I have a blog where, among other things, I muse about video games and especially roleplaying in video games. I really want to get more information from roleplayers who play MMO's or are looking for their MMO. Since I work with game developers, I would like to share this information, not only with them but with others who don't always understand why roleplayers need their own place to play.
I am curious about a few things....
What inspires you to roleplay in the game? Is it the lore, the visuals, the goals in the game, sharing the experience with friends or something else?
What mechanics are important to you? Are there some mechanics that destroy roleplay for you? Are there others that must be in the game?
How many players do you think are required to make a game successful for role players? Do you prefer something smaller, a few hundred people like Firan, or something massive like WoW?
Do you have any thoughts about how to attract roleplayers to a game? Developers tell me there are not enough roleplayers to make a game, even a small one successful without appealing to PvPers and others. Do you think this is true?
Do you believe that a game that enforces roleplay would be better than one that simply encourages roleplay?
In your experience, is it possible for non-roleplayers and roleplayers to coexist on the same server or the same game? Are their needs similar or opposite?
I am sure I will have more questions, if any of you are interested in sharing with me. I will be happy to post a link to the blog post that results from your input. I really appreciate your help. I find it really hard to find roleplayers out there, and would like to start blogging, and tweeting, and whatever, to get our voice heard.