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Little Roleplay
comment 5 Written by on August 11, 2010 – 12:02 pm

I was reading this post over at I Like Bubbles and this post over at WTT:RP (you should go read them both), and I got to thinking.

(Dangerous, I know)

I got to thinking about burnout and doldrums, expansions and story lines, end bosses and drama and all that kind of stuff that’s been floating around.

And it seems to me that maybe what we all need right now is what I’m going to call “Little RP”. Not Epic RP, or Major RP, or Big Storyline RP, or even Extended RP.

Just Little RP.

No pressure, every-day-interaction kind of RP that lets us connect with our characters again. Maybe (gasp) not even our “main” characters. (Everyone needs a rest sometimes, even characters.)

Perhaps even SILLY RP.

Nothing with kings, nothing with crowns;
Bring on the lovers, liars and clowns!

Old situations,
New complications,
Nothing portentous or polite;
Tragedy tomorrow,
Comedy tonight!

Nothing with gods, nothing with fate;
Weighty affairs will just have to wait!

Nothing that’s formal,
Nothing that’s normal,
No recitations to recite;
Open up the curtain:
Comedy Tonight!
-Steven Sondheim, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Of course, I’m not advocating for comedy just for its own sake. Not all Little RP is funny, even if a little comedy can truly be a relief.

But when people are burned out and tired, when things are winding down and real life is intruding, the big, dramatic, epic storylines often just don’t fly. People want RP to relax, RP to have fun and enjoy, RP that doesn’t come with writing responsibilities or emotional turmoil – for them OR their characters.

A few examples:

  • I was on my banker, doing bankery things. On my way past the Gilded Rose in Stormwind, I saw a few people having a conversation. It seemed innocuous enough, something about one of the innkeepers and about auctioneering in general. So Berylla popped in and said hello. She’s a proper Gnomish Financier, and of course had her own opinions on selling things. They had a short, pleasant conversation and then I went on my way.
  • In Dalaran, I was enjoying some Little RP with a friend who isn’t really sure she’s ready for major storylines yet. As we sat there having a conversation about Pebbles the Devilsaur, we were joined by another Draenei Hunter, resulting in a pleasant 10 minute conversation about pets, hunters, and whatever else came up.

Pub RP, little meetings, the usual kinds of things that friends do – that’s Little RP. But so is random RP with a stranger or someone you don’t usually see – a conversation in a pub, something that brings you back into your character while you’re waiting for your daily heroic queue to pop. It doesn’t have to take long, and it certainly doesn’t need to have any kind of further implications, twists, responsibilities, or even expectations that you’ll ever see the other character again.

So I think I’m going to issue a Little RP challenge. (Strictly optional, of course)

Engage in some Little RP sometime this week or next, either with people you already know or with random people on your (or another) server. If you can, do so in public, and see if other people join in.

If you opt for the “Random” route, you might not turn up anything – Random RP is subject to the “right place at the right time” clause, which can make it tricky, but either way, give it a try. Use a chat channel if you need to. If you see a guildmate or friend in Dalaran, /wave and say hello. Maybe nothing will happen, maybe something will.

But don’t let the pressure of huge stories get in the way of enjoying whatever RP happens to come along. Sometimes all it takes is a “little roleplay” to get you feeling connected to a character and to their friends again.


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5 Responses to “Little Roleplay”

  1. I’ve actually found myself doing this, though more in my head with my two new mains. Ok, so I actually DID have my S-priest hissing at a death knight (it was Stop, so it’s ok!), and stalking afk guildies (sorry Ratters) in shadow form. I found it’s helping me connect with them, even if I don’t always do it “out loud”.

  2. Of late, my gnome rogue has been doing Argent Tournament dailies. When she’s run into other people doing them (whom role-play) she’s asked them how their tilts have been, which competitors to watch out for, etc. That’s a nice diversion.

    By Sean Riley on Aug 11, 2010 | Reply
  3. Pitch and Alanon’s wrestling match over the IC channel was pretty fun… >.>

    Seriously, this is I think my favorite kind of RP. Just sitting around with one or two friends (or strangers!) and shooting the breeze. I think the biggest reason why this doesn’t happen that often is that people are afraid they won’t have anything to talk about…. if so, just make something up! You never know what will happen.

  4. Even without RSPflag up, I see and participate in a ton of this sort of RP Horde-side all the time. I love silly and/or banal interactions. They’re refreshing, usually quick and no-strings (although long term RP can and does happen as a result), and give your character a chance to react to something that isn’t dramatic, epic, heartbreaking or political.

    Everyone needs a little fun, even in a setting where the world is coming to an end. A sense of humor is the only thing separating this gal from insanity some days 😉

  5. Bika has a sense of humor?

    By Rashona on Aug 15, 2010 | Reply

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