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    What does FC mean in RP?

    A faceclaim, commonly abbreviated as FC, is an image chosen by a player to visually represent their fictional character in online text-based roleplaying games.

    This image is usually of a celebrity, anime character, or any other public figure or artwork. However, faceclaims can also be original, commissioned artwork.

    FCs are predominantly used in forum, social media, and blogging roleplaying games (RPGs) to help players and readers visualize the character being portrayed.

    Historically, the concept of a faceclaim emerged from fanfiction and online roleplaying communities as a way to give a face to original characters or to reimagine existing characters. The practice has since become widespread across various platforms where roleplaying activities occur.

    Faceclaim FAQs

    How do you choose a faceclaim for your character?

    Choosing an FC involves selecting an image of a person or character that matches the envisioned appearance and personality traits of your roleplaying character. It’s important to consider the character’s age, ethnicity, and style to ensure the FC accurately represents them. Respect and sensitivity towards real individuals’ images and copyright considerations are also vital.

    Can you change your faceclaim?

    Yes, players can change their FC, but it’s courteous to inform fellow players about the change, especially if the roleplay is ongoing. Consistency helps maintain the story’s continuity, so frequent changes are generally discouraged.

    What if two players want to use the same faceclaim?

    Typically, in roleplaying communities, the first player to claim an FC for their character has the rights to use that image. However, players can negotiate sharing an FC or agree on using different images for different contexts. Communication and respect for each other’s choices are crucial in resolving such conflicts.

    Is it necessary to use a faceclaim in a roleplaying game?

    No, using an FC is not usually mandatory in roleplay. It is a tool to help visualize characters and enhance storytelling. Some players prefer writing detailed descriptions without using an FC, while others find that an FC helps them connect better with their character.

    See: 7 Great reasons to play a text-based RPG.

    Can I choose an FC for my character’s friends and family?

    Yes, some players also choose images for important NPCs, such as siblings, childhood friends, or high-ranking employees that feature often in their roleplay. However, this is not required and should only be done for non-player characters. If your character’s sister is controlled by another player, that player should be the one who gets final say on their character’s FC.

    Myths about faceclaims

    One common myth is that a faceclaim must be a real person or a celebrity. In reality, an FC can be any image that represents your character, including illustrations or digital artwork. In fact, it’s not uncommon today for FCs to be AI-generated using a service like Midjourney.

    Another misconception is that using an FC limits how you can develop your character. On the contrary, an FC is just a visual starting point and should not restrict character development or narrative progression.

    Faceclaim examples

    • A player selects a photograph of a well-known actress to represent their charismatic, cunning vampire character in a supernatural-themed roleplay.
    • For a science fiction forum game, a player chooses an illustrated alien creature that closely matches their character’s description as their FC.
    • In a historical roleplay set in the Renaissance, a player uses a portrait of a historical figure as their character’s FC to enhance the period’s authenticity.
    • A player in a fantasy roleplay might choose an artwork of an elf that aligns with their character’s ethereal and forest-bound nature.

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