I think you're exaggerating here to make a point , but with this generalizing statement you ignore the high quality roleplayers providing thrilling challenges, hiding their dark intentions with subtle RP, to strike when you least expect it. But I have to admit, I have seen plenty of badly played out villain types, disregarding the environment they're in, simply marching about as imposing Lancelots with ridiculous arrays of weapons and armour.
Originally Posted by sarlinspellweaver
In my opinion, key to this type of character is to play it out subtly, to avoid drawing attention to your dark schemes in an otherwise lawabiding environment. But attention, hmmm! That's what they're after in the end...
I think the problem with roleplaying a villain in a sandbox environment (improvised open end RP) is: how do you know for sure the victim you chose is willing to go along with your RP? Send a tell "hey, mind if I'm going to attack you" and blow away the element of surprise? Quite usually the "victim" is not ready for this RP-offer, resulting in a fail: first the victim tries to rp his way out of the situation, eventually falling back to god-moding, then OOC argument, tears and drama.
The solution to avoid this problem is to create kinships for this purpose, like two families, caught up in a vendetta? Members of these kinships know they can expect to be challenged, without sacrificing the element of surprise. Which is, to my opinion, the most important and thrilling element of "PVP" RP. Except ofcourse the kin title would give away you're dealing with a possible adversary. OP is this what you're thinking of?
What the others brought up: using game mechanics and sparring? I think that's to everybody's taste. But in my opinion its out of the question. Simply because the lvl 75 burglar, warden or loremaster will win. And ofcourse the fact that many roleplayers portray a type of character which has nothing to with their game role. Like a runekeeper OOC, a flower seller IC, a captain OOC, a low rank town guard in Bree, minstrel OOC and a housekeeper IC etc etc.
Last edited by Cymaru; Jul 06 2012 at 05:29 AM.