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Oh the places that RP can go
comment 10 Written by on March 24, 2010 – 9:36 am

RP takes place in all sorts of places.

Sometimes it happens in planned locations or expected places. Sometimes it’s out in the open where anyone can see it and take part. Other times it’s done in party chat, guild chat, or private channels. Sometimes it happens out “in the wild” with strangers. Sometimes those strangers become friends, but maybe you never see them again.

I, personally, have seen RP happen:

  • in a city
  • in an inn or tavern
  • in Dalaran and Shattrath
  • at a flight path
  • in an auction house
  • in the bank
  • by a mailbox
  • on a boat
  • in guild chat
  • in party chat
  • in whispers
  • in /yell
  • in /say
  • in general chat (yes, really. in general chat)
  • by a quest giver
  • at a cool or interesting place out in the zones
  • in an instance
  • in a raid
  • on a guild forum
  • on the realm and RP Blizzard forums
  • in a google document
  • in emails
  • in messages and IMs
  • just about anywhere, really

The most important place that RP happens is wherever you happen to be, even if that just means thinking in your head “I wonder how my character would react to this <whatever>” – that’s a little half-a-thought of RP that connects you to your character.

There is no hierarchy, no RP that is inherently better than other RP simply because it has an epic storyline. I’ve had as much enjoyment out of mundane, everyday conversations as I have out of huge planned events. (In fact, sometimes I like the smaller stuff better than the bigger stuff. My RP diet is wide and varied, and I like to keep it that way.)

We make RP happen.

In the words of the wise Falconesse RP happens WITH us, not TO us. Being able to see all the minute opportunities to increase the immersion in this world (uh oh – there’s the “I” word… I don’t use it very often!) and in our characters can take a little time and thought, but I think it’s worth the effort.

If you never reach out, never participate, and never take the chance, you’ll probably get bored pretty fast.

And that’s OK, if your comfort level with roleplay is to think about your characters and their histories and then simply play the PVE game, not seeking out other roleplayers to bounce your characters and ideas off of. But if you want something more than just sitting around watching other people RP or running around never having any character interactions? You’ll find that being willing to get into your character’s head and letting them interact with others can be a lot of fun.


None of this is to say that I’m never bored, or that RP is never boring (just like my enjoying raiding doesn’t mean that raids are never boring or frustrating). I’m simply stating that the more chances you take, the more likely you are to find success.

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10 Responses to “Oh the places that RP can go”

  1. I love it when RP is spontaneous. Standing around in someplace like Ratchet, either sorting things in your bag or trying to figure out what to do next, and some other player /emotes Nod to you. That’s when the fun takes over.

  2. RP can happen in a box
    RP can happen with a fox

  3. RP can happen here or there
    RP can happen ANYWHERE

  4. I think my best RP encounter ever was spontaneous… my Drae shaman seeing a gaggle of gnomes in the Exodar and being prompted to ask after my Gnome priestess led to about 10 minutes of hilarity.

    Of course, my first RP encounter was absolutely awful. I’ll never /smile or /curtsey at anyone standing at a mailbox in-game again.

  5. Don’t forget RP in blogs! 😉

  6. @Skulley…

    derp derp derp. You’d think I’d remember that one! ahahhaa.

  7. Silly woman. It was right under your nose the whole time!

  8. One of my favorite FM memories happened when Shaurria was questing in Darkshore. She met a gnome who gave her some fish, thinking she was some stray cat. They both had a laugh when the gnome realized she was a druid.

  9. The second time I levelled a character through the dwarven zones, I picked up the quest to to find Bingles, and then headed off to the Auction House in Ironforge. On my way there, I passed a gnome named Bangles. I immediately turned and chased the gnome through half of Ironforge shouting his name, and had a fun mistaken identity encounter with him. And that is my story, the end. 🙂

    By Uthas on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply
  10. I love this post. It answers all the people who complain about never being able to find RP as they jump up and down mindlessly spewing netspeak over /say. The bottom line is that we are all responsible for our OWN quantity (and quality) of role play and if you do it everywhere you go, you’ll find a lot more of it!

    By Zhàlar on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

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