Roleplaying

Role Play: Identifying red flags in roleplay Roleplaying is at its heart an intensely creative exercise that you share with other people. It’s a little bit creative writing, a little bit improvisational acting. You can determine how your character might react to certain situations, but you never really know how others will react to the same situations. For that matter, you’re never...

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Role Play: Plot points in Legion so far Roleplaying over the course of an expansion can take a few different forms. When a new expansion hits, any information surrounding that expansion becomes a focus of roleplay for many players. But what about when we’re in the middle of an expansion and the story is evolving? Sure, some roleplayers prefer to ignore expansion events...




Role Play: Making friends with roleplay One of the single most difficult aspects of roleplay for many players is simply the act of finding people to roleplay with. It’s that terrifying moment when you’re expected to say something to someone else, and you’re not quite sure how they’ll react. And let’s just be honest here — there are a lot of...

Role Play: Running a roleplay event One on one roleplay is the easiest kind to participate in – largely because you’re just working with one other person’s schedule. That means less hassle trying to find time to roleplay, and it lets your characters develop a deeper personal connection. But if you’re in a guild or you play with a group, sometimes...

Role Play: Immersing yourself in roleplay World of Warcraft isn’t exactly a game that makes itself conducive to roleplaying. Sure, there are roleplaying realms, and there are plenty of great locations where players can gather for events. But there aren’t exactly a lot of tools developed specifically for roleplayers – addons help alleviate that particular struggle, but there’s nothing built-in. It’s...

Role Play: Ending roleplay Sometimes you’re just not feeling it – or sometimes life just happens to get in the way. When you’re roleplaying with a guild, group, or partner, you’re not just dealing with your own roleplay. Like it or not, your story, and your character’s story, become a part of everyone else’s story, too. If you leave,...




Role Play: Finding a roleplaying guild Last week we talked about time investment in RP – exactly how much time is required for “effective” RP. The answer is pretty subjective. I mean, you can invest as much or as little time as you’d like. But it’s a lot easier to invest that kind of time if you join a roleplaying guild....

Role Play: Roleplaying and time investment This week’s column addresses a question from a commenter who wonders just how much of a time investment is involved with roleplaying. Let’s get to it! The short answer? As much time as you’d like it to take. The longer answer is a little more complicated than that. Scheduling roleplay Everyone’s got a busy schedule...



Role Play: NPCs and roleplay Characters created in WoW are already participating in a pre-packaged story. Each expansion has its own story arc with its own resolution. Along the way, your character interacts with a wide variety of quest givers, vendors, and even major figures and faces in lore. For roleplayers, the underlying question to all this pre-fab story is...

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Role Play: Pandaren philosophy in roleplay Pandaren as a whole are a little difficult to roleplay. Not only are they the most recent of the new races added to WoW, they’re also new to lore in general. They existed in Warcraft 3, but we really didn’t know all that much about them. And in WoW, nobody had ever actually seen one...

Role Play: Keeping in character When you roleplay, you’re pretending to be someone you’re not. You’re making decisions and interacting with people as your character would – “in character.” What you do in character isn’t a reflection of how you feel or act when you’re “out of character” – just being yourself. But today’s question is a really good one...

Role Play: Realism in roleplay I know what you’re thinking – World of Warcraft isn’t what anyone would call a “realistic” game. After all, your choices in character races run the gamut from standard human being all the way to massive hoofed bipedal aliens that hold regular conversations with giant, sentient, enigmatic chandeliers.  There’s absolutely nothing “real” about that, no...

Role Play: How to encourage roleplay Way, way back when I first started playing this game, I began on a PVE server. It was where my friends were located, and that was really all I needed at the time. I didn’t know, initially, that there were even such things as RP designated servers. So I wrote little stories for my characters....

Role Play: Death Knight roleplay in Legion We haven’t really heard much from the Knights of the Ebon Blade since the end of Wrath. They had a fairly intense campaign in the Ruins of Andorhal, but that was it for story content. As far as Death Knight roleplay in the game went, stories were largely up to the individual player. It was...

Role Play: Monk roleplay in Legion Monks are a recent addition to World of Warcraft, making their debut in the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Although plenty of races can roll a Monk, their beginnings and the bulk of their history are firmly rooted with the Pandaren race. Monk roleplayers may be from different races, but after all that study with Pandaren...

Role Play: Warrior roleplay in Legion Warriors aren’t exactly one of the most convoluted classes on Azeroth. Let’s face it — they don’t deal with magic, they don’t have a particularly complicated history. Anyone can pick up a weapon and learn to use it, with enough training. For Warriors, it’s not really so much about rich, lore-heavy storylines. It’s more about...