sharing of alts
I've noticed that some people don't mind much who knows their alts, and talk about them publicly, on channels, or boards. I've also had more than a few people, most of whom I am barely acquainted with and haven't talked ooc with at all, tell me their alts.
Is this something that you consider normal and acceptable, or do you prefer to not know?
Also, in the situation where somebody you have helped tells you their alt, clearly expecting you to also help that alt, how is the best way to react, and still remain ic?
As far as IC responses...that could be kinda fun. Goodness, that must be very difficult for you. Let me get you the number of my analyst....."
I suspect witchcraft! Let us consult with a priest immediately!
Oh no, you can't be. PersonA has green eyes and a crooked smile, and couldn't wave a sword to save her skin. You cannot be the same!"
On the run from the law, eh....? What a clever disguise you've chosen....
Call it guerilla RP ... responding IC when someone is trying to be OOC.
Sometimes, the person will snap into character, at the realization of what's going on (that you prefer/expect RP from casual acquaintances). Sometimes, of course, they'll just have a 'whatever' response -- but I consider it worth a try :)
I can absolutely seeing it being tiresome and discouraging, but I think an IC response to OOC is always worth considering and trying to stick to when you can.
I like LadyAce's suggestion of RPing your way out of it. "How do you know Waximus? I have never seen you in his company before." On channels it's a little trickier but you can always pretend you don't know what an 'alt' is. "Is that some kind of bond brother?" As long as it's all in fun, they might just follow along.
you tell ----, 'hah you sissy! I ain't leveling you!' That's usually the best way to handle situations like those unless you get another tell saying...
----- tells you, 'If you don't I swear I'll accidently archive lock all of your chars! Bwaaaaahahahahaha!'
then you usually do what ----- says
(Gives his alts away regularly to maintain relationships and to gain credibility when offering advice as a level one)
People think you are too loose with your words. Meaning, if they tell you their alts, then sometime down the line, they expect you to tell them your Sometimes telling your alts DOES get you further, if you've inter- acted with them enough, but just starting a RP relationship, and MAYBE work your way into telling them is a better idea. I agree with what Chaykin had to say... Also, there's no secret to whom you really are!
Sometimes people will help knowing who you are.... but that's not the coolest advantage. When you tell someone your alt, they then know who you are, and can differentiate between the RP tactics that you use. Character One is a grimy slimey witch! and she roleplays that well! But Character 2 that she plays is a Major League Baseball player! Wow! What a great diversity of Role-playing!
In the End, sometimes it's cool to pronounce your alts, and sometimes it's not. Choose wisely whom you tell, if you choose to.
Lachesis and her secret alts that she'll never tell you.