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About This Coterie

A coterie about all things historical RP.

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Roleplays

Rules

  1. Be excellent.
  2. Talk about all things old.
  1. What's new in this coterie
  2. Everglow

    Why Historical RP?

    For me, it's the challenge. You have limitations in the time period you have to work around; especially as humans and you have to work with and research those limitations. What was around at the time. What peoples abilities were. What peoples roles were in society. I think there are a lot of RPs out there right now that are supernatural or realistic or anime where people don't have to think to write. They make a character that they can do anything they want with that has no structure when the structure is what makes them amazing to read and write.
  3. I'd love to see an antebellum American south board. I had one ages ago back before forum RPing was really even a thing.
  4. Gothic

    What do you fudge?

    Literacy amounts. Travel is another one, or how hard traveling would be. I used to horse ride fairly regularly and imagine how tiring it would be for hours on end? Life expectancy of children. I don't mind so much if it is in the past and I'm writing it. It isn't something I particularly want to RP out though. Or parasites. -cringes-
  5. Kit the Human

    What do you fudge?

    And if everyone isn't on the same page about how much we fudge travel, it can ruin plots or reveals. I think that's the tricky thing about fudging, one person's fudge can be another person's plot point, and that fudge can unintentionally undermine the story another is trying to tell. That level of detail is hard to monitor I think, because it's a bit micro managey.
  6. LOVE ME AND DESPAIR

    Social Media Advertising(best tag recommendations & more)

    I've not done advertising on Tumblr in a little while, but I do remember this coming up at some point. . . I just forget where. Might've been on one of the other resource sites. Either way it sounds like a familiar issue RPers were talking about so I'm starting to wonder if Tumblr did something to effect posts with links. I honestly wouldn't be surprised.
  7. LOVE ME AND DESPAIR

    What do you fudge?

    Travel is probably one of the biggest things I fudge. Though sometimes I might still use it, but write it in prior to the arrival of my character(ie so-and-so has been at sea for x length of time, traveling by carriage for x days, etc.) so that it's still used just not like delaying threads. But I've also worked travel length into posts before for various journeys and so forth. There are times where stuff happening too soon can be less entertaining or where there can be plenty of action/development beforehand that's important. I'm trying to think what else besides perhaps literacy and/or cleanliness, but I'm sleepy so my brain is sluggish right now lol
  8. Elena

    What do you fudge?

    These yes. And the cleanliness level - I mention sometimes that certain people are reluctant to take baths or that it is a stench in the ship's hold, but more people are cleaner than they would have been, I guess. Also in my Viking novel, a siege & conquest of Thessaloniki by the Franks which should have lasted a month or two until the city changed hands again, lasted about five years ๐Ÿ˜‰ so that when my character returned, the city was still with the Franks. The permanent conquest happened, in truth, ab0ut 70 years later or more. But if the city was free 5 years later, then my character wouldn't have had any reason not to remain there, and the story would have ended too soon.
  9. Sara

    What do you fudge?

    I think literacy levels and speed of travel are the two biggest things. I don't think I've seen a historical RP out there set in this period that accurately reflects literacy levels, even amongst the nobility and I've found it's easier to drive the story if your character can conveniently write as well as read or vice versa. Also - horse travel! It sort of ruins the fun when a journey between estates or court should take 2 weeks and you find yourself having to delay the action on the other end!
  10. Kit the Human

    What do you fudge?

    A lot of writers playing in history will outright admit that they fudged, altered, made up, or outright ignored some aspects of the time they were writing in. I rather enjoyed Kate Atkinson's description of her method in her Author's Note in Transcription: "Roughly speaking, for everything that could be considered a historical fact in this book, I made something up [...] After many conversations with myself, I went ahead and invented whatever I felt like [...] If I had to describe the process, I would say that it felt like a wrenching apart of history followed by an imaginative reconstruction." Someone else, I can't remember who, also said something along the lines of: 'don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.' Of course, we should be wary of what we assume are facts. Assumed facts are either wrong, or broad enough that they're useless/misleading. That aside: in your rp, what do you fudge, invent or ignore? Why?
  11. Kit the Human

    Social Media Advertising(best tag recommendations & more)

    With Tumblr these days, it seems like any posts with links are less likely to turn up in search results, if at all. Has anyone been finding the same? I've switched to using content source to provide the link.
  12. Kit the Human

    Period Films & TV Shows You've Watched or Are Watching?

    I started watching The Terror last night, it's good! I did find myself getting confused as to who is who though. All those penguin men. It does menacing very well.
  13. Kit the Human

    Interesting Links & Research

    This is so specific that I'm not bothering putting it in the masterlinks, but Female Convict Research. It's so good! But also, look at the price on this book! FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS!! (317.58USD) Thankfully, it's in the library.
  14. I wasn't sure if something like this has been set up already, but I thought it would be good if we could all share those interesting links that we no doubt come across. I thought that I'd start us off with this amusing article that was sent to the papers in 1773. The level of snark made me laugh. Enjoy! https://georgianera.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/inspiring-a-rivalship-amongst-the-gentry-a-letter-to-the-papers-1773/?fbclid=IwAR1X08rdFShCJ5lKgRLAB_nEAXeqROqFd3lG8UJIIZlWp_hnfkN60hM9s9I
  15. Has anyone watched ITV's Vanity Fair? I thought it was brilliant. If you haven't watched it yet, I really do recommend it. The Tudors is one that I can always go back to and re-watch again and again. Along with anything Jane Austen related.
  16. Between 1808 and the 1820s, European clothing was rarely seen outside the two main settlements in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). Bushrangers wore kangaroo skin and fur. This was warmer and more water proof. Soldiers wore "bush dress" as well. This resulted in accidents. Two parties rushed each other in 1816. They were both groups of soldiers. They each thought the other were bushrangers. ๐Ÿคจ
  17. Kit the Human

    What Historical RPGs would you like to see more of?

    Reading about Tasmanian history has given me a desire for a historical rp there - particularly prior to mid-1820s. The divide between the upperclass and everyone else was very strong, but convicts roamed freely with economic independence encouraged once quotas were met, traded with the local indigenous*, hung out with soldiers and sold kangaroo to the merchant-farmers. The classic penal colony didn't come out until the 1830s and that was only achieved with the introduction of herds (merino sheep) that forced an end to the nomadic-pastoral lifestyle, and the deaths of some powerful bushrangers. *or were horrible. This was still colonization.
  18. I know that one you are talking about. It is by Elisabeth Gaskell, I think ๐Ÿ™‚ . I just liked the other one more.
  19. LOVE ME AND DESPAIR

    Period Films & TV Shows You've Watched or Are Watching?

    I've never seen the one about the U.S. Civil War. That one says it has 3 seasons. The one I mean though takes place in England and is a 4-part mini-series.
  20. @LOVE ME AND DESPAIR - which North and South do you love, because there are 2 and both of them short series? The one happening in England or the one happening in the US Civil War? I love more the US Civil War one. @kita,I love Into the West and Dancing with Wolves too! There have always been historical movies and series I have watched and I loved. I don't watch any in present time, though. I loved Onedin Line, Poldark (the old BBC one), Dr. Quinn, Snowy Mountain, all the possible Westerns, Corazon Salvaje, The Pallisers, etc
  21. HBO Rome will always have a place in my heart.
  22. I just started watching Turn and my muse is going crazy!
  23. Kit the Human

    Period Films & TV Shows You've Watched or Are Watching?

    Black Sails is the show that owns my heart. I want to watch Picnic at Hanging Rock, and still want to watch The Terror. Deadwood's dialogue laboured under the weight of it's forced swearing so I bounced off of that. (It's why I don't like HBO. Too enamored by how ~gritty~ and ~realistic~ it is.)
  24. My mom is also a huge fan of Dickens and Austen shows, miniseries, and movies. So I've seen... probably everything BBC made in the early 2000s, and then a smattering of other ones. The 2005 Pride and Prejudice is absolutely my favourite. Oh, that and I've seen a show called Lark Rise to Candleford. Funnier than I expected, though I wouldn't say it's the best out there. A few years ago I got really interested in the Old West time period - Gray Owl, Into the West, Dances With Wolves, stuff like that. Not so much now, but I can always be lured into the medieval era or pirates. Robin Hood is a special favourite of mine. Right now I'm rewatching Black Sails, which is technically a prequel to the book Treasure Island. But in my opinion it works just as well as a standalone. ETA: I've also seen a lot of the Sherlock movies released in the actual time period, as opposed to the modern AU from BBC with Babadook Cowabunga.
  25. Figured this would be an interesting topic. Also a way to share shows and films amongst us, and even learn about ones we didn't know before. Last week, in one day, I binged my way through Picnic At Hanging Rock(Amazon Prime Original) and North & South(currently on US Netflix); these are limited series, being 6 episodes and 4 episodes respectively. The first one was really fascinating with many undertones, was really interesting story overall, had a nice range of characters, and had a great cast. The second one had a great cast, interesting story backdrop even if the main focus was more on the 2 main characters, a lot of character growth, and hit me in all the feelings. Even though Picnic At Hanging Rock still left me feeling a little frustrated at the end, I still recommend both. Now I'm trying to decide what to watch next.
  26. Liza

    Why Historical RP?

    I just love history, studied Medieval History at University and have been learning about it virtually all my life. For me, it's a chance to explore a world I feel like I can only scratch the surface of through primary sources. But trying to breathe life into it through fiction is something altogether different. A chance to fill in the blanks, as it were.
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