So, how often do my fellow Iwakuians go off and do some serious research on a character (or even a full roleplay) that they're writing? It's one thing to go looking for authentic Greek surnames, to make sure your character fits the roleplay, but have you ever had to go digging and read books or articles to help you get into the mindset of your character(s)? For me, I find that it happens a lot. On the one hand, I'm a bit nerdy, and I like looking things up, so, when I was in a military-based roleplay before, I went and checked out the military ranks (Lieutenant, Major, etc.) to see exactly what order they were in and how common they were. Hollywood, sadly, has corrupted me in many ways, and in films, it seems that everyone is a Lieutenant, or a Captain, with maybe a grumpy old General barking orders down the phone somewhere in the back. When was the last time time anyone saw a Major-General or a Brigadier in a movie? I can't remember seeing either of them mentioned, and, whilst I know that there are some good reasons for this (typically, higher-ranked soldiers aren't on the front line, and it's the front where there's the most action), it's just one such example of a thing I had to look up. It was only a minor detail, but I felt it added a degree of authenticity to the character, as opposed to me just winging it and making him a General. It also prompted me to reassess the character a little, because reading up on the subject got me thinking about how my character would need to be well into his thirties to hold such a rank (or truly exceptional if he was younger), something that I hadn't given a lot of thought to previously. On the other end of the scale, there have been roles that I've signed up for because I wanted to be part of the roleplay, or because I was friends with the rest of the group and they asked me to join. As a rule, the more research I have to do, the more the role is out of my comfort zone, but isn't learning like this part of becoming a better roleplayer? So what about you? Do you ever do any research, or do you just sign up and wing it? Perhaps you have a favoured genre that you know inside and out, so you just stick to that? Are there any characters that you've had to do some serious research for and then had them turn out in such a way that you're really proud of them afterwards?