Re: So Roleplaying?
</sigh> Not to diminish the efforts of the wonderful folks from Laurelin, I would like to point out another option.
1. Landroval is the Roleplay Encouraged server, a subscriber-based decision from its founding. Another major difference is that Laurelin has mostly European players while we are mostly North American.
2. /rp on, as noted by others, will change your designation.
3. You should have a basic outline of your persona but let it grow as you interact with others. After all, that's the fun about RP: finding out just how & why you got here in the first place.
4. Regular groups are usually focused on combat tactics, looking for the right balance for the task at hand. RP groups focus on relationships and obligations driven by player interactions.
5. I never do that Creep stuff but I don't think so. Mind you, I've met some very social Creep folks who are lots of fun for fighting & chat but they don't seem to be Lore focused at any time.
6. The more accurate your name, the more likely you are to encounter other RP types. I do know that Laurelin has stricter rules for this. However, when I see a stupid name on Landroval, I just take it as a sign to stay away.
7. A back story is very useful to explain how you became an adventurer. Read the books, watch the movies, and search the web to help with this. Making a personal timeline also helps (e.g. my Elf Hunter survived the fiasco that eventually became the Dead Marshes).
8. RP kinships can vary from staying in persona while in public channels to full-blown campaigns that just use Eriador as background. (As I understand it, public channels on Laurelin are directed to be in character at all times.) There are social RP kin (usually musicians) that hold regular events often with many members who never get past Bree, giving up on the Epic storyline. For example, Landroval will be hosting Weatherstock this Saturday which draws bands from other servers to compete.
9. Unofficial rules? <hmm> First of all, be patient and observe others while they interact. Look at how they write their public chats. Learn how to use emotes to complement your actions. I've found that playing proper music allows you to observe and get attention at the same time.
10. Paragraphs 3 & 7 cover the basic things you need to start with. Once you're online, I shall agree with Tegilbor that you keep on open mind and enjoy yourself. I've discovered some very delightful things following such advice.
If you do find yourself on Landroval one day, feel free to pester any member of my Coterie. Be seeing you!
[CENTER][SIZE=3][FONT=palatino linotype][B]Carven's Coterie is still active despite any evidence to the contrary.
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