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About This Coterie

A coterie about all things historical RP.

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  1. Be excellent.
  2. Talk about all things old.
  1. What's new in this coterie
  2. LOVE ME AND DESPAIR

    Advertise the Historical RP Coterie

    Love it =D already got it up in my sig in another place, and on here now. will stick it in our affiliates.
  3. WW1 RP, probably on the Western front. Maaaan so dark but I needs it. I just finished Robert Graves' autobiography and I'm not sure it should have given me muse but goddamn it it did. Jamestown - I started watching the show but lost interest (despite Sophie Rundle stealing my heart <3 ) but have been doing my own digging since then. I think it could be so interesting and so much room for POC and strong female characters which are always somewhat more tricky to include in a historical setting (well, not hard, but less obvious). Medieval Russia. Just for me to nerd over, I needs it.
  4. Sara

    Advertise the Historical RP Coterie

    What a fab idea!
  5. Sara

    Accidental anachronisms

    I remember frequently referring to potatoes in posts (well...not frequently but enough) before I twigged that they didn't come over for several hundred more years. That was a massive d'oh moment for Sara, I hang my head in shame. A recent one was that I made a common character and it took me two weeks, two weeks, before I realised I hadn't actually explained how she was fluent in Norman-French when she was a commoner and spoke Anglo-Saxon. Some maaaaajor rewrites of her app because I'm a bloody flipping idiot.
  6. Gothic

    Advertise the Historical RP Coterie

    This is a fabulous idea!
  7. Seahorse

    Advertise the Historical RP Coterie

    This is awesome! I shall make sure to spiff may signature up with it shortly!
  8. Hullo all! I made a couple of buttons for you to use in your signatures and forums if you like. Animated Static It'd be great to coax more historical nerds over here for the open sharing of resources and of ideas, thoughts and opinions!
  9. Kit the Human

    Historical RP Buttons

    Affiliate sized buttons for you to use freely in your signature and your forum.
  10. Kit the Human

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    From the album: Historical RP Buttons

  11. Kit the Human

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    From the album: Historical RP Buttons

  12. LOVE ME AND DESPAIR

    Accidental anachronisms

    Huh, you know. . . this isn't something I generally think to hard about when writing. Outside of obvious things that wouldn't fit the time, but at the same time sometimes I don't think of stuff that does fit cause I think it doesn't for some reason. Now I'm curious though. Going to have to look at some of my posts and see if I've done this anywhere. Of course, it's not something I really pay attention to when writing. If I did it would probably drive me up a wall lol
  13. Kit the Human

    Accidental anachronisms

    Have you committed any accidental anachronisms? I have two that I remember/know so far. Nothing big! But I was surprised to learn that they came later. The name Flynn (easy fix) and apparently kraken wasn't a term until around 1752 and even then it was Danish. My dumb American colonist in the early 18th century certainly wouldn't be using the word. Not game breaking or glaring (to me)! Still made me go, oh whoops! Let's retcon. Have you got any silly ones you'd like to share?
  14. Kit the Human

    Useful Resources

    I have added the links above and added another clothing related resource! Thanks for that link @Sara it turns out I had an anachronistic name in play easy fix!
  15. Kit the Human

    What Historical RPGs would you like to see more of?

    Jacob reminded me of how great the Dark Ages to write in would be. Very atmospheric. This in turn reminded me of the Deverry Cycle by Katherine Kerr - I have long held love for what little we know about the Celts because of the Deverry Cycle.
  16. Elena

    Why Historical RP?

    I have read historical books for children and I loved them. So yes, I was hooked on history before fifth grade. I have read Hiawatha by Longfellow (retold for children) in first grade and I loved it. There were books with adventures from my country's history too, with princes who were fighting the Ottoman conquerors, and I loved that. Then I got a book about Egypt... then the Westerns (Karl May, Fenimore Coooper, Liselotte Welskhop Horner, etc) and in the sixth grade cape & epee (Alexandre Dumas, Michel Zevaco, Paul Feval, Victor Hugo). Writing historical fiction means getting immersed in a different culture, civilization, time and setting, with their specifics, and time travelling... while able to return, at the end of the day, to my hot bath and running water toilet.
  17. Bishop

    Why Historical RP?

    Ok so here is my true confession on why I've always liked it over the rest.... When I was growing up and even still, I had a severe learning disability. Enough that I had to take special english and math classes. (Special Ed for the win! No child left behind victim.) Anyway, for me reading comprehension was very very very very very very hard. I didn't read my first chapter book until the third grade and it was only because I had watched the movie first. So I really missed out on a lot of those fantasy starter books that most children read growing up. The one subject in school I really excelled at? History. So when high school came around I enjoyed the open topics and the easy to follow very structured stories that came with folklore and just typical lives of those in history. And to me, at least in my experience, a lot of RP's are based on or influenced by some sort of book, movie, game and they were hard for me to get into. I was a huge Tolkien fan (which was the first series I was able to read and enjoy, but again...movies) and even now I have to stop myself and make notes as who is who in other books. My BFF wrote me a game of thrones map, but I had to stop about three books in. So for me, the research makes it easy to understand. I like that there are plenty of pictures or articles on the same subject. I love the art of the eras and the science that was happening.
  18. Sara

    Why Historical RP?

    I just adore exploring a world that is tangible but so very different from our own. I like the idea that these things really happened and these people really lived that way. I think with modern settings, I find it all a bit familiar - I use RP as an escape to let off steam, and with fantasy or sci-fi, I just can't visualise a lot of the plots or settings because it's so different to our own. I also suppose I'm just a massive nerd and history has always been my passion. I also like exploring the fringes of different eras which aren't usually explored.
  19. Jacob

    Why Historical RP?

    I consider myself a historically-minded man. The love of days of yore goes back to childhood. Research is fun, especially when I can see a boy at work. Threads roll like movies in my head, so it's me looking through his eyes. There are more concept options available when I'm drawing up a character. Oliver Twist, my favorite novel, serves as the basis. Its titular role has inspired both a seventeenth century musico and a 19th century werewolf. From 2012-2013, I have/had a female canon forced to adapt herself to our time. Putting another historical figure in such a situation again is thought-provoking. I might do so via the evirato if I come across the opportunity. Last, the Dark to Middle Ages are my best-loved. They show up in personal decor, as well as current genealogical expeditions. I hope to find immigrant ancestors descended from medieval Western royalty on my mother's side.
  20. Kit the Human

    Why Historical RP?

    A chance to waffle on about historical rp. What could be more glorious? ...Other than actually RPing I enjoy the research and trying to bring the research and details to life. I love trying to get into that mindset and realising the interactions between personhood, time and place. Reimagining the setting so that it is still true to time, but fleshed out with diversity (that doesn't ignore the setting) is fun. I adore working with the limitations and challenges of the time. It's playing with the boundaries amd colouring between the lines. I find the creative challenge very satisfying. What do you love about historical RP?
  21. Sara

    Useful Resources

    The one resource I think I use the most out of any, across my years on Historical sites is S-Gabriel. I am a real stickler for historically accurate names and THIS resource has saved me so many times <3
  22. I have been devouring this series and just had to share. http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/p/women-gender-and-sex-in-history.html I love that whole entire show, but this series has been so nice to listen to as I work on my next chapter in Venice. I have been listening to them as I paint each day and I just love love love and had to share! Do you have a favorite historical podcasts you listen to?
  23. Jacob

    How do you get into time period?

    Research is a vital undertaking for me. I actually am a genealogist offline, so I've applied it to here. Character names aren't simple; thus, I use real ones. My template starts with a loosely inspired version of Charles Dickens's titular Oliver Twist. Even though I'm now an adult, I prefer penning boys than men. Watching Oliver Twist's 1985, 1999, and 2005 films sets the original's outline. An adolescent girl from a genteel family gets pregnant outside of wedlock. Given her father's reputation, she runs away and dies anonymously in a poorhouse just moments after her son enters. His identity lies in a lavish locket stolen by the covetous nurse. My character's fate is determined via administrator('s)(/s') mythos. I listen primarily to traditional music, which does provides me scenes I might parallel. English vocalist Kate Rusby purchases tattered books containing folk ballads with often lost melodies. She composes new tunes so they can be heard. If my character's mum and dad love(d) each other, Andrew Lammie and "Matt" Hyland are great inspiration. All God's Angels captures a woman abandoned by the married father of their unborn baby. I visualize my applications and my threads like a movie. Those raw emotions quickly kickstart it/them. Studying historical artwork of all kinds gives off overall clothing imagery--the default attire. My current project's is preferably akin to the garb of mezzo-soprano castrato Marc'Antonio "Pasqualino" Pasqualini (1614-3rd Jun. 1691) as painted by artist Andrea Sacchi (30th Nov. 1599-21st Jun. 1661). The face claim I've chosen comes from Sweden, so I have imaginatively replaced leopard's pelt with wolf pelt; red tights with blue tights; brighter red laces with brighter blue laces on the sandals. (He (a soprano castrato) has proven more complex than early drafts.) Operatic costumes in Il Sant'Alessio (1631) by Stefano Landi (1587-28th Oct. 1639) and countless librettos I keep amassing resemble Italian clothing.
  24. Seahorse

    How do you get into time period?

    To get into the mood for a setting, I very much enjoy hitting that classic research line. Everything from people to events get me in the mood, but especially period figures in the area I am in these days. They led such fascinating, event filled lives! It gives you an idea of what to do with your own characters who seem to fit those big story types. Music is another one, and videos of local dancing. If I can get into the art scene of a place, I find that I can better describe it. I want to know the colors they painted with, what it was made from, how the steps went, what they looked like, instruments played on, and compositions. I want to know what music was played where for what purpose. How was poetry written or recited? How were important aspects of art culture taught? What was regarded as important to know, or what was regarded as pretty but "beneath someone" to actually do it? You can garner so much about attitudes from the arts! Personal character and scene playlists are a thing I have done for years. For a scene upcoming, I used to forward my members in my older groups playlists to set the mood. Poetry. I am a sucker for good period poetry. Sounds, tastes, etc become all the more real to me from reading the poetry. Pictures on Pinterest provide good reference points as well as links to new places I might not have found in a general google search otherwise. You get those photographs of an area that just whisk you right to it! It is also a dream for clothing, shoes, jewelry, leisure activities, etc.
  25. Seahorse

    Advice and lessons from Historical RP Admins

    I've participated in historical groups that base their fiction on exact historical settings and run at least two groups where we have pursued a more alternative take to history by taking "What if/What then" and using history to give these a basis for our story's alternative historical fact. It is amazing how daunting all of it feels when you start, get going, and just keeping up with your brain baby! Here is the advice I would give to a fellow lover of history who doesn't want to just be a passive learner but immerse themselves up to the eyeballs in the world of it: Give yourself some grace -- No one expects you to be a PhD level expert on what it is you are presenting for enjoyment, it is just that, enjoyment! Everyone has a varied level of how they choose to engage with RP. Your choice is just as valid as anyone else's! Your choice sets the tone for the whole experience, so it is alright to say what you know, learn as you go. It's what we all are doing. None of us, no matter how badly we want to, have a Library of Alexandria at our beck and call (alas that we do not! Mourn!) where all the answers are there without question. It may not be perfect at the start. You may have things you want to adjust later on. It's fine! What you do elect to make your primary feature, feature it well -- What was the big draw to your era? Was it a particular city, a particular war? A particular artistic movement? Whatever this thing or things may be, that will be your biggest draw because it is your biggest passion. Start there before going into all the other particulars where you can get lost in the details. Spend the most time fleshing out the important aspects of your primary feature(s) so incoming members get a real sense for the setting. Share information in both long and short formats , and don't be afraid to keep sharing it- There isn't such a thing as too much information in our genre because, really, the details are what make us who we are! This is an era where the details really do give you a sense of the time you are in from the sound of the daily life to the fabric of the clothes, the food in your area, the occupations, the people, and the things that were most important to them. What does happen, though, is that everyone has different ways to utilize information. Our group features two different ways of sharing said information. We have a Compendium which goes into more detail about a variety of area topics, peoples, cultural things, etc, where as in the Library area, there you will find more things like link lists, short paragraphs, bullet information lists. Both of these are open to member submission. Both of these are things the staff also continually add to. We also utilize this format in our Discord with a Library channel where we post links, blurbs, and all manner of found info. Make your information not only a useful reference, but a living part of the social group experience! You will find that you attract many who just love to share what they learn as well as are good at finding information. Unique information sources? Use them! Sharing information also is a great way to keep things active during a slow period. Do not be afraid of WiPs, but do not let them stack up too much either -- Those projects that may take you a long time to get to, or may be ongoing! Don't let these make you feel bad as an admin! Life doth call to us, and life will be answered. You can organize these things to be tackled via a calendar system or list. You can designate times to them. It's important to recognize what you consider an always ongoing project to be added to, and what you need as a WiP on a time limit. Apps, information, world building, various what nots. If you let them build up, they can be overwhelming. How can you handle this? Do you have someone on your team who is good at a particular section or skill? In our group, we each function according to our skill sets as a primary thing to do. When someone does have something they are working on? We offer to help utilizing those skill sets. It works a treat. I've had to learn to stop feeling bad, for example, about a customs section I wanted to have filled out for local cultures. Now, this was before I realized just how daunting it was to capture the general culture of India, with regional/religious/visiting group specifics that may affect the setting. I spent near a year feeling bad about it. Now? Our people have researched so much that they all have a very good knowledge without it, and that resource is about to be ten times easier to finish! Decide how much fiction you want in your historical fiction, and how much AU you are willing to explore even within a setting of genuine history -- Even in a setting that is, to our eyes, to the letter accurate? You are writing characters inspired by a setting. If you are using actual figures or families for this inspiration, sometimes, as admins we may feel pressured to "do those people justice" by way of making sure we portray them as accurately as possible. What will make this easier is if you already know, in you group dynamic and in your policy just how far creative license goes. Why is this important to know? Between every major war and every sickness, between every marriage alliance and every new trade route are things that people wish to personally explore that could effect the setting in a major way. If you are trying to play it more by the book leading up to a historical event or it is based off a huge moment, this could leave you feeling daunted. Did this happen? Is this okay? What can be introduced that still fits? If you know what you want before hand it makes life so much easier not only on you as an admin, but on your members as well. The less you have to police those sorts of additions? The more things can grow, develop,and be enjoyed. Personally? I am all for period inspired ideas including battles that didn't happen, skirmishes, riots, sickness, political situations, etc because history is our guide book and not our measuring stick. I want to see our members use the setting to its fullest advantage. We make sure to offer planning resources they can use on the board as well as tell them in our Discord we are always around to assist with planning. We even have cultures that while they crossed the land, might not have been playing hard ball to the extent that we write them as, but the stories are so compelling and their basis can be validated, so why not? Don't be off put by what could be labeled as "boring" because all manner of intrigues had a boring basis -- Ah, the dinner party. Presentations at court. Going to tea! Arriving for breakfast. Selecting fabrics or dress patterns. That slice of life stuff played host to some of the most historically fascinating, spy style relevant, rise to the top of the ladder, cut throat business that history has to show us. All of those things could be battle grounds. Encourage your members to play a diversity of characters by knowing the available diversity in the area you offer -- There are so many things that can be said about historical based RPG's that I have never found to be true. There are limited opportunities outright for diverse character representation on many spectrum and ethnicity. Women don't do anything. The list goes on. These are perfect places to put in your personal expertise because we are all passionate about something. Me? One of them happens to be diverse representations and presentations of women, people of color, and GLBT individuals. Use your places as a chance for players to explore all manner of things! Dispel those myths! Crush those stereotypes. Kick down that door and have a damn good time doing it! I have had a magnificent time over the years playing characters that did everything from raise children while teaching others how to read, travel the world, become power players in their communities, battle field bad asses, and people of color that do everything from be the illegitimate children of nobility to design maps. It can be done! It was done! So where you can? Let them do it. If you are uncomfortable? That's okay! Explore a little of what you don't know and find some magic along the way! Niche settings are the best settings -- Why? You are taking your players somewhere they haven't been or that isn't offered as much in the play options. No one can tell the story of your setting like you. Take pride in the obscurity you have and the distinctions you are highlighting. Field of Dreams level talk here, but if you build it? They will come.
  26. LOVE ME AND DESPAIR

    Useful Resources

    Found this really handy breakdown on fashion(French, English, etc.) through various periods. Really helps simplify it for people who want to be more accurate, but don't want to dig deep on clothing/hair/make-up related information. Or get confused by much of it. http://www.americanrevolution.org/clothing/clothing4.php
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