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Types Of "Godmoding"

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Types Of "Godmoding"

Post by Cheyenne on Wed May 06, 2015 10:44 pm

Types Of "Godmoding"

Godmoding refers to several types of bad roleplay as an umbrella term. All godmoding attempts to shift the roleplay in the godmoding player’s favor. In essence, godmoding is any attempt at giving a roleplaying character an advantage that does not normally exist in-game.

The word comes from video games, where godmode includes “features such as invincibility, unlimited ammunition or lives, or similar power boosts” (Godmoding). Forum roleplay players can’t use exploits or cheat codes to power-up their characters — but certain roleplay behaviors can achieve virtually similar results.



The advantages gained by godmoding in forum roleplay


  • Against other players and their characters — e.g., the super-powered beast-hulk who smashes any challengers in a fight, no matter what.


  • Against the game world and its realism rules — e.g., the twelve year old magician who can suddenly defeat a previously unbeatable enemy.


  • Against the environment — e.g., the teenager in a high school town RPG who never references or writes about being in class and instead works full-time, despite a truancy policy being enforced in-game.




Types Of "Godmoding"

Godmoding is godmoding specific to character creation, skills, and certain situations (e.g., combat).

Powerplaying is godmoding by controlling another roleplayer’s character without permission.

Metagaming is godmoding specific to the use of OOC knowledge in roleplayed actions, behaviors, thoughts.

Retconning is godmoding specific to erasure or alteration of past events.



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