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As the year winds out, I was thinking about the roleplaying I've done this year, and how my writing has developed as a result.

I think this year I wrote, and created some really nice characters. If there's anything I've grown stronger with this year, it's characterisation - even of minor NPC figures. I do feel like I've done far less roleplaying this year than I did the two before, lack of time and creative energy I think :< I bet a lot of us are in the same boat.

So how do you think you've improved this year? Do you have any examples?

What would you set as a goal to improve on in 2021?
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This year I didn't start that 1x1 with TyrannosaurusRex.

Next year imma not finish that 1x1 with TyrannosaurusRex.
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I was able to break out of my three year hiatus after some prodding from a few friends on the guild. It has been fun rebooting the roleplay these past six months but it has taken forever to work out all the rust. I feel like I’m finally starting to get a hang of things again.

I’m still feeling a bit clunky and writing doesn’t flow as easily as it did in the past so I hope that I can fully get back into the same state I was in, if not better, during 2021. This summer will be 10 years since I’ve joined the guild so although I haven’t been here the full ten years, I’m glad that I will be around for that milestone.
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Well these three questions may seem easy to answer, but in my case it is hard to pin down like something legit.

I think I have improved detail wise and like adding more in terms of length of my RP's that I feel comfortable with.

For 2021, I would love to at least get the same proverbal fruit as others and have that same standing and same chance with people. It'll be year number 4 for me on the Guild and hoping to turn my luck around.
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If by tired and burnt out counts then yes I achieved the peak of the human condition. Still haven't found a Mid-Casual RP yet that warrants my time and effort, I guess WoL is that but I miss Horde of Evil and When the Gods Fell. I was in the very first Divinus but my character doesn't even get mentioned in the Wikia. I'm proud of how far I've come and how much my writing skills have improved.
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If by tired and burnt out counts then yes I achieved the peak of the human condition. Still haven't found a Mid-Casual RP yet that warrants my time and effort, I guess WoL is that but I miss Horde of Evil and When the Gods Fell. I was in the very first Divinus but my character doesn't even get mentioned in the Wikia. I'm proud of how far I've come and how much my writing skills have improved.


It was great to be apart of something much bigger than me but good to be a part of the bigger picture.
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I was able to break out of my three year hiatus after some prodding from a few friends on the guild. It has been fun rebooting the roleplay these past six months but it has taken forever to work out all the rust. I feel like I’m finally starting to get a hang of things again.

I’m still feeling a bit clunky and writing doesn’t flow as easily as it did in the past so I hope that I can fully get back into the same state I was in, if not better, during 2021. This summer will be 10 years since I’ve joined the guild so although I haven’t been here the full ten years, I’m glad that I will be around for that milestone.


That's awesome and I'm glad you've found your way back to the hobby. That is also a brilliant milestone -- we're glad you're here with our community!

The writing will find it's flow through practice, for sure. I often find that the more time you spend in a roleplay with a character, the better the writing will get as well as you work through the hopes/dreams/hates/loves of that character and put the into different situations. Best of luck for your 2021!
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Things I have Accomplished This Year
- Making two RP threads that self-combusted.
- Participating in more group RPs
- Making a Walmart Quest.
- Fufilling 35% of my RP Bucket List.

Things I will Accomplish Next Year
- Making a Caves of Qud Group RP
- Finishing my Walmart Quest
- Forcibly blackmailing @Rapid Reader to create a RP for once in their entire lifetime and suffer the horror of being a GM.
- Conceptualize the last 65% of my RP Bucket List which includes the following.



- Make a RP Kickstarter/Patreon. Become a roleplay twitch streamer.
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@Bork Lazer I wish the D&D Gm's I had were more like you.
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I honestly don't know if I improved, at first with Covid and work and then with family drama I feel like I've been off my game for a long time.

I did write a really great scene of a ship attacking a harbor that I am quite proud of, and a gun battle that I think is pretty ok, but other than that, just kind of blah :(
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whew~

didn't do much in 2020, really. Seems like the only RPs that I'm in that got anywhere were the ones that I GMed. So uh... I guess I'll be GMing more?

Actually, no, scratch that. I've got my hands full with this wonderful group in TFT right now. My resolution is to make an excellent RP that will inspire others to do the same!
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Generally I believe my original writing is way better than my roleplaying, but even with that in mind I think I did 'ok.' This year. I was very proud of myself the first two weeks of The Blackwood, before life slowed me down.

I think my goals this next year is to put my characters through different scenarios as a writing exercise. I usually enjoy that. Like putting a character I have in a pirate RP into a political intrigue/adventure RP, or make my thief have to take up bounty hunting, etc. Or do the classic 'turn this farmboy into a king' and make him take darker choices.

I also want to start more group roleplays. That and I'm hoping I can start a Roll20 gaming session with a few RPG members I feel would work well together on here.
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2020 has been an awfully mixed year for me. Asides from my depression year that cut me off, this year is the single most disruptive year to my RPing schedule. I normally aim to GM 2-3 RPs a year but this year I was only able to get one RP off ground before life decided to get in the way of everyone and the RP stalled. But that's alright. I feel as if my writing skill has if anything regressed somewhat this year. I haven't been able to put the time and love I would normally pit into my writing and as a result I have felt quiet isolated at times.

2021 is going to be a new start. I am going to stop RPing in other places where people are illiterate and start focusing more time on being here on the Guild. I have an amazing bubble of friends here who over the past year I have neglected to go find other shiny toys to look at, only to realise they were cheap knock offs. I plan on starting some new RPs. I have a few ideas, some good, some bad, but I will throw them out there and see what sticks.

Here is to 2021 - May you not be as shit as 2020
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2020 has been so/so....roleplay-wise I mean. my talents haven't been the best, i'll admit it, and i had many an rp die on me before it even got off the ground, let alone get started. luckily i had some that did, but they didn't turn out great. but....
I did my best, trying to come up with new roleplaying plots/scenarios/ideas. I did my best at group rps' but realized i had better luck in 1x1s'.

i was in a rut though, always stuck in free to low casual and still am.

My best hope for 2021?
to get better at group rps and such, as well as work my way out of free to low casual, at least to a point. Hopefully I will be able to someday and such.

also... to have one group rp that will last longer than 2-4 pages of posts, and have more than 1-3 characters and such.
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I spent a large chunk of the year not roleplaying because y'know, it was fucking 2020, so its difficult to say whether I've improved in my writing or whatever. I was happy with what I was doing at the start of year, then I went on hiatus, and to be honest I'm less happy with how I'm writing right now. Hopefully I can more or less get back to where I was before. I also think my solo writing hasn't improved much this year, mainly through a lack of practice.

Next year I would like to GM something again. It has been a while, and I think I've had time to reflect one why past GMing experiences haven't worked out so well for me and particularly why I've burned out so fast GMing previously. What I've realised is that I really dislike running and managing large-ish groups, whether that be here on the guild, over the table top or doing literally anything else in my real, online or work life.

So none of that anymore.

Four characters max with a streamlined story and a limited time frame. That's what I want.

EDIT: Oh and no more GM PCs in group RPs. Not doing that anymore either, didn't realise how weird it was till I got into table top and I've seen RPs on the guild manage just fine without one now, so I'm not doing it anymore. It's enough work running the story and the being world, why give yourself the extra work of running a character?
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To avoid repeating things I've said before. If I do a direct comparison with roleplays I started and track how long they lasted. (Total word count.) In comparison to 2019. The difference is staggering. From more roleplays in general (albeit PM/off site) and from what was once months at most, became almost a whole year for at least a few of them.

But in 2021, I may focus on different avenues. Novel writing, maybe. Personal fitness? Haven't quite nailed down my "new years resolution" yet. Though it might turn out to be a very different year for me, regardless.
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I spent a large chunk of the year not roleplaying because y'know, it was fucking 2020, so its difficult to say whether I've improved in my writing or whatever. I was happy with what I was doing at the start of year, then I went on hiatus, and to be honest I'm less happy with how I'm writing right now. Hopefully I can more or less get back to where I was before. I also think my solo writing hasn't improved much this year, mainly through a lack of practice.

Next year I would like to GM something again. It has been a while, and I think I've had time to reflect one why past GMing experiences haven't worked out so well for me and particularly why I've burned out so fast GMing previously. What I've realised is that I really dislike running and managing large-ish groups, whether that be here on the guild, over the table top or doing literally anything else in my real, online or work life.

So none of that anymore.

Four characters max with a streamlined story and a limited time frame. That's what I want.

EDIT: Oh and no more GM PCs in group RPs. Not doing that anymore either, didn't realise how weird it was till I got into table top and I've seen RPs on the guild manage just fine without one now, so I'm not doing it anymore. It's enough work running the story and the being world, why give yourself the extra work of running a character?


I often have to remind myself that writing is like working out - the more you do, and the more consistently you do it, the better your results. I think a few of us have felt that we've slipped on the slope with it a bit this year.

I really like your writing Kas, and I look forward to seeing what you do in 2021 :)

2020 has been so/so....roleplay-wise I mean. my talents haven't been the best, i'll admit it, and i had many an rp die on me before it even got off the ground, let alone get started. luckily i had some that did, but they didn't turn out great. but....
I did my best, trying to come up with new roleplaying plots/scenarios/ideas. I did my best at group rps' but realized i had better luck in 1x1s'.

i was in a rut though, always stuck in free to low casual and still am.

My best hope for 2021?
to get better at group rps and such, as well as work my way out of free to low casual, at least to a point. Hopefully I will be able to someday and such.

also... to have one group rp that will last longer than 2-4 pages of posts, and have more than 1-3 characters and such.


You can do it Vampy! I am in awe of how much you get done on the site to be honest - you have the passion for it, I'm sure this year will be fantastic for you if you keep those goals clear and in your line of sight :)

Generally I believe my original writing is way better than my roleplaying, but even with that in mind I think I did 'ok.' This year. I was very proud of myself the first two weeks of The Blackwood, before life slowed me down.

I think my goals this next year is to put my characters through different scenarios as a writing exercise. I usually enjoy that. Like putting a character I have in a pirate RP into a political intrigue/adventure RP, or make my thief have to take up bounty hunting, etc. Or do the classic 'turn this farmboy into a king' and make him take darker choices.

I also want to start more group roleplays. That and I'm hoping I can start a Roll20 gaming session with a few RPG members I feel would work well together on here.


Like with Vampy, I am just in awe of your work ethic when it comes to your personal writing pursuits, Poobear. I have definitely felt your absence this year in my own roleplaying so I'm looking forward to writing with you again because you are a fantastic writer.

I honestly don't know if I improved, at first with Covid and work and then with family drama I feel like I've been off my game for a long time.

I did write a really great scene of a ship attacking a harbor that I am quite proud of, and a gun battle that I think is pretty ok, but other than that, just kind of blah :(


PENNY! You write SOOOOO much 1x1 it's incredible. I have no doubt at all you'll be back on your game soon.

whew~

didn't do much in 2020, really. Seems like the only RPs that I'm in that got anywhere were the ones that I GMed. So uh... I guess I'll be GMing more?

Actually, no, scratch that. I've got my hands full with this wonderful group in TFT right now. My resolution is to make an excellent RP that will inspire others to do the same!


Keep me updated with your pursuits - I would love to read them and get inspired :) One way to find a little bit of fire is to learn from others. I believe in you :)

2020 has been an awfully mixed year for me. Asides from my depression year that cut me off, this year is the single most disruptive year to my RPing schedule. I normally aim to GM 2-3 RPs a year but this year I was only able to get one RP off ground before life decided to get in the way of everyone and the RP stalled. But that's alright. I feel as if my writing skill has if anything regressed somewhat this year. I haven't been able to put the time and love I would normally pit into my writing and as a result I have felt quiet isolated at times.

2021 is going to be a new start. I am going to stop RPing in other places where people are illiterate and start focusing more time on being here on the Guild. I have an amazing bubble of friends here who over the past year I have neglected to go find other shiny toys to look at, only to realise they were cheap knock offs. I plan on starting some new RPs. I have a few ideas, some good, some bad, but I will throw them out there and see what sticks.

Here is to 2021 - May you not be as shit as 2020


Hey, we're all illiterate to start with, and you never know - maybe having spent some time with you, they'll challenge themselves too to aim higher and be better than they were :) Best of luck in 2021!
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Who roleplays in 2021? That's so 2010.
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