From WoD Gotham
It's just insidious. It tends to suck the imagination right out of players and they end up in this downward spiral of domesticating their characters.
Before we know it you guys are having IC arguments about whose kid is always getting the best positions on their soccer team over the other player's kid. What gets even sicker is when you guys start OOC and IC crossing information about whose kid is getting the best positions on the soccer team!
Seriously? You guys can't think of anything else to do with your characters? Can you understand where we are going with this?
It's not appropriate or in theme with the World of Darkness and just about everyone does it - and it's sad. So here is some food for thought:
- Vampires - You're dead. Ok you're playing neonates that tend to have higher Humanity than elders and even some may try to cling to some sort of familiarity in the hopes of retaining that Humanity. But that's entirely different. Your character is a vampire and everything they do is polluted by the Hunger and the Beast.
- Garou - Sure your duty to mate is a theme in Werewolf: the Apocalypse. However, that is not the ONLY theme of the venue. Werewolf is not about playing some sick supped up form of teenage puppy love complete with house in the burbs. There's always a risk that a Garou will come unhinged and hurt those he loves. Compelling stories can come from these sorts of conflicts and players shouldn't water them down with domestic bliss.
- Mages - Really? You guys can see the universe as it truly is and have the potential to master it and you choose to go with the white picket fence? Do you ever want to get a Seeking? Perhaps your character should just go back to sleep?
- Mortals - You can be anyone! You can RP your dream job or try something totally different from your mundane life and you want to play some domestic breeder?
If your main goal in joining WoDG is to RP a simulation of real life domestic shenanigans we recommend going to a place like Second Life instead. Really.
So are we telling you guys that you can't play romance storylines or have IC families? No. Of course not. That's not what we are saying. We won't keep you from fashioning those kinds of storylines for yourselves. Those relationships actually have potential to be great sources of dramatic material.
When done right, those storylines can lead to some cool developments with enemies and rivals and so on like...
"If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."
"He told me enough! He told me -you- killed him!"
"No. -I- am your father."
"No. No. That's not true. That's impossible!"
There's a big difference between creating compelling drama via romantic and family storylines like in Star Wars and domestication or playing house storylines.
What we are saying is that playing house and domestication can lead to some very real pitfalls and we want you to be aware of them and avoid them.
So if you're playing house and that's what you're here for and that's all your character is doing, really you should not bother putting in Experience requests. They won't be granted. We're telling you this right from the beginning. You won't get extra Experience awards for your domestication stuff either. It's just too easy and unchallenging of a storyline to RP. You don't have to do all that much acting to fall back on that crutch for stories - most of you are already domesticated IRL. Not much of a stretch is it?
We want you guys to collaborate together and engage your STs to stretch your RP wings a bit and move on to different territory. That's where the extra experience lies and where the Experience requests can be granted. You're not getting or spending Experience for having your character sit on his ass and churn out a bunch of kids with his IC spouse or SO.
ST Note: The above example of Star Wars does NOT give you guys permission to create a bunch of mages with Technocratic or Nephandic fathers or Garou with BSD daddies.