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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:08 pm 
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This isn't anything really major, just something I wanted some other opinions on. I've recently gotten back into simming in a couple of play-by-email/play-by-forum Trek games. That's something I've done off-and-on since I was 12, and always really enjoyed it. I know to a lot of people, they don't see the point, but as someone who never had the chance to get into table-top RPGing with a group of local friends, I guess it's my version of it.

I like to reuse characters when I can, and even when I create a new character for a new sim, some of my old ones tend to show up in the background. On one of the new groups I'm in, I suddenly found myself writing some of my old characters, members of the Mallory family. Got me thinking about what they'd look like and who I'd cast in the roles. My original choices from back in the day (we're talking mid-90s in two cases, early 2000s in another) have long since lost their viability, so some recasting had to be done.

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Drake and Brian are half-brothers. Kaylen is Drake's son, Adam is Brian's son. From a purely "looks" perspective, does that casting work? Finding someone who could play Mark Whalberg's son was probably the most challenging bit. The actors are too close in age for it to be viable in real life, but Brian is a quarter El-Aurian, so he looks younger than he is.

And to keep this going, if you've been in RPGs or sims, do you "cast" actors like this? Do you find yourself going back to old characters and reusing them in new sims or campaigns? Who were/are your favorites to play?

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 Post subject: Re: RPG/Sim Casting
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:21 am 
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TimPendragon wrote:
Drake and Brian are half-brothers. Kaylen is Drake's son, Adam is Brian's son. From a purely "looks" perspective, does that casting work? Finding someone who could play Mark Whalberg's son was probably the most challenging bit. The actors are too close in age for it to be viable in real life, but Brian is a quarter El-Aurian, so he looks younger than he is.

I think from a looks perspective this works quite nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: RPG/Sim Casting
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:56 pm 
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Yes! I reuse characters all the time - Even when writing. What might be a minor character in an older story, gets a new name and gets bumped up to a larger part in something new I'm writing.

And I do not know if other writers do this, but I really LIKE to have a particular actor in mind when I write (even if it's not one I actually know). It really helps with descriptions and characterization. Sometimes I just type a few words into Google, like..."older brother". That brought up lots of pictures including Matt Bomer, Jerome Jackson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who is actually a younger sibling). If I don't like the faces that I recognize, I just choose a random picture that seems to be how I imagine the character to be and declare that THAT person is who I'm describing.

I do like the shots you've chosen, BTW, and you kind of get past the too-young-to-be-his-father thing if you choose a younger shot of Rupert (or is his age an important part of the storyline?)

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 Post subject: Re: RPG/Sim Casting
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:28 pm 
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Quoshara wrote:
I do like the shots you've chosen, BTW, and you kind of get past the too-young-to-be-his-father thing if you choose a younger shot of Rupert (or is his age an important part of the storyline?)


The way these characters stories have progressed, it'd actually work better if McKidd was a bit older, but again, it's the 24th century, and people seem to age slower, so I'm not that worried about it. In my head, I'm just imagining it's an older photo of him, not quite current with the others. Which works, because despite being my favorite RPG character I've ever played, he's the one that shows up the least. There aren't that many sims I've found over the years where a hardboiled private investigator wouldn't have stuck out like a sore thumb.

Drake Mallory, born 2336, on Aldebaran. He's of mixed Scots-Irish and Australian heritage, and a former cop. I created him back in 1998 for the Kal-Dixas Spaceport sim, and really had no clear "vision" of him in my brain. Part Sam Spade, part Equalizer, part nasty drunk. If pressed for a face back then, I would have used a young Edward Woodward from his Callan days. The character showed up a few years later briefly, and for convenience, I went with Hugh Jackman, but it never really sat right in my head. It was many years later when I was watching Journeyman, an all-too-short-lived series, that I saw Kevin McKidd doing his thing and it just clicked. I hadn't even thought about the character in a long time, and suddenly I'm jumping up from my seat shouting, "Oh my god, that's him. That's Drake Mallory, after all these years!"

I just have to get over the fact that people today only know him from Grey's Anatomy. Oh, well.

Brian Mallory started as an NPC on Kal-Dixas before I'd even created Drake. He was just someone in the background, a name I threw out there for a pilot friend of one of my other characters. After Drake came on the scene, Brian was revealed to be his (younger) half-brother, whose mother had been half-Betazoid, half-El-Aurian (it was actually a plot point that tied in with an ongoing storyline, not something I did just to be weird).

Those stories were all set between 2373 and 2375, and ran from 1998-2000. At that point, Kaylen was little more than a plot device, a seven-year-old half-El-Aurian child that Drake only just found out was his son right before the sim shut down.

In 2002, I was on a new sim called Typhon Station, set on Starbase 185 in the year 2400. Didn't really want to port over existing characters and ignore the previous dates and history for them, so I made a new one, a Starfleet archaeologist called Adam Mallory who was in his late 20s, and Brian's son. Thinking it would be a cool little twist, I brought Brian in as an NPC again, trying to restore his broken relationship with Adam, and I went with the "ironic" casting of Ben Affleck as Adam and Casey Affleck as Brian. The part El-Aurian father played by the younger brother. At the time, the gag worked. But as time went on, not so much.

Flash forward six years to 2008, and after numerous other characters on other sims that never lasted very long, I find myself playing Brian again, on a civilian freighter called S.S. Walkabout. As you might imagine, the sim was more or less Firefly in the Trek universe, and a lot of fun. Nice mix of characters and players, wish it had lasted longer. It was set in 2384, after Kal-Dixas, but before Typhon. By that point, Brian in my mind was older and harder, and as I'd fleshed out his background over the years, I spent more time focusing on his past as a small-time smuggler for the Orion Syndicate who wanted to get out and go legit. Casey Affleck was no longer fitting what the character was, at all, and without having Ben "playing" his son, the gag certainly wasn't important anymore. So I started thinking of scruffy, gritty actors who tended to play shady characters that sometimes had a good heart, and Mark Wahlberg kind of clicked. The sim's captain was a fan of Hong Kong cinema, and her character was played by Chow-Yun Fat, so we ended up making a lot of "Firefly-does-Infernal Affairs-and-The Departed" jokes. Odd as that sounds, it was fun.

After that, Brian wound up in another couple of sims, but by 2010, they'd all ended and I couldn't find another that interested me, so the character went into storage again. Until earlier this week, when I pulled him out as a guest character on a sim I just joined. Leto Colony, set in 2389. Seems that since Romulus blew up two years ago, Brian's been working with a sort of "cabal" of "concerned private citizens" who have been helping survivors and refugees get across the Neutral Zone in a sort of "underground railroad."

Funny how a one-off NPC from 1998 eventually became my most recurring player character, and is still showing up 15 years later.

Kaylen also showed up on the new sim, for the first time as an adult, and Adam was referenced as having just graduated the Academy. So the casting/recasting process for those two began in my head again. Rupert Grint is probably the too-obvious choice if I want a young ginger guy, but there are some pictures where he really does look like a young Kevin McKidd, so I kept coming back to him. And the thought of him playing a serious character whose father was quite literally a walking cliche, seemed to fit the oddball, indie-film persona he's developed over the last few years. IMO, Rupert is the best actor of the Potter trio, though I admit Dan Radcliffe has started to come into his own recently.

And that left me with Adam. Ben Affleck went out the window a long time ago, so now I had to find a tall, young, at least slightly-geeky actor who could be short, scruffy, tough guy Mark Wahlberg's son. Looked through a ton of up-and-comers, and didn't really find anything. Finally, out of desperation started searching for "TV nerds" or something like that. I watched Criminal Minds when it first started but mostly gave up when it became apparent the show was never going to be more than torture porn ever week, and hating Joe Mantegna didn't help, either. So I Matthew Grey Gubler hadn't even crossed my mind before I started seeing pictures of him alongside Sean Murray and a bunch of "nerd" character actors. I'm not quite sure what makes it work for me, maybe its the eyes/eyebrows, but it does.

And wow... that's an exceedingly long and utterly boring post. I'm so sorry if you made it this far...

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 Post subject: Re: RPG/Sim Casting
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I am also playing this game from many years and love all its characters.


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