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14 August, 2019

Open thread: What RP means to you
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:57 PM

I’ve fallen ill with a sore throat, so I’m going to be more brief for this post. But I’m not totally ignoring my duties as a blogger during Blaugust! I’m hoping for a little participation from you all here to help fill in.

So, let’s talk a bit about what RP means to you on a personal level.
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13 August, 2019

The divide between RP and mechanics
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:33 PM

One of the interesting things about MMO RP is how often the RP is divorced from the mechanics of the game. While MMOs are generally known for having well-balanced gameplay, RP rarely is able to take advantage of the game mechanics as they rarely feed into RP situations. Even the combat is impossible since it tends to move so fast that you can’t get a good post in between swings, and you can rarely fight other players except in special circumstances.

So, let’s take a look at how mechanics and RP are divided.
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12 August, 2019

How to get into RP
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:38 PM

One of the first steps to getting into RP is to find some! And this can be trickier than you first think, as it’s not always obvious where you can find RP.

So, let’s take a look at what you can do to get into RP in an MMO like FFXIV.
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11 August, 2019

RP from the player’s point of view
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:48 PM

Having gotten some experience under my belt with FFXIV’s RP scene, I wanted to write a bit more about RP in MMOs from a practical point of view. First, I want to look at things from a player’s point of view, and how I went about getting involved in RP. Next week we’ll look at things from a developer’s point of view, about how RP looks from the development standpoint.
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10 August, 2019

Dealing with Drama
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:42 PM

Drama is the bane of communities, and this goes doubly so in RP communities. Hurt feelings get built up to a breaking part until it spills out and gets people upset with each other. I got smacked in the face with some drama today, so let’s take another look at this important topic.
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9 August, 2019

More Types of RP
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:49 PM

As you get into MMO RP you start to see more types of RP. Just as old-school Vampire LARPers may not quite see eye-to-eye with D&D grognards, you’ll find that different groups have different philosophies in an MMO. Let’s take a look at a few more contrasts between RP that you might find in a game.
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8 August, 2019

Other inspirations for RP
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:10 PM

Roleplaying is a fun hobby, but it’s more than just worn Player’s Handbooks or people eating roasteth pigeth while staring at pixels on a screen. There’s a lot more that influences it! So let’s take a look at that today and see what inspires some great RP.
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7 August, 2019

Different types of RP in MMOs
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:52 PM

One issue with RP in MMOs is that there are a lot of different types of RP. As someone what RP they like and you’ll get multiple answers!

So, let’s sort through some types of RP common in games as a foundation for discussing this later.
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6 August, 2019

Forum RP
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:49 PM

Today, I want to look at forum RP, where people post on forums or forum-like sites in character.

I don’t have a whole lot of experience with it, but I’ve talked to some people who do. So, let’s take a look!
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5 August, 2019

Tabletop RP
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 11:45 PM

Let’s take a look at tabletop RP a bit as he start to look toward MMO RP. This is something I know more about since it was my first real RP love.

Let’s descend into the realms of nerdery, papers, pencils, and dice!
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