rpanonmod ([personal profile] rpanonmod) wrote in [community profile] rpanons2016-07-04 05:39 pm

Explosions in the sky

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Virgil Hawkins | Static Shock (DCAU)

(Anonymous) 2016-07-05 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Picking up Virgil for a modern day AU. Got his personality and all that down, it's just updating his slang to modern day that I think I might have trouble with. For instance, I'm about 90% sure no one says phat anymore.

Re: Virgil Hawkins | Static Shock (DCAU)

(Anonymous) 2016-07-05 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
well I mean virgil was pretty fly for a black guy even when phat was used in the 90's

the joke being his slang is always off

Re: Virgil Hawkins | Static Shock (DCAU)

(Anonymous) 2016-07-05 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
A joke I clearly did not pick up being that my go to place for slang advice was rpanons. Thanks! That makes me feel so much better haha.

Re: Virgil Hawkins | Static Shock (DCAU)

(Anonymous) 2016-07-06 04:14 am (UTC)(link)
Oh my god someone playing V.

But yes like other anon said, the slang in the DCAU!Dakota definitely doesn't match actually casual slang. He and Richie say things like "That's so Y2K." No one says that shit. Ever. Even in canon, other people would look at them like their were on their own planet when they talked.

I just took that to mean Virgil and Richie run with their own style of slang and didn't worry as much about meeting the trends unless they were trying to fit in.

For updating him though a little, the best thing would be to look at the cities Dakota was meant to emulate (Chicago and Detroit) and look up what slang is more commonly used in the communities Virgil would be part of. Add those into your vocabulary when playing him and you should be good.

Link | Zelda series

(Anonymous) 2016-07-06 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I am specifically considering Twilight Princess Link but any Link for this really.

How do people make a Link work? Any common mistakes to avoid?

Re: Link | Zelda series

(Anonymous) 2016-07-11 02:06 am (UTC)(link)
he's not mute. his lack of conversation text is a gameplay mechanic.

other than that, his personality is going to be 99% headcanon besides "is a hero."

Re: Link | Zelda series

(Anonymous) 2016-07-12 07:23 pm (UTC)(link)
He's not mute, just like how Mario's capable of saying more than just "It's a me! Mario!" and "Here we go!" Watch or read any Zelda spin-off material and Link tends to be pretty fucking talkative, if anything.

So I'd start by reading the Twilight Princess manga and see if that version of Link feels right to you. If yes, go with that. If not, then proceed like you're fleshing out an OC.

making characters curse when they don't in canon

(Anonymous) 2016-07-07 08:46 pm (UTC)(link)
so, you play a rough character from a canon made for adults and all, but the character never outright says "fuck" or "shit" or anything even though it's likely they've said it before.

is it considered ooc to make them do it? or ooc to make them always censor themselves like in canon? (since i know a lot of canons won't have swearing to just avoid certain ratings being slapped on their content.)

Re: making characters curse when they don't in canon

(Anonymous) 2016-07-08 12:55 am (UTC)(link)
I like to stick with what's shown in canon. If the character doesn't ever swear in canon material, then I don't have them swear in RP. I might make an exception if they're unusually pissed off and frustrated, or if they've been hanging around a lot of other characters that swear and it's rubbed off on them, but it seems weird to me to have a character start saying fuck and shit freely when before the worst they'd ever uttered was crap and darn.

Also, remember that just because they choose not to swear doesn't mean they're censoring themselves ICly. Some people just don't like swearing.

Re: making characters curse when they don't in canon

(Anonymous) 2016-07-08 01:02 am (UTC)(link)
it's ok as long as it's done well. be sure the lack of swearing comes from ooc reasons (ratings rules) and not because the character is like that. like anon above me said, some people just don't curse.

also, because you think a character woud curse doesn't mean you suddenly have to slap the fuack and damn any other word. this is an usual problem and why many players have developed a knee jerk reaction at this not-canon cursing business.

a good example: the x-men cartoons (the old one especially). i don't think jean grey would curse, but wolverine? come on.

Re: making characters curse when they don't in canon

(Anonymous) 2016-07-08 12:35 pm (UTC)(link)
yes and no? limit it. if they don't say it it's not always censorship or being on basic cable. if they make a point in them not swearing it's not part of their character. to suggest the canon is rough or they are or if they're a badass or whatever is a reason why they might or should swear is just an excuse to make a character cliched and a trope.

(Anonymous) 2016-07-08 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
it depends on the censoring and material i think. i play a character who usually has any cursing he does translated out or changed to "darn" when in the JP version of his canon he has said the equivalent to "fuck/shit" in japanese at least once lol.

i guess just don't have them use the worse swears if youre not sure? if they dont already say "hell" or "damn" in canon then that should be fine as long as youre not doing it every other sentence.


(Anonymous) 2016-07-10 04:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I know it's generally frowned upon to type out accents, but what's the consensus for characters who drop the end of words? I.E. "doin'", "bringin'", etc. Especially when the canon is a book and the dialogue is written in that manner.


(Anonymous) 2016-07-10 04:41 pm (UTC)(link)
i'd avoid this on principle, just because it tends to be a callsign for certain notorious wankers (the rotundus mod and jess in her "flanna" identity both had this shtick iirc)

just mention your character being southern on their profile or whatever and leave it to the other player's imagination to fill in the blanks


(Anonymous) 2016-07-10 04:58 pm (UTC)(link)
it's kind of sad that our biggest interest in rp now is trying not to make people think we might be one of the notorious wankers.


(Anonymous) 2016-07-10 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
they are the reason why we can't have nice things


(Anonymous) 2016-07-12 07:59 am (UTC)(link)
the rotundus mod is a notorious wanker now?


(Anonymous) 2016-07-12 08:40 am (UTC)(link)
for as long as they were around, yeah


(Anonymous) 2016-07-10 04:58 pm (UTC)(link)
it's okay every now and then, especially if they're doing something that would make the accent more apparent than usual, but not for every time you write dialogue. it gets annoying.

if you're wanting to make it clear they're from a certain area or have a certain accent, drop clues in your descriptions. and instead of typing out an accent, try using regional slang or phrases. stuff like "help me tote this", "cut the light on/off", "bless your heart", "i'm fixing to _____", etc


(Anonymous) 2016-07-12 07:56 am (UTC)(link)
i say do it. it's not offensive the way typing out an accent is.


(Anonymous) 2016-07-13 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
If people are judging me and avoiding me for doing this, fuck'em.


(Anonymous) 2016-07-13 07:49 pm (UTC)(link)
if it helps you to read dialogue in the character's voice, go for it. if not, don't. like... i played a Southern character for a while who absolutely dropped every single g and I always wrote it out, but i also played a punkish type dude who dropped them sometimes but i very rarely wrote it out even when the captions on the dvd did because it didn't do the actual dialogue any favors.

i hope that makes sense.


(Anonymous) 2016-07-13 10:13 am (UTC)(link)
honestly just want to play f/f right away with little canon review.

been m/m all my life I just want to play in the opposite spectrum