Roleplaying

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: 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...