Roleplaying Guide

Role Play: Accents and other quirks in roleplay World of Warcraft has a wide variety of playable races to choose from. Each race comes with its own quirks — and in some cases, its own particular dialect. This means that voice files for these races have accents that help add to the overall flavor of the race. It also means that roleplayers sometimes...

Role Play: Roleplaying a member of the Army of the Light Patch 7.3 has arrived, and with it a new faction — the Grand Army of the Light. While we’ve seen evidence of the Army on Azeroth, only now have we encountered the majority of its forces. Over the course of 7.3, we ally with the Army, becoming members in our own right. Velen once had...




Role Play: Are you sabotaging your roleplay? You might be new to roleplaying, with a brand-new character looking for interaction. Or you might be a roleplayer who’s been around for years, whose character has a lengthy and detailed history. But no matter your experience level, you can’t seem to find anyone to roleplay with. Maybe you find a few good prospects, but...

Role Play: Plot points for roleplayers headed into patch 7.3 Argus is clearly visible in the sky for all players now. We just had a new 7.3 related scenario drop yesterday. All signs are pointing to the fact that patch 7.3 is nearly upon us — which means roleplayers are about to get a glut of new lore. Interestingly enough, the lead-up for the patch...

Role Play: Dealing with expansion lulls Roleplaying is a different kind of animal in World of Warcraft. It’s not like PVP or PVE — Blizzard isn’t creating the content for you, you’re creating it yourself. Roleplaying guilds can and do participate in PVE and PVP content, but the roleplay content is usually the focus. Guild-planned events don’t necessarily need to involve...

Role Play: The logistics of length in roleplay A large portion of roleplaying comes from the creation of a compelling character. You want to make a well-rounded character with an interesting background, for any potential exploration into that character’s past. You want to give them good motivation for everything they’re doing in the present. And you want to give them a good reason...




Role Play: Roleplaying the extraordinary As I said when I started this column, you can roleplay whatever you want. But when you leap out of the realm of ordinary roleplay, you’ve got a difficult task ahead. The question of just how far you’ll go is entirely up to you -- but roleplay isn’t necessarily about you. So how do you come up with an unconventional character? And how do you roleplay that character, and get other people to participate?

Role Play: Roleplaying the ordinary In World of Warcraft, and Legion in particular, the story is all about fantasy and heroic deeds. Every expansion, our characters prepare to deal with whatever all-powerful, cosmic villain happens to be threatening their home. They travel to far-off places and experience unusual situations that take them to other worlds, in some cases bending time...



Role Play: Showing vs. telling in roleplay Sure, a good story is meant to be shared -- but how do you effectively tell that story in your roleplay, without giving everything away?

Role Play: What makes a “good” roleplay interaction? There is no "right" way to roleplay. Whatever method you're comfortable with is the one that's right for you. There are, however, ways to insure your roleplay is good roleplay, regardless of how you go about it.

Role Play: Conflict in roleplay You might think of conflict as a negative term — after all, it’s primarily used in situations where things are going wrong. But in storytelling and roleplay, conflict is something that happens every day. Although the nature of that conflict might be unpleasant, conflict itself is nothing to get upset over. In fact, it’s one...

Role Play: The art of herding cats Roleplaying is a social activity at heart, and sometimes people have a really hard time being social. That’s where the fine art of cat herding comes in – the ability to guide your guild and fellow roleplayers to moments that encourage that social aspect.

Role Play: Creating a storyline Storylines can be a personal thing – something your character is trying to accomplish, with or without the help of others. Or they can be major events for a roleplaying group or guild. So how do you get a storyline started for a group or guild?

Role Play: Roleplaying partners and you Roleplaying isn’t really a solo activity – it’s about the interactions between your character and other characters. It’s about assuming the role of your character as an improvisational creative acting and writing exercise rolled into one. There are plenty of places to find roleplay; in cities or the open world, in RP guilds, or at...

Role Play: Roleplaying on non-roleplay realms Last week we addressed the topic of non-roleplayers that make the move to roleplaying realms. But what if the switch is flipped – what if you’re someone who wants to roleplay, but you’re not on a realm designated for RP? Sure, you’re creative and you enjoy roleplaying, but you’re also really involved in competitive raiding...

Role Play: Non-roleplayers on roleplay realms Sometimes roleplayers have other interests like competitive raiding or PVP. These kinds of activities are harder to find on RP realms, leading players to try and find RP on non-roleplaying servers. But what if the shoe is on the other foot? Today’s column addresses a question from a player who is headed for an RP...