COM0011 – Roleplaying: Being more then yourself

Imagine. A world of magic and dragons, or a world of androids and space battles. Imagine being able to do something you normally couldn’t be able to do. Well, to an extent, it is possible for us to live these fantasies. Through roleplay.

Roleplaying is and has been a hobby of mine for a few months now. And it has become a huge part of my life.

On Discord, I joined a roleplay server with an alien species called “Florans”,  basically anthropomorphic plants who have a savage history. My character, Thorn, was different. He didn’t like to kill, and was a blacksmith, meaning that if he wasn’t careful, there was a chance he could burn up. When he was driven away, he eventually arrived at Lanzl’s clearing. There he smithed, laughed, played, and eventually, got married and planted their child. Because plants. Long story short, his wife got kidnapped and, when Thorn finally reached the kidnapper, was beheaded in front of him. He died shortly after, but not before crippling the tribe.

The reason I told you that is because, on the night of Thorn’s death, I sobbed. Over the few months I spent roleplaying as him, he became a part of me. And on that night, my heart shattered at his passing.

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Artwork of Thorn with the first knife he forged himself.

Discord – Social Media for Gamers

Discord. What is it?

Discord is described by Wikipedia as “…a freeware proprietary VoIP application designed for gaming communities.” But the official site describes it as such;

It’s time to ditch Skype and TeamSpeak.

All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. Stop paying for TeamSpeak servers and hassling with Skype. Simplify your life.

 

Discord can be accessed through a browser, or through a program that you install on your computer. And possibly the best feature is that it’s free! While there is an option to subscribe to Discord Nitro, Discord can work perfectly fine without it. Other features include; the ability to join/create up to 100 servers for free, and integrations with other popular services including but not limited to; Steam, Twitch, Skype and Reddit.

Personally, I love Discord, and have been a Avid member since March 1st 2016, so just over one year. This service gives me everything I would need; servers, text and voice chat, and no payment required. This also fits non-gamers, as I’m apart of roleplay, Twitch and writing servers as well as gaming-focused ones.

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