my name is steven callahon, and i felt it was important to talk about the subject of roleplay, IC, and other earthly considerations that may or may not extend into referring to your character as a build type or obnoxiously and or unironically using ingame titles (hitting hard on this doomwall thing, as you'll come to find) as an IC for your character.
BY NO MEANS AM I TARGETTING, WITCHHUNTING, OR SLANDERING ANYONE WITH THIS POST, AND KINDLY ASK SUCH CONSIDERATIONS EXTEND TO EVERYONE ELSE.
im not any authority to dictate proper rp or improper rp, but for the past month or so ive noticed a trend of players referring to themselves by build names or other strenously tight titles (shes a ghost, bro!) or flatout mechanics (hes a eviter, bro). while i cant wave a wand and demand everyone drop what they're doing and change their IC, it is important to understand and differentiate the two key aspects to a roleplay setting;
the in-character, in universe aspect
out of character, out of universe aspect.
at this point you might ask yourself, "but steven, its obviously a use of in-universe lore concepts and theyre phrases that exist, so obviously it CANT be that bad"
in one perfect world, you might be right -- but the blatant use of these words -- and or job titles -- is thrown around so loosely that it feels more like a common staple (an obnoxious one at that) than the reputation theyre supposed to represent. in ye olden times, you didnt call duke lastname "the duke" to his face, you referred to his role in a status befitting of it's reputation, 'your humble grace befits you, ser lastname, duke of randomshire, greatest of all tapdancers in the land.' jobs, easy to obtain mechanically, hold a much greater significance ICly due to the feats/skills that are common to their profession (just because focus allows you to stomp with the force of a contained earthquake doesnt make it any less impressive, you know), but are met with such flatfaced and almost expressionless praise more akin to trading pokemon cards;
obviously you can see where some dedicated rpers would knit their brows and wonder what in fresh hell these vocaloid mannequins are doing out of their box, but the problem itself isnt contained to simple player dissatisfaction -- it involves the rp mandate in the server. it's hard to consider such flat responses or bland build jockey talk being considered even remotely realistic human behavior. unless, you know, you live in the dimensions where humans speak like bastardized romulans or smth (star trekkies, please spare me, i only watched some of the movies and the run with patrick stewart)whoa bro are you using boardshaker? i didnt know you were a Chauturan Black Knight, dudebroski
so a real genuine question is how people can begrudgingly type - in an rp mandate - such blandless character communication and talk in a manner befitting of players who showed up for their first larp session;
(related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ekugPKqFw)"greetings traveller--can i--offer you some infffformation?" -chosen well of souls, game dungeon
a final point of contention is the obnoxious use of ooc builds as ic character jobs/titles. i don't think i need to write a 2000 page essay on why using the word "doomwall" IC, unironically, isnt exactly what id consider solid rp; it just sounds like one of those 'le epic 4th wall surrealism' things you'd find on those new age gaudy deadpool comic books.
these are just my thoughts and opinions and would gladly appreciate feedback, thoughts, or otherwise. hit me up on my discord - Phoenix#9665 - if you feel as if im a wrong dumb baby man but are too unsure if saying it here is a good move
if this is in the wrong thread, please dont smite me moderators, im just a poor boy