Archer, the ᴀʀᴄʜᴇsᴛ of ᴀʀᴄʜᴇʀs! ✩
31 October 2014 @ 08:02 pm
STATE OF THE ARPEE: October 2014  
State of the Arpee: October 2014
In this episode: Henry and Komaeda run around Johto and destroy literally everything.

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Archer, the ᴀʀᴄʜᴇsᴛ of ᴀʀᴄʜᴇʀs! ✩
16 September 2014 @ 10:23 pm
state of the arpee: mid-september 2014  
state of the rp: general

I don't exactly have much history to reflect on in my state of the RP -- well, post-hiatus history, at least. I feel like all the old stuff ("old stuff" in this case meaning pre-hiatus, when I still went by Gira) is a part of my RP history and it shouldn't be dismissed, but I prefer to treat it as a separate beast than my post-hiatus RP. This can be hard, because I still feel like a wee baby! I haven't even been in my current game for a month.

And now for a history lesson.

I apped Cyrus to FoCo on pretty much a whim, because it seemed like a cool atmospheric game and I was... really thinking about Cyrus that day, I guess? I really liked him when I was younger. And I still do. But I also think that he needs a very specific kind of setting to RP in effectively. If he's outside that setting, it becomes extremely hard to keep him involved and active, because he's so detached from people both emotionally and physically (look, the dude's 27 in a realm of teenagers). I'm still happy I played him there, though, because it got me back into RP and sent me into other places.

We the Lost was a nice home for Yelloweq for a while. It was good to be able to play a familiar character again, but I think that somewhere along the hiatus line I really... lost my incentive to play him. After all, he spent a long time in Animus, and he had a full character arc. Though I didn't realize it at the time, all I needed was a bit of closure before I could send him off into the sunset. WTL gave me that closure. OOCly, it also gave me a circle of great new friends, which was exactly what I needed!

state of the game

Haha, oh man. This is my only active game right now. (Though soon I might be in Route too, fingers crossed.) Anyway, it's been really crazy being in Institute so far! Elsa is my first... well, popular muse, so I never expected to get the amount of tags I do now. Still, I'm happy to see this game grow, and let Elsa be a part of it.
character: Queen Elsa [[personal profile] frigokinetic]
age: 18...? I think I brought her down to 18.
series: Frozen
time played: not even a month

muse strength: ■ ■ ■ ■ □

For a new muse, I think her voice is pretty strong. A part of me is worried that I might be doing something wrong with her, especially since so many people have conflicting opinions on what Elsa should be. I don't really like saying with confidence that I'm doing super well with her, because there's really no way to tell without outside opinions -- but personally, I feel I'm doing alright.

My only real problem with her right now is that she's so... serious? My main problem before was that I played pretty much nothing but serious characters, and after a while that started to bring me down. And while Elsa may not quite be on the level of Cyrus or Ienzo or (Shirou) Iori, it's hard not to look with envy at the times when I played people like John Egbert or even Mao -- at least they were lively.

cast strength: □ □ □ □ □

cast what cast

plotting capabilities: ■ ■ ■ □ □

This one's hard. On one hand, Elsa is a leader of the Foreign Students' Union, so there's a lot of opportunity for plotting right there. On the other hand, she... can't really do too much social interaction at once. (After the club faire ended, she ran back to her room and stared at the wall for pretty much the rest of that day, and well into the next.) I'm worried that if I get her too involved, she will read as OOC.

shipping potential: ■ □ □ □ □

It could happen? Usually I don't go into games looking for ships, and I'm perfectly happy without them, but if a relationship develops naturally then I am all for it.

likelihood of drop: ■ □ □ □ □

Elsa won't be going anywhere for a while. I have some doubts, but overall I'm having fun with her character and I want to keep her around to see what happens.

development/final thoughts:

She hasn't had much time for development, but it's still early in the game. I'm really eager to have a character 'established' in a game again, and Elsa seems like she's found a pretty comfortable place for herself here.
character: Henry [[personal profile] anoblecaws  -- unless I change it, which I may well do]
age: 15-17? Honestly he doesn't read like an eighteen-year-old or higher to me, and even seventeen is a bit of a stretch.
series: Fire Emblem: Awakening
time played: ...not even a month

muse strength: ■ ■ ■ □ □

OKAY FIRST OF ALL I don't actually play him at Institute (or anywhere really), this coding is just set up that way and I don't feel like diving into it to fix the problem.

Henry's an even newer muse than Elsa, but he's also the lively character I've been looking for. It's honestly a lot of fun to play him! It's hard to compare him and Elsa on a scale of "which do I like playing more," because they're two completely opposite characters and I like playing them for completely opposite reasons. It's been a long time since I've been able to make goofy tags and intros, because all of my characters were always too straight-laced to make those jokes. Now that I'm able to again, I pretty much want to play him all the time.

It feels to me like there's a downside to this, as well, though. Sometimes when I'm playing Henry, I go a little too fast and loose with what I'm writing, and it feels very easy to steer into OOC territory. I don't have experience playing his "character type" like I do Elsa, so while it felt very natural to step into her shoes, Henry is a completely different beast. I'm glad I had the opportunity to run him at Principals, even if I don't feel I did the best job of portraying his character -- but hopefully I can learn from my mistakes and totally rock Route 29.

cast strength: □ □ □ □ □

No game, no cast.

plotting capabilities: ■ ■ ■ □ □

Henry's the type of character who likes to stick his nose into everything ever, so I'd imagine it would be easy to get him into light-hearted plots. Serious ones... um, not so much.

shipping potential: ■ ■ □ □ □

Again, I usually like to let relationships develop naturally, but I do have some more stuff specifically about Henry. I really, really don't feel that he is mature enough to last in a relationship, even if he does run into someone he's romantically interested in. He would probably ditch his partner at the drop of a hat, let's be real. Though this could be fun for plot and character development purposes, I wouldn't actively find someone to ship him with just for this to happen.

likelihood of drop: ■ ■ □ □ □

Unless something terrible happens and I lose any and all confidence in playing him, I don't think I'll drop him? Like I said, he doesn't come as easily to me as Elsa, but I like to think I'm learning.

development/final thoughts:

Mm... yeah! Henry is a thing. Though because I do feel less confident with him than I do Elsa, I tend to ask for crit on him a lot, which I should probably stop doing.

Oh, also, about usernames. I feel like 'anoblecaws' is a really punny name and it matches with his potential castmate's (hi Cynthia!), but it doesn't really... fit him. It should be easy to come up with more punny names, though...