Mar 26th 2012 1:58PM I have the same, and I really feel with the author of that mail, as I've been in similar situations before. I always worry about talking to little, then I worry about talking too much, then I worry about saying the wrong things, or in the wrong tone of voice. I worry people misunderstand me, I worry what people think about me, I worry what people think that I think about them, I worry I might be too glum and I worry I might be inappropriately cheery. Sometimes all of it at once.
The real trouble is, recognising you shouldn't be overthinking things doesn't enable you to just stop it.
Feb 29th 2012 7:37AM When I first joined the game, I'd been pulled in by a group of real life friends, playing a Horde toon on their realm. A little later I found out that another friend happened to play Alliance on the same realm. She didn't understand why I had chosen a Troll over a pretty purple-haired Elf and tried to make me reconsider. I wouldn't, however I visited her next time with my laptop, and we sat down next to each other and played "together" as much as the game would let us (she was questing her way to 70 at the time, I was already 70 and came to help her with group quests). I loved how we did something that wasn't intended by Blizzard, but at the same time thought it was really silly that we had toon on the same realm, that could meet up physically in the game world, but not ally to play together.
I would love cross-faction raids. I don't think it should be happening lore-wise, but for the sake of gameplay a raid could be classified as Horde or Alliance depending on who's got the majority, and racials could only work on the players of your own faction. ToC is an obvious exclusion, not just because of the loot, but because the whole instance makes no sense at all of you do it with a mixed group. And then again, who'd want to go back there, anyways?
Feb 27th 2012 9:22PM I've noticed that many people who have an extremely easy time socialising in real life find it hard to do so online, except maybe when voice-chatting. Often they don't hit the right tone in chat, or get upset/angry at others because of misunderstandings. My theory is that those people are very intuitive at reading/utilising body language, facial expression and voice to convey emotion, and that they learned to rely on it so heavily that it makes them uneasy to communicate without these means. At the same time, people who are generally shy and uneasy in social situations learn to adapt by consciously reading the nonverbal parts of a conversation. They are more aware that a verbal message can be interpreted in many ways depending on its delivery, and thus don't get written conversation the wrong way just because they read it in the wrong tone. They know how to express themselves clearly, and they might even be happy about the limitations of text chat, where ":)" means good and ":(" means bad, beyond doubt.
In any case I've been surprised multiple times how someone who seemed reserved and one-worded in chat turned out to be a happy, chatty and social person in voicechat/real life -- and how people I knew were charming and funny in real life had a really tough time getting along with their guild.
Feb 27th 2012 9:04PM Aion is just going free to play (with some restrictions). It's a pretty game with a lovely leveling experience. The support is lacking and the endgame unbalanced, however you'd only reach it if you really put a lot of time into the game, anyways. For some "cheating" it's worth a peek though!
Feb 25th 2012 9:47PM Even if the questions might never come up in RP it still helps you getting "into character" and knowing effortlessly how your character would react and feel in a certain situation, if you are able to answer all these things about him/her.
That said, WoW RP is varied and I can very well see most of these questions popping up at some point, either asked by another character or being answered by your characters actions in a certain situation. It all depends on your roleplaying style and preferences I guess.
Feb 24th 2012 4:44PM But those robes are gorgeous! Best seen on a female Dwarf, by the way.
Feb 22nd 2012 4:44PM I think it's high time "how to paladin" got spotlighted again.
Feb 13th 2012 10:49AM This is such an old story...
I find it hard to understand how many roleplayers so easily tumble into IC relationships. I myself have only once come close to something like a romance between my character and another, and even though things were completely clear between me and the other player, I still felt a little odd about it.
On the other hand the first time I met my boyfriend was in WoW, in character. Yet none of our characters have ever had any romantic interest in each other.
It's all about making a clear split.
Jan 31st 2012 3:50PM I know two of them as well...
And both don't have one, but several Tauren Druids. :O