It also just feels so... exclusive.
Gdocs let me play with people in different timezones. Gdocs allow me to do scenes that I know will take far more time than I have on grid (and I will often shift paused scenes to gdocs to complete). Gdocs allow me to experiment with a less blocky and dense writing style without the need for holding everyone up by fiddling with code. I can do proper paragraphs and dialogue, and action can move along in a much more organic and snappy way. I can do indents and inserts. I can actually in real time have my character interrupt someone else's character at a realistic point instead of having to backtrack through their pose in mine to mark this. Poses can fold in with poses and instead of walls o' text (some of which might not be accurate or could stand to be tweaked to account for something that comes after), suddenly there's a living, breathing piece o' prose to enjoy.
It feels more exclusionary, to me, to suggest that those like me might not belong for enjoying using another tool in the toolkit that allows people to RP. :/
Because that's a scene happening off the game. That's activity happening off of the game. And while it may feel like contributing, it's not.
I don't enjoy gdocs more than I enjoy mu*ing, though? I like both. I enjoy using it as a supplementary tool to allow for more RP and to allow for playing with different styles. After so long in the hobby, I find it fun to try new things. Otherwise it would get stale and dull. I also like the instant gratification and quicker pace of on-grid scenes.
However I think there is an undercurrent where other people feel that those gdoc-ing are being secretive or are creating some inner circle of RP that others are not allowed to join. If you're meeting up with X-player to do a scene on gdocs and not on the game, that's viewed as a scene that no one else was allowed to join. [...]
It occurs to me that in a sense it's not much different from people who RP exclusively in their private rooms on their own time table. But those people often face similar criticisms.
Xan wrote:It also just feels so... exclusive.
There's no chance for anyone else to join in. You're off in your own little world, doing your own little thing.
And especially when it's the same couple of players playing gdoc scene after gdoc scene.
lovely wrote:In kind of a related thought-space, I also saw a situation recently where two characters were in a private room for a couple of hours (in a pairing that isn't common to see in a private room on the game in question), and when the log was posted an hour after they broke, it was listed as being played in a public room.
Fallen Caryatid wrote:So, if you want to police people's doc scenes...
Fallen Caryatid wrote:Because if it isn't official and supported by staff, it is doccers being exclusionary and cliquish and controlling access to the pool.
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