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#1 hawksmoore

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:07 AM

Greetings to one and all.

Now before I get to the meat of the matter at hand, a few short word about my background in the RP sense of the word.

I am not but a humble mmorpg player, played them games for a good while now. RP is something that has always interested me to a certain extent, but I never got around to it. Now, in a game called Tera, I did partake in a RP guild that did RP fairly regurarly. But this RP was very limited. It only really happened in a certain place on the map, which we had claimed (in RP sense) as our own. The RP lead basically weaved his story, in which the rest of us simply played a role. This was not what I expected from RP in an online game.

Here comes the question. I know that RP in many games is centered certain RP hubs, where likeminded individuals gather up to RP. But I have always had this, I suppose somewhat romantic, view of RP where one RPs whenever they are online, basically living the online life of their character. So far my experience in mmos has been that this couldn't be further away from the truth. So I suppose my question is, does this kind of total immersion RP happen at all, or is it just a fantasy?

#2 Brynjar

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:34 PM

I've run into a few, very few, who do it the way you describe; where everytime they are online, they are their character, and they act only as their character would act.

I, personally, do not. I have times where I enjoy RPing, and I have times where I enjoy just playing the game. So my character runs constantly, he jumps up mountains to find viewpoints, he runs across the map to help someone who asked for it over mapchat, and he swims in full heavy armour.

I honestly don't see any advantage or desirability to 'total immersion' roleplaying. Perhaps you can explain it to me?

#3 hawksmoore

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

As I said it was this somewhat romantic notion of RP I had, that one would use the whole gameworld to RP in. I myself have not done it, being as new as I am to the RP world. Biggest benefit I suppose would be actually living through the events that mold and create the character your RP persona is. Would also bring a bit of uncertainty to character development, due to the fact that anything can happen in the game world.

#4 Desild

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:58 AM

View Posthawksmoore, on 29 December 2012 - 02:07 AM, said:

So far my experience in mmos has been that this couldn't be further away from the truth. So I suppose my question is, does this kind of total immersion RP happen at all, or is it just a fantasy?

Not hardly a fantasy. MMOs, such as Guild Wars 2 and WoW, uphold the idea that we, the players, are great heroes who uphold justice accross the land. This is the setting that most of us start with when developing our characters. But sadly, most of the time roleplayer deviate from this imposed background and look into other careers inside the world. Soldiers, nobles, guards, merchants, civilians; all non-heroic characters with average daily lives.

Now, since most of us don't want to roleplay with NPCs and everyone wants the spotlight on their insignificant persona, this means that roleplaying immersively leads to a massive bantering of backgrounds, angst, wangst or whatever things people come up with to make conversation. As such, most people avoid interacting with eachother EXCEPT on places designed for that. Like pubs and taverns. Try approaching, for instance, a charr warband while they are prancing in a camp and you would most likely be ignored.

Okay, now I'm rambling a bit...

#5 Tregarde

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:53 AM

While the serious, hard-core, "never break character" dream can be a nice one, in actual practice it isn't so easy. It's actually a lot of work to play like that. It can even cause some alienation from fellow roleplayers as it can be difficult to discuss important matters OOCly, or even just chat casually. It can even limit what you do when adventuring because you may force yourself to skip events and content simply because it doesn't fit your character to be there.

That being said... You CAN find people who roleplay MOST of the time. Overall, roleplayers tend to be a friendly, approachable bunch (at least, OOCly). Give it a little time, get to know folks, and I'm sure you'll find people you enjoy playing with.





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