I'm an old-school RPer. And when I say old school, I mean sitting on the floor in a circle around a map with painted pewter figurines on it and a bag of dice that I jealously guard. I also used to roleplay my characters in EQ quite a bit, though not 100% of the time. But I only recently got into WoW RP with the formation of <B L O G> and For Gnomeregan! and I still haven't gotten that into it because of the time I spend doing other things. I really want to though. After all, according to the official site:
World of Warcraft is an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft universe.
Tonight, we're holding the RP Refugee Party on Shadow Council (US-RP-A), and we've already had quite a few people join us. But many have expressed nervousness about making mistakes. And I think others are not joining us at all because it's RP. I have some theories on why:
  • LOLRP The LOLRP gang, particularly those who join RP realms only to grief, think RP is LOLworthy and not the "right" way to play WoW.
  • Bad experiences Whether you were yelled at for doing it wrong, got griefed or whatever, a bad RP experience can make you not want to go back.

  • Fear of acting It's hard to make a character, speak in character and not feel a bit silly. There are also many good RPers out there who can be intimidating.
  • No desire This is the most valid reason not to RP. If it's not fun for you, you shouldn't do it.
  • Misinformation It's not all ERP and vampires -- though there is a lot of both. You can find good troupes out there or just make your own.
I'm sure there are other reasons, probably some obvious ones, that I'm missing. If you don't RP, why not? And if you want to try it, please join us tonight for the Refugee Party. /shameless plug

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.

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