Monday, December 18

The Allure of Twitter Role Plays

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When I joined Twitter, one of the things I liked best was just following and watching. I was too shy to talk to anyone but by clicking the follow button, I could read their dialogues. It was like discovering a new book at the library, full of fascinating characters.

While searching through as many of the Star Trek celebrities as I could find, I came across people who were pretending to be Star Trek characters. I was delighted to hear my favorite fictional people commenting just at random! Then I came across Trip Tucker from Star Trek Enterprise and noticed a link on his page to a website called TwitterFic. There I discovered that an entire Enterprise crew existed on Twitter and that they preformed stories as a group. Like a play scripted into tweet-format. They called it Role Play.

I was thrilled! When the television version of Star Trek Enterprise came to an end after only four seasons I had been so disappointed. Now I had the opportunity to enjoy the continuing stories as they were presented by the TwitterFic group!

Enjoy them, I did. To my amazement, I was not the only one. The characters would interact with other followers and their conversations added a whole new dimension to the stories. Imagine watching your favorite program with a group of friends, one of you makes a comment and actually gets a response from within the show!

I read eagerly and added the other followers so I could ‘hear’ both sides of the conversation. To my surprise, they follow other role play (RP) groups as well as the Enterprise TwitterFic group.

There are other Star Trek RP groups. There are role plays based on a variety of movies,TV shows, books and historic figures. There are some completely original characters that are unique to Twitter.

Since discovering the role play community, my world has expanded exponentially.

It is so gratifying to the imagination to followed detailed, interactive and seemingly endless stories. Many are pure entertainment, while others have an education built into the adventure. The groups vary in size from a single character to dozens of players. They also vary in content and structure. Some are quite explicit and for that reason are for adults only. There are some role players who remain in character all the time and others who alternate between in-character (IC) and out-of-character (OOC) comments. Most are created for PG/PG-13 audiences. There are also role plays suitable for children.

In the modern world there are few opportunities for intellectual, social play. That is where Twitter Role Play has found its niche. It provides a free mental playground for people to enjoy together, whether as Players or as Followers. Depending on your availability and comfort, you can choose your level of involvement and interaction.

In my experience, role players are friendly, talented artists on a limitless virtual stage. They are as talented as celebrities but as approachable as family. They invite us in to enjoy the show and leave the door open so we can come and go as we please.


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