One of the things the Riders has been working on is public RP.
I/We KNOW there are other RPers than just those in our small circle of Riders, Rosies, and assorted other friend-guilds. It’s just hard to find.
There are, of course, little corners where you can still find RPers. I’ve picked up some interesting conversations in the Blue Recluse, and the Pig and Whistle sometimes has guests. But it’s a low time for a lot of people, and I’m not sure our “every Tuesday is RP night” is going to continue to work out with people’s changing schedules. This “slowness” is something I think we can capitalize on, since sucking people in for RP is a good way to keep things interesting when you’re done with your RaidFinder groups for the week, and public/open RP that’s not story-driven means it can happen kind of whenever.
Anyway, we’re looking into ways to bring the RP back out into the open. We can set a good example, and I think we can make Bricu and Tarquin be cordial to strangers for a few evenings.
There’s been a little pushback to this, mostly from people who – rightly – say that RP went underground because of griefing. And that really can be an issue. Even when you politely ask someone to go away, politely contact their guild leader, and put them on ignore, sometimes you still have giant, dancing, blue Draenei butt-cheeks staring you in the face while your characters talk about life, holidays, and who taught Bricu’s kid to pick locks. (Leading culprit: Tarquin.)
But nothing ventured, nothing gained, so last Thursday a few of us set out on a Stormwind “pub crawl” – whereby we made our way to the pubs in Stormwind (Pig and Whistle, Golden Keg, Gilded Rose, Blue Recluse) and took turns buying drinks and enjoying the evening. We all walked together, chatted, enjoyed South Island Iced Tea, and generally had a lot of fun.
While there was a bit of interest, I honestly expected more people to join in (especially for all the talk about how RP is dead). We were in crowded areas, in places where people commonly gather to wait out their dungeon timers (and we DID have fun RP with a Worgen Engineer who had a sudden emergency and vanished…) We even had one character go off in say, in brackets, about ((OMG Real RPers! Yay!)) but who didn’t actually engage us at all, even to wave.
So this is where I ask you for input.
What kind of public RP draws you in?
We’ve kicked around pub crawls, sitting and fishing, setting up some kind of booth or “pub” (that’s not the Pig, or that IS the Pig) with Tarquin to bartend. I’ve considered dusting Annorah’s fortunetelling/farseeing chops off to do a little bit of public reading. But beyond that I’m not really sure… we don’t have any big plots going that can have story events happening in public.
We’ve also toyed with opening up a public channel (something like /GeneralRP) that would be loosely moderated but open to anyone who wanted to join for a little bit of “buzzbox” RP.
I know it’ll be a process, and that sometimes people have to get used to seeing RP to get up the guts to join in. I’m hoping to repeat the pub crawl this Thursday, since it was a lot of fun. (If you’re so inclined, please join us! Starts at the Pig and Whistle around 6pm server!) For me, I know a group that’s too large can be intimidating, but I’m trying to also be available to other RP that’s going on when I find it, as long as it isn’t obviously meant to be “private”.
Anyway – what kinds of events/conversations would your character be willing to hang around and take part in, even if only to say hello and have a drink?
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