Role Playing, indeed, is a form of acting. Though it does not take place on any sort of stage and there are no scripts used. In Role Playing there are multiple people, each controlling their own character and acting as that character. Typically one person will create a storyline of sorts to follow and they all will “play” out that set storyline adding their own twists & turns along the way. These characters, “course, have a personality, history, and role in the story. The easiest way to describe Role Playing is as Work in progress book that is written together by many people.
Each person that joins will have a character. That character CANNOT be controlled by anyone else but him or her self. Depending on the type of Role Play the characters might be dressed in a certain way and equipped with certain items. Normally characters will be based mainly off the actual Person playing that character.
Creating a Character
Characters will vary depending on the type of Role Play (RP), setting, and the preferences a person has. Every character will need certain aspects to bring it to life. Some characters will need more then others as the Role Play might require it.
Characters usually have and need the following…
* Name, age, & gender
* Appearance (eyes, hair, facial features, build…)
* Clothing & Accessories
* Bio/History (Ex.- Their parents died at age ten)
Sometimes, depending on the sort of RP, you’ll need descriptive fields like these…
* Magical Abilities (Ex.- Can control fire)
* Special Skills
* Class (Ex.- Mage, Thief, Archer, Warrior, etc…)
You can use a Character Sheet to get started or you can use paragraph form to describe your character. Here it's an example:
** here you can find a name generator for your character if.. you can think one on your own.. http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Tool.aspx?x=dnd/4new/tool/cng
Most often the characters are supposed to fit the setting. If it’s a medieval fantasy then it’s most likely your character will have some sort of armor on or a cloak of sorts. They also might carry a weapon; perhaps a bow or a long sword.
When discribing your character you can say things like:
“His sharp brown eyes searched the halls…” or “Thomas ran a gloved hand through his short, dark hair.”
A key point to character creation is giving the character a personality that is consistent. For instance… a laid back trouble maker that cares only for himself. Or a young girl that loves nature and is rugged, can defend herself, but has a kind heart. They need, above all else, personality! It truly brings them alive.
Benefits of Role Playing
Role Playing is not only fun, eventful, and an amazing adventure but it is also “educational” and can help writers hone their skills. It can even teach those who loathe writing to love it. Your grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and overall knowledge will improve and expand through Role Playing. This creative writing craft opens minds to new ideas and worlds and challenges the imagination.
Not only are writing and grammatical skills enhanced but there is so much new and odd information for you to obtain. There are endless things to learn from RPs. Sometimes it’s random info and facts and other times you’ll pick up entire concepts. A little fact I learned was that if a person is sleeping and you disturb them slightly their breathing pattern will change, indicating they might wake up. This gives you a warning. It’s a neat little tidbit. Other things I’ve picked up include some feudal Japan history, Greek alphabet, tactical skills, and countless other little things.
Overall there is so much to gain and learn from Role Playing and you don’t even realize you’re learning. That’s the brilliance of it! You take in so much, get better at writing, become more social, develop a more advanced vocabulary, and you’re having fun while undertaking crazy adventures with friends at the same. Your imagination gets to run wild and you have no bounds. I truly encourage you to try Role Playing out if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it.
Prepared by: Pionia Destiny