Roleplay has taken its place among the indispensables of the gaming world. From the outside, we will examine the complex, elusive roleplay universe in all its details and figure out what it means and how to construct it together.
Roleplay (RP)is a phrase that belongs to the Roleplayworld of online and offline gaming, which we often hear among players, especially during the pandemic process. The in-game action that this word indicates has reached such popularity among players that the word has also become a subject to the language of publishers.
And how familiar are we with this phrase that the gaming world is so familiar with? In this article, we will examine in detail what roleplay means and how to do it.
Of course, the way to understand what roleplay means, which we are used to using in English, is to learn the Turkish language of the concept. The translation of Roleplay is quite simple: Acting.
In an environment that is purely fiction, such as the game, we adopt the role attributed to us at the time; When we realistically fulfill all the requirements of that role, we play the roleplay. For example, if we play the role of the police in the game we play; Trying to do everything a real cop can do makes our roleplay.
What are roleplay types?
- Make a text-based role
- Live-action role-playing
- Desktop role-playing
There are three types of Roleplay. Thanks to these three different genres, people have the chance to gain different experiences by exploring various ways to act. Also knowing these genres facilitates the process of adapting to the world of roleplay.
Text-based role-playing: A preferred method in online games
Text-based role-playing is a preferred method in online games. The only reason for this is that this species is based entirely on writing. This species can be ordinary and even boring, as it only develops through writing; the prejudice that it can stifle the game is quite common. However, once involved in a game of text-based role play, it is observed that the majority of this bias is broken.
When playing a text-based role, you are expected to convey each move, thought, word of the character you are taking on in writing to the other side. If the character you’re impersonating is going to open the door and be surprised by this kind of role-playing, you’re going to have to do something about it. you must express this in writing.
When playing text-based roles, pay attention to OC and Canon:
When performing text-based roles, it is also necessary to pay attention to the labels “OriginalCharacter”, also known as OC. OC means that you created the character from A to Z. This indicates that all the good and bad traits that the character will have, all the behaviors he will exhibit, depend entirely on your initiative. Canon, on the other hand, is to take on the role of an existing character. Who he is, what kind of person he is, who takes on a certain character; he is expected not to change the character and play as he is known. The concept of the canon does not require extra intervention.
Live-action role-playing: It’s usually preferable to do it face-to-face
”Live action role-playing, also known as LARP”(Live Action Role Play),is generally preferred to be done face-to-face; however, it is a type of role-playing that can also be done in a virtual environment. What is expected of you during LARP; to adapt to the character you will play, both mentally and physically, is to live and live the character. Wearing costumes, wearing masks, taking care to take on the physical characteristics depicted in the character… It’s imperative to play the part anyway.
Live-action role-playing terminology:
The main concepts used when playing LARP is necessary for LARP players to get to know the game well and play according to the rules:
Boffer: It’s a foam-filled weapon. War is used during LARPs, such as fighting.
Game Master: The person who directs and directs the game. He is responsible for all innovations and changes to be made. In LARPs that take place in a virtual environment, this person is called a storyteller.
NPC: NPC, short for”Non-player Character”, is the name given to characters that are not open to play. These characters usually play Game Master.
PC: Pc, short for ”Player Character’, is the name given to each player. If you’re in the game during a LARP, you’re a PC.
Crew: He is the one who helped Game Master organize the game. NPCs, usually played by Game Master, are sometimes played by Crew.
Desktop role-playing: The kind players gather around the table
Another type of role-playing that is preferred to be done face-to-face, which can also be done in a virtual environment if desired, is desktop role-playing. Here you need to gather around a table, set up the plot and create the characters step by step. It is imperative that you determine where you will be in the game during desktop role-playing. Some are more interested in plot and game setup, while others are more interested in aspects of the job, such as war and struggle. When there is balance in the distribution, a complete environment, a perfect flow, and thus players can set up the game where they can have a pleasant time.
The use of dice in this type of game is quite common. Each face of the membrane is assigned the rules set by Game Master. Thus, the players’ moves may vary depending on the result of the dice being thrown by applying the dice when necessary during the game.
Desktop role-playing terminology:
Desktop role-playing also has its own terminology. As with the previously mentioned types of role-playing, it is beneficial for the player to master terminology in desktop role-playing:
Game Master: The person who directs and directs the game. He is responsible for all innovations and changes to be made.
Game Mechanics: A set of rules applicable during the game.
Adventure: The game itself; however, according to the limitations of Game Master, a single story in the game or the beginning of the game is told.
Campaign: It is the name given to successive events. It means continuing the story by including new characters or with old characters.
What are roleplay categories?
In addition to the three main types of Roleplay, there are also some major categories. Mastering these categories increases your ability to understand the game, regardless of the genre you’re going to play:
Fandom: If the universe you designate as a playground is a universe that already exists, it is called Fandom. For example, if you’re going to play a roleplay through the Harry Potter universe, your universe is a Fandom. You can add OC or Canon to this universe.
AU: Au, short for”Alternative Universe”,is a subcategory of Fandom. What fandom differs from is the changes you make to characters in the universe.
Cross-Over: Cross-Over is also a subcategory of Fandom. When you combine multiple universes, cross-over creates a game. An example is creating a game by combining the Harry Potter and Star Wars universes.
Original: It is the name given to roleplays where you create everything completely on your own, and you are not affected by any element that is var.
Group: The name given to roleplay played with multiple players.
One-on-One: The name given to the roleplay played by two players. These are usually 1×1 edited, accepting a maximum of 1-2 side characters.
Here are some tips about Roleplay:
You can find a new way to socialize
By joining the multiple player-played servers of games played from various forums and sites, you can get to know new people and build good relationships by advancing this familiarity with future games. It can be said with certainties that acting is one of the new ways of socializing at this point!
Playing on foreign servers can improve your foreign language
It is possible to say that Roleplay games will be useful, especially for those who want to improve their English. It will be easier than you think to practice foreign languages in such games with a focus on the description. A little tip: “Let me play games and improve my English”, it is more advantageous to choose roles such as tradesmen and customers in the game.
Adding contrasts to your character makes it attractive
Let’s just say you’re playing a powerful combat commander in the game. Most people expect this combat commander to have combat-related characteristics. No one expects him to be able to write good poetry in a role like this. Creating a war commander who can write good poetry; it will make you an interesting player and put you in the close branding of Game Masters!
It’s important not to make the story ordinary.
It’s as important to keep that story going as it is to create a good story. A good story will cease to be good as soon as it becomes ordinary and begin to lose the attention it receives. We recommend that you move forward without forgetting that you can make the story progress without becoming ordinary by working in partnership with both individual and other players and to keep in mind that the stories are new fiction and open braids to the characters.