Forgive me if this has already been covered (I found some stuff similar, but not really answering the right question. I’ve sort of seen the types of characters the regulars like to play, but notsomuch why). Anyway, I was talking about the WIP I’m building with my counselor today and we started discussing what my role playing in these types of games “says about me”. And I realized it actually does say a bit about me, because I play to my ideal
(Or maybe I’m overthinking things because the class I’m in is presenting the history of Walgreens right now and I will never need to remember or use this information, even within the scope of this class).
When I’m playing one of the on-site games for the first time, I get a sense of the world and the stance I would take in it, and I tend to play a character who sticks to whatever ideals she has without compromising, regardless of whether or not it costs affection with someone. Because in real life I’m annoyingly malleable, and I talk myself out of speaking all the time just because I don’t want to invite judgment from others. I’m not always a pacifist, and I’ve been morally gray before-- I’ve definitely killed characters when I think they’re a problem-- but I do like being unflinching.
A friend of mine plays the games honestly the first route, trying to see how they would cope in those situations. They don’t worry about stats or winning, the first go, they just want to see what they would do withn the bounds of the game.
I’m not expecting deep psychoanalysis (a simple “Because it’s fun” works), but it did get me curious: When you’re playing a game for the first time (as you’re figuring out the world and don’t know what your choices will lead to), what do you aim for? Do you play yourself the first time through? Or an ideal you? Min/max a certain stat to “beat” the game? Do you try to kill as many people as possible?