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MMORPG.com columnist Sanya Weathers writes this inside look at the difficulties of putting together a roleplay server from the developer's point of view.
What's the first thing most industry insiders think of when they hear "role play server"?"Noooooooooooooooo."
And that's the clean version.
Okay, not everyone that I pinged for this article reacted with horror and dismay. And let me be clear that the horror and dismay is for the server type, not the roleplayers themselves. Katie Postma, community queen for Jumpgate Evolution, said "I think the reason role players get a bum rap is because they are the most immersed and the most passionate about the game. Unless other players feel the same way, it's going to be difficult for them to relate to the RPing players."
But let me back up. How do RP ruleset servers come into being?
These are MMORPGs. The RP part comes from, as certain resident grumps remind us, the original pen and paper games. Six people with dice, painted figurines, and occasionally costumes would get together and pretend to be rangers, elves, clerics, and more, each according to their alignment.