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Re: Background Characters

Post by JennerH » 12 Feb 2018, 03:41

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Everyone ends up being a background character when the thirsting over Valentina Garilovich starts.
Just throwing it out there, I was thirsting over Garilovich before it was cool
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Re: Background Characters

Post by ColdSuit » 12 Feb 2018, 15:29

Being a background character is fun. I am not a particularly interesting person. In fact, my only real fame was being the last marine on the Almayer, and a few minor last stands. Other than that, I am just a guy. An average man who stands in the face of unspeakable horrors with only his armor and rifle at his side. TLDR: we are all Imperial Guardsmen, the redshirts of CM.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Rikman » 13 Feb 2018, 14:24

I definetly have a backround character, im hardly noticed in a sea of hundreds.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Omicega » 15 Feb 2018, 10:46

I wrote a long, long post about this sort of thing a couple of years ago on another website.

Basically, it's the normal characters that are made interesting by their players who end up truly captivating, even if they're "background characters" to begin with. You can get a lot further with a brown-haired, bog-standard marine named something like Emma Johnson than you can with a pink/purple-haired special snowflake called Neveah 'Reaper' Justice. If you are shit at characterising yourself or otherwise working a personality into your gameplay, it'll show up no matter how much effort you put into character setup.

Then again, a lot of the stuff I wrote the initial rant about doesn't apply here on CM, as people are forced more rigidly into their assigned roles and the roleplay here is round-based rather than persistent.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by ValGarilovich » 15 Feb 2018, 11:58

Rio wrote:
12 Feb 2018, 00:53
Everyone ends up being a background character when the thirsting over Valentina Garilovich starts.
I'm flattered, but yeah everyone has moments where they are r o b u s t, and moments where they spend the whole round in the engine room (or brig)

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Re: Background Characters

Post by ghostdex » 15 Feb 2018, 12:21

TheDonkified wrote:
10 Feb 2018, 03:58
Being a background character or main character is relative. It's all based on whose telling the story.
This is the best way to phrase it, whoevers playing can decide who’s who, including the main character minus the plot armor
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Vispain » 03 Mar 2018, 01:10

The way I play I am always the protagonist. Heh.

Everyone is a background character to someone else.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Kesserline » 06 Mar 2018, 05:05

Every single Alpha, Bravo or Charlie marines are background characters.

Only Deltas marines are the true stars under the spotlights.

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Re: Background Characters

Post by Easy-Ivan » 07 Mar 2018, 07:26

join brabo for total background feeling

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Re: Background Characters

Post by solidfury7 » 07 Mar 2018, 07:31

A lot of background characters have become prominet through spending time roleplaying.

Amy Stone, Wanda, Luke Compton, Reno (Once king of the baldies)

I could go on but they're all people who started off as nameless ghouls to being instantly noticeable.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by JennerH » 08 Mar 2018, 00:42

Kesserline wrote:
06 Mar 2018, 05:05
Every single Alpha, Bravo or Charlie marines are background characters.

Only Deltas marines are the true stars under the spotlights.
Kesserline is the living incarnation of delta. If you google delta squad you get a message in bold text that reads, "bwahahaha!"
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Re: Background Characters

Post by AverageSpitter » 08 Mar 2018, 17:50

My marine is a background character because most of the time he isn't good enough to survive the first queen's charge
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Martzin » 08 Mar 2018, 17:58

Everyones a background character if its based on how much attention you get each round. Im a background character, but the main character each round.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by x31stOverlord » 09 Mar 2018, 03:51

Everyone but the CO is a background character to Wolfgang. And the CO is the moderately retarded sidekick that needs to be fed skittles and locked in their office to prevent them from doing too much damage.

Jokes aside. The main character in anyone's story is themselves background characters are anyone that is required for that story to continue but you don't interact/see that much. For most marines background characters include the CIC staff, RO/CTs, Medical staff, Pilots and of course the primary antagonist the MPs.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by zoboomafoo » 14 Mar 2018, 01:24

Being a background character is nice because you get meta-targeted less.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by AverageSpitter » 14 Mar 2018, 01:34

zoboomafoo wrote:
14 Mar 2018, 01:24
Being a background character is nice because you get meta-targeted less.
^ This.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Cry of Wolves » 14 Mar 2018, 03:49

zoboomafoo wrote:
14 Mar 2018, 01:24
Being a background character is nice because you get meta-targeted less.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Dragoon47 » 14 Mar 2018, 16:14

zoboomafoo wrote:
14 Mar 2018, 01:24
Being a background character is nice because you get meta-targeted less.
A lot of my Xeno kills are because they pounce/screech an armless/legless mess of a marine that's famous rather than little 'ol me with AP.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Casany » 14 Mar 2018, 20:37

The whole ‘background character main character’ thing is idiotic in my opinion. People are people. You do amazing things and you FF your entire squad. People make mistakes but they also make people’s day. Honestly it doesn’t matter, in the long run.

Of course in a pessimistic view everyone is forgotten eventually. But, the least you could do is have fun and stop giving your character and others labels. How’s about everyone is just a person, not a character?
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Heckenshutze » 15 Mar 2018, 15:09

Omicega wrote:
15 Feb 2018, 10:46
I wrote a long, long post about this sort of thing a couple of years ago on another website.

Basically, it's the normal characters that are made interesting by their players who end up truly captivating, even if they're "background characters" to begin with. You can get a lot further with a brown-haired, bog-standard marine named something like Emma Johnson than you can with a pink/purple-haired special snowflake called Neveah 'Reaper' Justice. If you are shit at characterising yourself or otherwise working a personality into your gameplay, it'll show up no matter how much effort you put into character setup.

Then again, a lot of the stuff I wrote the initial rant about doesn't apply here on CM, as people are forced more rigidly into their assigned roles and the roleplay here is round-based rather than persistent.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Carnolus » 16 Mar 2018, 02:11

Man, I’m always a background character. Yea occasionally I get a few cool moments, but Taegan has never been a real highlight to a round! It’s way more fun thinking of yourself as background because then everyone feels important and a part of the team. Plus you get way less salty when you die!
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Aceluke123 » 16 Mar 2018, 02:40

I’m always the main character in the story I make each round. Even if someone calls you a background character you always have your story you’ve created during a round.

I.e. The one thing I’m known for it will get known for eventually... apparently.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Kineem » 31 Mar 2018, 09:38

I get my fun on CM from bantering with squad mates, successfully pulling off wacky shit off and killing Xenos. End of game praise, medals and being recognized as an overall badass or hero is just icing on the cake for me. I don't really care all that much about being a "background character" because I personally know I did something to help others out, though if I got zero recognition for stuff I do I'd admittedly be bitter.
Aceluke123 wrote:
16 Mar 2018, 02:40
I’m always the main character in the story I make each round. Even if someone calls you a background character you always have your story you’ve created during a round.

I.e. The one thing I’m known for it will get known for eventually... apparently.
I'll always remember you for being the one DChat screeched at to kiss the girl who was with you in the escape pod. Also, every time I see you now you're either hugging Laura Fox or Fox's hugging you.
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Re: Background Characters

Post by Aceluke123 » 01 Apr 2018, 15:35

I'll always remember you for being the one DChat screeched at to kiss the girl who was with you in the escape pod. Also, every time I see you now you're either hugging Laura Fox or Fox's hugging you.
Hahahaha... it happened twice already...
Also on that second comment... [redacted]
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