I don't don't know if this has been posted before, something tells me it probably has. This is half as much a rant as it is a helping hand to those that simply don't know better. This is about the word: As
Dictionary.com defines as, as:
to the same degree, amount, or extent; similarly; equally:
There are three other definitions, but this is the one I'd like to focus on. Many times I've seen players attempt to describe their actions using this word, however, it's being used completely wrong. For instance:
*As I walk into the tavern as I go to the bar as I tell Harry to get me a cider as I stare at an imp as I eat the bagle my mom packed me for lunch.
As indicates that two actions are happening simultaneously, or at the same time. This last series of actions describes how your character entered the tavern, walked aroud, sat down, looked at an imp, talked to Harry, and ate a bagle at the exact same time. While some of that could be true, all of it is not. For other players to read that and fully understand it, they have to take a moment and figure out what it is you're trying to say. This not only slows down progression, but it could also lead to some confusion. Not to mention, it makes you look inexperienced, regardless of how true that may be.
Let's take a look at a couple proper ways to use the word as:
*Comidia enters the tavern as she wipes off the rain from her clothing.*
*As Comidia took a seat on the bar stool, she gave Harry a dissatisfied look for the burnt eggs he had shoved in front of her.*
*Comidia twirled in the air as the kunai flew towards her shoulder, the tip missing her by less than an inch and as it propelled past her, it would now be soaring towards nameless victim A.
Each of those examples describe two actions that are taking place at the same time while using the word as. I hope, I mean REALLY hope that this is useful to some of you roleplayers out there. I look forward to your comments, and please, if you find this helpful and you know someone who could benefit from reading it, please, share the link. That is all.