Most people who know me know I have MANY ALTS, HANDLE IT. And I do handle it as best I can. It’s hard with the many stories inside of my head. Remember going to the toy store as a kid and seeing so many things you want and your parent says NO, ONLY ONE TOY. That’s me with alts. I have all sorts of great ideas, and I want to play with them all, but I can’t. One toy at a time.
I’ve found with a stable of distinct personalities, I literally cannot handle any more than two of them being dominant at any given time. I cycle my alts, as it were. When Yva is my RP main, you’ll only see one of Sey/Sky/Indi/Rain out. The door revolves all the time, mind you, of who’s warming the bench waiting for her own story, and of course there are times where an opportunity presents itself where I simply *have* to play X character for X event, but in general, I’m very hard and fast about sticking to ”The Two Girl Rule”.
Why do I do this? Well, the main reason is other people get exhausted keeping up with you. It’s great that you want pivotal RP on all of your alts, but what about other people who only have one character? How’s their character supposed to react to these people just milling in and out of their lives far too fast to leave any imprint? For that matter, if they have an epic story arc going on, why would they give all 5 of your alts “starring roles”? None of them are around enough on their own to really warrant that sort of investment, and you as the player of 5 alts looks flakey. No one figures you’d be able to stick with X alt long enough to see a story through.
Thus, Yva’s Two Girl Rule.
There are a few other things I’ve picked up along the way that I thought to share:
- If you are going to involve yourself in other peoples stories, commit to seeing them through, commit to staying with your alt until the story arc finishes. Even if something Super Duper Shiny comes through for alt number 42, resist the urge and stick with your set up.
- If you are one of those roleplayers who write Epic Story Arcs, don’t do back to back ones with different characters. Space them out, allow other people to come to the forefront. This topic probably deserves a post of its own (and I may see to it one day soon), but yes, don’t just assume because Epic Story Arc A for X character is over that you should immediately venture into Epic Story Arc B for Y character. That’s selfish and not fair to other RP’ers.
- Make it obvious to others that it’s bench warming time for an alt that’s in the background. I’m not saying don’t bring them out if someone else wants to rp with them, but at least make it obvious who your prominant figures are at a given time.
- If you involve others in an RP relationship with any of your alts, make sure they understand how your set up works. It isn’t quite fair to them to commit to your character, and then find out the hard way that the character is going dormant for a month.
That’s all I can think of to say on this particular topic. Any thoughts, of course share them. Ta!