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12-02-2007 @ 7:29PM
I visit this site at least once almost every day, I'm a huge fan of RP, and yet this is the first RP section article I've actually found myself compelled to read through. This is not meant as a criticism to the other articles, but rather a compliment to this one. It's a topic within RP that I continue to grapple with and was very interested in reading about.Anyway, you bring up some good examples and suggestions so I thought I'd throw in a lot of my own. Frankly, a lot of what I do is selective inclusion for RP's sake. My character's had bad experiences with demons in the past and so any time I go to Netherstorm or some such I alert people that my druid wouldn't be there, but I still play roughly in character regardless. Similarly I consider all quests, and instance runs to be somewhat in character as far as general personality goes, but also consider them off the books when it comes to my character's experience to avoid the countless logical holes that pop up.I think what you brought up about using skills as the basis for RP is an excellent point, and I've done quite a bit of this as well. With barkskin, for example, I often have my druid place her hands against a tree and have the bark from it grow out over her forearms forming small protective boards. She'll then rush in using them both to block or parry melee attacks and as an ad-hoc set of brass knuckles to pummel people with.Also, I think the best and easiest way to approach death in the game is not to consider it death at all. When your character dies just think of them as badly wounded and unconscious. Someone either resuscitates them or their soul is able to find its way back to the body and they regain consciousness.
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