Hehe, sounds like we both prefer with what we started with. :) I agree with your assessment that other styles of play, particularly forum-style, can be a bit chaotic and difficult to control. Also fully agreed with both of you about playing canon elves. I have ZERO interest in that. I don't want that kind of pressure, and I don't think anyone else can tell the stories of the canon elves as well as the Pinis. In Oakleaf, we have a few relatives of canon (a son of Ember and Teir, a daughter of Venka, and a daughter of Scouter and Dewshine), but we've maxed out on those characters...not allowing any more. I feel like in some (not all!) cases, the canon connection is used to...hmm. It's an easy way to legitimize what the player wants the reader to think about the character. I would rather the character earn whatever it is the player wants on their own merit and playing ability than relying on heritage.