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Posted: Dec 25 2014, 07:41 PM
"its not about competition, it is about collaborative storytelling."
The site is based on the life of original characters who are sports entertainers / athletes. It goes far beyond the competitive aspects of what people call "e-feds". For those who don't know, an e-fed is a roleplaying site that thrives on out-writing another roleplayer through "promos" or "matches". Although we are in a similar genre, we definitely have a different philosophy.
Beautiful Strangers has a more character-based approach in opposed to just competitive writing. It dives deep into the stories on a wrestler's life both on and off-screen, We will provide avenues for characters to be portrayed in different perspectives and platforms. From the on-screen persona often called as "gimmicks", the hardships of the independent scene, to sky-rocketing their careers, and dealing with backstage politics. We even offer the opportunity to portray the minds behind the scenes. The struggles to become a wrestler and to run a wrestling promotion in the modern world is a genre never fully explored- and it could mean a dosage of creativity. From portraying top wrestlers, aspiring athletes, business executives, celebrities etc- the opportunities in an industry with so many blurred lines cannot be clearer than ever.
It will contain similar aspects of competition for the sake of "matches" but it isn't completely limited to just "promo" or "match" writing..
Characterization of your original Superstar, Diva, Legend, Developmental Talent or Manager are explored in two different perspectives:
This is what most of us will be used to. Meaning we roleplay specifically on the gimmick of the wrestler we have chosen. Most of roleplaying is also limited to simply typing a promo or a match, posting it weekly, and winning matches from it. Here, however, we have offered several platforms for activity to be maxmized. The on-screen area of the board contains forums for interviews, in-ring promos, events, reality television, and other elements that a gimmick can be furthered. One can also choose to submit segments for the weekly shows in order to showcase one's on-screen character. With regard to the cards, wrestlers are booked based on their storyline of choice- which means they will be communicating with the admin. However, they are not required to post promos or matches, rather, judging is based on the character's over-all activity and willingness to participate. There are no full-blown results, just winners and sent segments. A major role being played the angle or storyline the player wishes to pursue. Through this, players are given more time to explore their gimmicks and be creative about it. The shows are there for the novelty of being in a wrestling-based site; but it is not what its all about.
This is where the characters lives behind the cameras are played. How difficult is it to reach for one's dreams of wrestling stardom? What is the atmosphere like backstage? How strong is the politics? What does their family say? There are so many storylines that people can tell with regard to the life of being a wrestler. There is so much struggle and the industry is so rich in culture that one cannot make a mistake in terms of portraying their off-screen personas. This is another chance for a players creativity to shine. What kind of stories can you tell?
This is a new way to enjoy your wrestling and fighting fandom without the unnecessary politics and competitive mood. It's time to just enjoy collaborative storytelling again, and not stress over writing to succeed. Let's just have some fun, after all, that's why we roleplay in the first place.