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Share your RP tips and tricks!
#1
Hello farty spacepeople RPers, as you might have noticed, there's been lots of new faces on the RP server lately. Some of them are Goonstation main players trying out RP, some are curious people joining RP from the BYOND Hub, and some are fans looking into Goonstation because their favorite streamer or youtuber's into it.

With that in mind, I have a simple request: what's one roleplaying tip/trick/piece of advice you'd give to someone who's interested in trying out the Goonstation Roleplay server? It can be something for a specific job or aspect of the game, some advice on using LOOC, or just something about roleplaying in general.

I'd also like to highlight this wiki page, Roleplay Tips and Tricks. It's quite useful. It's always been open to new additions, but now that RP server's blossuming into something beautiful, I figure it's time to give it some love and try to get people to contribute to it, or at least provide some potential content, so it can be the best it can be.
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#2
If you're gonna roleplay as the AI or a cyborg, try to experiment with speaking and behaving like a machine! It's quite fun, at least to me.

A little knowledge of technical jargon also helps a lot, as does trying to figure out a specific personality and way of speaking. You don't *have* to talk like a machine, you can just talk like a regular person, but try to drop subtle nods to the fact that you're a robot and not an actual human! Again, it's really up to you.

Also, remember that the AI and cyborgs are more of a service/support oriented role, so being helpful (sometimes imposingly helpful) is a pretty solid way to play. Though, again, it's really up to you.

For general tips and tricks to talk more like a machine: Try to use specific, clinical language and diction - instead of saying "A huge explosion just wrecked the bar!", you could say "A large detonation within the bar has caused considerable damage." Essentially, you want to be exact and descriptive with minimal flowery language. If you'd like examples of clinical tone, the SCP Wiki's articles are (mostly) entirely written in it!
Another tip, especially as the AI with your in-RP access to a fuckton of knowledge, is to purposefully obfuscate (make harder to understand/more complicated than necessary) information, especially pertaining to antagonists like changelings. So, for example, instead of calling out a changeling, you could state "A potentially non-human entity on-board the station, which has demonstrated alien capabilities such as mutagenic properties, precise manipulation of physical appearance, and regenerative abilities. Advising caution.", or even more interestingly, just state "Caution: Potential non-human entity detected on-board the station.", and provide more details as requested. Bonus points if you only relay this information to the Security frequency!

This is all based on my own personal preferences and experiences as a silicon player/AI main, and others might say something different! The best thing to do is to just ask someone whose RP style you enjoy how they do it for tips and tricks and some explanations.
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#3
My best advice about RP is to prioritize the group's story over your own. Look for opportunities to involve others in what you're doing, and engage them in conversation. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone! We are all doing this by the seat of our pants, and sometimes you will look/feel ridiculous, but we will love you for it.
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#4
Instigating engaging roleplaying "subplots" can be tiring, and it's okay to not be doing that all of the time. Conversely, reacting to the things that others are putting effort into setting up is comparatively easy, and the more people who do it the more it's rewarding it is for everyone.

There's nothing more disheartening than putting time and effort into making something engaging for people to interact with and then not only does no one come out of their way to take part, but also passer-bys just ignore it. Take some time out of your shift to go and check out the things people put announcements out about!
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#5
Try and engage the jobs your role has reasons to interact with! Ask the miner to stock the Rock Box, get the QM to order you things, ask the mechanics to rennovate! Not everyone will engage, but we're all on the station\ship to make the thing work - as a team. Be a team member! Ask that staff assistant if they want to be your sous chef, or botany assistant, and teach em!

I've been enjoying trying to keep the work space actually look like a reasonable place to work - in medbay, tidy things up! Ask the janitor to get the blood though - let them do their job too! But maybe don't make them tidy up the dozens of auto-injectors you tossed everywhere trying to desperately save someone's life, if you've got a minute to pick up trash.

Change clothes! A lot of roles have a closet with alternate clothing choices -there's some great ways to convey who you are through simple clothing choices.
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#6
(07-09-2020, 10:48 AM)Mordent Wrote: Instigating engaging roleplaying "subplots" can be tiring, and it's okay to not be doing that all of the time. Conversely, reacting to the things that others are putting effort into setting up is comparatively easy, and the more people who do it the more it's rewarding it is for everyone.

There's nothing more disheartening than putting time and effort into making something engaging for people to interact with and then not only does no one come out of their way to take part, but also passer-bys just ignore it. Take some time out of your shift to go and check out the things people put announcements out about!

Yes can't stress that enough. Play along with other's gimmicks. Reward effort with engagement. Figure out who is carrying the scene and how you can help set the stage with them.

Roleplaying means adopting a role. Figure out what role the story requires that sounds like fun and helps move it along and play that part
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