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I come from the sort of background where many people pretty much equate D&D with satanic animal sacrificing, and who see RP as related to either devil worship or sexual deviance. The kind of place where the PTA petitions the school to have Harry Potter and His Dark Materials taken out of the library because they're anti-biblical witchcraft.

 

So I'm pretty much conditioned to avoid discussing it. Most of the time the closest I'll get is just saying I like to write.

 

Even with people I trust, I don't care to talk about it because I don't want them asking to see it. This is my corner to get away from the day to day BS, and I want most of the people I know to keep their damn noses out of it. 

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Have you ever told a non-RPer about RPing? I've been asked in the past about my hobbies, and if I ever said "Role Playing", I always got strange looks. People never really understood, or  they thought

DnD is so popular now that it’s easy for a lot of people to understand “It’s like DnD without being super hung up on stats and randomizing outcomes”. I usually start with saying it’s collaborative sto

I always just say... "collaborative writing" or "we're writing a book"... Roleplay makes people look at me funny.

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It's not something I really talk about all that much with my friends who are outside of my RPing circles. I write for a living but I'm bizarrely terrified of my friends seeing my RPing. I have no idea why. 

 

I have mentioned it in passing a few times to my group of friends who I have been doing a pathfinder game with, since other than some surface differences, it's not really all that different from doing a tabletop game. That's pretty much it, though.  

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I have definitely used "collaborative writing" as a synonym for roleplaying.

 

Once that Step 1 is done, I upgrade to Step 2 and use the actual term and explain it to them.

 

Surprisingly, they understand me... Maybe I don't get strange looks because the first language here isn't English and the word "roleplaying" doesn't have connotations. 

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I explained to some people what I was doing, when I was around 15 or 16, and ended up derided by some, and with my parents threatening to limit my computer time should this affect my studies 😐

Nowadays, I say I do some collaborative writing, or that I am on a writer club. It somehow make it seems better in the eyes of non-initiates when taking out the "game" element and making it more some sort of highly literate pursuit instead 😄 I just am careful to not sound as if I was boasting either, since my intention is rather to avoid the judgement, not cause another

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I usually run with something like "Collaborative writing" or "co-authoring a story". If people ask beyond that I'll gladly explain but as I've had a few very negative/nasty replies to this hobby in the past I tend to keep things global. Not that I'm ashamed of my hobbies, but I'd just rather avoid the drama that some people create around it. My anxiety makes me feel like crap enough thank you very much

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I usually roll with collaborative writing as well... people usually think it's really cool when I explain it... but I know if I called it 'roleplaying' I'd lose them right off the bat.  

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It once came up in college and I just say collaborative writing as well.  Family is used to my interesting hobbies so I just be upfront whenever I'm talking about a commission or something else related to it.

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