(Anonymous) 2016-09-17 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)

(Anonymous) 2016-09-21 04:26 am (UTC)(link)
for the love of god, your oc's history section doesn't need to be half the size of a nano. even if your character is 8000 years old you can hit the important points and streamline that shit. please.


(Anonymous) 2016-09-21 05:51 am (UTC)(link)


(Anonymous) 2016-09-22 07:10 am (UTC)(link)
Even keeping the tl;dr version in your journal is fine but cut that shit down for the app.

(Anonymous) 2016-09-22 07:43 am (UTC)(link)
Unfortunately, it depends on the game. Games who don't want wordspew need to set word count limits so OC players know they can streamline. There are legitimately some games out there that expect you to detail every goddamn thing though, and I don't blame my fellow OC players for just having a long app to be safe.

(Anonymous) 2016-09-22 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Or you can look at other apps and say "Hey, these apps are only a few paragraphs long, link to a wiki, or have bullet point format. Maybe I shouldn't put tens of thousands of words into this history section."

(Anonymous) 2016-09-25 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I just said it depends on the game. If you look at other OC apps that have been accepted (if the apps are even available for viewing) sometimes they ARE incredibly long. Then what do you do? Like I agree with you that you should read what the app is asking for and look at other available apps, but if the mods tell you to tell them absolutely everything and/or the only OC apps you see getting in are painfully long, then obviously you're safest also writing a painfully long app.

ftr, I have two app versions for exactly this reason: the one that tops out at 3k with history and personality, and the one that's closer to 9k because some mods are picky as fuck. Guess which one actually gets me into games with competitive app rounds?

(Anonymous) 2016-09-26 05:28 pm (UTC)(link)
You're one of those people who complain But *I* don't do that! when we're not talking about you. If the mods ask you for a long history, they shouldn't complain about getting a long history.

As a mod, I've had OCs drop an unsolicited novel into my inbox, when every other app is condensed. If asked, we tell the potential apper that we prefer semi-detailed bullet points over a short story. The problem is that most OC players don't bother asking. If you do? Good on you, you're in the minority.


(Anonymous) 2016-09-23 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
As one of these fellow OC players with kind of a long history, please don't. A highlight reel is so much easier to get through than a blow by blow account of your oc's travels and the people they dealt with.

(Anonymous) 2016-09-24 12:07 pm (UTC)(link)
stop requiring a history section

(Anonymous) 2016-09-24 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)

your fucking oc doesn't have a wiki page


(Anonymous) 2016-09-25 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
And what, allow you to invent history for them on the fly? Show some accountability, just not 100k words' worth.

(Anonymous) 2016-09-25 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
i was with you until i parented up and saw this was about ocs.


(Anonymous) 2016-09-26 10:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I play OCs and no, they don't need to just drop the fucking history section. It's good to have a reference point that exists outside of my own head and a dozen short stories, it's good to have something someone can read and kind of figure out where a character is coming from. History sections are good for OCs because it proves that we have some thought behind our special ickle babies and aren't just pulling shit out of our ass.

(Anonymous) 2016-09-27 01:01 pm (UTC)(link)

Have we learned nothing from Renne?


(Anonymous) 2016-09-28 06:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd love to do a shorter history. Unfortunately, at least two games have made me add MORE paragraphs and bloat the history section because they wanted the OC "to feel as developed as a fandom character". One of these times they wanted a full development of a relationship that isn't even relevant to the character's current state.


(Anonymous) 2016-09-29 12:50 pm (UTC)(link)
The funny thing is, I'm sure some fandom characters aren't even as developed as how much we're required to write for OCs. Yet, here we are.

I also had the issue of having to write more despite the history being succinct and straightforward enough that had all the major points in their background. The mods asked further details on something so mundane that wasn't even relevant, so I had to write more. It's stuff like this that I feel like I have to write long apps for OC, mostly because I don't know how much is enough for the mods to get a pass on an OC's history.

+1 to your +1

(Anonymous) 2016-09-29 02:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Mods get hung up on the weirdest shit. Usually if something is passingly relevant I'll bring it up a little in the history and then show how it plays out on the character's actions by putting nods towards that event in their personality. I think that sometimes they just want a pop-quiz to make really REALLY sure that you're not going to start ass-pulling when in the game. Sometimes they're also high-strung assholes who like a power-trip over a kind of player that they see as having lesser value in the community. That can happen.

Re: +1 to your +1

(Anonymous) 2016-09-29 03:51 pm (UTC)(link)
nah. usually, you've just phrased something in a way that makes it seem either important or contradictory. mods aren't mind readers, so while your reason for only touching on something or leaving it out entirely might seem obvious to you, it's not necessarily going to be obvious to anyone who doesn't live in your head.

that isn't an excuse to write bloated apps the size of an asoiaf installment. write a neat, concise app, and realize the mods will ask you for expansion or clarification of issues they think might need that.