((Okay so today something happened that I am going to work to prevent it from happening again. I'm not mad about it, I decided to funnel a bit of my frustration into improving the roleplay experience around here.
There are some basic rules of roleplaying that keeps things fun and interesting, and it seems like some of you people don't really understand them.
These are the Golden Rules of Roleplaying.
Do NOT take control of others' characters. Don't enter ANYTHING for them.
What does this mean? It means that people's characters are their property, and it's not your right to fuck them up, or play as them, or enter in commands for them. I'll give you some examples, using some mock-characters. Bad Example
Player 1: *runs up to player 2*
Player 2: *Player 1 runs up to me and grabs my purse* HEY, THAT'S MINE!
Player 1: (Dude, my character was going to say hello.)
Player 2: (Well I wanted to get a story going!)
Player 1: (|: ) Good Example
Player 1: *runs up to player 2*
Player 2: You look kind of suspicious....
Player 1: No, I just thought you were someone else, sorry. Hello, though!
Player 2: Oh, haha. Hello!
See how much more natural the second one was? Make sure you keep a THICK line between your control of the others' characters and yours. Try as hard as possible to not interfere with their actions at all. This also goes for COMBAT
and your character punches someone else's character, wait for THEM to reply with a reaction. Some more examples of this: Bad Example
P1: Okay, that's it, you're going down!
P2: No, YOU are going down! *punches you, and your nose bleeds as you fall to the ground* Good Example
P1: That's the last bit of my patience! You're going down!
P2: No, you're definitely going down! *Throws a punch at you*
P1: *attempts to dodge, but gets a good punch in the shoulder. I try to kick your legs out*
See how the ones in the good example wait for their partner to react? Roleplaying is about your character reacting
to other characters. If someone else is controlling it for you, you can't really do that, and that makes it unfun for everyone. And seriously. Never EVER have an action that is fatal go through only on your terms. If your character attempts to kill another, make sure you either discuss it with the other player prior, or at least give them a chance to live.
Remember to discuss with the other players, and big events that you plan on happening, be aware that the other player has absolutely no fucking clue what's going on in your mind, so events that come out of nowhere could really be frustrating and seem shoddy to other players. Communication is key.
Last Rule, HAVE FUN.
Cheesy, but goes without saying, of course. These rules really are
serious, especially when roleplaying with multiple people, or people you don't know well. But when you get a serious RP partner who knows you and your characters well enough, you can have a little leniency. But permission
Just make sure to never take ANYTHING too seriously. Especially when this is just South Park roleplay! And especially remember that characters' opinions don't always effect that of the player. Try to keep them separate in your mind, lest you create real drama.
I really hope you guys take the time to read all of this. It's going to make everything more fun for everyone. (: please comment if you've read this, I want to know what your opinions are, if you've learned anything, or if you think I'm just being a huge asshole.