Where Anyone is Possible
There have been some complaints about instances of members making duplicates of the same famous character and using them in role playing storylines. An example of this would be two separate members each creating "Aphrodite" characters and playing them in completely different ways, with storylines entangling and becoming confusing.
As of now, the site does not place any restrictions on who members assume, or what type of characters anyone wants to play. This is done in the spirit of free form role playing, and is a way of allowing anyone to play anybody that they like, even regardless of pre existing stories.
The way traditionally we have explained the existence of multiple instances of a character is that we have said the second character is from an alternate dimension, and thus the existence of both of them on the same site is not a contradiction.
However some members have come to me asking that the site implement reserved character lists. A list of pre-existing characters, which it will be somehow "illegal" to assume in the main course of the story line we are telling across the site.
On the one hand, this would eliminate confusion, and would allow people to play characters fully, inter weaving them throughout the story without having to fear what their duplicate is doing to muddle up the narrative. It would eliminate confusion, help to secure the nature of the narrative, and generally make the story we are telling more polished and professional.
On the other hand such a list presents a number of problems which I will list below.
- Who will determine if someone is allowed to play a character? Who will arbitrate between two instances of the same character? Should it be the iron will of the Admins, a tribunal of elder players, or a democratic process?
- What is to keep members from snatching up as many famous characters as they can and then holding them, thus giving them an unfair advantage when conducting storylines?
- What do we do if a character is inactive for a certain period of time? Just because someone played a character once 6 months ago, does that mean nobody can ever play them again?
- Will this stifle creativity? Will it make it impossible for people to hold their own parallel storylines in multiverse and in the worlds? Will this turn people who may be amazing writers, role players, and storytellers away from the site?
Anyone who has an opinion on this matter should please reply to this discussion so that we can try and get a community consensus on this issue. Thank you.
My personal reply to this is simple. You should both check and make sure its ok with someone before you try to do anything, including creating a duplicate. I've had various others come to me, and if anyones noticed, I was the first, well maybe not the first, but the most awesome shadow user that started out from the beginning. I built Dimitri from scratch, and from scratch, I really mean scratch. That's why I get angry when I read or see something to do with Dimitri that shows that he is being used outside of RolePages for another site or something. I can't say too much about it, however, because I don't know whether I could. Like Daloki and Elexin, I put so much into RolePlaying these days that I personally get sick over a few of the things happening ICly. Like everyone, I enjoy to find Dimitri being used for good things, but when I spot that another character has simply, 'thought' up a certain trait or something that, I myself, have used from day one and built up, Im bound to get angry.
In answer to Gambit's question, I think that we should get a reserved Character sheet, though it won't work all the time. Perhaps a name blocker would work, something that catches them before they get into the site. Personally, I'd be happy to help with anything thrown my way. Bloggers, and various types of Forum Role Play, from what I've seen, should be kept the way they are. I actually like them right now, exspecailly the discussion Role Play that the Narrator has come up with. Some of the things that happen in the forums are not always the best, but we can learn to make things better, if you understand what Im rambling on about. XD