Character Developement 1: What worked for me... Apr 30, 2020 0:32:21 GMT
Post by ☠ VooDoo ☠ on Apr 30, 2020 0:32:21 GMT
..doesn't always work for others. But this is how it did for me.
I have seen so many people over the years just making different wrestlers one after another. Not really doing anything with them, especially after they take a couple of losses. The irony is… that new wrestler they created, is just a cut out of the previous one. All they did was change the picture base. You can change your gimmick and picture based 100 times, unless you change how you’re writing them, you’re going to get the same results with each wrestler that you make.
When I started, my wrestler came from humble beginnings, EWF Owner, Tony Cancelliere saw her at a show and fell in love and decided to turn his wife into a wrestler. Cancelliere also wrestled in another federation and I decided to join it. I contacted the fed owner and said yeah, I am Tony’s gf in real life and I want to do something in this fed. Jake was all over it. So, Candice in FWF wore a Scream mask and would alternate between helping Cancelliere win and making him lose.
When my ex quit role playing, I didn’t. I did drop the Candice Cancelliere name for a while and just ran as VooDoo, but I never stopped using her background of where she came from, that became part of VooDoo’s Master Storyline.
I met a guy and started Rping with him as VooDoo’s Owner. VooDoo had slipped into the world of BDSM and after she had gotten a pretty good bank account going, she opened up The Empire Room, which was a nightclub with BDSM overtones. This was something that was added to VooDoo’s SL. Everything was going well until me and Voo’s owner got into a real life tiff.
Enter the Wolfpack.
A friend of mine, Dan came into the fed where Voo/her owner was, and with him brought Vin. Vin handles all the male members of the Wolf family. Immediately, I began working on a SL. VooDoo, mad at her owner for putting a federation before her, ran away. She called Damon Riggs and he and Bryan Dyamond went to pick her up. When he got there, VooDoo got all paranoid, thinking that he was going to take her back to Oss, so Damon did what he had to do and knocked her out. He then took her to his friend Vincent Black’s house for safekeeping until he could figure out what was going on. He literally dropped VooDoo in Vincent’s bed.
All of this became OUR Master storyLine and it has been used in Rps over the years. Vin just used it last week when Xavier was explaining to VooDoo how him and his wife met. X told Voo “someone knocked her out and dropped her in his bed.” and Voo smiled saying that sounded familiar.
VooDoo went from having one night club, to having 2, East Coast and West Coast, now she has them in major cities. VooDoo went on to buy the rundown apartment building and remodel it and renamed it PhreeQ Tower. The Wolfpack has strip clubs, a coffee house, and went on to buy an island.
But in the same sense, not saying that we haven’t added other wrestlers to our list.
I’ve added Jenna Riggs, Damon’s wife. With Damon Riggs, came his daughter Allison, I was role playing as ARP when she was 14 yrs old. In ARPs storyline, she crushed hard on X, it made for some great writing between Vin and Dan as Damon was the protective father with his daughter with X, because X was quite the ladies man. As a matter of fact, X and ARP actually went on to have a brief relationship when she turned 18. It had been my dream and goal to unite the Wolf and Riggs family by marriage with X and ARP… but as luck would have it, Vin and Dan changed the SL up a bit. I was MIA and when I came back, X and ARP weren’t together and ARP was married to Dane and had twins. I was miffed, may have called them assholes in our group chat, told them all about themselves in a RP in some smack talk where I CAPPED and BOLDED various words in the paragraph to where if you read just the bold words it read.
“You fucked up my storyline you assholes.”
Anicka came around when Vin and I went through the pregnancy storyline and he needed a break from efeding. She was Voo’s protege. Also while Vin was on LOA, I took over Enigma, One and Two, a masked tag team that he was running in a fed. Ani went on to become everything that she is today. Enigma became part of the Wolfpack Master storyline. They have been used as bodyguards and nannies over the years.
But all of this didn’t happen overnight.. Bits and pieces were slowly added over time. I was really lucky when Vin, Dan and I started Rping together and stuck together over the years because they share the same want and need to tell a story. And just recently I created a board of our own to post all our role plays in, and when we finally decide to throw in the towel with efeding, we’re going to continue our wrestler’s adventures in the retired life.
When you start with creating a background, make sure that you’re actually writing this down somewhere and keeping track of it, so that way you can make sure that your storyline is consistent (again a plug for google docs).
Give them family and friends, with names. Give them a pet (I’ve role played for Anicka’s cat’s point of view once). She would be talking to her cat, as we know all cat owners do, and the cat would be thinking some smart ass comment to what she is saying. I had one role play end with Ani asleep and the cat laying beside her and him thinking…. ‘Most men would give both their nuts to be laying beside her where I am, it’s what it cost me when she got me neutered.”
If your wrestler has money, give them a trusted butler. Jenna Riggs was given Winston as a butler when she was 16 yrs old and he stayed with her until he retired. Even though she was his butler, her family paid his checks so it became an ongoing joke when they would argue about her not being able to fire him. Jenna’s last name is Sanders and she was the great great great granddaughter of Colonel Sanders of the KFC fame. She and Damon met at a show in Kentucky and she followed him from show to show until he couldn’t help but recognize her.
I keep roughly about 35 characters mentioned in various Rps between the Wolf family, Riggs family and the Wright family. Each one with their own different personality that stands out. You can’t have a ton of characters and they all sound the same and act the same. Granted all of them are not mine, but you still have to make sure that you keep their personalities just as the person who made them has.
Also, when you introduce a new character in your role play, keep that character coming back. It doesn’t have to be in every role play, but if your character has a child, make sure that you keep using it. Your character can be having a conversation and go into a convo that “Ciara gave me a call yesterday. She’s worried about the match coming up.” With that one sentence you’ve let the reader know that your character is a parent and they have a kid that’s worried about them in the business. And then you can keep the convo going about the match. But to bring up a child who would be a main fixture in your character’s life and then to not mention it again will leave some people who are reading your stuff on a weekly basis wondering… whatever happened to Ciara?
Be detailed in describing things. You can take something as simple as “She was wearing a tight dress and a pair of heels.” and turn it into… “VooDoo was dressed in a black leather dress that was so tight that it looked like Vincent had painted it on her before they walked out of the door; she wore a pair of black stilettos that were so high they would have made barbies feet ache. Her long red hair fell like a lion's mane across her bare porcelain colored shoulders; with a wicked smile across her lips that showed in her emerald green eyes she stepped onto the stage at the Empire Room to a loud pop that came from the crowd.”
If your character rolls her eyes in the roleplay, make sure to mention the color of them.
If they have a favorite car, make sure you describe it. VooDoo when she and Vin got together had a white chevy blazer, black tinted windows with brace for impact written across the front of the windshield. Vin and I wrote a whole big thing when Voo got pregnant about Kal X taking the keys away from her and giving her a car that she didn’t have to pull herself up in. She was very angry about this, but Kal told her that she was carrying Wolf Pups that she was never supposed to be able to conceive and that he was going to do everything possible to make sure nothing happens to them.
There are so many different ways that you can bring your characters to life, you have a whole fantasy world to live in that you create. You have google at your fingertips to research things for your role play. I needed a small island for a role play that my characters could rent for the week and get away together. I went to google and looked up small islands for rent in the US and found what I was looking for.
With the Wolfpack pulling up shop in NJ and buying a large piece of land, I needed to find a large piece of land for sale. I hit google again… I found 6000 acres for sale, with a river that runs through it and in the rocks along the river are indian drawings. There is also a cave that has bats. And it has its own airport.
The amount of character development and depth that you give your characters depends on you and how much time you are willing to invest in it to make it believable.
Again, any questions, please feel free to message me.