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I've always been curious on what other people enjoy playing out in a roleplay. Mainly I'm looking for what kind of themes and elements you enjoy having in an RP the most.

For me, I mainly enjoy the slower and more psychological kind of scenarios. Situations where a character is forced into uncomfortable situations or ones that force them to think intently on their actions. I also love putting characters through hell and back for them to come out stronger. Exploring motives and goals and how they might change over time is also quite fun for me.

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Ohhhh where do I begin? I love drama, action, adventure. It's something that keeps my interest going if the stakes keep getting higher and I know the characters have yet new obstacles to overcome, it makes me worry and root for them. Unfortunately, in my old RP community (not on here) I was literally treated like a leper because the other players didn't like my plots, they wanted everything to wrap up neatly like the stand-alone episode of a tv-show, bad guys and good guys firmly separated, while I like exploring the "grey" areas (villains who might have their own set of morals, or good guys who might not be lovable and "Steven universe" sweet all the time), I like plots folding out over long time, and not "skipping to the fun scenes" which was another thing we argued over.... also because their only concept of "fun scenes" was basically people hanging out, drinking, and throwing parties. Maybe because I'm naturally an introvert so I don't have an active social life myself, but these things can hold my interest only for a couple post, not make up the bulk of a RP - otherwise I get bored. The worst experience I had was when they insisted on having me partake to a birthday party with two characters for whom I felt absolutely nothing, but they were the ones they wanted to play with; I was bored out of my wits, hoping only that the party would end soon, and yet I was made to feel bad about it because they were obviously enjoying it, and they said they liked my contribute, but to me it felt like I was literally shifting the characters from place A to place B, fidgeting and saying random nonsense because I didn't know what to have them do and I didn't want to play there, but I wanted to play with my friends :/
SolarLoki wrote:
I've always been curious on what other people enjoy playing out in a roleplay. Mainly I'm looking for what kind of themes and elements you enjoy having in an RP the most.

For me, I mainly enjoy the slower and more psychological kind of scenarios. Situations where a character is forced into uncomfortable situations or ones that force them to think intently on their actions. I also love putting characters through hell and back for them to come out stronger. Exploring motives and goals and how they might change over time is also quite fun for me.

I love the intrigue and intensity that can be done with stories, putting my characters in difficult situations and they needing to internally and externally work out their responses to what has come their way. My character Nina is a mentally emotional mess, having the appearance of a 'perfect' life, yet has been committed to a very dysfunctional marriage for decades. With mid-life and life change that women go through, she is all over the place as to her emotions and feelings and in turn, her responses to situations.

Favorite themes I have to say are intrigue and angst, and challenging situations. The elements are character relationships and deep interactions among different sorts of character personalities.
Aya

My favorite theme -- picture a small town, situated on a cold, snowy mountain, and kind of cut off from the rest of the world. From the outside, it's like any other small town, decent, safe, peaceful, simple etc. But then something happens, a terrible murder or supernatural occurrences, and then the townsfolk start turning on each other, pointing fingers and not being able to fathom that their once safe and simple home is no longer that.

Feeling of mistrust, angst, dread, fear... taking something seemingly innocent and pure (such as traveling to a small town) and making it terrifying. These are the dramatic and horrific elements that I'm searching for in some of my role plays. I also enjoy seeing people's morals being compromised in time's of trouble. Everyone thinks they know themselves, until a monster or killer is breaking down their door. Friendship will be tested, alliances forged and broken, people would truly show their worth, whether they're courageous or cowardly.

I don't like melodrama, I don't like soap opera stories with overly dramatic relationship dynamics, and pure cringe. I like non romantic drama though, such as dealing with betrayal or a new threat lurking. Another theme I like to play out is progress, I feel like it's super underrated, I cannot stand characters that seemingly remain exactly the same from the beginning to the end of the story. Progress is important, I like to use subtle ways of showing that we're getting closer and closer to the climax.
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