11/12/2012 11:46 PMSave, of course, for all those instances where being highly descriptive in a combat scene is problematic, such as when onlookers attempt to engage within the combat and cannot find an opening amidst the description
Posted by Areng
I think I'm envisioning "detail" as, well, a solid easily-understood explanation of what's occurring presently, whereas there's a misconception that detail requires volume, and it's the unnecessary volume that's always put me off--I guess it's like being in a room full of conversational din and screaming at your partner so you're 'above'.
11/12/2012 11:46 PMLikewise in a casual setting, being descriptive can be useful when it's a casual setting that's not happening in the "immediate" public where there's a high chance of onlookers getting involved and all other players are on board with it.
Posted by Areng
Being descriptive--even flowery--in a casual RP isn't so terrible, I tend to be rather verbose with people I don't know in RP to facilitate their noticing nuances, people I've RPed with numerous times tend to have those little things more or less understated because it's familiar territory, yea, that's well and good. I just... I get flabbergasted when I walk-up and go a-fishin' and get a steadily escalating dissertation in response--sometimes I find myself attempting to respond in kind almost like I'm trying to prove I know just as many ways to describe a certain gait that they do.
It's not just that sweeping generalization. It's any sweeping generalization. What people "should" do in roleplay is so highly contextual and reliant on the tastes of the players and the situation that I find any such "This is what you should do" to be troublesome.
I think that falls back to my 'live-and-let-live' ideal--there really isn't any one right or wrong or true or taboo way (barring any legal ramifications, ofc) to roleplay... There's just how Person A prefers to banter and how Person B prefers to banter. I always bite my tongue on topics like this, (previously stated curiosity about the self-styled 'para rper' prompting my inclusion), because I don't think there's ever anything that makes me roll my eyes harder at a wall of text than when it's peppered or signed with 'do it this
way', because all it says to me
is, 'do it my way and I will approve of you, and that's just what everyone wants, isn't it?'.
Yeah, it's OKAY for certain habits and styles and mess-ups to annoy you and turn you off from RP--you* don't HAVE to RP. With anyone. Ever. Or you can RP with EVERYBODY!! That's kinda your freedom here. Don't like X? Don't deal with it. The end. I'll never understand the mentality of someone who thinks it's okay to crap all over another style of play like it's somehow adversely affecting their existence. Express your distaste? Okay, that's fine. But for the love of happy shas...what makes you think it's okay to tell a total stranger how to act?
(*gratuitous use of the general 'you'
(There's a bit of a semantic thing for "If the story calls for it," I must admit; the phrase is . . . uh, phrased in such a way that it seems like the story is some sort of third construct that exists outside the players themselves, and can make demands of them. Irritating.)
I get it, yea, I think that might be a special-English-circular-logic thing we get to deal with.
Potentially they find it interesting. It's not necessarily flattery, but they simply enjoy writing in that way. There's also the possibility that by advertising that they post in this fashion, they're making themselves noticeable to other RPers who post in the same way, and they can go off and have awesome many-post RP adventures. That's hard to do if they constantly restrict their posts to the usual bare-bones dialogue and actions style of play.
I can see that, I'm not saying I haven't seen nor interacted with people who crank out giant emotes that were always obnoxious or somehow left me with a negative impression overall...Apologies if I seemed to, I just see more of the people who wear their style like a badge, kind of... throwing it into passerby's faces. And that kind of attitude is a rather huge turnoff, it's just that for every one person I can recall that RPed very heavily descriptive and wasn't in-your-face over it, there's a handful more climbing on a soapbox over it-not only that, but there's even MORE people clambering onto even more platforms to whinge about that! It never ends T_T.
As for the advertising...meh, I don't really care so much about that.
The ones that are like "I'm a para-RPer!" s'cool I dig it. The one's that are like... confrontational, make me sit back and go, "WOW wonder what prompted that pre-reaction?".