Essentially, roleplaying is the same as acting. You place yourself in the role of a character, react to things the way that character would react, and do the things that character would do. In a text-based medium like a MUSH, however, doing this requires a great deal more imagination than regular acting, because you can't actually see or hear what your character is seeing or hearing. All you have to work from is what is described to you -- both the setting, found in the description of the room you're in, and the actions of characters around you, as described by their players. It is the skill with which the players in a scene describe their characters' actions that makes the scene come alive. Therefore, in order to be an effective roleplayer, you have to learn to write effective descriptions of things and actions quickly and concisely.
The following topics cover specific aspects of roleplaying.
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