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Old 10-02-2004, 12:44 PM   #1
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Just wondering your opinions on what connection there is between age and roleplaying ability. Does age bring maturity to your approach to roleplaying, or just experience? Or does it even matter?
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Old 10-02-2004, 11:54 PM   #2
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The short answer to this question is: Yes, I think it does.

However, to get more involved with this, it is important to remember that certain people mature at different rates than others do.
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Old 10-03-2004, 01:17 AM   #3
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Ah, it may interest some of you to know that i'm only 14, been mudding since 12 or so.

I personally think I can RP on par with any of the older RPers out there (Brody may know me by some of my Chia names... I'm Porker!, but i'm afraid that the same can't be said for most other my age. Or maybe I just think too highly of myself.

I think it's possible for someone to be mature enough to do a good job of RPing at 13, but it's not likely. So you might say the chance of someone doing a decent job of it increases with age, but the initial ability can vary greatly.
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Old 10-04-2004, 10:57 AM   #4
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I think it has a lot more to do with experience than age - on a general basis. I started reading fantasy and such and my brother was big on DnD so I learned the trade early on. People do mature at different rates and good RP skills don't come 'naturally' to everyone. Personally I started RPing at age nine. Free form, turn-length based and I was running a FFRP guild before I was 12 (which I continued to do till I was 16 *flex*) so anyone who says everyone under a certain age (like 16, thats a popular one besides 18) needs to get smacked upside the head and have a lesson about why generalizations are bad.

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Old 10-04-2004, 12:32 PM   #5
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Roleplaying is more about experience and thought. It has nothing to do with maturity, honestly. I was roleplaying at 10, and I was pretty mature for my age, but not mature. I was good then, and continued to develop with experience. Now, in my 6th year and after putting in a lot of thought into roleplaying and how to create a cohesive and interesting story, I think it has much more to do with how much thought and time you invest into it.
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Old 10-04-2004, 12:51 PM   #6
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I think maturity DOES play a role in role-playing, even if it isn't an enormous one. You have to know how to adapt and respond to all sorts of circumstances, and know when enough is enough.
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Old 10-04-2004, 05:37 PM   #7
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Does age bring maturity to your approach to roleplaying, or just experience? Or does it even matter?
Eh...I'd say, age only brings experience. Asides from that, it doesn't matter too much as far as I'm aware.
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Old 10-05-2004, 09:59 AM   #8
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I think it's both - age and experience.

It has a lot to do with capacity.

A young person lacks the capacity to have as much experience as an older person has. An older person might not actually HAVE as much experience as they could - but they have that capacity to have experienced more, simply because they've lived longer.

I think it also has a bit to do with emotional maturity. Kids haven't had time to grow emotionally yet, and will be more likely to go through periods of emotional angst than the older players. The whole puberty thing can cause a young player to do things that he might not do if he was older and past that stage in his life.

Please note - I can't emphasize this enough - that I am being VERY general here on purpose. When I say "will be more likely" I mean just that. I don't mean "will always" or "will usually" - I'm talking about capacity.

An older person has the *capacity* to be more level-headed during tense scenes than someone with raging adolescent hormones. It doesn't mean the older person WILL be more level-headed - but they have already passed that stage and the likelihood of breakdown is reduced.
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