Aliens and Droids
I didn't know you were a Wookie!
This is a reminder to players using a character that is any species other
YOU NEED TO WRITE LIKE THAT SPECIES!
Heh, that being said, I feel much better. =) Seriously though, players who
have chosen to role-play alien races need to make sure to describe your character
and use their alien attributes to make your character stand out in your writing.
You probably picked the race because you like them and hopefully know at least
a little about them. Show off, let us see what you know. Not only does it remind
the reader that your character is an alien, but it also makes the storyline
more descriptive and enjoyable to read.
Write descriptions of your character's alien traits: Fur, claws, scales, spots,
different color skin, talons, tails, wings, whatever your species has. Describe
them. Often. Doyle has a Bothan character that he describes with fur and fangs
at least once in every note. It cannot detract from your storyline, merely add
In the past, people have played as an alien character for months and it wasn't
even known until much later. We even had a PC Emperor for almost a year before
it was discovered his character was supposedly a Barabel?? I'm sorry, no matter
how tolerant the Empire has become regarding alien species, non-humans don't
become Emperors!! =)
Also, if you do choose to role-play a non-human, please try to make your character's
occupation believable for your species. In the past, we've seen things that
are a bit... strange shall we say:
A Wookie Stormtrooper?
A Jawa Starship Captain?
Even if the stories are well-written, those races normally don't fit the occupation
descriptions. I can possibly see a wookie in the Imperial army as a ground force
commander, if there is a valid history behind the character. But it is hard
to see one in a white stormtrooper uniform. And Jawas are usually timid, scaredy-cats
who run from almost anything. While they may be intelligent enough to repair
a droid long enough to dump it on someone else, it's highly doubtful they could
ever learn anything about astro-navigation or starship piloting. So, if you
are role-playing an alien character, please take into account the inherit traits
of that species before you chose your occupation and try to show that alien
personality within your writing.
Finally, droids are no longer allowed as Main or Secondary Characters. (not
including current droids that have been approved, of course.) Ninety-nine percent
of all droids have some biological master, players seem to forget that. It is
VERY rare to see a droid operating independently. Droids are to be used as NPCs
to help embellish the storyline involving their PC owners, feel free to use
them in that capacity; but I prefer not to have them being used as Playing Characters.
Of course there are exceptions, such as Jarodnyk (who has done an excellent
job with his droid character); but in general, they are not to be used as playing
characters within Galaxy Force.
In closing, if your character is an alien or a droid and we don't see you
writing your character as that droid/species effectively (or at least mentioning
that they are different from time to time), your character will wake up discovering
that they've become a human overnight due to the mighty powers of H'san the
All-Powerful GodMaster incarnate! And that's all we have to say about that....
Now that that is over, here are some words of advice that was originally posted
by Ryn Martel, aka: Zelek Joppa. (who sadly has dissappeared into the internet
void) Thanks alot, your input was appreciated!!
--- I think a major difference when RPing aliens is their thought process.
Of course, this would be the hardest to play (us being human and all). But in
a character, maybe you could make irrational battle decisions (for humans to
comprehend) or base your decisions on the history of your race.
-Any vocal inflections? Do they speak diffenently?
-What are your species' dominant senses (Smell, Hearing)? Write unsing them
instead of sight.
-What races do they hate (like Wookies/Trandoshans are mortal enemies)
-Which do they love (uh...like the..the...anyone help here?)
-What would your alien die for? (Life-debt?? Honor?? Money??)
-What would it give up? (Sacrifice its family, lose its right to return to its
-When you meet a new person, what would your alien notice first? (Tall, furry??