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OOC: RPG? Role Playing Questions...

Posted on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 @ 7:54pm by Lieutenant Sara O'Donnel-Che

Hi All,

I was wondering about ST sims and sim RPG's in general after recently reading some material by some well known actors.

Mainly a lot of the usual guff about "getting into character" and scripts etc. Though an interesting point was made by Rene Auberjonois and others that, in Science Fiction TV and films, that in his view alien/non-human characters were too often just transferred racial stereotypes or otherwise simply played as humans in costume (in comparison to the same way as dressing up in costume for an historical drama etc).

That got me wondering, as in a ST sim, are we 'acting' as if the Fearless was an extended ST TV franchise and we the characters/actors in it or as a science fiction RPG/sim (I personally hope the latter).

Then as I read back through my own posts I see that I often just write/act as a human person in the loose guise of an alien in the situations/posts rather than actually thinking it through from the POV as an actual non-human (i.e their different possible thought processes, morals, outlooks and overall POV etc). Then I got to thinking how could I improve my non-human characters posts without making them unreadable?

For example I play a few Vulcan characters in other sims (when reading back through some previous posts) I found that they may as well be French or Finnish characters with pointy ears and lacking of sense of humour rather than individuals from a race from a distant star system.

I also understand that, in the Federation, over the centuries of membership there would broadly be a common/collective moral outlook and understanding though this would not erase the individual racial tendencies/beliefs/outlooks and habits etc. of each wildly different alien race. Some races would find it difficult to nigh impossible to work within what they would see as the constraints of the 'human' condition (perhaps they are from a hive culture or close wolfpack-like groups who would pine for their pack-mates or Borg-like with linked minds etc who would find the mental silence too terrible to contemplate!).

Without making too much of it I would like to know your opinions (i.e as to the acting/role playing of other races in the sim etc).

Thanks for reading.


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Comments (2)

by Captain Santiago Vela on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 @ 8:02pm

I like to think of the Sim as both roleplaying and writing a separate ST franchise. Although I will say the line blurs between when you are a player or a writer a lot. I try to manage my role as a GM/Editor/Publisher as good as I can. I do a lot better with out a Cat 5 Hurricane headed my way. I hope this clears things up a bit.


by Lieutenant Commander Lee Abernathy on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 @ 9:16pm

I think this is part of why I have gravitated most to human characters. That being said I do play an Andorian on our sister ship, and I try to add some flavor of that in. Admittedly I could do more.

I like the notion of playing another culture, and trying to be steeped in that culture as much as possible, but aside from Klingons and Vulcans, my knowledge is fairly limited.

I'm going to ramble a little here. Bajorans are religious humans; Trill are humans with (usually) well maintained multiple personalities; Betazoids are telepathic humans. And my limited experience with other Alpha quadrant races doesn't lead to a lot of other options.

I would be very interested in trying to make a more accurate character, but I think one of the reasons that we often just make humans with a twist is that we are in fact human. To truly portray a non human would be difficult, but a challenge that I will now try to take to heart.

Time to go read a lot about Bajorans, (for Cibu) and Andorians (for Rhesha).

Thanks for making me think.