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March 11th, 2011


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12:13 am - How's my driving?
I hate to have to put this here, but it seems that one can't allow anonymous comments on one entry and only registered user comments on another entry in the same journal anymore.

Anyway, since I have enough of a sample to judge by out there by now, I figure it's about time to put up the obligatory LJRP concrit post. You know the drill -- what I'm doing well, what you didn't understand my reasoning for, and anything else that might help me play my canon characters better. In the interests of warding off any remnants of the old rotten peanut gallery, though, I'll have to assume you followed a link indicating who they are rather than clarifying for you here.

Note that I'm more likely to respond positively to criticism in question form, and that all comments are screened (though you can ask within your comment for me to unscreen it). -- Pteryx
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 6th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Not an IC complaint so much as an OOC one.

Stop. Signing. Your. Name. On. All. Your. OOC. Posts. Seriously. It is annoying to no end.
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From:pteryx
Date:July 6th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Signing my OOC posts is a habit I took up back when "going online" still frequently meant having your screechy modem dial up a local BBS, and has been accepted by everyone else I've met in 16 years. It doesn't affect my ability to RP, and until your complaining began it had no OOC effect either. I would appreciate it if you would finally drop the subject rather than trying to find every opportunity to harass me about it.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 29th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
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Hi. I hope you don't mind me dropping in to ask a few questions. Anyway, how is your relationship with the people you tag with? How do you plot and discuss with them?
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From:pteryx
Date:August 29th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Heh, hard to mind polite questions from an anonymous source. ;) Anyway, at this particular point in time there are only a couple of people I actively tag with, since I'm not currently in a game. Essentially the people I currently tag with are known quantities -- we mutually enjoy each other's RP and otherwise are at least fine with each other's company (one in particular has cited finding me to be good conversation). Plottingwise, I do have a Plurk, but will gladly plot over private LJ messages between RP accounts too. Unfortunately, I don't have much in the way of real continuity to plot in right now.

As things stand, I feel I should branch out; I enjoy what tagging I get, but I think I can do better and haven't made enough friends. It's just difficult to aim for growth between my not being widely-read enough to know a lot of fandoms (and thus guess what characters might be fun to tag), my generally being socially anxious, and my wanting to be very, very careful to end up in a game situation that's healthy for all involved. -- Pteryx
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 29th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
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I see what you mean. Firstly, you don't have to know every fandom there is on LJRP. A lot of people aren't as well-informed, but then again, essentially every character is fun to tag depending on what you define as "fun". And besides, other factors come into play besides what the fandom is. You can know very little about a fandom and yet enjoy tagging characters from it enough to build strong CR.

If you don't mind me asking, what makes you socially anxious, and what defines a game situation that's healthy for all involved?
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From:pteryx
Date:August 29th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Fun can come in a lot of forms even from a single person's perspective, all told, and it's not like I much care what fandom someone's from if a post grabs my character's attention or someone tags me. Right now, though, I'm pretty much just tagging memes, and in that situation tagging a character I don't recognize is going in blind.

What makes me socially anxious? That's a long answer, but I'll try to keep it relatively brief. At the foundation is that 1) I have much less than average natural social aptitude, and 2) I'm an anxious, oversensitive person to begin with. Built on top of that horrid foundation is faculty ineptitude in dealing with me exacerbating these problems and various failures, rejections, and traumas eating away at what emotional endurance I have -- and it doesn't help that for me, sympathy is a rare treasure. Most people take being accepted as part of society for granted, but I simply can't with the life I've had.

As for a game situation being healthy for all involved... to summarize, the community has to be a harmless to positive influence for me, I have to be a harmless to positive contribution to the community, the character needs to be a good fit for the game mood and premise, the game mood and premise have to be a good fit for the character, my playstyle needs to mesh sufficiently with the game's, the community needs to understand and support the direction I'm going in, I need to understand and be able to support the community's direction... Basically, if the overall situation isn't mutually perfect both IC and OOC, either dissatisfaction or conflict seems inevitable. Short of emotionally draining and scarring trial and error, I don't know how to find something like that. -- Pteryx
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 27th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
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First of all, let me apologize for taking about a month to reply.

Anyway, I understand that being anxious is a common problem, and everyone gets anxious at one point or another, especially when things look pretty uncertain. You wait for something, and you don't know what to expect...or when that something comes, you're not sure what to make of it. But too much of anything won't do anyone any good.

Even if you say you're anxious and oversensitive, why don't you try loosening up a little bit? Uncertainties may lurk around LJRP and yet, that's part of what makes it interesting. The social side of it also makes things really interesting. Don't be afraid to let go and let other people take over every now and then. Anxiety may not be the nicest thing in the world, but it gets worse when it's foisted on other people (and that can happen without you even trying). It can be contagious. Or even worse than that, it can give rise to different problems.

Um, do you get where I'm driving at?
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From:pteryx
Date:September 27th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
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The delay's no problem!

The tricky part here is that I don't have a choice in how I feel. I do appreciate your effort in trying to put the focus on how I act on those feelings, though; many people are inconsiderate enough to basically say "have you tried not being anxious?" instead.

In the only game I've been in, I was driving as much as I was not out of anxiety, but because my character needed to adjust to the situation enough to function normally. In retrospect, maybe a game where the adjustment required was less extreme would have been a better choice. If it wasn't that, it was tag reminders (either poking partners in existing threads or calling attention to posts people expressed interest in before). Of course, if you're thinking of something else, please correct me here.

Aside from venting, I'm not sure what behavior you might be referring to when it comes to "foisting anxiety on other people". (As far as venting goes, that's a complex, touchy issue.) I should note that the reference to it potentially happening without my even trying is troubling, though; it makes me sound like some sort of Typhoid Mary if I try to socialize in any way, which I presume isn't what you meant at all. -- Pteryx
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 26th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
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It's quite possible to make other people anxious when you remind them a little too much. Here in LJRP, it's very common to let posts or logs sit where they are and just wait for the people who have promised to tag them. I understand that sometimes, people need to be reminded and we're just itching to get the tags we want, but generally, people tend to be pretty chill and just leave stuff to be tagged whenever they have to be.

And, actually, a character adjusting to an extreme setting can actually be fun and can be played in a way that shouldn't be so difficult or taxing in any way.

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