Unlike other artistic activities, where someone can paint a picture by themselves, or even a band member can write a tune just using his instrument alone, how many people would say you were roleplaying, if you did it alone?
To be more specific, there is no solo recourse in this artistic activity, it seems. And to work with a group always means compromise – it always means compromising art. If you don’t compromise, your not roleplaying, it would seem.
I’m not sure a default assumption of always compromising art is healthy.
I’m going to look into a default of no compromise, and perhaps compromising to others needs (ie, they get to participate to some degree/at all, and how much) if I feel like doing so.
The idea of others not, by default, being able to participate, would probably classify it as not being roleplay, to most roleplayers. But on the other hand, that would assume they should always get a say in everyone elses art. In painting, sculpting or music, this assumption doesn’t exist. Someone can do it alone and it’s still recognised as painting or such. You don’t get people saying ‘Unless you compromise your art to include me somehow, your not actually painting’.
It occurs to me there’s a lack of indipendence in the artistic pursuit that is roleplaying.