Original Roleplay vs. Canon Roleplay May 7, 2009 10:01:11 GMT -8
Post by viruszero on May 7, 2009 10:01:11 GMT -8
For example everyone knows about Harry Potter and Star Wars is a topic that most people can relate too and can base a story in their own mind off this... If the Forum is based on Canon Roleplay then without detailed explanations as to the Storyline or what the Forum is about, it can just become a large clutter of irrelevant posts.
Timelines can be set and rules can be set up with Original Roleplays and this can make it much easier to enforce the rules, as it is easy to tell when someone is breaking them... However with Canon Roleplays, only the Administrator really know's what is breaking the rules...
Hope this makes sense and this is my two cents worth anyways...
I'm slightly confused by this... to me it seems like there is a mix up. I would think that people who know the canon would be better organized than an original rp where there is this massive timeline you have to check. I say this because if you interested in the story, you would know the characters and the events better than if it were an original where you, as the rper, know little compared to the maker/admin. And in a canon rp, it's not the admin merely deciding by their own whim so much as they can draw on the canon to help make a decision. As well it's quite possible that the members can also answer their questions before they ask them... For example in a Harry Potter rp, say the question is: does Harry go to hogwarts? (This is an obvious question, but it serves to show my point here...)
Obviously anyone who follows the canon could easily predict the answer. This doesn't need the admin to tell them that. So any member who knows the canon could more easily follow along than in an original where it is only the admin who knows what is going on.
So it seems like the original could more easily descent into the so called "clutter of irrelevant posts." Especially if people lose track of what is going on and/or ignore the timeline. And this can make it tougher for an original rp admin to sort through everything and figure out what is actually going on.
In this way anyone who follows the canon can know what has taken place or what will happen... So it means the members can self correct without the admin's interference. (Though an admin may intervene to ensure details are correct or are following the present story line.)
I'm not saying canon rps are impervious to issues, I am just saying that it may be easier to administrate a canon rp because anyone interested is already familiar with the universe in question and has a basic understanding already. It's not like you have to set everything up and have the players learn it all.