FC4 is one of the most active role-players on the Bethesda Official Forums. In addition to being helpful and active over there, he is also a great member of TESFU. I recently came up with a few questions I'd like to ask, and he eagerly answered.
TESFU: What do you view as an enticing role-play? Does it have a good premise, or a good bunch of people running it?
FC4: Now I know that they can be whittled down to just those two categories, but there is more to an enticing Role Play than that. Most rps I have joined were created and run by people I knew and respected. I felt I could trust them to not abandon their own rp.
TESFU: How often do you role-play, and what made you interested in role-playing?
FC4: To quote Illusionary Nothing in the summer of 2007:
TESFU: What do you view as the toughest aspects of role-playing for a newbie?
TESFU: Do you role-play in your Elder Scrolls games, besides participating in forum role-playing?
FC4: No, I do not. The games are very restricted by the game engine, so I am very limited in how I can role play and how creative I can be. Without downloading ridiculous amounts of mods I find rping within the games to be very restrictive and disinteresting.
TESFU: Who among your peers do you greatly respect as role-players?
FC4: One name immediately stands out when I think of an answer to this question: Illusionary Nothing. She was the maker of the first rp I ever joined, Blood of the Ancients, which was so unique that no replacement can ever be made; even Blood of the Ancients II failed to replicate BotA’s magic. I was brand new, and she –along with Elgen, another rper I hold great respect for- took me under her wing and taught me how to rp, correcting me when I did something wrong. She influenced me to focus more on the character development aspect of rping, rather than the combat aspect. I was very disappointed when she left come January of 2007, but elated when she returned in February from her hiatus. Despite the fact I had grown immensely better in my rping since her leave, Illusionary was still my teacher and mentor, and her thoughts on all matters rp were important to me. Before she left with finality in Christmas of 2007, she was the first I turned to when I had made a new character I wanted reviewed. She was always eager to comment on my new characters. She was also wonderful to rp with, her characters very unique. It was with Illusionary’s character of River that I had what I consider the best rp relationship, as her character and my own, Jericho, went through thick, thin, a vampire and a traitorous group of relatives before finally realizing the bond they had forged between one another and falling truly in love. I have yet to experience an rp relationship that can outshine River/Jericho. She was very supportive of me, and even though I took criticism rather badly often, she was not unwilling to speak her mind if I did something she felt was wrong. Needless to say, I fought tooth and nail to keep her on the forums in the winter of 2007, but she left nonetheless, and it soured my vacation quite a bit. I consider Illusionary Nothing to be the mother of my rping career, for I would not be what I am today without her guiding, almost motherly hand. Some say the student surpasses the master, but I will never surpass Illusionary Nothing.
TESFU: Do you role-play in different settings, besides simply TES ones?
FC4: Well, no… not yet anyways.
TESFU: What other hobbies do you have aside from role-playing, and the elder scrolls?
FC4: Other hobbies besides Role-playing…
That about wraps it up. Thanks for your time FC!