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6-29-2008 @ 6:05PM
The one thing guaranteed to 'ghettoisze' roleplay is player or guild 'housing'. One of the things I learned while running a Neverwinter Nights server. If roleplayers have somewhere private to do their stuff (even in an environment where roleplay is the norm, never mind in an MMO) they will do just that, which means the amount of visible roleplay is reduced and new players find it harder to find anyone else to roleplay with.WoW is one of the least RP-friendly MMOs currently running. The fact that it does so well is likely down to the AddOn facilities making up for some of its lacks, and the sheer quantity of players on the servers.
6-29-2008 @ 6:25PM
I'm not too sure about that, Raven.Many events on my server, at least, (Sha'tar EU) are across the server. They're open events people can join in on, but also, a lot of events are based around a place. So a cleansing of Southfury River would only work if you were actually at Southfury River, and an attack on Tyr's Hand isn't gonna work if you're in a guild hall with your buddies.No. I think player housing, instanced, would actually be a good source of RP. People could brief and debrief events that happened in the outside world, and hold meetings, without anyone running through and saying "LOL L2LIFE" or anything silly like that. Would it be selective? Yes. Is that a bad thing? It can be, but that'd be the fault of players, and not the design itself.
6-30-2008 @ 5:34AM
You're right, currently world events happen on a server (or at least faction) wide basis. But then WoW has no instanced housing.In City of Heroes, there was fairly widescale roleplay until Supergroup bases were introduced. Then global RP slowly subsided and became SG RP, in bases or starting in bases and moving out with no opportunity for others to become involved.In LotRO there was never much RP, but what there was took place in inns and public areas. Then player and Fellowship housing was added and the RP moved from the public arena to Fellowships with little interaction with those outside your Fellowship.Your comment about briefings without anti-RPers is right on the mark, but this happens even in full-on RP environments where that doesn't happen. If the RP happens in private, the result is that new players see NO RP happening, then the roleplay stagnates and dies. I've watched it happen, I'm not discussing theory, I'm talking about experience.
6-30-2008 @ 7:07AM
Well, even then, I think you're forgetting about tavern RP, police RP, speech RP, adventure RP, and profession RP (groups of people fishing/mining/etc). All of these are very common types, and only speech RP would work in an instanced player house.Don't get me wrong, I do think it has the potential to do harm, but for roleplayers to be able to say "I'll meet you at the guild house" and actually do so, rather than gathering at a small room at the back of Orgrimmar, which then gets claimed by some other equally worthy guild... that would be good, and beneficial as a whole.
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