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Offline VekseidTopic starter

Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« on: July 01, 2009, 03:53:11 AM »
Alright, so I'm working on a Rabbit Hole replacement as requested. In the interest of getting this done quickly and efficiently, I'm using a partially denormalized database setup. In non-technical speak, this means I only have room for about thirty genres, and they need to be hard coded. I feel this is plenty for a quick and dirty system I want to eventually dispense with anyway.

As with systems, I have room for 31, but unlike them I don't have a complete list yet, so any suggestions are welcome and appreciated : )

Online Lilias

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009, 06:54:56 AM »
Off the top of my head:

High Fantasy
Modern/Urban Fantasy
Modern Realistic
Historical
Sci-Fi
D&D
oWoD
nWoD
Videogames
Anime

Could be broken down as needed...

Offline Caeli

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009, 07:02:23 AM »
Adventure
Action
Fantasy
Political Intrigue
Romance <-- might or might not be redundant...
Futuristic
Post-Apocalyptic
Dystopian
Steampunk
Cyberpunk
Horror

Video games and anime can be put into a catch-all category called "Fan-Based", which could also include movies, books, and other roleplays that involved stories using previously-created settings or characters.

Offline VekseidTopic starter

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2009, 07:03:30 AM »
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D&D
oWoD
nWoD

I'm specifically placing game systems on their own, mind : )

Online Lilias

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2009, 07:07:18 AM »
I'm specifically placing game systems on their own, mind : )

That could save places in the genres, if we put them all under a catch-all 'P&P Games' category - keeping the enthusiasts of niche games happy as well.

Offline VekseidTopic starter

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2009, 07:08:55 AM »

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Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2009, 07:11:47 AM »
I saw that, just suggesting the P&P category as settings alone, implying that they can very well be treated as freeform, without system considerations. Just a thought.

Offline Greenthorn

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2009, 08:24:53 AM »
You don't have my category...Extreme  ::)

Offline Will

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2009, 08:26:29 AM »
That's not a setting, GT. ::)  Unless you're at a skate park. :P

Offline Greenthorn

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2009, 08:29:48 AM »
It is indeed a setting.  It needs a standalone entry dangnabbit (if there's room for it). 

Extreme shouldn't end up being a "like" because no one -really likes those things in RL (unless their last name is Manson or they go by Buffalo Bill).  It's a setting!

Now shush Will!

Offline Caeli

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2009, 08:38:58 AM »
Extreme isn't a genre, nor do I really think it is a setting - it's more of a categorization of sexual activity in a roleplay.

I imagine it would fit in more with, say, a set of choices following our roleplaying boards: Light, Bondage, Non-Consensual, and Extreme.

Offline Greenthorn

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2009, 08:47:30 AM »
Well alright...but extreme doesn't categorized a certain sexual activity...at least not to me...it's a setting (to me) since many of my games don't revolve around sex  ;)

I'm not debating this...it's not a debatable thing...we all know I'm a strange thinker and therefore I shrug and walk away from all of you normal people <3

 ;D

Offline Bliss

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2009, 08:55:57 AM »
Adventure
Action
Fantasy
Political Intrigue
Romance <-- might or might not be redundant...
Futuristic
Post-Apocalyptic
Dystopian
Steampunk
Cyberpunk
Horror

Video games and anime can be put into a catch-all category called "Fan-Based", which could also include movies, books, and other roleplays that involved stories using previously-created settings or characters.

Going off the above and adding a couple major genres from the bookstore I used to work in:

Western
Contemporary
Mystery

Offline Haibane

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2009, 10:51:53 AM »
Hm. I'm not convinced you meant genres, Veks. There are tons, many of which are not relevant to what we do here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_genre

I suspect classifications might be more useful which are a bit different. Caeli's list is a great start and I don't think we'll use all 30 slots.

To:

Quote
Adventure
Action
Fantasy
Political Intrigue
Romance
Futuristic
Post-Apocalyptic
Dystopian
Steampunk
Cyberpunk
Horror

And:

Quote
Western
Contemporary
Mystery

I'd suggest:

Historical
Crime
Thriller
Tragedy
Military/War Setting
Non-Original Setting (this covers anime, movies, books, TV shows, etc)

But then immediately we're into confusion since 'anime' (or anything else based on a TV show) isn't either a genre or a category, merely a basis of the story background. Within anime, for example, you can have Action, Romance, Mystery, Thriller... etc. So I'd suggest we dispense with the idea of anime or TV show based settings as a classification.

Many stories have several classifications. How had you planned to handle that?

Systems will be trickier to handle since I think the fans of each will clamour for the inclusion of their favourites and I expect there's well over 31 systems used on E. I expect people will want to list several just for the various D&D rulesets alone whereas I, as a non-systems gamer, would lump all D&D rules into just one system - D&D.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2009, 10:56:46 AM by Haibane »

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Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2009, 11:07:24 AM »
...rather like a 'Fan Based' or 'Media Based' section?

Either have those ideas that are from 'movies/books/shows' (i.e fan/media based) be their own seperate genre, or split them into what they fall into (fantasy/romance/etc)?

I personally think it would be easier to keep them together within their own genre, because people will pretty much instantly know what type of RP to expect if they are familiar with the 'movie/book/show'.

Plus browsing will be easier for people.. Let's say someone is looking for a 'Pokemon' RP...they know where to look for it, in the fan/media section, rather then having to go through the other genres hoping to find one.

Offline Vandren

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2009, 02:32:34 PM »
I'd agree that Extreme is more a classification of intent or rating than a setting as such.

Here are the ones we've currently go set up on the wiki for Games.

Offline Haibane

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2009, 02:45:14 PM »
Indigo - hm, yeah, good points. I need to get my head round exactly what will this list be used for?

Is this going to be a statistical tool for the site so members can log which classes of story they game in, or will it be used by individuals to show to interested parties what they themselves are interested in (aka Rabbit Hole?)

Offline Caeli

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2009, 09:07:52 PM »
Alright, so I'm working on a Rabbit Hole replacement as requested.

Think that's the answer to what you're asking? Veks can probably explain more if that's not exactly it.

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Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2009, 11:35:25 PM »
My own favorite, Mythology. I would say more, but everybody covered up everything so far. >.>

Offline Mnemaxa

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2009, 01:51:46 AM »
Romance <-- might or might not be redundant...

No, romance is not redundant - it's a settign of it's own. Romance can be laced into other genre's, but there are a number of people who specifically play out romances sans other genre and setting scenes.

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Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2009, 02:15:37 AM »
How did I know you were going to say that Mnem?

And there should be a 'Porn' option for the people who play PWP games.

Offline Caeli

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2009, 02:19:04 AM »
Is porn purely visual (i.e., videos / movies), or does it apply to literary work, too?

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Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2009, 02:26:20 AM »
Well call it erotica then, though that might send the wrong signal.

Offline Mnemaxa

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2009, 02:27:51 AM »
Is porn purely visual (i.e., videos / movies), or does it apply to literary work, too?

There are a few publishing companies that actually put out literal 'written porn, just like what you would see on a movie.  Nearly no plot, or a very basic plot, and lots of description.  So, yes, there is literary porn.  Not erotica, which is another type or writing entirely.

Offline Bliss

Re: Most Popular Literary and Roleplaying Genres
« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2009, 05:58:36 AM »
When it's written porn, I think it's often called "smut". :D