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User: rp_discuss (posted by elinara)
Date: 2007-01-23 15:41
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Hi.  I've heard of lj roleplaying before, but how exactly does it work?  I am familiar with RPGs in general.  My friends and I play our own pen and paper games based on our own ideas, worlds, characters ect, and I've gone through one or two video games. But I've never played one via computer. 
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User: naodrith
Date: 2007-01-23 21:54 (UTC)
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Hi. :) LJ roleplaying really depends on the nature of the game. I've played in a couple where you make a separate journal for the character and post entries as they would. Then there are those where you post to a community in basically story format. Hope that helped.
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User: scribblesitm
Date: 2007-01-23 23:44 (UTC)
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It depends on the community. Like the one I run, all the characters have their own journal so the players post to the character's journal as the character. And other characters reply and such. However a big chunk of the RP happens over AIM or some other messenger service one on one or in small groups and then the logs of what happened are posted to the community. It works surprisingly well. Chat rooms occasionally for multi person things. The journals allow a lot of differant characters to interact.

Its differant, but I've grown to really like it
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User: blooskies
Date: 2007-01-24 00:20 (UTC)
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Seconding the above - it does depend on what you want to do. A lot of people will do an LJ-based RPG in almost exactly the same way as a pen and paper game. For instance, you create a community that functions as the game "notebook." One person will make a post beginning a scene, the next person will make a reply to the post with their additions, and so on.

Having in-character journals sometimes helps players get in touch with their character, by having a place to get inside the character's head and express his or her private thoughts. I often keep journals, or at least write a few journal-like pieces, even for characters I play in my tabletops, because I think it's a fun exercise.
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User: elinara
Date: 2007-01-24 04:44 (UTC)
Subject: journals
I write journals for my pen&paper rpg's too. It's fun and it gives you a chance to explain things you wouldn't otherwise get to. Like the reason your character botched a really simple task (besides just getting a crappy dice roll) Speaking of dice rolls, how do you work them into lj type games, or do you? Personally, I wouldn't mind leaving the number crunching out. I'm much more into the charater/plot developement.
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User: blooskies
Date: 2007-01-24 04:54 (UTC)
Subject: Re: journals
If you have a combat orientated game where dice rolling comes into quesiton a lot, you can use an online dice roller. But if you trust your players to understand the limits of their abilities, then you can do away with dice rolling altogether, if you want. That's really just a matter of if you know the people you're playing with are mature and won't ALWAYS write themselves as winning a fight or making a huge blow, just because they want to.

But since it sounds like you're talking about primarily small, private storylines, I would think you and your other player(s) do trust each other very well.
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User: baron_waste
Date: 2007-01-24 06:52 (UTC)
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So, nobody's tried to use this new LJ Talk system to run a game on-line?

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