Written by | Posted November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm Deconstruction

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Ask Anna: RSP Websites
comment 12 Written by on October 29, 2010 – 8:46 am

(Rumors of my death have been premature. Rumors of my return may or may not be premature. But I’m ready to give this a whirl again. Dunno if I’ll ever get back to daily posting, but things have calmed down enough that I think I can manage something once or twice a week. We’ll see how it goes!)

A question from a reader:

Hey Anna!

Lately, there seems to be a trend of sites popping up that make fun of bad RSP flags. What are your opinions on sites like these that ridicule the rsp for either graphic content or minor nitpicking.

- A Nonny Mouse

To be quite honest, Nonny (I hope it’s alright that I call you Nonny), I’m not fond of sites devoted to making fun of RSP flags. For one thing, I don’t think they do anything productive, or offer any kind of help to any of the people that are “offending”. I also don’t think they’re all that useful, given that you can get everything from  the nitpicky “OMG Stormwind was destroyed and rebuilt, how could they not know that!!?!!eleventy1″ to the more egregious examples of erotic content in RSP flags, posted for either shock value or validation.

Are there some really bad RSP flags? Absolutely. They’re often full of purple prose, gravity defying sexual organs, robotic body parts, and “I’m not really a …” types of silliness. But you really can’t tell much about a character – or how well that character is played – from an RSP tag.

Here’s why.

Aely, my main, whom you’ve all read about and who I’m quite confident is not a “mary sue”, is a 6 foot tall, red-headed warrior goddess built like a professional beach volleyball player. If you read her RSP, you could come away with that, and I could show up on a website getting made fun of for playing such a stereotypical “mary sue” character.  Except that Aely is more than just her appearance, and I’ve never had anyone tell me that she’s a hollow shell of a character created for my own self aggrandizement.

Bricu, who writes for WTT:RP (and who has given me permission to do this), plays a stereotypical “not your typical paladin” character. He’s gruff and unusual, and could easily show up on a website getting made fun of for not playing paladins “properly”. Except that if you’ve ever interacted with Bricu, you know that he’s a bastard AND a paladin, and he manages to wear both hats very well. The character fits and works and isn’t a shallow RSP tag.

Seylon, one of Yva‘s characters (who also knows about this post), is a tall, totally hawt night elf warrior with a gorgeous body, who wears really skimpy armor, flirts with anything that moves (of either gender) and drinks hard. If all you ever saw of Seylon was a brief encounter in the bar, you’d probably think she was worth writing up for one of those websites. Except Seylon is also a hard working single mom, an incredibly well developed character, and not at all a shallow RSP tag.

Yes, sometimes it’s incredibly frustrating to try to RP with people and get yet another “I’m not really a death knight and my boobs are so huge they’re like watermelons but gravity doesn’t apply to me and I sparkle and smell like jasmine” encounter. I’ve laughed those situations off with friends, in private, because there’s not really any other way to deal with the frustration. But, as I’ve mentioned before, not everyone starts out good at RP, and public humiliation doesn’t help anyone.

The best reaction, when confronted with something that makes you want to roll your eyes, is to either gently approach the person about it, or – if you don’t think it’s worth trying or don’t have the patience to try – to ignore it and move on. If the person is actively griefing YOU (and I have seen situations of extremely off-kilter RP turn into table dancing), then it’s time to get a GM involved.

If reading RSP tags makes you think that every roleplayer you encounter is going to be a terrible one?

Stop reading RSP tags.

You can turn the addon off, or just turn off “mouseover pop ups”, and then all the people passing by that you don’t actually interact with will never intrude on your screen.

You can’t judge a book by its cover, and you really can’t judge every roleplayer by his or her RSP tag.


For full disclosure, I’m not even running an RSP addon right now. I love them for their naming abilities, but I find that the description boxes aren’t that helpful. And besides, I’d much rather interact with people than have to read their RSP first!

Chugging Along
comment 1 Written by on September 24, 2010 – 9:05 am

As mentioned, things are still crazy – my job schedule isn’t settling into anything “scheduled” (I work different hours on different days every week right now), so I’m feeling a little lost at times, trying to continue doing things that I like doing. Like, say, play WoW.

Fortunately, my Cataclysm “list of things to do” is pretty short – I’ve got a monetary goal for my banker which I’m getting close to reaching, and Annylais is 71 and not 80, but that’s really it. I’m not going for Loremaster, and I’m certainly not looking to have Annata fully leveled by then. I’d like to have her to Outlands, but we’ll see how that goes. Otherwise I’m pretty much out of the loop on Cataclysm stuff, since I barely have time to be playing on live, let alone doing much research into what’s coming. I figure we’ll get there when we get there.

Annata reached level 40 last night, and has her new speedy pony (yay!) Leveling without heirlooms is quite a bit longer – so I’m definitely trying to only level her when she’s rested.

My next leveling milestones for her will be finishing the Nesingwary quests in Stranglethorn Vale and then going out to Theramore to do the Defias quest line there. Her investigation of the Syndicate has mostly turned up dead ends with a few very interesting tidbits that she wants to see if there’s a Defias connection for as well.

I had a really awesome random RP moment last night too.

I was up in Alterac doing some of the Syndicate quests with Annata, when I accidentally ended up with a few more baddies than I could really handle. As I prepared myself for a corpse run and looted the quest mob mid-combat, a level 80 Night Elf rogue ambushed the mobs that were beating me up, polishing them off. He then said “Sorry to interrupt!” /bowed, and vanished again. I said something to the effect of “It’s much appreciated, those guys got the jump on me” only to have him say from the shadows “Ravenholdt is nearby”.

I have no idea who he is, but it totally made my evening. Thank you, Random Rogue!

What have you guys been up to?


I’ve got houseguests coming this evening who will be here until mid next week, so probably no posts until then again.

Schedule Conflicts
comment 9 Written by on September 12, 2010 – 9:21 pm

I’m sure you’ve all noticed the lack of posts around here in the last month.

I’m here to announce that it’ll probably be that way for a little while. I have to figure some things out.

Big, important sorts of things.

Like how my schedule is going to work NOW THAT I HAVE A JOB.

( /kermit-flail YAAAAAAY!)

As many of you know, I’ve been looking for work for a little over a year. That all changed mid-last week, and I started this week at my new job. I’m working full-time at a used bookstore, and I like it (and the people I’m working with) quite a lot. Hooray Books!

However, unlike many bloggers, I don’t have the kind of job where I can blog during down-time at work (in fact, during down-time at work, I clean the bathroom mirror or straighten and dust shelves). That means it’s going to be harder for me to get a regular game schedule, and thus a regular blogging schedule, at least for now.* Hopefully after the first few weeks I’ll be a little more stable with what shifts I’ll be working. I do know that I’ll be working weekends for the foreseeable future, so I’ll have some weekday time off.

I’m still playing, though I’m not sure what my future will hold in terms of raiding (and whether I can consistently get the same nights free every week). It’s kind of a good thing that TRI is done for the expansion (at least for me). I’ve been leveling Annata bit by bit, and have gotten in some great RP with Tarquin and Tiforis. Not sure when I’ll be writing up the ficlets, but they’re there, I promise!

Obviously the new job and keeping up with the real life things I need to do (like cooking and house stuff) are going to take priority. It’s not ideal, and I miss writing, but blogging doesn’t pay the bills! Until things sort out, and I’m more used to how this schedule will work, posts will be random and probably intermittent.

And if you’re ever looking for me, you can find me restocking the romance and paranormal romance paperback sections of my store.**

Many <3′s


*And yes, I really would like to shank that Murphy’s Law person, since Arrens is finally working a normal schedule again only to have mine get turned upside down and sideways.

**As the new hire, I get the easy, mindless jobs that other people aren’t fond of doing. Since that particular section of our paperback department gets picked through and purchased on a regular basis AND sold back to us in staggering amounts, I’m kept quite busy… I just kinda wish I liked reading romance novels.

Operation Gnomeregan
comment 2 Written by on September 7, 2010 – 11:34 am

Is closer to reality as of today.

Annie Mae will see you out there.

To begin the event, go see High Tinker Mekkatorque. :)


November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …


November 13, 2013 – 9:59 am

The cathedral bells stop ringing overnight, except for chiming the hours. Three bell strikes, and Angoleth padded softly around another corner of the Cathedral District, staying carefully in the shadows. Trained ears picked up Mogget’s soft breathing – nearly inaudible …

Riders in Lordaeron – Memory

November 7, 2013 – 1:33 pm

(Written by Jolly, Tarquin, and Annalea)

The highlands of Lordaeron were not for the faint of heart; be it the putrescence of the Scourge’s long-lingering remnant, or the rock-strewn hills and valleys that made farmers out of only the most …

Riders of Lordaeron – Logistics

September 13, 2013 – 7:11 pm

(With Tarquin and Annalea)

Once more, four people made their way through the thickets and hills of Lordaeron, this time in the crisp chill of late morning, seeking after the Rider. Aelflaed had snatched what sleep she could while Chryste …

Riders of Lordaeron – Problematic

September 11, 2013 – 9:47 am

(With Tarquin)

She hadn’t wanted to leave Jolly – not so soon after finding him again – but once away, it took about five minutes for Aely to figure out she had a problem.

That problem had just announced that …

Riders of Lordaeron: Arrangements

September 9, 2013 – 10:05 am

It was an uneasy goodbye for him, but it was agreed by both he and Aely that a stroll back to Hearthglen would not be very easy to explain, nor would the explanation needed for the three Argent soldiers once …

Riders of Lordaeron

September 7, 2013 – 9:02 am

“Light sent me ye when I needed ye afore – an’ now again when I need ye. I canna ask fir more than tha’.” She sighed and slung the shield back across her shoulders. “It’s… Light. Been awhile hasna it? …

Dark Rider of Lordaeron (Part 4)

September 6, 2013 – 2:02 pm

She blinked, but did not drop either of her shields. “Aye, though I’ve been Caltrains fir th’ last near three years. Canna say I’ve any memory ay ye.”

“Yeh’ve far moar’n yeh realize,” he replied evenly, his grip tightening on …

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