[MUD-Dev] Roleplaying in Muds

Phillip Lenhardt philen at monkey.org
Mon Jul 24 13:37:51 New Zealand Standard Time 2000

On Sun, Jul 23, 2000 at 02:59:07PM -0400, Travis Casey wrote:
> I would say that it is not, but it's difficult to tell from such a
> short description.  Roleplaying is not a simple binary thing; it's a
> continuum.  Asking "is so-and-so roleplaying?" is like asking "is
> so-and-so being nasty?" -- there are degrees and shadings to it, and
> the ultimate answer depends not on what the person is *doing*, but
> on *why* they are doing it.
> (To use another analogy, asking "is this roleplaying" is like asking
> "is this a chair".  Something can *look* like a chair, but not be
> designed to be used as a chair.  On the other hand, something can be
> designed to be used as a chair without looking like what most people
> would call a chair.)

These two paragraphs seem contradictory to me. The first says that the
external appearance matters and the second says that the intent is what
truly matters. I am content that they both matter, but I get the feeling
you were championing one over the other.

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