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Do you think the rp forms are too long?

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Why does everyone make the forms so long? One of the most fun parts are finding out more about the character, and also, they are tedious to fill out, espically for us who can't copy& paste. Can we please try to stop this? I love rping , but the forms are always so long... anyone agree?


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I think they are too long but it's nice for advanced ones so your not wondering how they act. I totally see your point though. 


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Yeah.

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"bffeaea" wrote:

I think they are too long but it's nice for advanced ones so your not wondering how they act. I totally see your point though. 

Yes, of course, but it's also fun to wait till find out how they act, right?


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I think they are VERY long. But, it also gives you much more experience on creating a character and really gets into detail. Describing facial features, likes and dislikes, up to personality if you practice these then you get a better writer as you go along. 

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The forms are extremely long, I can say that.Is that a good thing? Not necessarily. For example, zodiac, birthday, and time of birth all seem somewhat excessive. But still, we can't blame the creators of roleplays for making the forms so long. It's come to be expected, and if the form isn't I dunno, 40 questions long, you're considered a "bad" roleplayer. But even if we do decide to reduce our forms down to a few simple questions, you're still learning hardly anything about your character. For example, let's look at the two extremes that are commonly used on here. I'll be using one of my reaaaally old forms from one of my old accounts and one of my most recent forms.

Form Type #1:

Name: Of course, necessary.
 
Nickname: I don't think this should be really included in your form if you character doesn't have any nicknames. It just takes up space.
 
Age:  Again, necessary. 
 
Gender: Necessary.
 
Sexuality: Unless it's a romance RP, not required, really.
 
  
 
Date of Birth: Unless birthdays are of some importance, it's not necessary.
 
Zodiac:  No. This is not important at all.
 
Time of Birth: NO! WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS FROM PEOPLE?!
 
Location of Birth: Okay. This is fine.
 
 
General Appearance: Why not just appearance?
 
Hairstyle: Why.
 
Hair Color: Why?
 
Eye Color: WHY?
 
Height:  Eh, I guess it's a fun thing to think about, but not necessary.
 
Weight: Not really required, but it doesn't annoy me too much.
 
Build: Again, not really required, but fine.
 
Other Prominent Features: See, if it was just appearance, I wouldn't have had to put this.
 
  
 
Left or Right Handed? :  Why did I need to know this, exactly?
 
Posture: No???
 
Voice: Okay, this is fine.
 
Walk Style: NOT NECESSARY AT ALL
 
Laugh/Smile: Uhm, okaaaaaaaay? It seems fine, but not totally necessary.
 
Any Unique Gestures or Sayings? : In the roleplay, people will catch onto any unique catchphrases. 
 
  
Outfit: Casual: Fine.
 
Outfit: Combat: Fine.
 
Outfit: Sleep: Meh. Not totally necessary.
 
Outfit: Outerwear: Even less necessary.
 
Makeup/Accessories: Ok?
 
  
 
Personality:  See, this is one of the advantages of a simpler form. People can spend more time focusing on the personality rather than zodiac and eye color.
 
Likes: You could just put this in the personality.
 
Dislikes: ^^
 
Sense of Humor:  ^^^^


 
Hobbies: They'll figure out hobbies during the RP.
 
Skills: See, skills are good. They illustrate what your character is good at and help the creator of the RP decide if your character has too many.
 
Flaws: See, flaws are good too! If you don't have any flaws or they're very petty (i.e. sometimes mean girls get jealous of her good looks) the owner of the RP can find out immediately.
 
History: Yes, history is important. Your character's backstory is important.
 
Affiliations: Should only be required in advanced RPs.
 
Loyalties: This WAS necessary in my most recent RP, so yes, necessary, but I won't include it in the final draft of the form.
 
Code: Creator's choice on whether or not to include a "code."
 
Fears:  Could have been put in personality.
 
Goals: ^^
 
Other: Necessary to any form. Keeps people from having to add extra things to the form just to cover an important thing about their character.

Way too complicated, by far!

Form type #2:

 
Name: Necessary.
Gender: Good, good.
Looks: Ok!
Personality: Problem is, all I did was put a few adjectives. 
Other: Wait, that's it?

THAT'S IT?! 
Okay, it lets the creator know nothing about the character! Way to go younger me!

But, if we take the complicated one and take out unnecessary details, we get:

 
Name:
Age:
Gender:

Appearance:
Height: 
Weight:
Build:

Voice: 
Outfit: Casual
Outfit: Formal
Outfit: Sleep

Personality:
Skills: 
Flaws: 
History:
Affiliations: (Sometimes)
Other:

See how simple that is? See, the problem is, 1, if we started doing this, RP would use a lot of its reputation for being serious, and secondly, I agree with urifour. Welp, that took me forever to write. A few details could possibly be cut out without much of an effect, but then where's the fun in making a character? Fleshing them out is so much fun, and it really makes your character feel like a real person!


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"Black_Rose_19" wrote:

The forms are extremely long, I can say that.Is that a good thing? Not necessarily. For example, zodiac, birthday, and time of birth all seem somewhat excessive. But still, we can't blame the creators of roleplays for making the forms so long. It's come to be expected, and if the form isn't I dunno, 40 questions long, you're considered a "bad" roleplayer. But even if we do decide to reduce our forms down to a few simple questions, you're still learning hardly anything about your character. For example, let's look at the two extremes that are commonly used on here. I'll be using one of my reaaaally old forms from one of my old accounts and one of my most recent forms.



Form Type #1:



Name: Of course, necessary.

 


Nickname: I don't think this should be really included in your form if you character doesn't have any nicknames. It just takes up space.


 


Age:  Again, necessary. 


 


Gender: Necessary.


 


Sexuality: Unless it's a romance RP, not required, really.


 


  


 


Date of Birth: Unless birthdays are of some importance, it's not necessary.

 


Zodiac:  No. This is not important at all.


 


Time of Birth: NO! WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS FROM PEOPLE?!


 


Location of Birth: Okay. This is fine.


 


 


General Appearance: Why not just appearance?


 


Hairstyle: Why.


 


Hair Color: Why?


 


Eye Color: WHY?


 


Height:  Eh, I guess it's a fun thing to think about, but not necessary.


 


Weight: Not really required, but it doesn't annoy me too much.


 


Build: Again, not really required, but fine.


 


Other Prominent Features: See, if it was just appearance, I wouldn't have had to put this.


 


  


 


Left or Right Handed? :  Why did I need to know this, exactly?


 


Posture: No???


 


Voice: Okay, this is fine.


 


Walk Style: NOT NECESSARY AT ALL


 


Laugh/Smile: Uhm, okaaaaaaaay? It seems fine, but not totally necessary.


 


Any Unique Gestures or Sayings? : In the roleplay, people will catch onto any unique catchphrases. 


 


  


Outfit: Casual: Fine.


 


Outfit: Combat: Fine.


 


Outfit: Sleep: Meh. Not totally necessary.


 


Outfit: Outerwear: Even less necessary.


 


Makeup/Accessories: Ok?


 


  


 


Personality:  See, this is one of the advantages of a simpler form. People can spend more time focusing on the personality rather than zodiac and eye color.


 


Likes: You could just put this in the personality.


 


Dislikes: ^^


 


Sense of Humor:  ^^^^






 


Hobbies: They'll figure out hobbies during the RP.


 


Skills: See, skills are good. They illustrate what your character is good at and help the creator of the RP decide if your character has too many.


 


Flaws: See, flaws are good too! If you don't have any flaws or they're very petty (i.e. sometimes mean girls get jealous of her good looks) the owner of the RP can find out immediately.


 


History: Yes, history is important. Your character's backstory is important.


 


Affiliations: Should only be required in advanced RPs.


 


Loyalties: This WAS necessary in my most recent RP, so yes, necessary, but I won't include it in the final draft of the form.


 


Code: Creator's choice on whether or not to include a "code."


 


Fears:  Could have been put in personality.


 


Goals: ^^


 


Other: Necessary to any form. Keeps people from having to add extra things to the form just to cover an important thing about their character.



Way too complicated, by far!



Form type #2:



 
Name: Necessary.

Gender: Good, good.

Looks: Ok!

Personality: Problem is, all I did was put a few adjectives. 


Other: Wait, that's it?



THAT'S IT?! 

Okay, it lets the creator know nothing about the character! Way to go younger me!



But, if we take the complicated one and take out unnecessary details, we get:



 


Name:

Age:

Gender:



Appearance:

Height: 

Weight:

Build:



Voice: 

Outfit: Casual

Outfit: Formal

Outfit: Sleep



Personality:

Skills: 

Flaws: 

History:

Affiliations: (Sometimes)

Other:



See how simple that is? See, the problem is, 1, if we started doing this, RP would use a lot of its reputation for being serious, and secondly, I agree with urifour. Welp, that took me forever to write. A few details could possibly be cut out without much of an effect, but then where's the fun in making a character? Fleshing them out is so much fun, and it really makes your character feel like a real person!



I completely agree with you. If we shortened them to only things you need to know then it's easier and simpler for the role player and the Role play owners. Again, the forms we make now are so complicated, long, and just a jumble of stuff. Honestly this is just for fun, why, so, serious? 

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I Change my mind. The really long ones should be for private role plays


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"Black_Rose_19" wrote:

The forms are extremely long, I can say that.Is that a good thing? Not necessarily. For example, zodiac, birthday, and time of birth all seem somewhat excessive. But still, we can't blame the creators of roleplays for making the forms so long. It's come to be expected, and if the form isn't I dunno, 40 questions long, you're considered a "bad" roleplayer. But even if we do decide to reduce our forms down to a few simple questions, you're still learning hardly anything about your character. For example, let's look at the two extremes that are commonly used on here. I'll be using one of my reaaaally old forms from one of my old accounts and one of my most recent forms.



Form Type #1:



Name: Of course, necessary.

 


Nickname: I don't think this should be really included in your form if you character doesn't have any nicknames. It just takes up space.


 


Age:  Again, necessary. 


 


Gender: Necessary.


 


Sexuality: Unless it's a romance RP, not required, really.


 


  


 


Date of Birth: Unless birthdays are of some importance, it's not necessary.

 


Zodiac:  No. This is not important at all.


 


Time of Birth: NO! WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS FROM PEOPLE?!


 


Location of Birth: Okay. This is fine.


 


 


General Appearance: Why not just appearance?


 


Hairstyle: Why.


 


Hair Color: Why?


 


Eye Color: WHY?


 


Height:  Eh, I guess it's a fun thing to think about, but not necessary.


 


Weight: Not really required, but it doesn't annoy me too much.


 


Build: Again, not really required, but fine.


 


Other Prominent Features: See, if it was just appearance, I wouldn't have had to put this.


 


  


 


Left or Right Handed? :  Why did I need to know this, exactly?


 


Posture: No???


 


Voice: Okay, this is fine.


 


Walk Style: NOT NECESSARY AT ALL


 


Laugh/Smile: Uhm, okaaaaaaaay? It seems fine, but not totally necessary.


 


Any Unique Gestures or Sayings? : In the roleplay, people will catch onto any unique catchphrases. 


 


  


Outfit: Casual: Fine.


 


Outfit: Combat: Fine.


 


Outfit: Sleep: Meh. Not totally necessary.


 


Outfit: Outerwear: Even less necessary.


 


Makeup/Accessories: Ok?


 


  


 


Personality:  See, this is one of the advantages of a simpler form. People can spend more time focusing on the personality rather than zodiac and eye color.


 


Likes: You could just put this in the personality.


 


Dislikes: ^^


 


Sense of Humor:  ^^^^






 


Hobbies: They'll figure out hobbies during the RP.


 


Skills: See, skills are good. They illustrate what your character is good at and help the creator of the RP decide if your character has too many.


 


Flaws: See, flaws are good too! If you don't have any flaws or they're very petty (i.e. sometimes mean girls get jealous of her good looks) the owner of the RP can find out immediately.


 


History: Yes, history is important. Your character's backstory is important.


 


Affiliations: Should only be required in advanced RPs.


 


Loyalties: This WAS necessary in my most recent RP, so yes, necessary, but I won't include it in the final draft of the form.


 


Code: Creator's choice on whether or not to include a "code."


 


Fears:  Could have been put in personality.


 


Goals: ^^


 


Other: Necessary to any form. Keeps people from having to add extra things to the form just to cover an important thing about their character.



Way too complicated, by far!



Form type #2:



 
Name: Necessary.

Gender: Good, good.

Looks: Ok!

Personality: Problem is, all I did was put a few adjectives. 


Other: Wait, that's it?



THAT'S IT?! 

Okay, it lets the creator know nothing about the character! Way to go younger me!



But, if we take the complicated one and take out unnecessary details, we get:



 


Name:

Age:

Gender:



Appearance:

Height: 

Weight:

Build:



Voice: 

Outfit: Casual

Outfit: Formal

Outfit: Sleep



Personality:

Skills: 

Flaws: 

History:

Affiliations: (Sometimes)

Other:



See how simple that is? See, the problem is, 1, if we started doing this, RP would use a lot of its reputation for being serious, and secondly, I agree with urifour. Welp, that took me forever to write. A few details could possibly be cut out without much of an effect, but then where's the fun in making a character? Fleshing them out is so much fun, and it really makes your character feel like a real person!



I TOTALLY agree. This is, like, exactly what I mean when I say the forms need to be shorter


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Honestly, I have thousands of things that irk me about the role-playing community, but I suppose this is a great way to start. So I guess I'll start off with the main idea: I despise long forms in general. They take forever to make/read & waste everyone's time. (Even worse is how many rp hosters REQUIRE you to answer all the long questions.) Of course, simple things such as 
-Name
-Gender
-Age
-Race (so if rp has aliens,monsters and etc.)
-Personality
are all essential, but adding on info such as "Right-handed" or "Favorite animals are wolves" is unnecessary & unneeded. I personally believe that telling everything about said character, such as their flaws, their backstory, and specific mannerisms ruin the rp. Instead of learning it right off the bat, we should earn bits of info over time to make the story more interesting. It also gives a sense of realism too, as I don't think any of us has met a new person whom we've known absolutely everything about. 

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