RP and You, A Beginner’s Guide – Dealing With Problems in RP

This week on RP and You, we’ll be looking at some info from my old RP guide that’s really still quite valid. From the last several posts, you ought to have by now a character, a good name, a good back story for that character, and a basic understanding of the mechanics of RP. So you should be ready to go, right? Well…almost. What do you do when you can’t seem to find anyone to RP with? How do you find the ever-elusive roleplayer in their natural habitat? And what do you do if you find yourself, for want of a better word, snubbed by the general roleplaying population? I’ll be addressing these issues and more today!

How do I find a roleplayer to roleplay with?

Tricky question. Are you on a roleplaying server? If not, you may want to go make sure you’ve rolled on one – most people on PvP or PvE servers don’t bother with roleplaying, they’ve got other things in the game that they’d rather do. RP servers not only have the people who are focused on PvE and PvP, but they’ve also got a good chunk of the population that’s usually focused on RP. The best places to find roleplayers vary from server to server, although I’ve found that across the board, Stormwind appears to be popular on Alliance, and Silvermoon always seems to be a hot spot for Horde. The best way to find out is to just ask – on my server, we often have people ask on the realm forums where the good places to RP are located. Check the link here and scroll down to the realm forums section, and then choose the server you wish to play on. Remember to be polite – demanding answers is never a very good first impression.

The other indicator is pretty easy to spot. The roleplay addons mentioned the last post aren’t just for reading what other people look like – they’re also a gigantic ‘LOOK AT ME I ROLE PLAY’ sign. People that use these addons on roleplay servers are more often than not roleplayers themselves, especially if they have a description set up.

How do I know if they’re busy?

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RP and You, A Beginner’s Guide – Addons and Descriptions

This week on RP and You – It’s a look at a couple of popular RP addons, how to install and properly use them, and an answer to that all-important question:  How do I write a good physical description of my character?

Addons are little programs you can download that allow you to adjust the game to your liking in a way that the plain game won’t let you do. There are addons available for adjusting your UI, changing your bar layout, changing the way things appear on your screen – and there are also a few addons out there that are specifically for RP.

FlagRSP2

http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/flag-rsp2.aspx – FlagRSP2 is one of the heaviest used roleplaying addons. It will let you plunk in a basic description for your character, and view other people’s character descriptions with the push of a button. Now, you don’t HAVE to put a description in there if you don’t want to, you can simply run around reading everyone else’s descriptions, but that wouldn’t be much fun, would it? FlagRSP2 is strictly for physical descriptions – as in what someone would see if looking at your character. What FlagRSP2 is not for is for character history, back story, or OOC notes. I have seen many, many FlagRSP2 descriptions in my time, so for illustration’s sake, let’s delve into what would be a ‘good’ physical character description vs. a ‘bad’ one, all right?

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RP and You, a Beginner’s Guide – How to RP

Back with another set of basic rp tips! So here you have your character, with a name that suits them. Now what? Roleplayers that have been doing this for years would probably laugh at you, but it’s actually a really valid question. How do you explain roleplaying to someone who’s never done it before? There’s a few things to keep in mind.

#1 – You are your character. Think of it like acting on TV or in a movie. It’s called ‘roleplaying’ because you’re quite literally playing a role. The difference between acting on TV or in a movie and roleplaying is that while actors in television, movies, or plays have scripts to work from, roleplayers do not. It’s all improvised, and it’s all off the cuff acting like improvisational theatre. If someone says something to you, you want to respond not as you, the dude typing on the keyboard would respond, but as you, the draenei/troll/warlock/etc would respond. There are two distinctions when you roleplay that you really need to pay attention to – being In Character, and Out of Character, otherwise known as IC and OOC.

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RP and You, a Beginner’s Guide – Naming Your Character

One of the most difficult parts of the RP process is something that should, technically, be the most simple: creating a name for your character. With millions of people playing WoW worldwide, new players are often at a loss for creating a character name that is both unique and interesting. The advent of the RP server introduces another challenge: creating a name that fits within RP Server guidelines.

Avoiding The RP Name Police:

Have a good idea for a name for your character? Awesome! Watch it though – this is an RP server, so names should fall under RP server guildlines. We DO have people here that report non-RP names, so keep that in mind. What’s the naming policy? Eh, here – a quick search of the internet finds a pared-down version of it:

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RP and You, a Beginner’s Guide

One of the most popular posts I have ever made on my realm’s forums was a simple guide to RP for the beginner. The thread itself was stickied, and has had thousands of views, but you never know when Blizzard’s going to delete something. So in the interests of preserving the information and presenting it in a slightly more organized manner, I am reprinting it here on this blog.

Spook’s Beginner’s Guide to RP

World of Warcraft is an incredibly diverse game with many options out there for players to immerse themselves in, both while leveling and once you’ve gone as far as you can go. Before I go too far into the role-playing process and how it works within WoW, I’d like to take a moment to address a few of the questions and viewpoints that non-roleplayers have expressed over the years.

1. Why do you rp?

The reasons vary from person to person, but the theme is similar between all of us: we like to write. We like to act. Some people liked playing tag when they were kids. Some people liked running around apeshit on the monkey bars. Most RPers are people that liked the games of let’s pretend, where you pretend you’re something you’re not. Some would call it dumb I guess, others would say ‘oh you mean like acting on TV’, and the concept is similar. What you’re seeing when you see people rping is not a bunch of losers trying to make themselves important. (For the most part!) What you are seeing is a bunch of highly creative, literate people that are writing stories as they go along. For them, it’s not so much the game that’s important, or the gear that’s important, as the story that’s important, and Blizzard gave us one heck of a world to create stories in.

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