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Offline jouzinkaTopic starter

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Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« on: December 16, 2013, 05:12:00 PM »
Just wanted to ask if there's a definite local ethos regarding playing real persons as characters in RPs. Is there a difference to it if said person has been deceased for one year or for one hundred years?

We're talking public-figures and semi-public figures...
« Last Edit: December 16, 2013, 05:40:32 PM by jouzinka »

Offline Vekseid

Re: Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 06:11:04 PM »
My first inclination is to trust members' own judgment until someone proves otherwise.

Offline eiselmann

Re: Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2013, 09:42:33 PM »
Agreed , I think trust your own judgement , from my personal view I would be wary of roleplaying a person who died in the last 12 months , that's as much out of respect , as to avoid the potential for any raw emotion to surface.

For example would I roleplay as Paul Walker any time in the next year  :'(    not a chance
Would I take issue if someone roleplayed as Princess Diana ...personally , no problem at all.

Offline The Dark Raven

Re: Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2013, 10:37:12 PM »
Agreed , I think trust your own judgement , from my personal view I would be wary of roleplaying a person who died in the last 12 months , that's as much out of respect , as to avoid the potential for any raw emotion to surface.

For example would I roleplay as Paul Walker any time in the next year  :'(    not a chance
Would I take issue if someone roleplayed as Princess Diana ...personally , no problem at all.

And on that I differ.  I would not play Paul Walker out of respect, but I might play one of his characters out of tribute.

I would never in a million years think to play Princess Diana...even now it is too heart-crushing for me to think on.

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Re: Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2013, 11:11:38 PM »
I think this is a case-by-case thing. If both players are comfortable with it (or all players in a group game) and you're not risking offending the people involved in the game, then go for it. If one or both are uncomfortable, steer clear. There are people who have died within the last month or two that wouldn't bug me if they were made characters, but there are people who died years ago that I still wouldn't be able to be comfortable playing across from (or playing myself) in a game.

Offline The Dark Raven

Re: Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2013, 11:12:38 PM »
(And that is what I was going for!  :) )

Offline eiselmann

Re: Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2013, 11:19:57 PM »
Each to there own, I guess that's the individual judgement thing...in the end if you re comfortable portraying or writing opposite  non historic but deceased real person then all is good.

I understand the Diana thing and won't argue against it ( I could) so in that respect if a co writer objected , I would re visit writing for her. As for Paul Walker  :'( , again I understand where you are coming from , he left a body of work that will provide enjoyment for so many for many years to come and while , like you I wouldn't wish to write for him so soon after his passing, so many people associate Paul with Brian that portraying his characters (particularly that one) would be difficult for me .....


 I guess ultimately the judgement as has been said ..is yours as the writer

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Re: Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2013, 05:34:32 AM »
Thank you for your input, everyone. :)

I think I was more looking for that discussion than a definite yes or no.

In this case it's a person who died a little over two years ago and I am a little wary it might stir things as that person did have many passionate followers, although personally I wouldn't have a problem doing so - the person is an incredibly interesting character from a writer's point of view. There was also a biographical movie made about this person; still, I think the combination of prodding someone's life and the general level of smuttiness we tend to write here might offend.

I'm considering PMs as that would definitely solve my dilemma, but wanted other opinions. :)

Offline Naiah

Re: Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2013, 06:28:34 AM »
Well I would say it was up to you and your partner. I mean if others find it too hard to bear, they do have the choice to just not read the thread.

Offline The Dark Raven

Re: Playing a deceased real person in RP?
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2013, 10:27:04 AM »
Each to there own, I guess that's the individual judgement thing...in the end if you re comfortable portraying or writing opposite  non historic but deceased real person then all is good.

I understand the Diana thing and won't argue against it ( I could) so in that respect if a co writer objected , I would re visit writing for her. As for Paul Walker  :'( , again I understand where you are coming from , he left a body of work that will provide enjoyment for so many for many years to come and while , like you I wouldn't wish to write for him so soon after his passing, so many people associate Paul with Brian that portraying his characters (particularly that one) would be difficult for me .....


 I guess ultimately the judgement as has been said ..is yours as the writer

I know him from timeline, and would love to play in that story, but I have a double-whammy there. Paul and Crichton.