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    What does CC mean in roleplaying games?

    CC, short for “canon character,” refers to a character that is already established within the game’s setting or universe. These characters are often derived from existing stories, lore, or media associated with the game.

    In text-based roleplaying, particularly in MUDs, MUSHes, and play-by-post games, players may have the opportunity to assume the roles of these characters.

    However, the ability to play as a CC varies by game; in some instances, CCs are reserved exclusively for game administrators or are used during special events to drive narratives.

    The concept of canon characters allows players to engage directly with the established world and its narratives. In settings where players can assume the roles of CCs, they must typically adhere to the character’s established traits and backstory to maintain game continuity and lore integrity.

    Canon character FAQs

    How do I play a CC in a game?

    To play a CC, you usually need to follow the game’s specific rules for assuming such roles. This often involves applying for the character, demonstrating knowledge of the character’s backstory and traits, and agreeing to roleplay the character in a way that aligns with the established canon.

    Can I change a CC’s backstory in a game?

    Generally, no. Since CCs are based on pre-established lore, players are expected to maintain the character’s original backstory and personality. Deviating significantly from the established canon can disrupt the game’s continuity.

    What happens if a CC is played incorrectly?

    If a CC is played in a way that contradicts established lore or personality traits, game moderators or administrators may intervene. This could involve corrective guidance, or in extreme cases, removal of the player from the role.

    Are CCs available in all roleplaying games?

    No, the availability of CCs varies by game. Some games encourage playing as CCs, while others restrict such roles to ensure narrative control or due to the nature of the game’s setting.

    What’s the difference between a CC and an OC?

    A CC is a “canon character,” meaning they are pre-established within the game’s universe. An OC, or “original character,” is created by the player and is not part of the established lore. OCs offer more creative freedom, while CCs require adherence to existing backstories and traits.

    How can I respect the originality of a CC while adding my own twist?

    To add nuance to a CC without overstepping, you should first make sure you understand the character’s core attributes and storyline. Then, incorporate your interpretations in ways that align with the game’s setting and narrative.

    This balance respects the original while allowing personal creativity.

    What should I do if my portrayal of a CC is criticized?

    If your portrayal of a canon character is criticized, try listening to and incorporating feedback, especially if it’s constructive and based on established lore. Use it to align your portrayal more closely with the character’s canonical attributes while maintaining your unique approach.

    Myths about canon characters

    One common misconception is that playing a canon character restricts all creative freedom. In reality, while adhering to established traits and backstories, players can still explore personal interpretations and growth within the character’s narrative boundaries.

    Another misconception is that CC roles are less challenging than original characters (OCs). However, maintaining the integrity of a CC while contributing to the game’s evolving story requires a deep understanding of the character and the surrounding world.

    Canon character examples

    • Harry Potter in a Harry Potter-themed MUD: A player might assume the role of Harry Potter, adhering to his known traits, history, and relationships as established in the books.
    • Commander Shepard in an RP game based on Mass Effect: Players could choose to roleplay as Commander Shepard, following the character’s established storyline and choices from the game series.
    • Batman in a DC Universe MUSH: In this setting, a player might take on the role of Batman, operating within the constraints of his established lore and relationships within Gotham City.
    • Sherlock Holmes in a Victorian-era mystery play-by-post: Players could roleplay as the famous detective, solving cases and interacting with other characters in a manner consistent with the stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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