Long ago, EBG didn’t have a battle writing in our system, until one day I start doing it for the fun of it, as a bonus reading to reward the most interesting battle of the round. Soon, it become one of the best part of the round to enjoy.
However, the writing is not as easy as it sounds like, and it’s related to the procedure of the game itself. And what do it means by that?
Well, the battle writing is not just a writing. It’s FAR harder than that. And there’s so many reason for it. First of all, we need to consider so many discussion through the week, which sometimes contradict to each author as disagreement often occur, and we need to decide the outcome, or how things should go, without upsetting the expectation of everyone, that also different one to another.
Then, we still need to read the form again and again to get all the information correctly. Not just their list of abilities, but also the visual, also when to use them, their limitations, requirements, and many more to consider, plus based on the discussion as well. Then, you analyze the interaction of the characters, related to the previous paragraph about deciding the outcome of the battle. However not just the outcome, but also the progress throughout the battle.
You also need to understand the personality of characters that is NOT yours. Characters that you never knew before, or maybe, you only ever heard them mentioned before. To gives you the perspective on how difficult this task is, I will quote a good explanation given by one of our player long ago:
Imagine this… We never played this certain popular video game, but we heard about this one popular character a lot. Then someone ask us to write a fanfiction of them by just reading their wikia profile.
Can we truly depict them correctly? Almost impossible.
That’s the daily job of EBG’s head moderator.
…In reality, it might be harder than even that…
This is not a fanfic. In fanfic, you can depict the characters as much as you please, whichever do you want it. In here, the client are ourselves. There’s expectation and demand. There’s standard to be fulfilled. Not only the accuracy of the characteristic, visual, personality, dialogue, reaction and the interaction, but so does the quality of the action scene by itself.
The hardest part is the take care of the length. It’s far easier to write an original book because you can focus on one character per time, or two characters, or just one group, and the action could be divided to many chapters. In here, the whole battle must be fit into a single doc, one per battle.
And unlike ANY other fiction, may it be original fiction or fanfiction, you can’t focus on a single main character, because each characters here belong to each players, and each players want the best for themselves, focus only on themselves. Yet you couldn’t do that. You must gives a fair share of screen time to everyone. If there’s those who get less, complaint could happen. It took much effort to write this, and to focus on everyone, reading forms and discussions, but there’s always those who felt like it was unfair because they get less action, or someone else having more spotlight.
It’s fun to do the job, and it’s fun to read the battles too, but many didn’t understand that this is an arduous task. There’s usually ten to even twenty of characters per round, and the mods need to read them, then re-read the form WHILE reading the discussion, then read the form AGAIN while writing the battle bits by bits, while making sure that you get the discussion right, not forgetting the important details. I need to memorize all the crucial information, writing them down on notes in order to makes sure that everything portrayed accurately and the outcome of the battle is like what being agreed between the players.
You could really help if your form contain all the necessary information regarding the characteristic of your characters. So when I write them down, and then made a mistake as they’re portrayed differently on the canon, you can check back your form if you ever actually explain it.
Imagine it; you never watch this show, or read the book, but you need to write a battle scene about them, without ever watch a single episode or read a single chapter. All that you ever know are from the character form.
That’s just how hard it is to do the job, and we want to explain all of this so you can keep this in mind when you discuss. So when you want to introduce your characters, you did it properly. And when you want to critique the battle scene, read this post again.