Tuesday, January 14, 2014


    I sometimes wonder just how many people feel a empathy with their characters in roleplay. I know I do, an if only because I've sat here before, crying and typing simultaneously. But crying not because I'm sad, but because I feel for the character, namely Armalla in this case since the other hasn't really been crying yet. Yet. But arguably she's more emotionally stable in certain aspects, so that's probably why. Still, I feel for these two: the married mother of two half-elf, and whichever incarnation of Ryleah. (I don't include Nevi in this because she's...a work in progress, i guess, being a child still.) I've always liked to think I have a decent empathy level and a higher emotional intelligence - both only assumptions except for the latter since recently - so that could have something to do with it, but I'm not sure. To really truly be able to type well for whoever you 'become' for however long, don't you have to connect on some sort of emotional level? After a certain roleplay ends...does it leave you feeling some sort of way for a short while? Like...if something ends a bit sad, do you feel melancholy? If it ends on a happy note, is there some sort of happiness in you? It works that way for me at least. And, yes, the reason I've got these thoughts is because of how I was left with something of a melancholy feeling today.
Shhh, it doesn't matter. It doesn't.
    Another reason for these thoughts is because I posted two pics on flickr and ended up easily putting the thoughts of the two chars pictured as the 'description'. Eve when I'm not typing for whoever, I can still flip a switch and have their thoughts. Is that weird? Am I the only one with that simple chamber in my brain labeled with their names? It's as easy as if I were to open a door to a room called 'Armalla' and another 'Ryleah'. Weird or are their others?
    Maybe it's because I have the mind of a writer (even though I haven't finished writing any story 'cause I get too many ideas and have to write whatever down, even if it's totally unrelated and a different story all together) and that's why I am able to just think their thoughts? It only takes me but a second to think of what Ry might be thinking around this moment or just after her day's end. Then for Malla, even though i didn't play as her today, doesn't take long either. It makes more sense for Malla since I've been playing as her for a couple years now, and Ry...well...I can't explain the ease with which she comes. Like I said, maybe it's just because I have a creative mind? or it is falling into the empathy? I think maybe more so the empathy since if you understand someone's emotions, you can guess at their thinking, their motives. Maybe it's all only to an extent, but it makes sense doesn't it? If you can feel a strong sort of empathy towards someone, you can understand them; that goes for roleplay characters, too.
    I know, I know, 'they're not real' 'they don't feel', but don't they to an extent? Maybe it's something that could be easily wiped away if you as the typist chose for it to be...but don't they yet have feelings? Maybe not like the real person typing for them, but there's still some form of it. Does whatever character you have react jsut as you would in a situation? I know sure as hell Malla cries more openly than I do plus other issues. Ry on the other hand...apathy seems to be her defense mechanism, so I can relate on that note, but...she's still more open and outgoing than I am. I think she might also feel more fiercely than I do, which is a scary thought since I thought that when I feel strongly for something/someone, I feel strongly for it/them...but that's still a 'we shall see' thing.
    Okay, maybe I'm crazy, but this is how I see it. When it comes down to it, if you can empathize with your character, it'll work wonderfully...if have you unable to see your keyboard. But it certainly gives more to whatever experience, sad or otherwise, and I like it. Crazy or not, I'm all for it.
Just wait a bit longer.


  1. that´s a very interesting blog you wrote which goes right into what roleplay means for one kind of roleplayers I think, and there are several things I could answer with 'yes, me too!' or with 'yes, but' so that probably makes us belong to two subcategories of the one kind of roleplayers, maybe I´ll write a bit more later, I could say quite a lot to some of the things your blog touches and in some cases the answer to the question isn´t a simple yes or no, but for now I´ll leave you a link to a topic on the sl-forum I incidentally saw just today when posting something there, and while it is completely different from your blog it yet is not in some way :grins: and either way it´s fun to read and maybe can add a smile to the rest-sadness of today:

    1. Ate my original reply >.>
      Anyway, you should write more on it since I'm curious as to what you'd say and..well, i left some stuff unsaid since it didn't want to translate form my brain to my fingers lol So maybe you'll say something similar enough for me to nod along lol But really am curious on your thoughts and the 'yeses' and 'yes buts' and all that :P
      But, hm..let's see where this link goes then.

  2. and, finally, there you go.


  3. or better like this I guess, delete the comment above, if you please, unsuitable link ;)

  4. .......
    and now it didn´t take my link at all and still doesn´t want to use my WP account to comment either, told you your blog hates me ;)
    ok another try...

    1. It doesn't hate you, it just treats you special is all :P