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What type of roleplayer are you in MMORPGs?

  • Kram8ion
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    The closest I get to roleplay is picking a race and a class
    I don't think I'm a Rplayer but it's great that people are passionate about it and really get into the game :)
    ps4eu
    Kramm stam NB elf with wood
    Grinding does not get you sharpened
  • Sengra
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    I think I've never seen discussions like these outside of ESO boards, and it is difficult to answer for me. I do roleplay (the social kind of RP where you meet up with other RPers in order to interact, develop your character and play though whole story arcs), but when I play the game I am not always completely immersed or 'in character', so you can see me jump around, make silly emotes while waiting at dolmens and just have fun.
    That being said I do care a lot about my characters' look, their names, their personalities and their potential as RP characters (other chars typically get deleted after a while), and when I'm out there alone I do feel different whether it's my orc or my breton or my khajiit fighting and questing. My orc would never play through DB or even TG, and I actually have a hard time deciding who could play DB, because to a certain degree I guess I am in character ... just not to the extent that I start hating people who throw mudballs at me or ride into Cyrodiil in a wedding dress. ;)
    Edited by Sengra on December 30, 2016 9:59AM
    PAWS (Positively Against Wrip-off Stuff) - Say No to Crown Crates!
  • Mwnci
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    Medium immersion (lore name and short background just for me)
    I like to think of believable backstories ( even if nobody else knows about them ).
    I always choose lore appropriate names for my characters. It's actually a pet-peeve of mine to see people not doing that, lol .. "TerminatorPewz" as your character name? I cry for your lack of imagination.
    I even try to figure out how all my characters are interconnected ( ie: shared bank ).
    Edited by Mwnci on January 3, 2017 10:34AM
    Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin, naal ok zin los vahriin,
    Wah dein vokul mahfaeraak ahst vaal!
    Ahrk fin norok paal graan fod nust hon zindro zaan,
    Dovahkiin, fah hin kogaan mu draal!
  • Bryanonymous
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    My character is built as a powerful wizard and also a cunning merchant who crafts epic armor. The character dresses to impress, and works hard to increase their power as well as their wallet...

    However, I am not my character, nor do I ever pretend to be. In chat, my personality is always who I am irl. My role play is from a third person perspective as I control a character through a fantasy. Perhaps the only first person playing I ever actually do is buying and selling.

    This is where I believe many are confused about the idea of role playing. It does not necessarily require first person interaction. I can role play as the 'god' who guides 'Bryanonymous', the unique hero whom I have no intention of pretending to be myself.

    Though, I will admit, there are many similarities between the character and myself, however there are many differences as well. If I decide to murder someone in a video game, it's because that was the decision made to progress an interesting story, not some underline desire to actually murder anyone irl.

    In my honest opinion, so called 'role players' try way too hard to immerse themselves, or pretend to. It really is as easy as watching a movie if you just drop the preconceived expectations put in place by others. You don't need to impress other people by playing by their 'rules' of how to role play. Make your own fantasy, not theirs.

    I can see how some couples might have fun role playing though. Speaking in purple emote chat as someone else could be fun, however I'm not the kind to do that with random snobs.
    Edited by Bryanonymous on January 3, 2017 11:59AM
  • Stania
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    Medium immersion (lore name and short background just for me)
    I usually play a character from a "guardian angel" point of view. I define some basic traits, like a lore-friendly name (using a generator), some background story, very few personality traits and preferences (some are the same as mine, some aren't), and let the play-through do the rest . This may sound strange, but it's like my character takes life on his own and I discover more and more things about him that I never defined in the first place, based on the decisions made and sudden actions taken, which I may not agree irl.

    I use the chat as a mere communication channel to my guild mates. Perhaps I could roleplay a little more, but my English vocabulary is quite limited for narrative.
    Mwnci wrote: »
    I even try to figure out how all my characters are interconnected ( ie: shared bank ).

    Sometimes I imagine my two characters as pen pals that share the same bank space to lower costs, but never see their faces. Occasionally sending each other letters with short tales of their adventures and stuff the other may find useful.
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  • Bladerunner1
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    Dedicated roleplay (lore name, background, persona play, keep track of stories/arcs, the whole package)
    I roleplay with measured dedication to the shared stories and ongoing developements among other player characters in Tamriel.

    Like a lot of other roleplayers I also enjoy the other aspects of the game, PVP, PVE vet dungeons, questing and mastering all forms of crafting, but I separate most of the gameplay from the roleplay. My characters have been almost everywhere and done almost anything there is to do in the game out of character, but In-character they tend to be simple people who don't know much about Tamriel beyond their own small scope. They vaguely know about the planemeld and they don't have a clue about a majority of the work done by the vestige. They don't know how to craft a burlap sack, let alone a sword.

    The whole roleplaying experience is more interesting for me if I limit my character's abilities and knowledge. They have to be clever in most situations and they occasionally must rely on others for help.

    So when I take my characters out for PVE or PVP gameplay, I've more or less flipped off the RP switch unless there's action-oriented RP taking place with other player characters.
  • IndyWendieGo
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    I'm dedicated, however I'm not so dedicated that I end up alienating people out of their experience.
    Shattering expectations since birth! Even my cat hates me!
  • Niko1987
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    Medium immersion (lore name and short background just for me)
    Sort of medium immersion, but it depends heavily on how serious other RPers are. Too often I come across RPers who either don't take their roles seriously enough for me to stay focused or break character way too often for me to remain interested in the RP.
    "It must be nice to fight for something you feel so strongly about. Too often I don't have that luxury."- Ahrilux
    @Niko1987 | PC NA
    Lady Ahrilux | Nord | Dragonknight | STAM Tank in Training
  • Druachan
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    Minor persona play (you sometimes interact, fight, or chat based on things like race/class/background/whatever)
    Its important to me that my characters have some kindof background, even if its just for me. Most of the time I am probably playing the game as I would personally, not based on a moral code created by my characters race and background.

    Most of the time I'm solo anyway so roleplay is generally with the world.
    Say please, before you AAAAAaaaarrrgghhh at me.
  • BlackSparrow
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    Dedicated roleplay (lore name, background, persona play, keep track of stories/arcs, the whole package)
    I'm a writer, so yeah, I am very much immersed in my characters as I play them, developing and changing them according to their experiences through the game, both scripted and radiant. Each has an in-depth backstory and complex personality, and every choice they make is informed by those. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to create complex characters and set them loose in the world to see what happens.

    However, I rarely roleplay in the social sense. I'm not part of a roleplaying guild, and I am rarely "in character" when chatting with someone. It's mostly a case of being surrounded by people who don't roleplay their characters, so I don't see much point slowing down a dungeon run or something with that.

    But actions in-game while questing and whatnot? All character-based. :)
    Edited by BlackSparrow on January 23, 2017 10:51PM
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    My Girls:
    "Describe your house."

    Nephikah the Houseless, dunmer assassin: "It's a house. What more do you need to know than that? What, the human skull on my mantel? It's... a trophy."
    Swum-Many-Waters, argonian healer: "I live in a humble home in Bangkorai, where the sun warms my scales during the day and the sand glitters during the night."
    Silh'ki, khajiit warrior-chef: "This one enjoys her tree house in the jungle, and the Bosmer neighbors love her cooked fish!"
    Peregrine Huntress, bosmer archer: "Mine is a hunting lodge in the Stormhaven wilds. I like my privacy, especially during the full moon."
    Lorenyawe, altmer scholar: "I currently reside in a small apartment in Ebonheart, which is conveniently located near both the local Mages Guild and the live volcanoes I've journeyed across the continent in order to study. Why Dunmer choose to plant their cities in range of active lava flows, I have not the slightest clue, but it is nonetheless a boon for science, so I shall not judge. Out loud."
    Lorelai Magpie, breton thief: "I keep a couple hidey holes at inns all around Tamriel. You can never have too many hidey holes!"
    Rasheda the Burning Heart, redguard knight: "Swum-Many-Waters has been kind enough to open her home to me. Probably because she knows I would insist on it anyway, to better guard her."
    Hex-Eye Azabi, khajiit witch: "Khajiit has acquired a lair among humble Argonians. She knows nothing of the Daedric shrine in the backyard her neighbors are always complaining about."
    Yngva Stormhammer, nord bandit (reformed...ish): "I... sleep in a tent in Silh'ki's yard. Walls make me nervous. Don't ask."

    (Signature idea shamelessly stolen from Abeille.)
  • Ajaxandriel
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    Major persona play (you often interact, fight, or chat based on things like race/class/background/whatever but don't always worry about keeping track of a story)
    Very interesting, @tinythinker !
    How did you construct these types? Are they made according to evidence from your own experience or from some kind of litterature theory? I had to ponder some time before recognising myself in one, as I am primarly "heavy immersion type" with some "dedicated" features...but since I follow the game mechanics, my story arcs are "as broken as the Dragon" haha.

    I am not aware of the state of english-speaking roleplay that much. These types make quite sense though!
    As a french player who observed tendances for some years in MMO I've got a similar pattern with slightly different types:

    A range from "integral" (fulltime natural roleplay) that rely on maximum immersion, often informal interactions, lawfulness regarding gameplay and NPC schemes - to the opposite, "purist" (session-driven formalized roleplay) that rely on rp-gamemasters and regular events but not playing the game in immersion nor taking the game into account.
    While the integral is making the game a world, the purist is shooting some sparks of "pure coherent" roleplay like on a cinema set.

    Of course between these two kinds of dangerous extremists (lol I must confess I am of the former type) there are subgradients... And maybe another axis for "dedication", from ultra-casual to hardcore.
  • Cadbury
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    Light immersion (lore friendly name)
    I just try and make sure my name is lore appropriate or close enough. That's pretty much the extent of it.
    I don't RP but I respect those that do. Guess it comes from playing with them on City of Heroes and LOTRO.

    PAN - Positively Against Nerfs
    "All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening" - Alexander Woollcott
  • Sk1zzard
    Sk1zzard
    Soul Shriven
    Dedicated roleplay (lore name, background, persona play, keep track of stories/arcs, the whole package)
    I become my character and just like anyone I know in real life, my character's have a story too. I prefer serious roleplays, whether they are light-hearted or not. I enjoy being as accurate as possible.
  • Lynx7386
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    Heavy immersion (lore and long background just for me or maybe a few others too)
    I don't role play in games much anymore, but I used to back in my star wars galaxies days and even a little in warcraft.

    However, I always have some form of background for my characters, even if nobody else is privy to it.

    In eso, I have three characters (well, one is a placeholder for a future warden, but that's besides the point). All three are khajiit siblings, they look very similar to fit that (all use the same base fur color and pattern, all have varying shades of green eyes, and they all have the same nose marking).

    My future warden is the eldest of the three, and has a slightly aged look to him. He's the warrior of the trio, and as such is the tallest and bulkiest. He has longer hair and a big beard, with wide/staunch features. I'm hoping we'll eventually get some kind of brawler/warrior personality to use for him, but for now it's just the commander one.

    My stamina nightblade is the middle child. He looks significantly younger than the warden, has more richly colored/saturated hair, a smaller beard/goatee, slightly more angular features, and a medium height/build. He's the thief of the group, and uses the assassin personality for a sly deadly attitude.

    My female magicka dragonknight is the youngest, made thin and short with more rounded features to give a younger look. She's the mage of the three, and uses the duchess personality for lack of something "cuter".
    PS4 / NA
    M'asad - Khajiit NB Sap Tank
    Pakhet - Khajiit Mag DK DPS
    Raksha - Khajiit Stamsorc DPS
    Bastet - Khajiit Templar Healer
    Leonin - Khajiit Hybrid Warden
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