There are different genres of which one can choose while role-playing, including, but not limited to, fantasy, modern, medieval, steam punk, and historical.Books, movies, or games can be, and often are, used as a basis for role-plays (which in such cases may be deemed "collaborative fan-fiction"), with players either assuming the roles of established canon characters or using those the players themselves create ("Original Characters") to replace—or exist alongside—characters from the book, movie, or game, playing through well-trodden plots as alternative characters, or expanding upon the setting and story outside of its established canon.Viola Spolin, who was one of the founders the famous comedy troupe Second City, insisted that her exercises were games, and that they involved role-playing as early as 1946.
, ICQ) to build worlds and characters that may last a few hours, or several years.Often on forum-based roleplays, rules, and standards are set up, such as a minimum word count, character applications, and "plotting" boards to increase complexity and depth of story.It seems the Goldshire Inn - which is in the starting area for the game's race of humans - on the North American role-playing server Moon Guard has become a notorious hot-spot for lewd, in-character behaviour.The topic was raised recently on the forums by a concerned father who had cancelled his son's account after reading the obscene public chat in the inn (via Wo W.com).A role-playing game is a game in which the participants assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create stories.
Participants determine the actions of their characters based on their characterisation, and the actions succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.
To roleplay is as much about what not to say as what TO say.
It means to keep your speech in the context of the setting in which your character (or avatar) exists. Most roleplaying that occurs is in an online setting, such as an online game, a chat room, or a message board.
A Blizzard rep responded that the game operator did actively police offensive behaviour in public chat channels and via unsolicited in-game messages - although it leaves consensual private messages and party chat alone.
The rep pointed out that its efforts weren't always visible, though, since it sought to deal with such issues privately, and reminded players that "with millions of players in hundreds of servers and thousands of channels, it is impossible to manually monitor everywhere".
Improvisational theatre dates back to the Commedia dell'Arte tradition of the 16th century.