It’s time for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up hosted by Georgie and me. This month is being hosted by Georgie, so head over to her blog and join up by submitting your post to the widget at the end of Georgie’s entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!
The other day, a bunch of us were talking about random topics. One of them mentioned text-based role-playing, and that got me to think about all the role-playing I did previously. For my friends and I, we basically took on a role of a character, and we took turns typing out our stories. We role-played through instant messengers and Google Docs. Our sessions lasted anywhere between 30 minutes to several hours, and we accumulated pages and pages of role-play. Some of these stories consisted of original characters and settings, but a good chunk of our role-plays were based on existing works like Harry Potter. By doing this, it allowed us to explore character and plot development, and this gave us an opportunity to do collaborative writing.
I miss role-playing. I saved all the sessions, and I even converted them to Mobi files to read them on my Kindle. These logs focused mostly on shounen-ai/BL/slash relationships that we were interested in exploring. Honestly, I wince at what I wrote, so I can’t say I was proud of my writing skills back then. But what I truly miss is the camaraderie I had with my role-playing partner and all the fun we had together when we planned and typed out our sessions. I especially liked the sessions we did where it all interconnected one another. One of my friends and I role-played various Kyo Kara Maoh characters in various relationships, and it all took place in the same universe and timeline.
I no longer role-play because of lack of time and shifted interests. Instead, I think fondly of all the memories I had with my friends. I can go down the memory lane further by reading the saved logs and be reminded of some bizarre plot lines and scenarios we wrote. Who knows. Maybe I’ll get back into role-playing again in the future!
Did you ever role-play? Did you enjoy it, if you have? What was your preferred method? Did you create original characters and universes or did you stick to established works? Share your experiences with me in the comments!