Freestyle your way to Plotting like a Pro
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Welcome to Potter's Army

We have been a Harry Potter Roleplaying site since 2007. If you're an old member we hope you come check out the discord link provided below. And if you're looking for a new roleplaying site, well, we're a little inactive. But every once and a while nostalgia sets in and a few of our alumni members will revisit the old stomping grounds and post together. Remember to stay safe out there. And please feel free to drop a line whenever!

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Since every few months or so a few of our old members get the inspiration to revisit their old stomping grounds we have decided to keep PA open as a place to revisit old threads and start new ones devoid of any serious overarching plot or setting. Take this time to start any of those really weird threads you never got to make with old friends and make them now! Just remember to come say hello in the chatbox below or in the discord. Links have been provided in the "Comings and Goings" forum as well as the welcome widget above.


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Post by Everly Bardugo Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:34 am

In looking back through this forum/this thread, I've gotta say I agree with all of this. Meta-play has become increasingly interesting to me over my years here, and I feel like, when used the right way, it can define a thread more than what was said or actually done. I'm not sure if I'm making sense, given its 3:30 in the morning here.

For example, if a character comes out of a thread having met someone new, that's a chance for further threads. But if that same character leaves with a sense of who that other person is or why that person was open to meeting them - or against it, perhaps - then that thread was definitely more interesting.

I think metagaming is probably what bugs me the most about roleplaying. When characters have an excuse to know things I didn't expect them to, that's entirely valid and should be treated that way. But I think people also feel like they can't say No when something like that happens. Say, if someone claims to know the house your character was in but they weren't of the right age range to know that, it is entirely within your rights to have your character react negatively. It is a more polite way of pointing out the action than calling someone out, first of all, but it also stays in character is your person is not naturally accepting of things.

It seems to be something that PA does not have excessive amounts of lately, though, as far as I am aware. So I'm quite glad about that.

Also glad I re-read this. I also want to point people towards the bit about not overloading your characters. Ones that overpower others are unrealistic mainly, but will also lack plots because no one will be able to appreciate them or feel like they can enjoy writing opposite them.
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