Feb 8th 2012 9:53AM I wish I could upvote this further. I was a little surprised when I read that sentence in the article. It seemed like very loaded wording for a decision that is acceptable in almost every other form of socializing. (Not answering the phone for a bit, going invisible on nearly every other IM program, including the one incorporated in Steam, etc.)
For those saying "just don't use RealID": one, it helps you keep in touch with friends on other servers, which is very difficult to do otherwise. Two, I did hurt a couple feelings when it first came out simply because I explained to a few guildies that I was just using it for people I knew outside of the game while I felt out the system and how much I liked or disliked it. Did they get over it? Yes. Do I now use RealID to speak to people I've never met face-to-face? Yes, although I remain selective about it.
But I don't Twitter about every latte I buy, I don't accept friend requests on Facebook just because I took a class with someone once, and I don't need to be asked about every alt I roll and then delete because I'm looking for the next race/class combo I like.
Feb 5th 2012 10:35AM It's possible, but safer to stick to Horde-friendly tribes like the Shatterspear and Revantusk or possibly a refugee from some of the lesser tribes, as long as they don't hold allegiance to their parent tribe anymore.
The Darkkari are tricky because, to be quite honest, they're so nasty and violent that the rest of the trolls, who appear to be into the whole nastiness and violence thing, took a step back and said, "Whoa, man, that's way over the top". An undead Drakkari miiight work, but why would they join the Horde instead of trying to return to their glorious ultra-violent tribe?
Feb 5th 2012 10:29AM On the subject of things that will limit your RP: "Cutesy" (or not-so-cutesy) OOC notes declaring every single one of your pet peeves or how you refuse to RP with anyone who doesn't RP walk everywhere or is wearing a particular outfit. It's likely that even people who wouldn't hit those nerves on you will avoid you simply because you come off as really unpleasant.
Feb 5th 2012 10:21AM Again, Crit This Flag ( http://critthisflag.livejournal.com/ ) is the most positive RP flag discussion/review site I've seen. But because it requires people to willingly post their own flags and in doing so agree to getting constructive feedback, it's a pretty quiet little community. Everyone likes to mock others when they do it wrong, but not many like to know what they could improve themselves. Therefore, most of your resources are going to be snark sites like Warcraft Sues and Roleplayer's Lament.
Jan 28th 2012 5:45PM A point on "demeanor": Remember that unless you're using an addon that has the "currently" flag, you're implying they're ALWAYS doing said behavior. So if you put in your flag that your character smiles and flirts with passers-by, or turns away from anyone staring at them... well, your character is kind of stuck doing that constantly. I prefer to keep that sort of thing for emotes.
Also, PLEASE don't forget that some roleplayers don't run addons, for technical reasons or otherwise. I've seen descriptions with OOC rants on "I know the model is female but I'm playing a MALE CHARACTER AND DON'T YOU DARE CALL THEM FEMALE OR I WON'T RP WITH YOU."
Roleplayerslament.com has been mentioned as a good resource (although I've some qualms with some of the things the writers for the site do), as are the Warcraftsues community (again, more snark, but good examples of how not to do it) and Critthisflag (the more positive side of flag reviews, started by members of Warcraftsues that wanted to be more positive and help people who are submitting their own flags and asking for constructive criticism), both found on Livejournal.
Jul 26th 2011 5:09PM This. A thousand times this. I keep hearing about yet another new book coming out, perking up and going, "Ooh, more fleshing out for WoW!" and then putting my head back down when it's the same damn races. Again. AGAIN.
Part of the reason I like WoW is all the DIFFERENT races and how they interact. So far, I haven't really seen that in the novels, outside of "and that dude standing over there with two lines in the entire book is a troll, and that lady that does that one thing is a gnome. Diversity represented!"
Jun 27th 2011 10:38AM You have to keep in mind that that test is not made for the Warcraft universe, so you may score differently (better or worse) in-game. Still, there's some good things to consider in those tests. Think of if less as a pass or fail test and more of a list of warning signs that could add up to a big problem. If you've picked up twenty or so of those points, you may want to go back and figure out which ones, and reconsider some (but not always all) of them.
I don't want to seem like I'm picking on you here, but I'm going to ignore your second question and instead tell you that spelling and grammar COUNT. They don't have to be perfect, but the majority of people who RP won't mind if your emotes slow down so that you can make an attempt at writing clearly. If you can't be bothered to capitalize I when talking about yourself or end sentences with punctuation, it makes it VERY hard for other roleplayers to A) understand what you're writing and B) believe that you take RP seriously and aren't just trolling.
Jun 17th 2011 1:54AM Thank you! My death knight sculpture is coming along nicely, I'll submit it when it's finished!
May 18th 2011 11:55AM I'd love to see a full set of these ideas! Perhaps gather them up and submit them to World of Warcrafts or something?
As a roleplayer, I have a female troll hunter who is supposed to be very no-frills and practical. It's been very hard to find anything that fits that theme, and I'd LOVE to see something like this in-game.
The same concept goes with shaman. If you read the lore related to them, the good guys (that's us, game mechanics-wise) are supposed to be humble. When Thrall went all uber-shaman, he dropped the fancy armor and went for something much simpler and in keeping with his service to the elements. Now look at... well, any shaman set, ever. RAWR POWER LOOK AT MY POWER RAAAGH POWERRRRR!!
Yeah, I understand that Blizzard wants to give the players something terribly fancy-looking for all their hard work, but I guess I personally would love to see something that fit the feel of the class from a lore perspective.
Oct 26th 2010 10:07AM I played a hunter since probably six or eight months before Burning Crusade dropped, and she was my main through to the beginning of Wrath. Wrath kind of killed my desire to play her, though, as I got lots of helpful comments:
"Hey, that's a really cool-looking pet. I've never seen that one before. You know it's not as good as a wolf though, right? You don't like the look of wolves? It doesn't fit your character? That's cool, that's cool. You're a hunter, there's a lot of viable pets for you out there. You want advice on your gear and rotation? Welll.... for starters, I'd pick up a wolf..."
So I kind of gave up on her. I got her to 80 and had no desire to gear her even though she'd been through two server transfers with me. Same goes for my rogue, who still languishes at level 77 even though I've had him since vanilla (although I don't have as concrete of a reason for him).
My current alt is an Elemental shaman. As someone else said, starting out a shaman was slow going, but being on an RP server, I had a concept I liked and it was enough to keep me interested when I was watching those first few lightning bolts slooooowly charge up. Then I got some heirlooms on him, and my interest perked a little. Then I heard that in the upper 70's, I would get this amazing, beautiful spell called Lava Burst. I pressed on. Once I got that spell and realized that I had a rotation I could make some sense out of, he rapidly became my main and best-geared character (with a death knight in behind him but still ahead of the first two). I'm also enjoying the heck out of Earthquake in certain situations, even if it looks like a giant angry chocolate chip cookie. (A friend of mine with all his graphics settings on high/ultra tells me it looks fantastic. I want to smack him.)
With the 4.0.1 changes, I'm actually getting to use the pets I want again and I can't QQ about focus because I love the speed I can move at now instead of begging for mana during instance runs and being ignored because I wasn't a healer and unlike casters I could auto-shoot. I don't think she'll retake her place as my main, but I do think I'll be playing her more often now...