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  • utterbaverutterbaver GPosts: 51Member

    Just mentioning something short.

    I remember playing "Lord of the rings online" a while back. Maybe two years ago and i couldn't stand entering a normal server in the game after playing on a roleplaying server.

    Even though i felt like i was in middle earth with my jewelry selling hobbit. Players couldnt ignore the fact that there were world event with in-game prices. I'm talking enchanted items here. Which meant, players dropped their roleplaying mantle and went a bit crazy over the prizes.(This is just an example of course).

    And just overall. The whole notion that it is an MMO. it was MADE for competing to be the best of the best, right?

    But thats just "Lotro". I don't think i have any other roleplaying experiences with MMO's.

    I play MUD's alot which are roleplaying enforced.

  • MediBlastMediBlast new york, NYPosts: 36Member
    I guess it's because people nowadays would rather just use videogames as their "roleplaying" stint. They lack the imagination that was there before wherein you really saw your paladin in plate mail, warding of chain devils and demons.

    Now you just plug in a game and that's it.
  • VembumeesVembumees WildStarPosts: 79Member
    Originally posted by dzoni87

    "Dungeons and Dragons? It is that 'nerd' thing-game. That is dumb as fuck" -Random 12 year old at public chat.

    Because if someone has a different opinion that means he is 12 year old right. Not like in reality that "12 year old's" opinion is what 999 people out of 1000 share.

  • opposedcrowopposedcrow Framingham, MAPosts: 55Member

    I used to roleplay quite heavily in WoW and even dabbled in RP in other games like LoTRO and DDO. I also habitually gravitate to RP servers when I start playing new MMO's like Secret World and Guild Wars 2 but, sadly, my interesnt in actually *roleplaying* doesn't really extend beyond the roleplaying I do in my head (like others, I enjoy making up my own backstories/personalities for the characters I create and play).

    I became rather sick of RP in WoW since it was either very insolated (small groups of people doing their own private stories and telling me to screw off if I tried to involve myself), extremely immature, or both. Plus there was the unfortunate fact that 9 RP'ers out of 10 really only cared about making their characters the center of every story they involved themselves in.

    I guess all that combined with the fact that I have a lot less free time than I used to has led to my gradual decline in RP interest, which is a shame since I still do enjoy injecting my own bit of imagination and creativity into the characters I play; I just can't find the willpower to share that creativity with others.

  • MaquiameMaquiame Posts: 801Member Uncommon

    GW2 Tarnished Coast server plenty of Roleplay there. Moonguard in WoW- Avoid Goldshire and you're good. The rp is out there its up to you to find it, and there are plenty of rp boards like Hydaelin Roleplayers Coalistion for the upcoming relaunch of FFXIV, TESO-RP, GW2 Roleplayers, Neverwinter RP, etc.

     

     

    If you can't find rp its because you haven't tried hard enough or don't want to.

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    Any mmo worth its salt should be like a good prostitute when it comes to its game world- One hell of a faker, and a damn good shaker!

  • irnbru69irnbru69 perthPosts: 68Member Uncommon
    i seen loads of role play on star wars galaxies emulator, even whole guilds and it goes further whole guilds of 1 species.
  • Sevenstar61Sevenstar61 Centreville, VAPosts: 1,690Member Uncommon

    Yep. Plenty of roleplaying in SWTOR. My guild often holds RP events. Having actually 2 guilds one for Reps and one for Imps, we use Reps toons for faction events... nothing better than intelligence RP... with other faction toons trying to prevent us from achieving RP event goals. Plenty of fun.

    Funny is how many places SWTOR has to explore when you actually want to RP... especially sneaking into enemy teritory with plenty of guilides, killing champs and PvP during events... really good stuff.

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    Imperial Agent - Rise of Cipher Nine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBBj3eJWBvU&feature=youtu.be
    Imperial Agent - Hunt for the Eagle Part 1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQqjYYU128E

  • DrakynnDrakynn The Pas, MBPosts: 2,030Member
    Just as many people RPing now as there ever were,it's just that MMORPGs went mainstream so there's a lot more people mostly casual or gamers not interested in RP at all.Not too mention one of the biggest RP communities had their game shut down(CoH) so are spread out even thinner.F2P games have only made the pool bigger adding cheapskate game hoppers heh.
  • WhiteLanternWhiteLantern Nevada, MOPosts: 2,732Member Common
    Holy multi-necro, Batman! This one won't go down easy.

    I want a mmorpg where people have gone through misery, have gone through school stuff and actually have had sex even. -sagil

  • BlizzardShillBlizzardShill BlizzardshillvillePosts: 37Member

    Well, at least I didn't necro it.

     

    Yes, they do.  They don't RP in public much because people will probably go out of their way to troll them off the game.  Instead, they have carved out a few cliques for themselves in the form of guilds and certain areas on certain servers of certain games.  Erotic roleplayers have made a bad name for all roleplayers, so you'll commonly have people think that all RPers are either basement dwellers or horny nerds.

     

    WoW probably has the largest roleplaying population (that of course doesn't mean much - it's also incredibly popular).  Certain servers like Earthen Ring have a better reputation than others (Moon Guard), but most populated RP servers will have at least a few solid RP guilds for you to join.

    LotRO is also a great choice.  Age of Conan has a few (as long as you avoid some of the nastier erotic roleplay guilds there). 

     

    In the end, though, if you want roleplay, you should really go to MUDs.  MUDs are so much better for roleplay because of the smaller playerbases (less idiots running amok) and more attentive admins that will usually keep order in their games.  You'll probably also find that a text based medium is much easier to RP in because it gives you more creative control over the scene, your character's looks, actions, and so on.  Sites like topmudsites.com and mudconnect.com should help you find something you like.

  • Kev1ns0nbr0Kev1ns0nbr0 LeudenscheidPosts: 5Member
    Originally posted by drake_hound

    People still roleplay in every MMO game out there , just RP group are getting smaller and smaller .

    Young people don´t even understand the word roleplay anymore , its not the interest is not there .

    Its that they dont dare to admit they are newbies when it comes to roleplay .

    This guy is totally right. You'll face this now in EVERY single game!

  • ScotScot UKPosts: 5,769Member Uncommon
    They brought this thread back, I guess this problem does not go away. Stick to a roleplaying guild, random RP died years ago.
  • TenebraeAeternaTenebraeAeterna Florence, SCPosts: 34Member
    It's quite rare, and typically you'll find yourself coming across a hybridization of roleplaying and out of character due to the younger crowd's inability to separate the two combined with the older folks adapting to the more casual style. As with anything, there's always exceptions...but that's the generalization. Either way, I believe games should always provide server options in the way that WoW did: you had your PVE, your RPPVE, your PVPVE, and your RPPVPVE. It gave everyone something to enjoy.

    While you still have a hybridizwtion, more often than not, it was still quite refreshing to hang out on Emerald Dream and tell inquiring friends that I was deep in enemy territory hunting for a new Gnome backpack whenever they asked what I was doing. It would be nice to see a new MMORPG released that had a thick role playing community...perhaps one day.

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  • SpeelySpeely Seattle, WAPosts: 861Member

    MMORPGS don't generally provide systems that encourage AND facilitate role-playing. As has been mentioned, roleplaying is the realm of P&P rpgs and MUDS. I personally use both for my rp needs. MMOs, on the other hand, are structured to be almost asynchronous with role-playing, sometimes even hostile toward it (and I am not talking about the players.)

    When most people talk about RP in a MMO, they are talking about the way their characters speak and interact in chat, They develop a meta-game of sorts and use various chat mediums to create stories or speak in character. Oh yeah and they also refrain from naming themselves "Gazongaz420". Whoop-de-do. To me, this is but a tiny fraction of what RPing is. When I play a P&P rpg, eveything my character does is roleplaying. The way he acts, dresses, fights, runs, speaks, feels about monarchies, etc; are all part of that character. This is possible because the medium (your brain) is able to imagine and react to almost anything in an infinite number of ways.

    In MMOs, there are restrictions to RP due to the medium of the game. It's all fine and dandy to have RP chat, but once the events and actions of characters start to matter, you are playing a videogame with a very limited toolset devoted to expressing one's nature. I played on the Guinevere server in DAoC and RPed quite a bit in chat. I even tried to RP in actions. Once I had gotten my character's personality set in my head, I would act accordingly. A fair Mentalist once asked if I would kill the Amalgamated Parthenon for her as a gift. I was a level 9 blademaster. She asked this in the midst of chance roleplaying, and as my character was a romantic sort, he responded that he would do so for a kiss. She laughed and said she would MARRY me if I could kill it, but I shouldn't really try, as I was far too inexperienced and would surely die. My gallant little blademaster told her that death would be preferable to a life lived knowing he had missed the perfect kiss.

    Pretty sure I got one-shotted. And yelled at/ridiculed by parth farm campers. But it was a fun bit of RP, and whenever I saw her from then on, I would act as if she reminded me of someone, and she would just laugh or make a gentle joke.

    That's doing it all yourself, which is fine, but I would love to see some actual gameplay systems that encouraged role-playing. MMORPGs these days are pretty much action/adventure games with lore set in a persistent world with chat channels. Any game with a persistent world and chat channels is a mmorpg in this kind of climate. Some ideas I have had are:

    *Personality systems* Not the D&D alignments per se, but a flexible, broad system of character-building. Imagine not only creating your character's look and arranging your stats before clicking on a class button, but also building a personality profile. Y'know, like a "role." Say you have four social categories: Spiritual, Amorous, Casual, and Serious. Each could have a few subcategories, such as: Spiritual (religious, mystical, unbeliever, charlatan, etc)  Casual (funny, shy, poetic, nervous, calm, dour, mean, sweet, etc.) Amorous (straight, gay, chaste, bawdy, feak, etc) or Serious (steely, bloodthirsty, disciplined, cool, ostentatious, etc) for example(s).  These could affect your character's quest opportunities, demeanor and body language, for three. It could also affect how NPCs react, which could affect how other players treat you in town. Perhaps when someone targets you, under your name in the UI could be a description, sort of like a MUD. "You target Vilendra, an elf with a cruel glint in her eye." for example. This is all just to encourage RP, or to easily show that you are interested in RP. Perhaps you could toggle it off to signal that you aren't interested.

    *Quest-Playing* The personalities above could engender certain cooperative quest opportunities. Imagine the devs scripting and coding a quest requiring one Mystical woman and one Charlatan man. Or a Funny human a Shy elf, and two Religious folks, etc. If you are flagged for "personality quests" then local npc bards could make you aware of them to facilitate meeting your ally or allies. The content of the quest could be catered to them making choices that reflect said character aspects complete with branching paths and points of conflict. Cooperative questing could even turn into PvP! This seems far more exciting than standing around an inn "thee" and "thou"ing while you slurp down chicken wings in your chair at home, and it could open up possibilities for new friendships or alliances in unlikely places. RP isn't talking like cardboard pseudo-Shakespearean cutout #25167 in a room with five other motionless toons, and I feel that RPers should stop settling for that. (Though I enjoy a good turn of the tongue, I do not think it encompasses a very broad spectrum of RP potentiality.)

    *Quest-Playing #2* Nemeses. As above, but involving players in conflict from the beginning. Develop set pieces that provide scenes where players can interact as antagonists. This could create rivalries that last as long as your acount does, and nothing brings out good RP like a good ole rivalry.

    *Attractiveness* Make it a stat. Make it affect your options when creating your character's face and body. Really. Have it affect NPC reactions and the message people see when they target you. "You the lovely Eryn, an austere Silvari." Yay! "You target the homely Huntharr, Briton of playful countenance." Cruel? Yes, but awesome. Make people pay for their beauty and maybe there wouldn't be a million Adonises and Helens running around. The spice of life, and all that...

    *Admin Involvement* How bout paying some well-versed team members to actively search out RPers to interact with and award experience or items to enthusiastic participants? Award them hours later perhaps, so they are less certain who it could be. Let admins spectate during notable battles, PvP or PvE, and if they see good RP going on, reward the group somehow. An exp multiplier. A set of funny, unique hats that disappear in one day. Whatever.

    *Player-created content* Let players set up and run events via "hotspots." The town down the road is said to have a wonderful wedding chapel, and the little path through its eastern forest leads to the most SCANDALOUS tavern for miles around! Set up NPC criers to make players aware of local hotspots. Then, for a fee, a player can set up an event of the appropriate type there complete with promotion (if public), a selection of music styles, and even tailored mechanics (for things like jousting, etc) Encourage crowd attendance by letting them gain exp for doing so, but limit this exp reward to one event per day or two. And speaking of taverns...

    *TAVERNS* Cantinas, taverns, Orbital Amusement Centers, whatever you wanna call them... we need them done right! SWG was awesome about this. Player-created and run Taverns would be amazing hotspots if enough love was given to them. Proper inebriation-mechanics? Please. Town-wide titles given to those who make a memorable scene? Awesome. It's the little things.

    As for general things I think facilitate more natural, satisfying rp: Player-run economies and crafting systems, player-built structures of all kinds, no auction houses, and a strong sandbox element, if not an outright sandbox. 

    These ideas might sound silly or unrealistic, but if mmo role-playing is ever going to be more than just chatting in character, there has to be some dev effort beyond just lore and a RP channel. Mechanics that facilitate it (not force it) would help a lot, I think, and make it a lot more exciting for those who already keep the dream alive one in-game wedding, sidequest cyber, or "Hail" at a time.

     

     

  • glideleafglideleaf Los Angeles, CAPosts: 5Member

    I blame the society around me for planting a different idea when encountering the words "role play". -_-

    Though based on the discussion here, it looks like some sort of a convention...?

  • sanshi44sanshi44 BrisbanePosts: 1,088Member Uncommon
    It seems to me the More complex and the less solo friendly a game is the more roleplayers you see in that game. Alot of the newish games (mainstream MMO from WoW onwards) there been a rather declining roleplaying playerbase almost non exsistant in those game nowadays. However if you go play a game that is a little more complex to learn and isnt solo friendly there alot more pople roleplaying in them. Take darkfall for exampe Its has a complex learning curve and complex game system (Compared to nowadays MMO's)  its not very solo friendly considering the dangers assosiated with being solo. And probaly atleast 40% of the player base roleplay in some way or form 20% of the population of the game are probaly full on roleplayers and right into it. I would say maybe its the older generation who have been playing the older games doing it however i see alot of young people rolplaying in the game aswell (while i was still playing it) so the younder kids can still do it they just seem to choose not to in newer games maybe its because they feel very stuck on the tracks of a themepark they dont feel like they can effectlivly in those games. Would of been nice if i asked them why when i could but i didnt :(
  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid hell, NJPosts: 6,783Member Uncommon
    Tarnished Coast server in GW2 is full of roleplayers. I went to that server during the free transfers following a friend of mine and im already looking for a new server to move. I dont like roleplaying servers and over there most guilds are RP based so i dont feel at home on TC to even try and join a guild. If you play GW2 and want to roleplay then TC is the way to go.

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  • JJ82JJ82 Chicago, ILPosts: 1,177Member Uncommon

    I am in a guild of almost 1400 people across 7 MMOs/online games and all of them are either full time RPers or at least part time.

    You just need to look to find RPers.

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    They are worse than useless because you want to believe them. They will defend you against critiques that are valid. They will seduce you into believing you are done learning, or into thinking that your work is better than it actually is." ~Raph Koster
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  • PpiperPpiper Horsham, PAPosts: 648Member Uncommon
    /ooc Hell yeah!
  • asmkm22asmkm22 Anchorage, AKPosts: 1,788Member
    The genre shifted focus to the "games" part, away from "roleplaying"  long ago.  Pen and Paper RPG's are still where it's at.

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  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,462Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by randomt

     


    Originally posted by thamighty213

     

    Oddly on that same hand I think TOR with its overabundance of storytelling may well be the saviour of RP from what I'm seeing it spins a good yarn but never to the point of you here for this reason and this reason alone your doing this for this reason and this reason alone.

     


     

    Dunno.. I think the more the game dictates your storyline, the less leeway you have to use your imagination to flesh out the details... assuming one has the capacity to do so. ha ha (not so subtle reply to the 3rd grader comment above)

    I disagree. I kind of wish more roleplayers would take some actual improv classes so that they could  expand their tools and see what is being done by very accomplished improv artists.

    There are whole improvised plays even musicals (believe it or not) where the story is already written but the actors have to find their way through to the end on their own.

    If you were to do an improv excercise you wouldn't just go up on stage and do whatever you wanted, you'd be given a set guideline or "spine" of the situation and you would then apply your imagination, skill and tools to within the scene.

    I would say that the more story, the more world the greater your freedom as you then know the real setting, the characters, the movers and shakers the underbelly the virtous and then you can weave your tale in and around that, having everything deeply rooted.

    Or as I like to quote from Stravinsky (and I think he is correct) "Above all, the composer must submit to rules, no matter how arbitrary, for "the more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the chains that shackle the spirit.""

  • TamanousTamanous Edmonton, ABPosts: 2,126Member Uncommon

    I used to enjoy rp in mmos when it meant simply acting as your character would in the world presented to us. Now it is largely a bunch of people standing around talking with 90+% of the communication done through manual emotes. This is not role playing, it is called posing.

     

    RP is actions within the world the character exists in. You rp when fighting mobs, questing, pvp'ing, etc as long as it is what that character would do within that world. The problem over the last 10 years is that mmos have become segregated and instanced and interactions between players is sometimes 100% optional instead of a necessity. RP has become a joke because it is largely thought of as cosplay which is NOT rpg role play. Rpg roleplay includes all the mechanics of the game and how your character progresses through that game as if that person were real and EVERY action they do is real. Cosplay is acting using toons and as relevant to the game as an acting troop on stage is as relevant to real everyday life.

     

    RP isn't what it used to be because the mmo of today does not allow a player to take control of their own destiny. THAT is 100% a requirement for rpg role play. The only thing supported is this sad and twisted cosplay variant of it where a player must make up 100% of what they do and game becomes nothing more than a graphical miniature similar to stage actors dressing up and pretending.

     

    Mmo role play ONLY exists when the player has total control over their destiny and every moment in game is part of the overall fantasy world made real. This can only occur in sandbox or near sandbox games where players are not nurtured through safe and isolated paths to end game. Today's themeparks killed immersive role play and like invasive animal species taking over an environment, cosplay role play has taken over and the majority of players simply stop believing their character is real or never learned how because they are not rpg lovers but generic video game players brought into arcade style, generic themepark mmos (I.E. the Battle.net kiddies with names like xXxpWnAgEsxXx).

     

    RPG, immersive role play will only return when narrowly focused, true genre mmoRPGs come into existence again and thank the rpg gods there are several on the horizon. As mentioned by others, DAOC was incredibly successful at making a player believe they truly existed within that world. Most of the older games did this well because they knew exactly what sort of game they were trying to be. I fully expect Camelot Unchained to also have this feeling. It is a game where the world IS the game and that is an absolute requirement for immersive role play.

     

    Mmo role play isn't dead ... it is just on life support and new games in the near future will start introducing new players to true role play friendly environments. Sadly we are currently in the dark ages of mmo role play. The mmorpg golden era of UO, EQ, AC, DAOC and even AO is gone and just like the (Islamic) golden age in real history of the past (and by the way, nearly everything western culture has today with regards to advanced science and culture originated from the muslims. I bet that will freak a ton of people out once they realize it is true), it became lost and turned into yet another dark age we had to recover from.

     

     

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  • TheAmirTheAmir Traverse City, MIPosts: 328Member Common
    Unlike some people, I don't necessarily agree that RP in an MMO is solely running around fighting mobs and pvp'ing. In fact, to me, those are more OOC actions than anything. In the "golden age" of RP on MMOs, as I experienced it, people would have long reaching story arcs that included these actions as well as interpersonal stories that followed the Lore of the game world. Now, in most MMOs, RP has been reduced to tavern stand-around-city-casual-chitchat and the dreaded ERP plague. Seriously, I do NOT recall ERP being a very huge or accepted part of MMO RP communities 10+ years ago (those that did it in public or encouraged it were sort of laughed at and ignored otherwise) but now it seems that's ALL people want to RP out.  Romance and sex and bleh, how boring is that? It's like RPing a reality TV show in Norrath or Azeroth or where have you. I hate to say it, but it's definitely the teens and 20-somethings that are pushing that sort of stand-around and sex-only RP... I think a lot of the older RPers, like myself, have pretty much given up in the face of that trend and don't really participate it any RP in games any more. Maybe when EQN comes out some of the old-schoolers will flock to that and bring the spirit of RP back to what it used to be, but ... I'm sort of not holding my breath. I think the golden age of online MMORP is just over.

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  • Solar_ProphetSolar_Prophet Columbus, OHPosts: 879Member Uncommon
    Joined the RP server in LOTRO and regret it. The only place I've seen RP is in the Prancing Pony; none out in the world, none in groups, and nobody even speaks period in the regional channels. Wish I'd just stayed on Arkenstone.

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  • ArakaziArakazi OxfordPosts: 889Member
    You should go to the Tera RP server, where RP is ERP with an Elin in a school uniform... nuff said.
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