August 10, 2012 – 7:22 am
Aely Caltrains was, in a word, bored.
Not that she didn’t have things to do.
There were a million things at the SWU clinic that needed upkeep, and Brother Theo, for all he was an excellent healer, was not, shall we say, a gifted administrator. Which meant Arrens needed to hire someone new, since the last manager had run off with a gorgeous Draenei for a “vacation in Booty Bay” and never come back. Time to look into posting jobs and doing interviews. Again.
Still, anything was better than clerical work for the Crusade, right?
Easy ta think so, ’till some wee Elflet wi’ stomach flu vomits all o’er yir shoes.
Her socks needed mending too. And she needed to put together another lesson for the little class of squires who were interested in field healing. Teaching, at least, was interesting.
She’d been so ready to give up her old life, after more than a decade of being deployed and working for the Hand and then the Dawn and now the Crusade, after the catastrophic Wrathgate and then the eventual, long fought, hard won battle in Icecrown, after other Riders settled in to family life.
It had been time – time to settle down with Arrens, to work on the farm, teach field healing and help out with the clinic.
But they’d lost the farm to the onslaught of plague in the hands of the fucking Banshee, and with it all of her physical ties to Jolly except his shield.
And Ben was nearly ready to take his first vows. She’d be able to take a new squire, but wasn’t sure if she wanted to tie herself down again.
And the returning soldiers had done what all returning soldiers tend to do, and the new classes of first year students were busting out of their classrooms; Arrens almost couldn’t hire enough teachers. His day started early and ended late, and hers wasn’t much better.
All this settling down just wasn’t really settling well.
Maybe ‘s time ta start thinkin’ about goin’ back.
June 5, 2012 – 7:19 am
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?
May 29, 2012 – 7:04 am
Playing Diablo 3 is all the demon smashing awesome that I’d expected. While I’m not fond of giant creepy magic-flinging (!) spiders dropping out of the ceiling, the enemies are bad, and you, dear hero, have the potential to be bad ass.
And so, as you’re playing Diablo 3, you get to experience a number of variations on the Click-And-??? theme.
- Click and squish: the old standard. You click it, it squishes.
- Click and smash: Barbarian style. You click it, you smash it.
- Click and kick: Monk style. You click it, you kick it.
- Click and fwip: Demon Hunter Style:You click it, you put arrows through it.
- Click and bzzzzzt: Wizard Style: You click it, you electrocute it. Lightning damage is fun!
- Click and shiver: Wizard Style: You click it, you freeze it. Cold damage is fun!
- Click and shuffle: Witch Doctor style. You click it, it has a zombie friend. Creepy.
- Click and ribbit: Witch Doctor style: plague of toads. Creepy
- Click and skitter: spider bomb. *shudder*
- Click and fwoom (with optional BANG): Fire damage is Fun! While Wizards are also prone to lighting things on fire, Bola Shot, from Demon Hunters, is my favorite of this type so far. It’s on fire and then it blows up.
- Click and Profit: Find a treasure monster lately?
What’s your favorite variation on Click-And-???
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May 24, 2012 – 7:12 am
I got an interesting comment from FiveQuarters the other day about her characters meeting one another, and how that interaction would be really fun. It got me to thinking, because I don’t really RP any of my characters as being friends with or knowing each other, beyond being casual professional contacts. (Angoleth once recommended Annorah to a friend who was in need of Shamanic advice)
I know several RPers who plan stories between their characters, sometimes even extensive romances. They will sometimes show up to RP night with both characters (something I think must be unbelievably confusing).
This kind of interaction is something I’ve honestly never explored in RP – it’d be new territory for me. Decidedly interesting territory, since it’s probably where I’ll end up with Arrens and Aely. (I refuse to break them up. That would both break Aely and make me way too sad.) I’ve also done a little bit of it with Ben, Aely’s squire, who will also hopefully be making more appearances. He’s close to taking his first vows as a full Paladin, and he’s fun to write.
All my characters function on their own in my head though, with those two quasi-exceptions.
I’m curious though, how you guys handle it. Do your characters regularly interact, or are they independent entities who lead separate lives?
I’m tempted to make this a ficlet challenge, to have one of your characters meet another of your characters for the first time.