.

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animemetalhead Runs on Awesomeness from Ashwood Landing, ME
Runs on Awesomeness
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:12:37 PM

I'm thinking of RPing Panty and Stocking in the next one, since I seem to have got the hang of it with this one. I want to try and do a character that can't go all god-mode if she gets pissed.

No one believes me when I say angels can turn their panties into guns.
MrAHR Ahr river from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:14:24 PM

I avoid those since my characterization sucks. Plus, most of the ones I have are pretty foul-mouthed and coarse. Or assholes. Usually both, though.

And even the weak ones are probably kinda on the strong side if taken out of my setting.

edited 24th Apr '11 7:15:38 PM by MrAHR

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LoniJay from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:20:26 PM

The time when these threads are most active seems to be very early morning for me. I kept waking up to find pages had transpired while I slept...

I'll join whichever one is going in my next long holiday, though.

All of my characters are pretty weak when taken out of their setting, really.

Be not afraid...
chihuahua0 Writer's Welcome Wagon from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Writer's Welcome Wagon
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:28:11 PM

The power scale of my works in general is very wide. On one end, there's Justin, who is very meek and is useless in melee combat, another teen that is useless without his robot, a bard, and a few realistic fiction ones. On the other end, I have a powerful vampire, a person who could wield all four elements by the end of his series, a timid Reality Warper...but barely anybody who could match Vincio in strength.

The dog days are over.
CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:30:49 PM

Killer Clowns has filled come in with his Eldritch Abomination and Humanoid Abomination to match Vince in strength.

And you can call him Vince if you want, Chihuahua.

edited 24th Apr '11 7:32:51 PM by CrystalGlacia

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
OhSoIntoCats from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:33:25 PM

Now that there's actually fighting, I'm feeling a bit lost. Help, guys?

CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:35:50 PM

With fighting, this is a good time to see how your character reacts when placed in harm's way. If nothing else, have your character interact with noncombatants. Really, Cyrus is the only one who is here to fight, and he fights things that nobody else can fight.

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
MrAHR Ahr river from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:37:08 PM

That's something I never got. Why people seem to focus so much on power levelly stuff. You can easily make someone with magic abilities fight on the same level as a martial artist, or someone with a gun. There are no tiers. Just one gigantic web.

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animemetalhead Runs on Awesomeness from Ashwood Landing, ME
Runs on Awesomeness
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:42:11 PM

Unfortunately for me, all Kiora's good for is combat and lemons, so it's actually a bit of a challenge for me writing in a non-combat (or low-combat) situation. Guess that's the whole point, though, isn't it? Developing characters?

[up]What about magical martial artists with guns?

edited 24th Apr '11 7:44:41 PM by animemetalhead

No one believes me when I say angels can turn their panties into guns.
CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:45:21 PM

I think it's realistic to expect a fantasy story to have some people who can handle more power than others. My own fantasy has both Badass Normals and Reality Warpers like Vince. But, believe it or not, the story focuses more on an old man's efforts to clean the corruption out of the government rather than power.

And it's possible to learn about your characters even if there's combat involved. Most of my characters have been trained for combat, and how they act on the job is something that I consider important to their character.

edited 24th Apr '11 7:50:19 PM by CrystalGlacia

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
LoniJay from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:52:56 PM

Yeah, how the characters react in combat, as well as writing of action scenes in general, is something that I need to work on. Milo's reactions are understandably rather panicked, but Flinn's definitely shouldn't be.

Be not afraid...
OhSoIntoCats from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:58:24 PM

Well, it seems realistic that some people would be better at fighting than others in general. Sometimes, peoples abilities suit them better to fighting than not. Though... I do not usually put my characters in fighting situations at all, despite sometimes being ridiculously overpowered. Which is why this is very difficult, because despite Rainer probably being ridiculously overpowered, he's not suited for fighting much.

CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Apr 24th 2011 at 8:21:04 PM

I realize that even though Vince's advanced age grants him a unique backstory and a combination of facets that really can't all fit onto a single person, he would be banned from normal RPs due to his sheer strength. The Character Development Threads seem to've become his home.

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
animemetalhead Runs on Awesomeness from Ashwood Landing, ME
Runs on Awesomeness
Apr 24th 2011 at 8:23:34 PM

[up]I'm sure part of it is that tropers are Genre Savvy enough to be able to deal with such things.

No one believes me when I say angels can turn their panties into guns.
chihuahua0 Writer's Welcome Wagon from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Writer's Welcome Wagon
Apr 24th 2011 at 8:31:53 PM

We really need a discussion page for Character Threads. The problem is where to put it.

I wrote in my weekly journal for Advanced Comm Arts. I wrote about how Twilight was okay and how I'm optimistic I will become a best-selling author.

The dog days are over.

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