A few years ago, even a year ago today, TnB was something different, unique and exciting. It was run by a group of admins who (elitist as they were) still provided new opportunities for the roleplay to expand.
Essentially TnB was like Star Trek: The Original Series. Why? It offered something new and in-depth in a roleplay community filled to the brim with DarkRP and other nonsense like that. You could legitimately roleplay seriously in TnB and get serious roleplay (I use that term loosely) back. Players cared about their characters, players played their characters [generally] realistically. Like Star Trek, it may have been a bit cheesy to some, but no one could comprehend what kind of popularity it would eventually evolve into over the years. Spin-offs were made, such as Terminator RP [Next Generation anyone?] and a whole new generation of roleplayers stepped in.
This is essentially what TnB’s become. Flashy, exciting, but with no real substance or meat too it. They’ve disrespected their source material from the actual Half-Life games, and pretty much do whatever the hell they want (Gordon Freeman in fact, hasn’t arrived yet right, so who cares? lolol). Most or all of the best roleplayers have left due to real-life issues, Garry’s Mod roleplay frustration, or like a lot of us - they grew up. Much of the TnB roleplay today is focused on me me me, rather than we we we or story/character development.
The characters themselves are another story. While shortly visiting TnB’s forums, I saw countless “What does your character look like?” threads. These entries are taken directly from those threads:
It should be blatantly obvious what you see. Like the new Star Trek, everyone is modelling their characters after Abcrombie and Fitch models, actresses, actors and “1337 soldurz.” I also don’t mean that by their picture - many of the characters I encountered while roleplaying seriously (again, loose term on TnB) were shallow with absolutely no personality to them; you had the badass soldier, the timid emo girl and the noble/strong man sticking it out. Still don’t believe me? Here’s a signature from one of the most active players on TnB:
Bottom line is: TnB is shit. Well, we knew that already, but shittier (spelling) than before and rapidly declining. Those on the fence about the state about G-Mod roleplay, I hope this helped you in your decision to quit it for good.
Want plot? Wantt character development? Want true emotion, personality and feeling? Read a book or watch a good film.