As you start to come to, you seem to note the beautiful blue sky ahead of you before you are blinded by the sun. Your first instinct is to actually close your eyes again, but you don’t. You really can’t remember, for the time being, where exactly you are until the smell of the ocean starts to permeate and registers itself as a scent.
That is where you suddenly remember that you and two others were invited onto a yacht for the weekend by the local billionaire. Of course, you aren’t too bad off, but you are still a notable person. As per the fellow who invited you anyways.
With the wild events finally inserting them back into their proper places as they happened throughout the night, you finally realize you must have fell asleep on the yacht deck at around 3AM. The sun tells you that it is roughly 10AM. Getting up, you notice your friends are still passed out, but they found the cushions on the seats to sleep on at least.
Writing a scene similar to the one above isn’t that difficult to write, just as long as you know what you want to write. Sometimes they will come naturally, sometimes they will give you writer’s block due to how stumped you are. This is where having additional people join you in creating a beautiful story should also help.
When others help create a story, it allows everyone to stay on their toes, as not everyone thinks alike. This is the very core on how we can roleplay. We, essentially, are putting aside what we do on a daily basis to pretend to be a whole other character. Roleplaying is the best game as there are different ways to which you can manipulate the ending outcome.
The Three Different Types of Roleplaying
There are actually three different ways that a person can roleplay. Writing, Tabletops, and cosplaying.
Underwood No. 5, in the collection of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Writing a roleplay is actually just like I mentioned above. You have your group of friends. They don’t actually have to be your real life friends writing, considering there are various sites out there that will allow you to write stories. Proboards is a site that I personally prefer, only because then you can make certain threads private from the public. Not to mention you can have a lot of different genres to try out, work out those problematic plot points, and to even make a designated area to store all your characters (since it is best at all times to remember which character is where at all times)!
Tabletop roleplaying, again, involves a group of friends. While writing roleplays may involve people from around the world and the writings sporadic, table top roleplays seem to gather as in person events. Only, instead of writing, you are being asked scenarios in which you would have to respond as your character. A prime example of a table top roleplay would be Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve always wanted to try this type of roleplay, but I need to find a game so that I know what kinds of visuals I am looking at. I have also tried to look at finding a copy of Dungeons and Dragons online, but was unsuccessful.
Cosplaying is another form of rolelaying. You need to be able to think like the character. Act like the character. Dress like the character. If you can find others to dress up as the same series that you are going as, then that may make interacting with others easier as well. The best places to show off how well you can roleplay as your character would be to attend a convention close to where you live.
Roleplaying may not be for everyone either. Though, out of the three options, most seem to have an affinity for at least one. Being a supporting person would mean the world to your family and friends who do at least one of the above activities as well. So, if you don’t like going out in public yet you don’t mind sewing, perhaps you could help out those cosplaying outfits! Every little bit helps.