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11-09-2008 @ 7:20PM
This seems kinda stupid. You're telling people what they can and can't roleplay."it's not just a farmer with a pitchfork running around and trying to kill things."So which class should I be playing if I want to roleplay a farmer with a pitchfork running around trying to kill things?
11-09-2008 @ 7:54PM
You can play any class you want for it. A mage might not make much sense.Please note the word 'just'.
11-09-2008 @ 7:59PM
Yeah, I see the word 'just', but it's not used in the way you're implying it is. Here, 'just' is used in the way 'merely' would be: as in "a warrior isn't 'merely' a farmer...". This indicates that a farmer who picks up a pitchfork and tries to fight isn't a warrior. Further evidence that this is the intended meaning comes from the context of the whole article. You can't just pick one word and read it in isolation from its intended meaning and context in order to fabricate an argument.
11-09-2008 @ 8:38PM
No, you're right. I was going to argue again, but you're clearly right on this one.That said, I stand by my basic point: David's just trying to present role-play possibilities. Don't try to tear him down for an off-handed remark.
11-09-2008 @ 8:52PM
Yeah, cool. Not trying to tear anything down. Just that I often find these "so you want to be a..." articles go a bit beyond presenting "role-play possibilities". The tone often seems to be "if you're not doing it this way, you're doing it wrong". Perhaps that's just me reading it that way though.
11-10-2008 @ 5:50AM
Stag, he's just giving people some ideas, and tying those ideas into Lore. You'll be okay.
11-10-2008 @ 8:18AM
Would you like him to put a qualifier in every single sentence? Better to let the readers figure out that it's not a mandate from the heavens for themselves than to mess up the flow of the writing with such equivocation, IMO.
11-10-2008 @ 8:25AM
Aerei, what you've said makes no sense as a response to what I was saying. Of course people would realise it's not a mandate from the heavens ... that doesn't change the fact that the general tone of the articles is that "this is how you should be doing it".I was talking about tone of the articles in general and the sentence I quoted was an example. Clearly this is too complex for you to understand though. I would've explained this in my initial statements, however, as you point out that kind of qualifier would mess with the flow of the writing.Try again.
11-10-2008 @ 11:06AM
Well, first of all let me say that everyone is free to roleplay as they choose. Some people feel like my open-ended questions about roleplaying are too imprecise to be helpful, while other people feel like my making direct suggestions is like I'm telling them what to do. I don't mean either of those. What I write is just one informed opinion, and I encourage others (such as yourself) to share alternate opinions on the topic. The readers, perhaps, can put both together and find some even greater truth for themselves."The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions." (Abdu'l-Baha)That said, personally, I do not think that a farmer with a pitchfork fits well into any of the classes in WoW at all. It's just not a very heroic or even very capable archetype. The farmer with a pitchfork is by definition a farmer first, and a warrior second -- not at all trained and seasoned in fighting the way a warrior would be. Can you imagine a farmer with a pitchfork wearing plate mail, picking up a shield, switching to an axe and taking on a big dragon?Of course, maybe your level one warrior started as a farmer, then worked his way up through his adventures and training, so that he gradually changed from a farmer into a warrior. That could make sense. Alternately, if you wanted to take off the platemail and just use the character to roleplay a regular old farmer without a warrior's level of skill and sturdiness, that would be fine too. I'm not trying to tell you how to roleplay here, just offering my own sense of what seems plausible based on what I see in the game.
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