View Full Version : Stifling Creativity?
May 3rd, 2001, 05:24 AM
Hi, I've recently seen a few Role Playing sites for The Wheel of Time, and this got me to thinking. Does anyone feel that sites where people are encouraged to create characters in the world of another author stifle creativity?
This may be a topic for the Games forum but it is sort of based around writing.
May 3rd, 2001, 06:51 AM
I agree. I think the best way to role-play is to create characters on a world you make on the spot with your friend (and expand later ofcourse).
We have done it once, and it worked. The rpg system we used is called Window, and you can find it in the Net. (It's a "Rules? What rules?!" system http://www.sffworld.com/ubb/smile.gif )
May 3rd, 2001, 11:53 AM
On the contrary I feel that online roleplaying can teach an awful lot, and has only encouraged me to be more creative.
True, as far as worldbuilding goes, I'm not up to scratch, but I have a lot of experience of the reactions of other characters to a situation - many that wouldn't have occurred to me alone.
I found myself creating feast days, and planning weddings, and a bunch of other things which required research, got my brain going about the whole medieval 'feel' of the place, and taught me a bunch of stuff into the bargain.
If anything, online roleplaying has made me more aware of the possibilities, and much more creative, and has made me feel confident to be creative in that way, whereas before I felt a little daunted by writing and creating stuff of my own. It was a very positive experience for me. Not to mention the coding skills and experience as an admininstrator that I gained.
So it was good for me anyhow. Maybe not for everyone though.. we'll see what the rest of the posts are like.
Good topic again Duke! http://www.sffworld.com/ubb/smile.gif
Aleya - http://silver-oak.com
May 3rd, 2001, 12:11 PM
do you mean http://www.mimgames.com/window ? I checked it out and there are a few rules but not many.
I play D&D and other RPGs around a table at home, these have stimulated a lot of creativity, mostly because i play with three guys who like to pick on me cause i am the only girl... take that Lashano, and dont try peeking in my window again or i'll use this sword in an unlady like manner...
I have also looked in the monster manual for some unusual creatures, and in other books, mythology and other places (art history books) for ideas... You would be suprized what will pop into your head just from seeing an old picture of "St. George and the Dragon"....
May 3rd, 2001, 10:07 PM
Yep, that's the Window I mean.
I think it's a pretty good and creative good. But it's for experienced role-player; not for newbies.
Btw, Aleya have you ever played table-top Rpg? It's very different from those "rpgs" in the Net...
May 3rd, 2001, 11:39 PM
Yep I played a little. But you can't play tabletop's in the background at work http://www.sffworld.com/ubb/wink.gif hehe.
Aleya - http://silver-oak.com
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