2010-10-11 [NOOOPE]: Actually guys, here are some good wikis that can help you figure out how to improve your rping:
Captain Kiva's Article
RP: Bad Bios
A Plea for Greater Character Diversity
List of bad clichés
Note, all these were written a while before this contest. If your character conforms to any of the cliches, you now know why you didn't win.
2010-10-11 [Rice]: I'm afraid I can not remember my horrible depressing past...for I have...AMENISA
2010-10-11 [Rice]: LMAO! I shrivel and die when ever I look at some of my origianl role-plays, and the amazing characters I created when I was 12.
2010-10-11 [NOOOPE]: Yeah... me ages 12 to 16... didn't happen. I was... frozen or some shit and some horrible writer took my place. Honestly, I think I joined this site when I was 13. If you find anything written by me before 2007 NOT ME.
2010-10-11 [Rice]: Oh god it's awfull. It's like, what was I on? Terrible writing, horrible plot lines, and the most god-powered characters in existence.
2010-10-11 [NOOOPE]: Mary sues all the way. I- uh I mean that horrible impostor had this one character... ho-ly shit, it was the definition of mary sue. It was basically me, but prettier and good at everything who was dating my favorite character in the show the rp was based off of. She was totally a tough-sue like lunnie's page describes. I recently found all the ancient drawings of said character and threw them out.
2010-10-11 [Evolution X]: The thing is with me... my first character, or among them, is still active... so I have to look at him, cringe a bit adn try to make him less and less Mary Sue as possible. Even though he has my name.
2010-10-11 [NOOOPE]: Mary sues can work sometimes, one of the wikis stresses this.
I think a big problem with character building is that everyone wants to be the main character and the main character is rarely the most interesting. The side characters are ALWAYS more awesome (except for House). However, rps shouldn't be a main character with side characters set up. Think, Xmen vs Batman. Every player's character should be a main character, no single player should dominate. When submitting a character to an rp, people should be thinking how their character completes the whole, not how their character is the bestest person ever. I feel that's why so many rps fail. People are upset that things don't revolve around their character when things aren't supposed to in the first place.
Bleck, rping. Thou art a cruel mistress.
2010-10-11 [Evolution X]: That's why my guys tend to be able to steal a spot light with a amssive break down, but then are able to quietly step back once everyone's calmed them down and put a paper bag over their head!
2010-10-11 [SilverFire]: I have a few characters back from when I joined that I still love, but damn, they were bad. I tended to update their personality/hi
I agree with what M! said about there being a problem with people expecting the plot to revolve around their character, but add that the other half of the problem is with crap GMs who don't even have a plot, and actually just want to be a player, not a GM - they're more concerned with playing their own character than makign sure the RP works.
2010-10-11 [SilverFire]: Also: anyone who had me as a mod, I'm happy enough to give some feedback. Either pm me or write a comment on your character's wiki. :)
2010-10-11 [Flisky]: Feed back would be good, but I cringe to see what might be said...
2010-10-11 [Evolution X]: same... that and my Mod was Chel... and I pretty much talk to her all the time. And she's wanted TNT's babies hard ever since she first met him.
2010-10-11 [SilverFire]: Sometimes learning is painful. :P
2010-10-11 [Aeolynn]: The first character I ever created in 2002 is still alive and kicking for me :) just been revamped sooo many times.
And yes, I agree, looking back on super old rps is terribly painful D:
2010-10-11 [Chel.]: *headdesk*
2010-10-11 [Eyden13]: Congrats to the winner.
2010-10-11 [Amanda Bastian]: Congrats!!!! :D
2010-10-12 [NOOOPE]: I have characters from third grade... a good chunk are from 6th grade actually. But they have had such major makeovers it's insane. I guess old isn't bad.
2010-10-12 [Amanda Bastian]: That's awesome. :) It's good that you keep up with your characters, too. I have characters from 6th grade also, but they've changed so much you'd forget what the originals were like. I just have a hard time keeping up with my writings... and it's one reason why I lack in role-playing these days. I used to do that 24/7 while I was home-schooled. I don't know what happened to my old spark. :(