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The Neopian Times Week 40 > Articles > Lupe RPs: Another Point of View

Lupe RPs: Another Point of View

by calicomoon

I love The Neopian Times. I've read many of the past issues on file, and I read last week's issue when it came out. One of the articles I read last Friday was one about Lupe Roleplaying, or Lupe RP. I have spent more than a few hours browsing through the chat rooms on this site, and you might say I've conducted my own research.While I do not claim to be an expert on the subject of Lupe roleplaying, I do feel confident in saying that I do not agree with all the statements presented in last week's Lupe RP article. There are several points I would like to bring up about the previous article and Lupe RP in general.

While I have no grievances with al_the_chia (author of the Lupe RP article), I do think his article left out some very important things regarding Lupe roleplaying. In the article, he states that "these RPers are probably the most intelligent Neopians in the world." That is a broad generalization if I've ever heard one. It is comparable to saying that all Battledomers are rich and know everything about Neopets, or that all Site Spotlight winners have the best HTML skills in the world. It's just not true.

I do not doubt that there are many intelligent RPers playing Neopets. I have, however, encountered several Lupe RP boards created by people who are more than likely not "the most intelligent Neopians in the world." In addition, I have met people on Neopets who are very intelligent and not Lupe RPers.

As far as I can tell, Lupe RPers are not using Old English. Old English is the language of The Canterbury Tales and other such works. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I have yet to see a Lupe RPer whose language compares to that of Chaucer. The language of the RP boards is definitely imaginative, but Old English it is not. In describing RP board word choice, I feel that "imaginative" is the best way to describe it.

These boards contain more made-up words than I thought possible. Apparently, "orbs" does mean "eyes", as does "octives." At first, I thought that octives was merely a misspelling of the musical term "octave". Closer examination revealed that it was being used as a substitute for "eyes." I ran for my dictionary. Sure enough, "octive" is not listed. Neither is "ivorn", another common descriptive word. I can only assume that ivorn is a derivative of "ivory" since the Lupes in question are always white.

Further exploration in my dictionary informed me that ivory is a variable color "averaging a pale yellow." I cannot fathom why anyone would want to portray their lovely white Lupe as pale yellow. With these made-up words thrown into the long chains of adjectives favored by Lupe RPers, the language of the Lupe chats is frequently cumbersome and not at all like the flow of Old English. Rather than poetic, it seems that many Lupe RPers are owners with overactive imaginations and a handy thesaurus.

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against Lupes, their owners, or their decision to RP. Roleplaying is a fun way to interact with your pet and other pets and owners throughout Neopia. As al_the_chia put it, "Anyone with an imagination and/or a Lupe can participate." And they most certainly do.

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