Being new to RP can be daunting. You’ve created a character (or maybe just an idea) and now you want to find ways to interact with other characters in World of Warcraft. The best advice, of course, is to be outgoing and start conversations… and there are a few addons that can really help with this! The three I’ve featured here are my favorites, though I’m sure there are others out there. The first two are also Ace mods, and available through files.wowace.com or through the WowAce updater.
FlagRSP2 (and other addons like it)
This is a staple of most of the roleplaying community in World of Warcraft that allows you to give your character a last name, a title, and a (brief) physical description that other people running the RSP mod will be able to see. It also lets you flag yourself as being in character or out of character at any given time (letting other people know if you’re looking for RP or just grinding) – and letting *you* know what people are out there looking for RP. (Hint: People who are “In Character, Looking for Contact” usually are open to random RP!)
RSP adds a lot of flavor to the game, though when you first install it can eat up a bit of time as you run around major cities trying to find people with descriptions to read.
Other people have covered RSP description etiquette before, but for now remember that this is a *physical* description of your character – not a place to display your backstory. Also, you may run into some things you’d really rather you hadn’t read, depending on the climate of certain areas of your RP server (Goldshire/Silvermoon, anyone?)
RP Archives has a really nice overview of the mod here. You can download it here. Other incarnations of this mod (like FlagRSP BC, Immersion RP, and MyRolePlay) are all options, particularly Immersion RP, but I prefer the FlagRSP2 mod.
This is a really nifty little mod that “catches certain events and randomly roleplays based on those events. You can say, emote, or custom emote something. For instance, if you get hurt, you might say “Ow!”, emote /bleed, or custom emote “rubs the fresh wound.”” If you’ve ever wondered how to be more “in character” without simply not doing things that are “out of character” RPHelper might just get you started.
This mod is, in fact, updated by none other than Duerma of Totally Raids – our resident narcoleptic gnome. She has it set that just about any action (including inactivity, I think) can trigger a /sleep emote, so she can and will fall asleep while talking to you, during boss fights, in the middle of Shattrath – basically anywhere. It’s highly entertaining really.
RPHelper2 does have a bit of setup involved, like RSP, as you decide which events you want your character to act out. Also, make sure you have the settings turned down – as cute as you think it might be to yell “TAKE THAT!” every time your rogue gets a critical strike, your teammates will thank you (and you’ll enjoy the mod more) if it only happens 5% of the time (or less). Nobody likes spam.
This might not seem like an RP addon to start off. Sure, it’s a staple of raiding hybrids and tanks – how else would druids, shamans, and pallytanks manage their 14 sets of gear? But ItemRack also does a few tricks that make it really tasty for RP. You can set up sets of clothing to wear when you’re in town, or fishing, or riding around on your mount – and then automate these actions.
Now, if you’re like me, and rarely have enough bagspace to take off all your weapons/shoulder/head/belt armor… perhaps automation isn’t the best idea, but you can set up “outfits” that you’re particularly fond of, and save them in ItemRack for later. Sitting around town shooting the breeze with friends always seems better to me when Annorah’s not clanking around in all that heavy mail!
The addon “Outfitter” also has similar functions, but I’m not familiar with recent outfitter use, since I switched to Itemrack over a year ago.
At the end of the day, though, roleplay is like everything else in life – you get out of it what you’re willing to put into it. So put yourself out there, start conversations, and don’t be afraid to enjoy little RP moments, even if they don’t lead you anywhere. Some of the best friends I’ve made in game have come from spur of the moment RP about normal, everyday life that our characters experience.
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