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PostSubject: Resources for roleplaying and character development   Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:54 pm

Hey all.  Here is a list of resources that are very helpful when you want to develop a new character.  Remember that it's always important to have an established character for RP purposes.  Also make sure you know what you're writing about, i.e. if you make a Zabrak you should know at least a bit about Zabrak history so you don't contradict it.

Mary Sue Test
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Alternate test

This one is especially important.  After you've finished making a character you should always run them through this test.  Briefly explained, a mary sue is a character that is just too good with no meaningful flaws (Wesley Crusher is a common example).  Mary Sue characters are not fun for other people to RP with as they never fail at anything and are the best at many things.  Don't make a mary sue character and expect to engage in any meaningful RP in the Society.

SWTOR Life RP Series by MJ
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Character creation post

This series was written by a pretty advanced RPer and he covers a lot of varying aspects of RPing from character creation to how to run a good event.  I recommend everyone at least skim some of the articles.  The character creation ones are particularly helpful to think about when crafting a new character.

Amalgamation of RP Resources
Found Here
RP Character Creation Tips
100 Questions to ask about your character
Creating Character Depth

This is a group of links to some great RP resources for character development as well as some other RP info concerning various races.  Some of the links are dead but a majority are good.  I've also highlighted what I think are two of the most helpful above.

Roleplaying resources for Jedi and Sith
How to roleplay as a Jedi Master
How to roleplay as a Jedi Knight
To be a Darth
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

You may need to register Here to view the first two, but all the articles concern how to actually portray the role of a Jedi or a true Sith.  There is a growing belief among many RPers that people that give their character a title like Jedi Master or Darth are really MINOs and DINOs (Master or Darth in name only) because their characters dont' have the backstory/roleplaying to back up the title.  They just show up, announce they're a darth or master and demand respect.  Those articles do a good job of illustrating a better way to RP to make your character more believable in those roles.

Springhole.net Character Writing Resources
Character Creation Articles/Tools
Random Generators for skills, names, settings, etc.
Building Better Backstories
Character Creation 101
Creating believable, effective tragic backstories
Tips for giving better character descriptions
Common Problems in RP Characters

Helpful "how-to" articles for RPing as a certain archetype
How to plot/manipulate
Tips for writing believable long-term relationships
Basic Tips for writing a Badass
Tips for writing powerful characters that aren't Mary Sues
Tips for writing/RPing an attractive character
How to RP geniuses/intellectuals
Hazards of wardrobe
Roleplaying an assassin
How to write effective cover ups

These are obviously more general than just the world of TOR and Star Wars but they're still helpful.  I've linked what I find are the most helpful, but there are more on the site.  Do remember while the writer of these articles is involved with RP that touches and pertains to Canon characters that the RP community, and Leadership of the Fillorean Society, don't condone RP that relates to canon characters in the Star Wars universe.

SWTOR RP Assorted Articles
Miscellaneous and one off articles
The Murderous Coatstand Test
A pdf regarding Imperial Society
An article regarding character skill as effected by age

These are random and one-off articles from SWTOR-RP.  They deal with things to take into consideration both during character creation and in RP events/situations in general.  The "pdf regarding Imperial Society" is a particularly good analysis of what life is like in the Empire and what the various roles in it are.  It's a good thing to keep in mind when RPing within the Empire.

RP Articles by The Lisk
Equipment Series Part I - Weaponry
Equipment Series Part II - Armor
Equipment Series Part III - Trinkets
Conflict Series - Part I
Conflict Series - Part II
Conflict Series - Part III

These articles are of good quality but questionable application.  The equipment series is great for thinking about how you present yourself within SWTOR and a bit for how you portray your character generally.  I'm going to include this because it just happened:  There are divided minds about the applicability of the conflicts articles series.  Ixidor and I just went round and round for nearly an hour regarding whether or not it was valuable beyond a limited set of circumstances.  Regardless, I'd encourage you to read it all.  The long and short being that you need to think about your character and whether what they're doing makes sense and what is the best way for conflict to take place in the context of the storylin you're writing for your character.

RP Articles by Takrael
Defining Features: Tragedy
Defining Features: Badassery
Defining Features: Wants and Needs
Defining Features: Romance
Defining Features: Sympathy
Article praising RPing the "everyman"
Character Reflection is ongoing and important
A Victim's Guide to GMs: Rug Pullers
A Victim's Guide to GMs: Railroaders
A Victim's Guide to GMs: Dicey Types

Holy Links, Batman! As might be apparent I thought the articles by Takrael (the author of the "Writing the Empire" pdf above) were well done though not necessarily always applicable. The defining features series is a nice overview of things to think about when you're either writing or RPing your character. They're not particularly in-depth but they're a good mental tug to get you to think of things you may not otherwise think about. The victim's guide series centers on actual RP events and the types of GMs you might find in them and the bad or good aspects of each. It also touches on the value of dice roll systems in introducing randomness to RP storytelling. Finally, the character reflection and "everyman" article encourage people to think about the type of RP they're engaging in and to always be reflective on how your character might improve, even if you created them and their backstory years ago.

If you find any other resources you think would be helpful, send me a link via PM.

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PostSubject: Re: Resources for roleplaying and character development   Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:53 pm

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