Now Playing: Posted originally at another game site
Or at least those based on other science fiction universes.
And saying that it is the respect for creative role play manifest more in Star Trek groups than any other, Trekkers appreciating more than most truly creative role-play thinking outside the box.
For example my persona here, Tyronius, is a Star Trek/StarChild cross over character from another universe/reality than that of Star Trek.
Yet despite my trepidation he/she would end up being rebuffed, denied a place in the 7th fleet, it turned out quite differently than I feared---the administration her not only accepting him/her, but even complimenting my creativity, taking the time to write me a personal e-mail informing me how much they liked the idea of such a cross-over persona.
And for those here who play only Star Trek RPG's. not understanding the reason for my personal worry, the 7th fleet is not only the first Star Trek RPG I submitted his/her character profile to, but likewise the only group that allowed Tyronius admittance here into their IC universe as is.
Then again I guess it's because those who play RPG's based on their favorite Science-fiction reflect the same attitudes as those expressed in each---Star Trek the only one I know preaching such a philosophy as that of the Vulcan IDIC (infinite diversities in infinite combinations).
Or as the Vulcan philosophy goes "The beauty of creation is in its infinite diversity and how those differences combine to create meaning".
No where else do I see that philosophy expressed in other RPG groups, not expressed either in the shows they're based on. Only Star Trek RPG's (and the players themselves) seem to understand as well as practice such an enlightened attitude concerning things like cross over characters and truly creative role play.
For instance the worst, most oppressive RPG's I've encountered before this are those based on Battlestar Galactica (especially those based on that horrid, vile remake versus the original series I loved so much).
Truth be told I always wanted to play such a character as Tyronius there, a cross over character from either Earth or an alien race allied with Earth, only to be denied. Seems they behave like their little TV show is holy scripture, unable to include anything new at all.
Only one such group allowed Tyronius in to their group, the entire experience turning out however a very unpleasant experience---their GM allowing me to create Tyronius, saying I could play him as I described him here, only to go back on his word in a very oppressive matter.
Whenever I tried to write a post, play Tyronius like we both agreed, he'd intercept my mission reports, refusing to let me play him while likewise chewing me out for doing so. And because the character wasn't allowed to be played as what he really was, the other players characters started accusing Tyronius of being a megalomaniac.
And behaving in a most insulting manner the reason he was the recipient of such abusive behavior was because I wasn't allowed to portray him as was originally agreed, many of his personality quirks earning him a bad reputation when the truth is they would have understood better where he was coming from if they'd known his actual background---who and what he was supposed to be.
Then again I'm willing to concede the possibility that the RPG group mentioned above wasn't indicative of other Battlestar Galactica, but only a very oppressive extremist example---hoping still I might run into a Galactica game that does believe in creative role-play, accepting Tyronius with the same warm hospitality as I was welcomed here.
However, for at least the moment right now, I'll have to postpone future criticism while nevertheless thanking at least the Star Trek RPG's for being much more open minded than those others I've encountered before.
-- Live Long and Prosper..
May the Great Saint Bless...
PS: the above salutation, "May the Great Saint Bless", is a greeting taken from the StarChild universe from which I, Tyronius, originally came.