I’m here today to talk to you all about a very serious problem I see in the RP community – RPer disease. I don’t know any roleplayer who doesn’t suffer bouts of this infection, and while not exactly contagious it seems to come in waves. It’s a serious problem with potentially epidemic proportions, and something we should all be on the lookout for.
What is RPer Disease?
It’s the disease that makes people say things like “I never RP because I’m not good enough” or “I don’t know why people RP with me, I’m really bad at it” and “I’m a terrible writer, I don’t know why you people put up with my additions to your stories” or worst yet “I really want to RP but I’m afraid I’ll be bad at it so I don’t try.”
RPer disease can infect you in lots of ways. It can show up as straight-up fear, your inner editor, or self-doubt, or a lack of confidence, or getting outside your comfort zone, or being new, or whatever.
There is only one cure for RPer disease, and that’s actually getting out and roleplaying. I know that seems counterproductive, but console yourself knowing that every single roleplayer goes through periods of suffering from this disease.
We all get it. Even the people we think would never feel that way, the people who are so good at roleplay, who craft amazing stories and have great characters and ideas. Even the best roleplayers sometimes feel like that too.
I get over it by not letting the disease ruin my fun. When I feel myself starting to come down with a case of RPer disease, I have to face it head on. Take a deep breath, log in, maybe voice my fears to a sympathetic friend, and then jump headlong into the story.
Your character doesn’t get RPer disease, it’s a disease that infects players. Let your character help you beat it back.
It may never fully go away, but see it for what it is. A pestilence. A plague of self-doubt and fear that does not serve your abilities, nor does it fairly represent what you’re capable of doing. If you find yourself with symptoms, know that, like the common cold, we all suffer from RPer disease, but it’s far from terminal. You can overcome it with creativity, stubbornness, and a good dose of story. You can even enlist some friends to have a pub night – it doesn’t have to be a big elaborate story, just enough to get your brain involved and the creative juices flowing.
Refuse to be put out of commission by RPer disease!
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