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Roleplaying Addons?
comment 6 Written by on May 5, 2008 – 7:41 am

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.

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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.

RPHelper2

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.

ItemRack

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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6 Responses to “Roleplaying Addons?”

  1. Anna,

    FlagRSP is also a “Feathermoon Creation,” courtesy of Trela (SWB or Deviate Divas, can’t remember her guild ATM).

    By Eapoe on May 5, 2008 | Reply
  2. I actually switched from ItemRack to Outfitter recently, and I have to say it’s really much better.

    For one thing, ItemRack would sometimes get confused about what set I was wearing. This happens most frequently when you log out in town; when you log back in, it’s forgotten that you were wearing your “in town” outfit, and doesn’t swap it back out for you.

    Additionally, ItemRack’s support for partial sets is very lacking. As an example, my hunter has a parachute cloak that I like to keep equipped when out and about, irrespective of the main set I’m using. Outfitter supports this beautifully.

    Finally, it has two features that really make it shine. You can turn on a little bar which shows an icon for any sets, partial or complete, with a glow if they’re active. You can click on the buttons to switch the sets out. Very handy for seeing whether I’ve forgotten to de-equip my fishing gear.

    And finally, this is the big one, it will tell you in an item’s tooltip which sets it’s a part of. This allows me to quickly dump out sets of gear I don’t need into my bank when I go out grinding or questing, without accidentally getting rid of something I was going to use.

    Outfitter is definitely worth the effort to try out.

  3. Don’t forget staple roleplaying addons like:

    Lore: speak in customed defined languages. Of note is the ability to create your own languages and have other people pick up the language file to speak with you.

    SpeakEasy: similar to RPHelper 2, SpeakEasy randomly selects a series of macros or spoken words given variable situations.

    Pet Emote: a wonderful addon for hunters and warlocks. It automatically generates emotes for your pet and allows other people with the addon to see each emote as coming from your pet as opposed to your character. By opening the file in Notepad you can customize the text — which appealed to me because my huntress’s cantankerous owl wouldn’t be properly represented otherwise.

    My Quest: allows you to create custom quests and have other people play along.

    Guild Event Manager (GEM): organize faction-wide events with signups and everything. I believe that the good people at FM.net were using the channel LMC to arrange reoccuring roleplaying events. Selenium used to keep the calendar updated, but I’m not sure if he still does or if someone else has taken up that mantle.

    And, as was already noted, FlagRSP2 is actually maintained by a fellow Feathermooner. Trela’s with The Sidewinder Band and I’ll be damned if I can remember the name of her kal’dorei (former?) main. FlagRSP2 similar in appearance to the original FlagRSP, but was entirely recoded after Flokru decided to stop updating it. A new version was released just this past week, I believe (http://www.nonamestudios.com/flagRSP2.php).

  4. FlagRSP2 randomly decided to get all glitchy on me one day so I’ve been using MyRoleplay since then. They’re both good addons though.

    My boyfriend uses the RPHelper one, some of the stuff his character says is… pretty funny XD

  5. You might try RSP2 again, since it’s gotten updated quite recently, if you ever have trouble with MRP. The new version has some updates to the GUI as well. I had some addon compatibility issues with MRP the last time that I used it, but they may have fixed those since then.

    By Anna on May 6, 2008 | Reply
  6. Actually, the sleep emote is totally separate – it’s on a random repeating timer. So yes, even while Duerma’s just sitting around doing absolutely NOTHING, she can conk out. It was my first addon EVER. :)

    RPHelper2 vs. SpeakEasy: As I understand it, SpeakEasy is proactive whereas RPHelper is reactive. So like, you can tie a bunch of phrases to macros for your spells with Speak Easy, or just make a SpeakEasy macro that draws random cards – I had a friend who did tarot card reading with it.

    RPHelper can also have stuff tied to your spells, but it really shines when it’s reacting to stuff that goes on. Pull aggro? Call it out! Parried a blow? Taunt your enemy! You can even set it to react to custom buffs and debuffs or spells (such as a weapon special use). The Masquerade Gown’s proc is called “Love Struck” and my druid “sighs wistfully” when it procs. Duerma yells something about her brains when we encounter those ethereals that sap your intellect and spirit in Karazhan. And so on.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t updated RPHelper in awhile, and 2.4 messed it up slightly (who fixes a typo that everyone’s been writing around for the last 3 years? seriously?). I offered it up to the Ace community but I’m not sure anyone’s running with it. :(

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