The Infamous One-Liner/Para/Multi/Novella Debate. We start off with a decriptive roleplay. Then discuss the one liner and para roleplay. Personally , I do both depending on the situation and who I am roleplaying with. I don’t look down on one liners as some do in SL Gor , it’s all part of personal style. Also you cant expect newcomers to roleplay a para , the learning curve is steep enough for SL Gor as it is. So lets have fun….
[07:45] Beastie he had suffered making his way through the swamps she have spoken about as he have reached there camp… he shrugged for such a course which is set.. it was made almost imposibble for any to find there way in… glancing about the huts he wondered which one was hers.. he searched them one by one.. finally he stood infron of the one the belonged to her.. a painting of her fine face was beside it.. he grinned as he took a little scroll from his pouch.. along with a piece of charcoal… he stepped in and moved towards the second floor.. noticing her sleeping furs he grinned and sat there as he scripted “this is my payment to you for washing my laundaries, as he gripped that wet sack after he took it from the lakes and tossed it beside he pillow… he grinned and took the scroll in hand as he added “wear that gift and come to me mine* he added as he lifted that scroll to his lips and sealed it with a kiss.. dropping it over her pillow….
[07:49] Beastie glancing about the hut and the camp liking it.. he grinned to himself as he slowly took that piece of jewell he got her.. a fine collar made of the best jewells of gor when he stole himself from a fine city that city of Ar, he palced the collar over the scroll on the pillow and then reached for a red flower, one which was not poisonos.. one he pocked during his travels, during his visit to there camp and placed it over the collar… dipping his hand to his pouch he took out a candy and placed it there.. he couldn’t help it but chuckle at the idea.. tossing the candle inside the collar’s rim with a grin upon his lips.. as he slowly lifted his figure to a stand and walked outside the hut… it was time to find his way back to the docks and sail…
The Infamous One-Liner/Para/Multi/Novella Debate
Alright, someone needs to say it, so we’re going to: This debate over One Liner, Para, Multi Para and Novella needs to be put to rest so that’s what we’re going to do! Below you will find the definition along with an example of each. Some of you may think that knowing what these terms mean isn’t important but you’d be wrong. It is vitally important for every roleplayer to have an understanding of what these mean because we all fit into one or more categories. Why is it important to know what category you fit into? Because a lot of RPers have their own personal rules regarding how they roleplay. As a general rule , expect para roleplay in BtB (by the book) tribes and one liners in GE (Gor evolved). I think the main reason for this is that GE is more combat oriented and focused less on roleplay and developing storylines. Personally, I adapt my roleplay to who ever I am conversing with. So sometimes I will para and at other times I will one line.
That said, onward to the definitions and examples:
One-Liner RPers are RPers who’s comments are anything less than one paragraph long. (A paragraph is generally five or six sentences long at least. Though in RP it is generally upwards of six) It is important to understand that even though you may write more than one sentence it does not mean that you are a Para Rper. There is a large difference between the two.
[12:39] Saint promptly takes on out his Thalarion oil that he had kept tat his side, he began to pour the oil onto the ground and then promptly used a torch to set the oil aflame.
Para (Paragraph) RPers are Rpers who’s comments are at least one full paragraph long but less than two full paragraphs long. Keep in mind that a full paragraph is five to six sentences at the very least. Note that if you write a full paragraph and a sentence or two in addition it does not make you a Multi-Para roleplayer.
[00:13] Shark encouraged Flame, seeing her spitting on the girl. “Whore, you just do not know when to stop, I see. You were given the chance to walk out of here but that mouth of yours, which is so unbecoming of a good slut, has chosen a new path for you.” Shark pressed her tongue into the side of her mouth, she spoke then to Mouse, “This girl is going nowhere.” Her words were firm and direct. She then turned, picking up a small bag of goods, taking a sharp blade, careful with her fingers as to not cut into her skin. She grabbed a chunk of the girl’s thick band of hair and began to slide away at it, tearing the strands from her scalp wildly, jerking back on her mane with unrelenting grasp.
Multi-Para RPers are RPers who’s comments are at least two full paragraphs in length but less than four full paragraphs in length. Multi-Para RPers tend to take their writing more seriously than both Para and One-Line RPers and generally will accept nothing less than Multi-Para comments in return. In order to be a true Multi-Para RPer you must also be a “Literate” RPer. This includes but is not limited to following all of these guidelines to the absolute best of your ability: proper spelling and grammar, no text speak, proper punctuation and so on. Any Multi-Para worth their salt generally has a developed and unique writing style as well a well developed character. Note that if you write three paragraphs and a sentence or two you are not a Novella RPer.
[00:24] Shark indeed cared nothing for honor and so she would reply, sweetly: “It would be up to the girl, it seems. I am forcing her to make her own decision since she is so against it.” She had finished by this time, removing the remaining bits of hair from the girl until the white of her scalp shone through with only a few spots still remaining. She placed her palm on the girl’s head, her cold touch to the skull, “This is where your mouth and fragility has gotten you.” She added to Mouse’s rant, “You are but a powerless beast to them and now to us.” She took the sudden silence of Kemse as a self-proclaimed victory, giving way to her own arrogance and pride. “And this Master of yours, where is he now? Does he search for you? Nay. I be willing to be my lost bag of spices he is in some wretched tavern already forgotten about you, with another because you – wench – are so utterly replaceable.” With each word, a harsher tone, rolling off her tongue.
Novella RPers are RPers who’s comments are four full paragraphs or more. Like Multi-Para, a true Novella RPer must also be a Literate RPer, and will most likely take their writing seriously as well. Again, like most Multi-Para’s, a Novella RPer is likely to have a developed style to their writing that distinguishes them from other Roleplayers, and are likely to have well developed and established characters. A Novella RPer is likely to accept nothing less than at least Multi-Para comments and generally expect genuine effort from their story partners.