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#4285
Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 8  
Not sure if this is quite the right place but couldn't think of anywhere better.

I am begining to find various parts that I always seem to end up monstering. A lot of these are due to the fact that I am small and can fit in some of the costumes others can't.

Mainly this leads to me being various wolves, on the last event I ended up playing a werewolf twice (not that I am complaining I love 300 silver only hits) In a costume most other people could have fitted into.

Just wondering if anyone else finds themselvelves handed the same costume time and again and whether they enjoy the role.
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#4286
Re:Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 26  
Now I am chuckling at the thought of a fat, overweight werewolf huffing and puffing trying to jog its way through the middle of the party. Fit youngsters are a much better choice for terrorising the party

Certain monsters do tend to play/get handed certain roles, e.g. if you're looking for a particularly intimidating fighter then usually there will be an obvious few candidates for the part (and would exclude people like meself).

Some people don't like monstering as a caster, preferring just to fight. Fortunately on any one dungeon you usually get a wide variety of people thus covering all types of monsters.

And anyone can play a goblin!
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Re:Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 8  
even me
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#4289
Re:Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 6  
I don't mind if it's something you enjoy. If you don't like the part, you don't have to take the role, and otherwise who cares. The problem is that if me or you played a Troll, if would turn into a comedy encounter, so that part will always be given to Alex Searby or Neil. Likewise, those two aren't going to be given the squitty mage or nimble scout. I am often given small scouty types cause that's what I am good at, as refs see you as Khandis more, you will get more Mage-y types. I think refs choose which monsters plays which part based on who they think would roleplay it best and that generally means the same kind of people play the same kid of parts.
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Re:Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 6  
As a referee I generally give the part to whichever monster seems the most enthusiastic as they are likely to perform best.

If I shout "who wants to be the mage" and only one person puts their hand up they will get it. If two people put their hands up and one is a newer/less experienced monster then I will often have two mages, giving the new monster a chance to play a caster without the pressure of being the only one in the encounter.

On the other hand if I call "who wants to wear this uncomfortable mask" very few, if any, hands go up. I tend to remember those monsters who are happy to do whatever I ask (I like masked encounters as they feel different to "people in robes" ) and will go out of my way to make sure they get a more interesting/comfortable part later on in the event. Likewise if a monster constantly complains about what I am asking them to do then I will be less inclined to offer that monster any parts at all unless I need to make up the numbers because I don't need the hassle. Then again I am a bit of a bastard (although please come and monster for me on the June, Spetember and October events next year )

There is an element of estimating what a person is capabale of doing (there is very little point giving someone on their first event the uber-sorcerer big bad with 7 colours of magic, a smattering of power and some funky spell stores because they probably won't understand what you want them to do and there is seldom enough time to cover everything in the detail you would like) and there is also an element of typecasting as Chiomanri mentions (giving the troll costume to the shortest, spindliest monster may look a bit silly if you have Neil and Alex Searby playing goblins in the same encounter).

However what I will do is try and encourage monsters to get out of their comfort zones every once in a while. For example if someone plays a warrior and likes fighting all the time I will occasionally ask them to take on the part of a fighting priest to change things up and give them a taste of another part of the game. Often people are nervous about trying new things because they don't want to let the ref down/look stupid/get killed too easily but some of the best encounters I have statted have been as a result of a monster really letting loose and trying something new...after all it's not like I can't just run another encounter if the party roll over one because a couple of monsters got confused by their stats...
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#4293
Re:Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 6  
Yes. .... especially this year!

I find that parts generally get offered to the group and volunteered for - if its a specific monster with a specific costume that only fits a certain size, like the wolf or mummy costumes then it tends to get allocated.

I have been turned down after volunteering to pay a part because I wasn't scary enough ...note to self next year must try harder.

I often find my self in talky roles or magey parts because that what im more comfortable with. My fighting skills aren't great so putting me as the big gnarly fighter is laughable.

i think refs offer parts or give parts dependant on a persons strengths so the party gets the fight they've been set up for and the right monster gets to beat them
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#4296
Re:Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 2  
ok please give me a sword and shield and im happy as its what i practice with or two swords. Like to practice some spellcasting though. Im still inexperienced. Not surprisingly
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Re:Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 22  
alexhooper wrote:
[quote]Yes. .... especially this year!
I have been turned down after volunteering to play a part because I wasn't scary enough ...note to self next year must try harder.
quote]
More fool them you've scared me on more than one occasion.

I'm kind of on the same wavelength as Pat when it comes to selecting monsters it's a balancing act between keeping the monsters happy and interested and giving the party the best experience.

Shaun
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#4304
Re:Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 5  
shaunmcnally wrote:
I'm kind of on the same wavelength as Pat

Well you are twins....
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#4306
Re:Typecasting Monsters 8 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 6  
shaunmcnally wrote:

More fool them you've scared me on more than one occasion.


Shaun[/quote]

really? cool - still going to try harder
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