Things To Do When You Feel Like You're Fading Into The Background of a Roleplay
This is basically aimed at people who are engaging in freeform roleplays (eg, no dice/single GM) and feel like their character is fading into the background.
A lot of people make the mistake of having their character basically sit in the corner and do nothing, probably hoping that some other player will take mercy on them and pull them into some adventure. While this might happen, it's best not to count on it. The best thing to do is to take matters into your own hands! Get up off that couch! Come out of that dark corner! Go introduce yourself! Make smalltalk! And remember, if you want people to be interested in your character, you have to be interesting! Which leads us to our next item...
Do something unexpected
Is trying to get up and talk to other characters not working out well so far? You can also try making your character do something that differs from the everyday humdrum. As a few examples:
- Announce that you've got a sudden craving for deli sandwiches and that you're going to get some, and anybody who wants a deli sandwich is invited to go with.
- Ask if anyone has heard the weird noises in the hall at night. Now, with luck, you'll end up with someone who will improvise on the hook you just gave ("Yeah, I heard it; I thought it was Jack and Mary doing their thing..."), but if not, you have to be ready to elaborate and improvise yourself ("I thought it was one of you guys until it started making sounds that I'm pretty sure no human being can produce...").
- You could also try more of a "visual" hook, like having your character stumble into the room wearing utterly bizarre clothing, or covered in blood and bruises
If you're having difficulty coming up with ideas, you might try twiddling around with the Plot Punter. (Of course, discuss matters with your admin/GM as necessary.)
Be ready to try a different plan.
Your attempts to get people interested might not work, so be prepared to move on to something else if it doesn't take. Depending on how major your last attempt was, you might wish to go through a cooldown period of sorts so you don't look too desperate - eg, if you came home all beaten up, go have your character get cleaned up and bandaged before, say, making an odd statement. ("Hey, today I learned that water bears can survive the vacuum of space...")
Keep a mental list of things your character does during slack times
This one won't get your character back into attention as such, but I find that it's really good for my sanity. I keep a mental list of things my character would be doing when nothing major's going on, and when I'm not feeling particularly inspired to write anything I send my character off to do it while I do something else (EG, catch up on news, write articles like this one) for a bit. If you haven't figured out yet what your character is into, the Random Interests Generator can help you pick out a few things.
Just sit back and watch what the characters are doing and take mental notes. Not only can you get a better sense of the types of personalities you're dealing with, but you can build up material for callbacks and brick jokes later on.
More Resources/See Also
Basic Tips To Be Witty & Funny
So You Want To Be A More Interesting Person?