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Old 06-22-2007, 04:36 PM   #1
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Have you found anything changed for the better as a result of roleplaying in a text-based environment? Did you gain better problem-solving skills? Could you communicate with more ease? Did it help you think on your feet?

Or has it done nothing for you?

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Old 06-22-2007, 04:45 PM   #2
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Definitely improved my typing speed! And possibly the ability to memorise random strings of n,s,e,w directions.

Definitely did not improve my social life
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:09 AM   #3
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Back when I was about 13-15, I mudded about 3-6 hours a day, and 90% of that was spent RPing. At the same time, I was doing theater work, and while overall my acting skills were average, when it came to adlibing I was easily ten times better than the other kids.

Also I think mudding helped me get a feel for not sticking to exact lines and letting the 'character's words' flow through me, because I was often complemented for how well I would take a line, and maybe just reorder the words a little to fit the character without making it so different that someone missed a que!


It was all good times, although looking back I wish I had gotten to do more acting, and spent much less time on the MUD...
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:33 AM   #4
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I personally enhanced my vocabulary of English a _LOT_ as English is not my native tongue and I mudded exclusively in English speaking muds. Additionally, as mentioned before, typing speed increased a lot and I even learned to type blindly with a "non-standard" ten-finger typing system.

Social life suffered more than got enhanced, due mainly to my excessive mudding sessions which often included, during my time at the university, 30+ hours straight mudding.
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:57 AM   #5
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Well. Three things for me really.

1. The obvious- increased typing speed (accompanied by decreased accuracy and actually a decline in the active vocabulary; people in mudland prefer short simple words).

2. Increased understanding of other cultures. Being able to simultaneously talk to people physically located in europe, america and australia (while sitting in Asia) is something that can only happen in muds. Understanding how the world thinks and feels about something and understanding what makes people tick is a really interesting pastime and its fascinating to make friends across continents , languages and cultures.

3. Arguably the MOST important, however, is an increase in the social skills (apart from the general sociability- that DID decline). I have headed two clans in DE and run the Mentor (assistance to new players) and RP programs of my mud and have done so for the last oh close to a decade now. If I look back at it, this has changed a few things about me,

a. Leadership. How to inspire a bunch of people (unknown to each other and who are not given any meaningful rewards or payment) to cooperate make them do what you want. In my RL job I handle large teams of workers, but I started handling people on a large scale in muds. At the same time, I have become more office politics crazy. We all know that muds can be really politically charged places with some players semi=convinced that all/most of the imms in a game are nuts Being able to understand peoples' motivations, identify allies and channelise these interests into successful work and cope with all kinds of political undercurrents has helped me to not only survive in some of the more politically charged units I worked in and also get some amount of larger advocacy work stated IRL.

b. Patience. Stuff never really works the way you want to in a mud (I am talking about the political and social aspects of mudding again). You learn to compromise, adjust, adapt and not lose track of your goal.

c. Thinking on your feet. someone pointed out earlier that being a RPer helped them to adlib their lines in drama. I would also point out it helped me to not panic in case something unexpected (and unpleasant) happened at work and come up with an immediate way to curtail the damage.

4. I guess I can sneak in a fourth point. I met my fiance in a mud. I suppose that makes THAT the greatest help muds have given me
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:36 PM   #6
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I have absolutely no chance of contracting an STD.

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Old 06-25-2007, 03:49 PM   #7
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