Today we are talking about using off-screen, what that means and how to do it. Now anyone that roleplay’s already does use off-screen, they just might not be fully aware of it for what it is or fully understanding the range of use it can have in MMO’s and roleplay settings, but they use it. I hate claiming there is a right or wrong way to do anything but below I have gathered some advice on how I think off-screen can be best used and some times when it should not be used.
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Graphic content can be a tricky topic to maneuver around. So much so that some people playing villains and bad guys might avoid it altogether, or keep all that kind of plots and content off-screen. But for those that don’t want to avoid it entirely and think it would be a benefit to theme and atmosphere of your roleplay; then there are some things they can do and keep in mind to make it work.
More Articles in the Venerable Villains Series: Venerable Villains Series Index
Shortened from RETroactive CONtinuity, to Retcon means to change or revise what has previously happened when new information might oppose it. If your character had a bad encounter with water as a child, for example and developed a phobia, and later you discover, for wild example the entire next expansion and ergo all your guild’s roleplay is going to be in water zones and in and around water sources, you might want to Retcon that part of their back-story to make it a bit more functional to play, or at least recon the severity of the phobia so that the character is still playable in such zones.
People Retcon things a fair amount in MMORPG’s as it is difficult to gauge what is coming next in terms of content and lore in upcoming releases and expansions. If you were a writer writing a book and you discovered the story was leading you down a certain path that contradicts things you can always go back and edit it out before anyone sees it. In roleplay online you are not so privileged, your character and story is open to the public from the get-go so you can’t go back and change things so easily.
More Articles in the Beyond the Basics Series:
- Beyond Basics: Loaded Lore – The Horde Part 1
- Beyond Basics: Loaded Lore – The Horde Part 2
- Beyond Basics: Roleplaying Bar Staff
- Beyond Basics: Balancing IC and OOC
- Beyond Basics: All Kinds of Canon
- Beyond Basics: Six Good Roleplay Habits
- Beyond Basics: Retconning