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3-10-2012 @ 10:34PM
Glad to see this column. As a noob roleplayer, I've got lots of questions. I hope you cover how to deal with other roleplayers. What do you do when you walk in on someone who's already got a scenario in progress? Right after I started on an RP server, I ran into a night elf couple in the midst of giving birth to a baby. I wasn't sure whether to congratulate them or to ignore them. Then I came across several people in a guild who were initiating a noob into their ranks. It seems awkward to ignore them, but it feels like I'm intruding if I say anything.
3-11-2012 @ 12:27AM
First off, I would wonder why they would choose to RP something like giving birth in a place public enough to get people popping in. :PSeriously though, there are three ways you could react: 1) go someplace else, 2) watch quietly, or 3) ask one of the players privately if you can join in. In the guild initiation scenario, 3 is obviously out, but in the baby birth scenario, maybe you could be getting towels or maybe your character has secret medical expertise or something. If it's a romance scene, then 2 would be a little creepy. Use your best judgment - if this were happening in real life, how would I want to react?What you SHOULDN'T do is stay there and try to start playing out your own scene. It's a little rude to the people who were already there, and is very confusing to all parties involved to have multiple unrelated conversations going on. I know it's kind of a pain to plan something and then have to move because other folks were there first, but unless Blizz implements player housing it's just a fact of life with RPing.
3-11-2012 @ 9:39AM
Actually giving birth in public seems to be somewhat common in Wow. I've seen Dwarves giving birth in the fountain in Ironforge (going for a water birth I guess, hopefully that isn't also a drinking fountain) and deathknights giving birth in Silvermoon (shudder). Actually I think 'Deathknights giving birth' might have become something of a meme on my server.
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