Roleplay 101: Godmodding

What is it?

The best way to explain godmodding is to offer a few analogies.

1.) Let’s say that you and a friend are playing Barbies. Your Barbie has blonde hair, and so does hers, but all of a sudden, she screeches, “Your Barbie has purple hair!” You don’t want your Barbie to have purple hair, but your playmate has decided this to be true.

2.) In this one, let’s use those little plastic Army guys as an example. You and a friend are battling in out on the fields, his lil dudes against yours. You’re winning, when he informs you that he just dropped a bomb and wiped out half of your guys. In addition, he says he threw a grenade into the command tent, and the general lost both arms and a leg. That’s pretty unfair, isn’t it? All of a sudden, you’re losing, through no fault of your own.

3.) Lastly, let’s say you are reading one of the Harry Potter books. The chapter is flowing nicely, when you read “Harry shouted ‘I fling this snake at you, it bites you, and you die.'” Well, what right does Harry have to decide that his opponent was bitten and died? Perhaps Harry’s challenger saw the snake coming and ducked out of the way. Maybe he even caught the snake in mid-aid and threw it back at Harry.

Defined

What these analogies all have in common is that someone was playing God. Now, that is fine when you are playing alone or writing a story, but when playing with others, you only get to decide what happens to your own character.

When you decide what happens to another character (avie/person) in the roleplay, you are godmodding.

What’s wrong with it?

If someone writes that your hair is purple, you might be upset that you are no longer the lovely blonde you once were. If someone writes that a bomb killed half of your Army and your general no longer has arms or a leg, you might be frustrated over the unfairness of that. If someone writes that they threw a snake at you, it bite you, and you died, your game, your fun, is over.

Godmodding takes away the other person’s participation in the roleplay. Why does that person need to be present if you are going to write his/her actions as well as your own? Godmodding forces action upon your roleplay partner.

So how can I avoid it?

Let’s use some examples of godmodding and then correct them to show how godmodding can easily be avoided.

Wrong: He pushes his fingers into her, noting that she’s wet. 

Better: He pushes his fingers into her to see if she’s wet. 

Best: She moans as his fingers slide over her damp pussy lips. 

He pushes his fingers into her wet cunt. 

The last one is best because the partner has decided that her character is wet, so the other person can use that information in his post.

Wrong:

Him: “I can tell that you want me because your nipples are hard.”

Her: “What are you talking about, weirdo? My nipples aren’t hard.”

Better:

Her: She moans deeply, nipples swelling into hard nubs. 

Him: “I can tell that you want me because your nipples are hard.” 

Her: She blushes, hands lifting to cover her breasts.

To see more examples of godmodding, visit the “Epic Examples of Godmodding” thread on the Agapeo forums.

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