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Okay! Something that annoys me of late, as those of you who know me will already know that I like my in game background- I like my character concept and aside from that actual gameplay is less important.
Iím aware thatís not how it is for everyone, some players do enjoy their powerful mono-purpose characters with little or no background.
However it annoys me when said players treat me like a newbie/fool because Iíve not optimised my character.
Whats worse is if the Games Master makes no attempt to intergrate a character with atypical skills or background into the adventure.
Last edited by Visitor Q; January 12th, 2007 at 22:26.
I'm with you. As a longtime RPG-player and GM I can fully understand the frustration.I found the concept and the character of the character to be the only real "gameplay" worth considering. We are not very much into Hack'n Slash. It's all about interacting with the NPCs in a social way, something the many of the optimized "characters" or more "PCs" or even..."Ps?" often fail to understand.I like my character concept and aside from that actual gameplay is less important.
Fear not Lioness, nothing "noobie" about wanting to play the role of your character rather then just rely on some funky numbers showing your kick-behind-ness.
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Can I point out that it really depends on the gaming system you play. Call of Cuthulu, Nobilis amongst others encourage the development of interesting characters with well thought out backgrounds.
Indeed the system is very important of course. Since I'm from Sweden the main part of my experince comes from "Drakar och Demoner Expert", it was the No1 RPG here for years and the company making it had some of the most extraordinary Adventure Writers the world have ever seen. Fantastic tales that one should really translate into English, "Svavelvinter" (Sulphur Winter) from the mid-late eighties is absoluterly amazing.
As far as the gaming system goes it was an expanded version of Dungeons and Dragons, not ADD, and not only did the rules contain plenty of different skills but many of the prefabed adventures demanded that you made use of them in a very "socializing" way.
Tried to play ADD too, but we found it to be rather limiting in it's rules mechanisms. Fighters are good at fightning, mages are bad at fighting and can only use certain weapons-they are good at magic though...not really the depth that SW DDE offered.
We should look into setting up a game on LO which revolves around the charater and background of the character and not about power gaming.
I'm with you Lioness, I think character development, and a good backstory is far more important than a cheesy character in game terms.
I'm still annoyed that some of my roleplaying buddies think it's 'stupid' that whenever I make a werewolf in World of Darkness, I deliberately avoid cheesing it up in combat. So what if I wanna play a werewolf that doesn't rush into combat with uber strength in War Form, and prefers to stay back, and either not fight, or remain in human form and just use a gun or something.
Now I no longer like playing werewolf cos all it consists of is, "Look at us, we're uber werewolves, we kill all kinds of hardcore spirits, and use no intelligence or problem solving beyond 'how do I get the most dice for attack'." I've played werewolf longer than all of them, back in old WOD, and I still reckon it was far better back then.*sighs* /rant
I'd run an LO based roleplay if I had the time, alas as the players of my Exalted Game already know my previous attempt was plagued by forum maintenance, hacking attacks, webmag commitments and my players personal lives.
Still if anyone wants to GM I'd be happy to play-
A friend of mine is running a Call of Cthulhu game once we're on the new server, hopefully she'll have more luck than I did with my game.
Well I would definitly be up for a CoC game. Out of interest how long will it take for the new server to be up and running?
That wouldn't happen to be Bastet holding the next CoC game would it Lioness? (I'll finally have enough time to actually play in one of the CoC games for once...)
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