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I just started getting into these threads, but they're really fun. How often do they happen?
I avoid them. They scare me.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
@ 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Now that there's actually fighting, I'm feeling a bit lost. Help, guys?
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.
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.
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?
What about magical martial artists with guns?
edited 24th Apr '11 7:44:41 PM by animemetalhead
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
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.
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.
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.
I'm sure part of it is that tropers are Genre Savvy enough to be able to deal with such things.
We really need a discussion page for Character Threads. The problem is where to put it.
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