Anarch Allegiere wrote:I'd say 'really good' role play skills require someone being able to adapt.
Sometimes longer descriptive emotes are really necessary to describe a setting and a scene or what is going on at that moment (because visuals can never convey everything, despite SL being very visually enhanced I still find that I need to describe a lot of things) and at other times it's more proper to emote short and fast.
True enough. Most of the decent non-para players that I know go for longer posts when it suits them. I do it myself. Not so much adapting. More... having more to emote. In that sense, they para. They just don't para in the sense of the vast majority of their posts being long (as someone helpfully defined it above). For me, it very much depends on the situation. Where I am, in a scene.
When I run into another character that I don't know and they hit me with 3 paragraphs, I tend to think: "Hmmm, a bit much for a first date."
Anarch Allegiere wrote:I'm not sure I'm the right target to have this argument with though, I might be a pariah in the sense that I -can- and often do write very long paragraphs, but in that I want to go shorter and am willing to dare typing shorter emotes even among the communities that have embraced long paragraph emote at all circumstances and times. I might even organize events in such communities where I suggest people to try and keep emotes short (if it would make sense for the setting / large group scenes etc).
I'd agree. It all depends on what sort of scene and setting it is. If you are RP-ing a fight between a couple in the bedroom, I'd probably go for longer posts with more description. If you are RP-ing driving past someone going the other direction on the interstate... not so much.
The thing I dislike about para-RP isn't that people type longer posts in the middle of interesting scenes where a lot is happening on lots of levels. It is that in most para-RP places, people make a habit of nearly ALWAYS typing these long, overly 'intense' posts in every situation, often dragging lots of things into it that are not really relevant to what is actually going on. If I go into the shop to buy some bread, I normally don't involve myself into the mood, life-story or anything much of the person that assists me. But in typical para-RP, people tend to try to make even something that simple into something multi-layered, tense and deeply emotional. Or so I have found.
That, and the waiting.