How attached do you get to your characters?

By Leca
@lecanis (16664)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
February 27, 2007 6:41am CST
Right now I'm playing in a SLA Industries game, and last night our session was less violent than usual, being more of a problem-solving situation. I found myself happy for this, because I'm starting to dread the death of my character. If anyone has ever played SLA Industries, you'll know that it tends to be one for which you need multiple characters, because they WILL die. It made me think about the level of attachment I tend to get to characters I play. Not to the extent where I start thinking I am my character, but I do tend to become somewhat attached. I've even had dreams about roleplaying characters. So, my question for fellow roleplayers is: how attached do you get to your characters?
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@emeraldisle (13143)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Well I RPG but with email groups like yahoo. I build my characters from a basic bio and go from there. I can get very attached to them. Yes I've had dreams about them and I have killed time while trying to figure out what to with them and how I think the story might go. We build our stories by interacting with other characters. It doesn't always go the way we plan on though :) That can be the fun part. I play multible characters, male and female. I enjoy them all. Some are good guys, some bad and like most people many in-betweens. I love doing RPG and I've been doing it now for 7 years. Yes some characters I get more into and more attached but that's ok with me. It's all in fun.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
28 Feb 07
Thanks for your response! I've tried email RPGS before, but I haven't had much luck in the pacing of them. It seems like either there's one post a week, so it never goes anywhere, or it moves so fast that I get left behind while I'm at work or sleeping. I've had dreams about my characters too! Glad to hear I'm not the only one who sometimes gets attached. =p
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@emeraldisle (13143)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Yeah I have some of mine that go really fast and others that are very slow. It varies. Most times though I don't have a problem but I'm in smaller groups that either I run or friends of mine run, makes it easier to know how the pace will be.
@phnx20 (26)
• United States
29 May 07
I tend to get very attached to my characters. Fortunately for me, my characters usually end up retiring. I have had one character die and I actually cried when it happened. I also have dreams of my roleplaying characters.
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@phnx20 (26)
• United States
30 May 07
I have many current characters. We usually rotate the games on a weekly basis and get together a couple of times each week. My fiance runs for me also. The characters I have right now are for l5r and 7th sea. Out of all my characters I think the ones I am playing right now are the most fun. I have quite the range when it comes to them so it's pretty much whatever I'm in the mood for.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
I'm not familiar with SLA Industries, but I will say that I used to play EverQuest, a "massively multiplayer online role-playing game," as they call it, for the better part of three years. I was VERY attached to my character and VERY sad to see her go, when the time came to move on, that is. Right now I have a subscription to the new MMORPG, Vanguard, but just haven't built up the courage to start playing, as it demands so much attention.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
Oh, silly me, I forgot to mention the other games that I've dabbled in: Let's see, there was: Meridian 59, Ultima Online, Anarchy Online, Dark Age of Camelot and, um . . . well, that's enough! *grin*
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
15 Apr 07
I played Everquest briefly, and I play World of Warcraft right now. I haven't really heard of Vanguard... you'll have to let me know if it's any fun once you get started on it! SLA Industries is a tabletop roleplaying game, not an online one. I don't know if you're into that type, but I really enjoy them! =)
@Lunerian (493)
• Sweden
28 Feb 07
I'm pretty attached to my current character, a lumberjack who has in only a year or two been trough so much and really he only wants to retire though still he never gets the chance. I've managed to think like the character very well now and he has developed very much, by chance he got the leader of the group and so, I kinda like playing him.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
28 Feb 07
Thanks for your response! It is fascinating to see how characters develop. I think the characters I've loved the most are the ones who've been through a lot in a short time and had to adapt. =)
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@Lunerian (493)
• Sweden
6 Mar 07
Yeah that is a great way to build up the character, if the character has been through things that changed him then it is easier to play him as you know and have experienced the things that shaped him/her the most.
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• Canada
20 Jul 07
I tend to roleplay more one-on-one with a friend of mine, and even though I have more than one character, I feel extreme attachment to them all. Not to where I think I AM that character, like you said...but if we're in a situation in the roleplay where one of my characters would be greatly emotionally effected...I kind of, feel their pain, for lack of better words. Its almost as if I am that character for that moment, though I don't really have that mindset at the time. I can often make myself cry by imagining something that my character fears happening to them.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
20 Jul 07
Haha, it sounds like we have a lot in common! I haven't done much roleplay one-on-one, it sounds like it would be very interesting actually now that you mention it. I have been in roleplaying groups that were smallish (our current game has 4 players) and larger ones (up to 10 or so people).
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
I don't know SLA, what is it and what is it about? I have an Interest in Role playing games, but can't decide which one to go for or to check out, I am also interested for another reason, but it's nothing to do with your question so I won't go Into that?
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• United States
27 Feb 07
It Seems Like Destiny - I am trying to learn - this is not anime but manga, and the only pic that I could find that seemed to fit the situation
Since this is something that I know nothing about (re: my post about what is anime?) I can't really answer to that specific question but I think I can give a round about answer. I am an avid TV viewer of just certain television programs. One of my favorites is Nip/Tuck and I know how I held my breath for weeks during the "Slasher" period because I was so afraid that one of the characters was going to be harmed. As to you lecanis, now that I understand cosplay, after you have spent the money for the costume and all it has taken emotionally to get into character, how do you think you are going to feel when that character is gone? Will the character ever reappear? I know it may sound trivial to some, but I do understand how you can get attached to an "alter". If the character does not come back, will you be assigned or will you pick another character, or will you just be finished with the game and the other players go on without you? I've quite a bit to learn. And as for you, I'm really sorry about your impending doom~Donna
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• United States
26 Jul 08
I can totally understand. I tend to develop my toons by writing stories about them, fleshing them out with personality, faults, lives, and families. I do this mainly because I am a writer and it is what is needed for writing stories. This "attachment" can also occur just by roleplaying with your toons. Roleplaying can include a lot of involvement on your part depending on your style of roleplaying. As much as I enjoy roleplaying and the toons I create, however, I still try to keep on foot in reality and remember what is fiction and what is real.