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Here's a longshot, so tell me what you think:
I've got some interest in a pokemon RP again, and while I probably won't go making a nuisance of myself in whatever passes for URPG chat right now, I thought it would be worth a shot to continue the old Park Mini Run that I had with you a couple of years ago.
For the record, it's no longer the only thing I have to do with my free time, and I'm quite a bit more mellow.
It's not important to go over every little thing, but when one of your players has a question... I don't know the specifics, but "Hey, what about this pokedoll?" "Sorry, we're past that point," seems like a bad way to GM.
I don't particularly "want to linger here," as opposed to somewhere else, I just have a very very small area of the world revealed, if that makes sense. I don't know anything about any place except for what you've described-- one of the greenhouses kinda, the ranger station, the hedge-path kinda, and this flower garden kinda. I'm working with a very sketchy outline of the setting and doing my best to fill in the details-- things like sun filtering through leaves, or pine needles being on the path. All I have to go on is what you tell me. I can only make up so much because "The Ranger Controls Everything."
I am completely stuck. Stopping to describe pokemon play actions back at each other (endlessly?) seems like a bit of a waste of time. I'm sure it's perfectly valid but it's not what I signed up for. That's one of the bits you gloss over, because it's not important. Unless it is important, like if you were going to use that to demonstrate the nature of the pokemon-- which I only know because you suddenly straight-up told me.
I talked to the ranger, I interacted with the pokemon. I have run out of things to do. I am playing skyrim, but the whole map only consists of one room.
Since our characters have had basically no interaction so far, and even flat out asking for guidance in-character is just ignored, there's really not anything for me to go on. I can make a post now, that says, "No, I'm not interested," but that really makes it a slot machine more than an RP. I pay my money, you roll the dice, until I'm all out of rolls.
One of the runs I did read was Liam's, where instead of marveling at pokemon as they passed, or having any real reaction to any of them, he just turned up his nose, and kept walking. None of the posts (outside of combat/fleeing) were about anything. It was: "You found a pokemon." "I am not interested" "You walk away. Now you found another pokemon." "I am interested. I fight it." "You catch it."
It was horrible, I can't imagine anybody wanting to spend their time like that. Again, I'm not expecting this stupid little one-off to be so profound as Dostoevsky, but maybe we could make it a character study-- an RP, instead of the same canned lines.