Role-playing can be a fun and entertaining way to pass the time. With so many MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games) available today, more people turn to this form of online entertainment. Role-playing gives you freedom other types of gaming lacks. If you are a creative type looking for a way to hone your writing skills while having a good time, then role-playing might be for you. However, before joining a role-playing server in your chosen MMO, read this list of “do’s” to help you make a good first impression.
Do Create a Backstory
In real life, everyone has a back-story. Even if it is not nearly as exciting as a role-playing back-story, it is still some history that influences actions and choices. Before jumping into a new role-play, come up with a back-story for your character. It does not have to be a novel, but you should have some idea about the following:
Where your character came from
Why your character has arrived at his or her current location
Your character’s age, race, religion or other affiliations
Your character’s profession (or how they get by in life)
Any family your character has and where they are now
You may discover that the details build as you progress in your role-play. However, you must have a solid foundation to start building on. If you walk into a developed storyline, your will have difficulty fitting in well if your character has no depth.
Do Introduce Yourself
Just as you would in real life, introduce yourself. Evaluate situations in terms of a real meeting. For example, if you encounter two strangers having a private discussion at a corner table in a tavern, it is unlikely you would disturb them (unless it has something to do with your character’s personality). Picture the scenario in real life. If you entered a bar or restaurant, would you saunter up to a pair of strangers at a corner table and interrupt their conversation to say “HI!”? Probably not.
On the other hand, you would not join in a conversation among people you did not know without being invited or otherwise drawn in. If mention is made of something significant to your character, that is one thing. However, there must be a reason your character would join the discussion.
Do Make Friends and Enemies
In real life, no one is liked by everyone. It is a fact. The truth is, conflict makes for a more interesting roleplay story, anyway. That does not mean your character should always be out looking for a fight. However, if he or she has a strong opinion about something, do not be afraid to comment or react should another role-player insult that belief or opinion. If you want to be realistic, your character will be liked by some and disliked by others. Let it happen naturally as you role-play.
Do Think Like your Character
Make sure all choices you make in the role-play are choices your character would make based on his or her background. Do not dramatically alter your character’s personality to avoid (or cause) conflict, or because you do not want to negatively impact a friend’s character. If you want to stay true to role-playing, then stick with the storyline. A strong, well developed character will seem realistic and not change in order to fit the current situation.
Remember, you can always make multiple characters with unique personalities. This will prevent your only character from having a multiple personality disorder while keeping things interesting for you!
Role-playing can be a lot of fun, if you know how to do it. Respect others as you join role-plays that are already in progress. If you enter smoothly, with a decent back story and the ability to stick with your character’s personality, other role-players will want to include you in their story lines. You may become popular, even if your characters are not!
The Elusive Female Gamer
I am an avid female gamer with an affection for MMORPGs. I have played a few, starting as far back as Dark Age of Camelot, moving on to World of Warcraft then Warhammer Online. I currently enjoy Runes of Magic and have learned a thing or two about MMORPGs in general. The information provided won’t get you “l33t” gear or rare items, but it will help you coexist in groups and form beneficial bonds with your fellow gamers. You can be the charming tank, healer or DPSer everyone wants in their group!