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SusieQ    50

The old saying is "Write what you know?" Isn't it? But that's not true, is it?

 

One of the joys of roleplay is being in settings you would never have the hope of being in, and seeing that environment change. But, hey, lets face it, I don't know how how to fly a spaceship or how to fight with a sword, so what do I do? I go to the internet and read up about it, and I know a bunch of you guys do too. 

 

But what weird places has your character's interests taken you?

 

For me, I've been reading about 18th century literature, cold fusion and virus replication. 

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Josie    595

You have no idea how many krav maga videos I've watched for Ganon.

 

And the best part is! It's all completely irrelevant to him now SINCE HE GOT AN ARM AND A LEG CUT OFF. xD

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SusieQ    50
39 minutes ago, Gothams Reckoning said:

You have no idea how many krav maga videos I've watched for Ganon.

 

And the best part is! It's all completely irrelevant to him now SINCE HE GOT AN ARM AND A LEG CUT OFF. xD

 

I DID NOT ENJOY RESEARCHING THAT SCENE =p 

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Elena    1,147

Sailing old, tall ships

santeria and voudou

folk dances of various countries

traditions and festivals/ holidays of all countries

Wedding ceremonies for various religions

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Jacob    81

I have studied the following peculiarities for role-play's sake:

  • Frankish, Germanic, Scandinavian, and Slavic names translatable into English, Italian, and Latin.
  • Greco-Roman folklore and mythology.
  • Modern voices closest to castrati' voices.
  • Translation of my Oliver Twist character basis.
  • Nineteenth century ballroom dancing.
  • Nineteenth century cooking.
  • Nineteenth century female attire.
  • Nineteenth century female etiquette.
  • Nineteenth century female makeup.
  • Nineteenth century poorhouse and workhouse life.
  • Scandinavian folklore and mythology,
  • Seventeenth and eighteenth century musical training.
  • Seventeenth and eighteenth century operas and oratorios.
  • Slavic folklore and mythology.
  • The history and teachings of Romanism.
  • The history and teachings of the Waldenses.
  • The history of castrati.
  • Werewolves in the historical and in the modern West.
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Huli    20

The evolutionary history of the penis and testicles. Also whether a dick big enough can kill someone (answer: it can. I am terrified).

 

Other things:

- The history of sequins

- Roman marriage practices

- How doors work in Roman houses (they didn't have doors! they had curtains)

- Bats

- Genetics of purple eyes (It apparently skips generations. So if you've got purple eyes your kid can't have them)

- How the Triad hierarchy works

- I still have no idea how Roman names work, honestly.

- The history behind Real Life Troy

- Sumerian deities

- Exactly what psychedelic drugs went into Roman wine (answer: EVERYTHING. The Romans were always high as fuck. This explains so much tbh.)

- Ancient textile manufacturing methods

- The evolution of blacksmithing

- Ancient books. Like, not the words, the books themselves.

- Herbology. Granted, this was as much for myself as it was for roleplay.

- Indo-British relations throughout history

- Racial demographics in Bristol

- British accents (THERE ARE SO MANY)

- The deets behind criminal psychology

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Ulmo    52

Off the top of my head, not including the expected 'ALL THINGS TOLKIEN':

 

  • Historical wedding practices
  • Brain damage
  • Eye damage and blindness
  • Heart attacks
  • Medieval weaponry
  • Pirates (including nautical terms, sea shanties, superstitions, life on board, homosexuality)
  • Manners and etiquette
  • Edible bog and pond plants
  • The Anglo-Saxon language
  • Old Norse names 
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Jacob    81
19 hours ago, Rune said:

I wanna party with @Jacob

 

A lot of the stuff I've learned is stuff I already had an interest in, so the two kind of just went together. It's hard to make a list!

 

Likewise, @Rune!

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Dusty    183

All things regarding whores and whorehouses in the mid 1800s, particularly in the pioneering and western frontier towns. 

There were a lot of things I really would have preferred not to know  O.o  ; however, a character I have insisted I became correctly informed.

 

Some other things:

  • The origins and history of cuss words
  • Resources or lack of in the nineteenth century for the blind

The remainder of the topics I have learned about in researching for RP aren't what I would call weird, although I might say some of it was a bit tedious.

 

The main thing in historical research I have found is answering the ever persisting question: Was it invented yet, and if so, what version?

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Morrigan    6,276

There is a lot. I tend to re-learn or learn more about historical figures as I go and even that evolves with time and understanding and new discoveries etc.

 

I think my favorite thing to learn about is current technology and the future of it.

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MNHorus    8

Was once on a website where I was in a battle, had to do extensive research on many different fighting styles, as well as videos. Then I also did extensive research on Japanese folklore mythology, Greek folklore mythology, Roman Folklore mythology. Assyrian, Babylonian, Pre-Islamic Arabia folklore and mythology. Damn it is a never ending list of me learning folklore mythology. I also learned how people actually blacksmith, and differences in weaponsmiths, armorsmiths and the like. And so many more weird things that I have learned just for a single specific scene, character or an application.

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I know wayyyy more about Witch and Werewolf Trials throughout the entirety of history than I'll ever need to know — seriously. I mean when would this even be useful outside of RP writing or fiction writing, ya know? At most it has turned out to be an entertaining topic to some on occasion when I randomly bring it up.

 

I know there's a ton of other stuff, but for now that's the one I'll go with first since it's the weirdest to me given its lack of real utility lol

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