Author Topic: What CAN'T You Play?  (Read 6889 times)

Armaddict

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #100 on: September 09, 2017, 11:22:19 AM »
So far, any pickpocket/burglar character of mine has been especially short-lived.  :D Whether it's player interaction/RP or solo activity I'm happiest keeping active when I'm logged in, and the sneak-thief types seem to require a level of patience and keeping your head down that I, so far, just can't seem to muster.

Not to say this is the only way to do it, but...even if you're a burglar, you don't need to be constantly burglaring.  Even as a pickpocket, you don't need to be constantly stealing.  They are the two classes that when acted upon, turn you into the most hated PC at a given time.

Space things out.  Make marks.  Don't rob people blind, take things you hope they won't notice for a long time.  So on and so forth.  By the time you're 'known', see if you can have made yourself previously known as useful to someone or another, rather than just a rogue who needs to die.

A lot of these two classes get stamped out early because they see that they have the skills and just start using them constantly without regard to just how noticeable they're being.  Leave ripples, not waves.
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In Dreams

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #101 on: September 10, 2017, 02:48:20 PM »
I tend to gravitate towards the same general area of unimportant city-dwelling semi-socialite.

I've actively been trying to branch out, but with mixed results!

Non-humans don't interest me very much. So that's what I don't play. But I'm not sure that I can't. Eventually, maybe.

tapas

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #102 on: September 10, 2017, 07:48:01 PM »
It sounds like good advice.

But again the problem is the inability for players to react appropriately.

If you pickpocket the wrong character, they're bring down the fury of God upon you. They'll use ooc deduction to pinpoint who exactly you are and they'll pull out all their power and contacts just to destroy you.

Up until that point it's irrelevant whether you've been playing smart or not.

Hauwke

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #103 on: September 10, 2017, 08:02:01 PM »
I cant play smart guys. And its not because I am unintelligent. I am intelligent. (mostly)
Its actually just that I struggle to slow down and plan properly, which I can do if I try. The big issue is that I rush my plans through instead of letting them run their course.

Riev

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #104 on: September 10, 2017, 08:27:23 PM »
I have a problem with elves. Mostly in the "trust nobodoy, and screw everyone" mindset. If all elves behaved in the manner SOME people (like me) read the docs, its a wonder any last long at all. Especially without a city elf tribe/family to be a part of... you're out to screw everyone and lie, cheat, and steal to get ahead in a world where stealing someone's packet of rolling papers is a capital offense.
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Grapes

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #105 on: September 10, 2017, 09:25:51 PM »
I have a problem with elves. Mostly in the "trust nobodoy, and screw everyone" mindset. If all elves behaved in the manner SOME people (like me) read the docs, its a wonder any last long at all. Especially without a city elf tribe/family to be a part of... you're out to screw everyone and lie, cheat, and steal to get ahead in a world where stealing someone's packet of rolling papers is a capital offense.

Keep in mind that how people read the docs is sort of an OOC concept. They aren't really issues that can be taken as a singular matter in and of themselves, but that need be compared to other general guidelines and made to mesh with them, such as the idea that a person shouldn't play a character whose behavior makes others question how they survived to that age. There is room for trust in elves, but that trust factor is very hard-earned. Elven concept of thievery is also broader than the human practice, and includes things that may be seen as standard business practices.
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Hauwke

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #106 on: September 10, 2017, 10:25:17 PM »
Some humans I have seen played would have made brilliant elves, untrusting at first, definately ripping you off but there isnt a thing you can do about it, complete assholes in their own way.

You want a guy to start a business for you? I would personally go to an elf, sure he will likely rip me off, but its entirely possible he makes enough cash that being ripped off wouldnt even matter.

Grapes

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #107 on: September 11, 2017, 01:23:19 AM »
Some humans I have seen played would have made brilliant elves, untrusting at first, definately ripping you off but there isnt a thing you can do about it, complete assholes in their own way.

You want a guy to start a business for you? I would personally go to an elf, sure he will likely rip me off, but its entirely possible he makes enough cash that being ripped off wouldnt even matter.

You likely wouldn't want to do that, they'd rip you off repeatedly... well, unless you were a "friend" of theirs, and even then, but if they did they'd be violating their own testing process, which isn't forbidden, but the wise would measure benefit vs. cost. Most won't, trouble is, you're stuck with stupid elves, because of short-sighted humans playing them.
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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #108 on: September 11, 2017, 04:25:58 PM »
Elves make shrewd businessmen, and are always looking for a way to make that one extra coin of profit. I feel like that's why they don't tend to last long... hiring thieves to steal materials and resources, paying raiders to attack and assault supply lines, stealing items they JUST sold to you. It would make high profit quick, and then the elves would get decimated either by an angry clientele or jealous other elves.

Which is why you'd need a family, with at least one person as a decently trained fighter or threatening assassin. And you can't do that without months of work, staff approval, and luck that the person you chose doesn't fall off a roof.
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Dahlia

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #109 on: September 11, 2017, 06:53:42 PM »
I can't play stupid.

Now, to clarify, I'm not regaling in the glory of my intellect here.  I'm not a genius, I'm just an average Jane in that regard.  But playing stupid really drives me insane.  I don't like it from other players either, but I can at least get through it when it's someone else.  When I tried to play stupid once... it was just... ugh, awful.

And I understand that people can be 'playing stupid' and thinking really intense and complicated thoughts.  But I'm talking... stupid.  Just stupid.  I can't handle it.  It just irritates the holy bejesus out of me.

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ShaLeah

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #110 on: September 19, 2017, 01:04:07 PM »
Anything that requires a GPS.
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solera

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #111 on: September 20, 2017, 04:16:31 AM »
Anything that requires a GPS.

Me neither! But I do.  ::)

Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #112 on: September 20, 2017, 04:30:02 AM »
I can't play mean people. I try, but it just doesn't work. I feel horridly guilty and end up making up for it in extremely overt ways.
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Hauwke

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #113 on: September 20, 2017, 04:57:06 AM »
I can't play mean people. I try, but it just doesn't work. I feel horridly guilty and end up making up for it in extremely overt ways.
Its easy! Just say whatever pops into your head and remember, its only a game, until the elf gets horribly maimed. Then, its a victory.

Seriously though, I agree with that for the most part, I feel a pang of guilt anytime I do something assholish. The trick, I think is to just roll with it and let a mean character play itself rather than playing the mean character. Sounds wierd I know, but I do think there is a difference between the two things.
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Jihelu

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #114 on: September 20, 2017, 08:28:00 AM »
I can't play mean people. I try, but it just doesn't work. I feel horridly guilty and end up making up for it in extremely overt ways.
It's easy. Just type 'kill elf'
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Tuannon

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Re: What CAN'T You Play?
« Reply #115 on: September 21, 2017, 08:43:09 AM »
I can't play mean people. I try, but it just doesn't work. I feel horridly guilty and end up making up for it in extremely overt ways.

The best advise or alternative I can give here is have guidelines for your character and have a few tenets or rules that elicit an anger response. That's if you want to try to experiment with being less nice. It's up to you though, the idea is for everyone to progress a story along.