I am in a roleplay group for a 42 year old show. To hide the characters’s identities, I’ve changed their names to Beetle Bailey characters. (Both are military series, so…)
My patience with the rp I’m in is wearing thin. Most of the time I love it, I love the muses I have and I love the plots and interactions they have with other characters. However, the group is large and in a large group it seems near-on impossible to avoid some OOC drama of some sort, no matter how much it is stipulated in the rules that it is banned.
One day a lot of these RPers started getting spam with anon messages ranging from confusing to full blown harassment. Everyone who got them was very confused, including me.
So first of all I don’t have anything against DnD or the people who play it. It’s a fun game and people can do a lot of really cool things with it. That being said, if you’re a DnD player and you join a para-style roleplay, why on earth would you expect it to play out like a DnD game?
I’ll try to make this fairly brief.
A little over a year ago, I joined a rebooted roleplay with three of my friends. It was based off of a popular book series revolving around animal characters and took place a hundred years into the future. Basically, my admin friend (who we’ll call Whiskers) made it so that all humans had died off in some big chain of disasters, and animals had evolved to gain new technology, and some even had powers. Two other people joined, one we’ll call Void and the other Bit.
So I have a fondness for pokemon rp’s and sometimes I (gasp) like to play on the side of rocket or magma or whoever the baddies of the roleplay are. Anyway, there have been times when I join a new rp that looks great and I decide that I would like to have a bad guy (since they claim that they would welcome characters playing for the other side) … only to find that they either have absolutely no set up for how the bad characters should work or they’re slanted to always be at a disadvantage to make it easier for good characters.
Like I get if you just want people to play one thing, but why would you advertise that you welcome players on both sides if you don’t?
So let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
About six months ago my writer girlfriend broke up with me and sort of decided to cut all contact with me. It sucked but it happens. Anyway, fastforward to the present and I find a nice little roleplay with a fun plot and while I’m checking it out I notice she’s a member. I wanted to join anyway so I picked a screen name she had never seen before and joined. Things were going great, my character got approved and I started roleplaying. I was there for only a couple days before I wound up chatting with my ex in the cbox and it took about an hour for her to figure out who I was.
Immediately she just completely freaks out and calls me a stalker, and one of her admin friends bans me from the website. I can’t believe they did that! The admins didn’t even let me defend myself just because she’s an older member and they’re loyal to her or whatever. When I tried to get my ban lifted all they said was they wanted her to feel safe when I wasn’t even being threatening. She didn’t even know I was there for a while.
Pity, since it was a really nice looking roleplay but I guess I have to give it a bad review now.
I admittedly continually mess up sometimes, and I feel awful about it. But then you get the assholes that refuse to apologize and/or avoid doing what they did wrong in later posts, pushing the moderator(s) or admin(s) to go to extremes.
One guy kept choosing how the world around him looked and choosing the out-come of his character’s actions on an ISRP (basically, the admin builds a plot and story that your character does stuff in. The admin chooses what the NPCs do with your character and the outcome of their actions, and you very rarely interact with other RPers on them. There’s typically also a health or money system), which annoyed the admin, so he told him to stop. He didn’t and did it at least three to five other times, each time getting pissed at the admin because how dare he want you to play fair when everyone else is?
He continued to submit awful character applications each time the last guy died, so the admin had to change the rule of “you can get someone new if you’re character dies” and ban him. Since most people only had one character at a time, and I think that was the maximum, the fear of a character dying became very real.
At one point, I think the admin started to get bored after dealing with the banned dude’s BS for so long, so he hurriedly started killing off characters. Mine died after barely doing anything — she went out onto the streets, killed some zombies, found a bus full of people, found out she had been infected, had to leave out of fear the people on the bus would kill her, turned into a zombie, then died. Keep in mind the admin mostly controlled the outcome of her actions, and had definite control of her health and the NPCs around her.
TL;DR: don’t be pissy when an admin tries to correct you, because you may push them to extremes and ruin it for everyone else.
So here’s a little story of mine I’d like to share with the class.
Okay, so I’ve recently had a pretty horrid experience with an RP group that I feel I should share.
I found this awesome roleplay for this great book series that I’m really into, and when I checked out the character list and the face claims they had open, I was seriously excited. It was diverse, organised, and pretty much anything you want in a good group. I immediately went to work on starting a new application for the group.