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1-07-2008 @ 6:28PM
"Surely you don't mean that you gave up on RP in WoW because you heard Pockletock himself say that he squeeshed some orcs today"Of course not. Not literally so. "Grumpy? Vhat is ze meanink of zis vord?", "Happeh Skull Days!", and "Pockletock squeesh many orcs today!"* as a set sum up everything I loathe about RP. Those aren't characters, they're gimmicks.Step 1) Assign Big Past Event [can skip straight to step 2]Step 2) Make clown shoe exaggerated gimmickStep 3) there is no step three, but bonus points for typing in an accent.I'm sorry, that's flat out lazy. These "quirks" are actually crutches. I suggested another approach for beginning RPers in a response to another in this series, but even if one starts with the extraordinarily broad (RP is a skill and does take practice) it shouldn't be difficult to move forward. The hunter's persona is good. I've played a similar (from what you described) character in another game, but for me part of the challenge was doing it less blatantly. Diction that was not always *quite* right for example. We've all met people who learned English in school and speak it very well but occasionaly stumble in odd moments over a tense or a pronoun, or, as in your example, a word. A friend of mine from Norway speaks nearly accentless English but has these little hiccups every now and again that remind me he's not a native speaker. He sent me an irony free birthday card for my thirtieth that read, "Congratulations on your many years!" (Way to make a guy feel old there, buddy!) The phone conversation parsing why that wasn't quite right was...interesting. I remember his frustrated cry of, "But you have those years!"It's definitely a personal preference. I prefer--and it's an elitist thing, definitely--a more naturalistic form of RP. You gave two examples of such in your post.Others prefer an over-the-top vampire-accent-gimmick style. That'd be fine with me except...how the heck do I, in character, deal with someone announcing Skull Day to everyone in sight? Don't have many options. Spend time RPing trying to get the guards to put them back on their meds? Pretend they don't exist? When the clown shoe RPers are the majority--and they most certainly are, massively so--I've chosen to not bother RPing. It's not worth the heartbreak.My main has no RP persona but I'll create one on the fly if there's someone around who wants to RP seriously and I've the time to indulge it. Most recently I got a polite tell asking if I minded if a 20-something rogue RP'd picking my pockets. I'd been about to log but she was nice so I said sure. My mage spent the rest of the night going about his fake business and eventually ended up on his back watching the stars on a hill outside SW. At every moment I designed his movement to frustrate her RP pickpocketing attempt while in character not knowing it was happening. I got a lot of ((You're not making this easy! this rules!)) and we called it when he spotted her through stealth sneaking up to the hill and asked the stranger if she wanted to join him for some stargazing. We both had tons of fun...and it reminded me why I love RP.I'd written and then deleted a bunch of replies to this post since the moment it went up. No matter how I phrased things I was really negative and knew no one cared about my bitching. Finally put up the one I did to get it out of my system and move on. I love RP and crappy RP makes me sad. Sorry I was a jerk about it.A couple RP exercises, if I might be so bold.Try RPing a character using no emotes. None. No macros and no backstory showing in an RP mod. All being, no showing.Try RPing a character created around a few basic goals and needs. Simple stuff. Getting a job say. The character may WANT to be slaying dragons, but that's never going to happen: what he needs is a way to pay the bills. It's a very different starting place than "shaman who won't eat meat, is orphaned, and hates the Alliance for killing his family". May find it a liberating one.*I'm sure Pockletock is a nice guy. Never doubted that :)
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