Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Gatherings or parties are one of the types of events that you can host. I consider them the easiest of the three to pull together as you can generally just invite people out for a party on a whim and people can have a great time.
The concept is simple. You want to create a role-play environment where characters can meet up and chat and act out their stories. You may have a reason such as celebrating a holiday, someone’s birthday, or special achievement. However, a reason most definitely is not required. Feel free to set up a party just because it’s Thursday!
Make sure you announce that you intend to have a party. You can send out invitation via the mail, post a message on your guild’s blog or forums, and find an officer to make it your guild’s message of the day. Notice I said and in the previous sentence, not or. You’re going to have to make your event stand out and smack people in the face if you expect them to remember to attend. My guild also uses the Group Calendar mod which I find super useful showing me upcoming events without having to log out of the game.
The key to these is not to party your friends out. In my experience, setting up these things on a schedule guarantees attendance will wane. They generally are more fun when rare and spontaneous.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
What are you waiting for? Go!!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
OOC: LFG VC
IC: Looking for brave adventures to assist in the reclaiming of the Deadmines!
OOC: [Mace of Awesome] just dropped!
IC: Look what we have wrested from the hands of the Scarlet Crusaders! *Holds up [Mace of Awesome]*
OOC: Desdarii sheep the star.
IC: This next group of foes looks to be too many. Desdarii can you perhaps take the one in the far back out of the fight with a spell?
Some may think that taking the time to play your character in game for things like in a dungeon (or maybe just in general) takes too much effort. It really isn't very difficult after you've done it once. It's just a different mind set. Again, things may require a bit more typing but you just may find out that it really enriches the dungeon and gives it something special it may not of had before. What have you got to lose? I say you give it a try!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m looking to get Desdarii into Karazhan. My guild has a listing that is probably pretty typical across guilds for stat requirements to be a contributing member of a Kara group.
Keste has been helping me compile a list of starter gear I can get now doing regular dungeons and some pvp to help me prepare for this jump into raiding. Take this post with a grain of salt. I am figuring for my own particular circumstances and knowing that I most likely will not be snuck into Kara early, I’m not a tailor and I probably won’t be running many heroics anytime soon. Most items will have a quest item or a crafted piece listed as well as a dungeon drop item to give you choices. I’m notorious for my bad luck with drops so having options, even if not as good as the dropped piece is required.
Here’s the list of items I’m going to be trying for. They are listed in ranking of most to least desired. Getting the top pick items (with proper gems and enchants) will get me very close to the Kara level. Only stat I’d be short on would be spell crit. After getting this gear though I should be better suited for heroics and will boost that stat.
Comments and suggestions welcome!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
There are typically three types of player events:
- Scripted / Theatrical
People who attend the event are expected to be entertained with little to no participation. Things like weddings would fall into this category.
Players are meeting up to participate in an event that showcases them versus someone or something. Fishing tournaments or PVP events would be examples of this.
Now I listed them in that way for a specific reason. They are listed in what I consider to be easiest to host to most challenging. Certainly you can throw together a quick fishing tourney without much thought but you’d be surprised some of the trouble you can face when the event includes a “winner” and a “loser”.
There could be other types of events or hybrids of the above but for I'll be focusing on these types in future posts. I started typing up descriptions and tips for each but it was going to be just entirely too long so I'm going to break them up.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Forsooth! I spy yonder dragon assaulting that fair maiden. Fear not damsel for I shall save thee!
You may be wondering if it is required of you to learn to medieval speech in order to role-play. I’m here to tell you, no you do not. You most certainly can if you wish to, but most role-players will accept normal speech for role-play.
I should probably clarify that. Normal speech as in proper English (or whatever your primary language is). Full sentences, no acronyms and definitely no leet speak or texting language. It will take a little longer to type but it’s worth it.
No one is expecting you to be an English major. You certainly can and will spell things wrong. Everyone does it. Just taking the time to type out the words makes the experience better for everyone and helps you stay immersed in the discussion and your character.
The other thing you need to focus on while role-playing is making sure you don’t start talking about things outside of the game. Movies at the theater, the latest basketball game, or your dog slobbering on your keyboard are things outside of the game and would not be something your character would discuss. Keep your conversations in character and only break it if necessary.
Another option for playing with your character’s speech is to give them an accent. You can purposely spell certain words or use alternate words to convey your character’s accent. Say you play a dwarf and could carry out a Scottish accent. “Aye, laddie. That be ma drink!” Or an undead that has trouble with certain letters because he’s missing his lower jaw.
It’s just important to note that your character’s speech can be whatever you make it. Just keep it fun, interesting and in proper speech form.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I’ve decided to try a new series to post in a similar style to my Learn 2 RP segments. It is a part of role-play that I positively love and feel very comfortable talking about. Player hosted in-game events.
Now why I feel so qualified to write on such a subject is that it was the hosting of player events that really brought me into the RP world. I always kind of played around and was a very casual RP’er but when I started hosting player events I started doing it full time. I’m not sure why I clicked into role-play this way but lets not worry about it. It happened and I’m here now.
I did the majority of my player events while playing Star Wars Galaxies on the Kauri server. I certainly do not recommend that game but the time I spent in space I do look back with fondness. There was a great community there that totally supported my events. I did all levels of events from small guild parties to large server shindigs. I was hooked on creating things to help other players have a great time.
When I made the switch to WoW I wanted to continue the player events but found it a little harder to break player events into the mainstream. Instead, I satisfied myself with a guild event that I hosted each month. I was a guild leader at the time and found the silly events would blow off steam and help the guild meld together instead snarling at each other in dungeons.
Now I’m on an RP server and with the fabulous Turus Thalanaar. I’ve been focusing quite a bit on just leveling my new mage up but as she will be 70 soon, I’m hoping to find a place to host some events and parties for my guildees. So far I’ve been very satisfied with their level of events that aren’t centered around “Lets go to this dungeon and do blah”. I hope to add to that.
What you can expect to be in my Player Events posts are some basic tips I’ve learned the hard way through the years as well as some event ideas I’ve done in the past. I truly hope they are useful for your next event!
Keste and I have done it and gone and gotten another character up to level 70. Our mage / druid combo is now a little over half way through 69 and we plan to ding 70 on Wednesday. In fact, we kind of have to ding on Wednesday because we've decided to make an event out of it. Listening to the WoW Insider Show I heard one of the suggestions for how Turpster was going to ding his shadow priest and thought it was a great way to role-play an event.
We want to keep it short and sweet. Wednesday is a Karazhan day for some of our guildmates so we aren't going to draw it out with big speech and such. We're going to call it a Graduation party and people can witness us leveling and then have an informal dance party until people have to go prepare to raid.
We've already done the quest chain that led us up to Curse of the Violet Tower. We're going to find some spiffy black robes to wear. At the event we'll explain that Archmage Vargoth was to busy to attend in person but will be projecting his image here to hand us our diplomas. We'll summon him and emote accepting our diplomas and then complete this final quest and everyone can witness us changing from 69 to 70.
Now all we have to do is get that extra experience to close the gap so completing that quest will actually cause us to level. Boy it would be embarrassing if we brought everyone out and it didn't work! I'm super excited about this and can't wait until Wednesday!
Wednesday, June 18
Stormwind, Dwarven District
5:00pm Server Time
Friday, June 13, 2008
I've spent many hard years learning what I can from Valaatu. She's gotten me in touch with folks around Ammen Vale who had little tasks they needed done. The tasks almost always required that I use some magic so it was great for practice. I feel that I've mastered the basics of magic and am currently showing a favoritism to water based spells. I’m not sure why this is. I think I can some how feel how water magic can easily flow from within me outwards while fire magic feels so much harsher and sudden. I can cast some of the simpler fire magic spells quite well but I definitely do not enjoy it as much and use them rarely.
My parents are spending less and less time at the crash site and have decided to move to the city that is being built out of the remains of the Exodar to the west of here. Rumor has it that it is beginning to turn into a real metropolitan area. People are starting to feel less like survivors and adapting to their surroundings. My mother said I was enough of a woman now that I could decide to stay in Ammen Vale if I choose. I am most definitely not as much as a woman as she thinks me to be because the thought of being separated from my parents terrified me.
Before I left Valaatu gave me the name of a new mage teacher in Exodar that I could see for a little more advanced training. I’m writing her name here lest I forget it on the journey. Bati. I have every intention to continue practicing magic and having a new instructor will help that goal.
What all this has done is helped me realize that I am the type of person who does not handle change well. I've grown very fond of Valaatu and her teachings. I am very upset to have to choose between my teacher and my parents. I’ll have to work on this flaw in my personality and try to adapt better.
I think I've mentioned before my fear of those who work in the shadow arts. The thought of fighting this giant warlock is something of a nightmare to me. I go where my fearless bear goes and did what I could to swallow my fear and focus on the task at hand.
Unfortunately that is easier said than done. In the middle of battle I was actually overtaken. Levixus was in my mind and controlling my actions! When I was finally able to break free of his grip I was so completely consumed with fear that I ran away from the fight. Without my support Keste was also forced to flee. I spent several minutes hysterically calling to the Light to bless me and remove whatever taint Levixus had placed on me.
Keste was very kind not to make me feel worse about my cowardice. I guess he sensed how horrible I felt already. He posted a notice that we were looking for adventurers to assist us. A warrior and hunter came to his call. Keste was certain to defeat Levixus even if I chose to run again now that we had the extra assistance. I was feeling a bit safer with the extra support and was able to stay and lend my magic to the assault.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I wasn't looking for a pet, I had Keste and he's good for a few cuddly forms of his own. Keste and I were younger and had just arrived in Darkshire looking for some work. We were just sort of standing around in the town square and getting our bearings before finding the nearest inn to rent a room.
It was then that I was approached by a dwarf and I do so wish I could remember his name. As I recall the dwarf did not say much or maybe not even anything to me. He simply approached me and put a crate that contained a small silver tabby in my arms.
I was a tad stunned and not knowing much about dwarves thought I was misunderstanding some foreign custom. I asked if the kitten was for me and he replied that it was. I can only assume it was originally to be his companion but could no longer properly care for it because after confirming that he was in fact giving me a kitten he also handed me a gold piece to help pay for it's care and feeding.
I took the tabby out of her crate and named her Silvers for her coloring. I have since picked up various other animals that I keep as pets. Some much more exotic than an ordinary cat. But I'd have to say that Silvers is far and away my favorite. It probably has to do with the event surrounding how I obtained her. It's made her very memorable and special to me.
Reading through my blogs today I ran across this on Dwarf Priest and thought it was great. I leveled my Khaz Modan priest as Shadow and absolutely loved it. I was addicted to PvP with this character and often remarked at how I loved melting faces. I only went holy when it was obvious the guild was going to need more than one healer. Anyway this video is very funny and who doesn't love the Muppets?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Unfortunately, the questions were too hard for someone like myself. The topic was Medieval history. My team still did well and was able to win the challenge thanks to Shrios quick typing skills.
Lord Gwydion Brenn says that the winning team gets to select a Darkmoon Fair set of their choosing. I haven't decided yet but I think it's a very generous prize indeed!
A large epic novel is most definitely not required for you to start role-playing your character. You can build your character’s personality traits and story as you go along. Start out with simple things. Figure out the likes and dislikes of your character, where they are from, or how they look. These are easy personality traits to explain and to role-play. It also gives others a glimpse of what your character is like.
Your character loves to swim but is afraid of fish.
Your character is a country bumpkin and seeing the hustle and bustle of a city like Stormwind puts them in awe of their surroundings.
Your character has an old leg wound and walks with a limp.
You most likely do not want to meet a person and just blurt out your story and/or characteristics to them. Allow them to unfold naturally. It's more fun that way and using this method you may develop new traits your character has.
If you’re not sure what sort of traits or story you want to give your character, start with something familiar. Do you not like to cook in real life? You can role-play your character to not get the cooking profession and refuse to do any cooking. Frightened of insects? You character can do that as well and will have a hard time with regions like Silithus. It should make it pretty simple for you to bring your character’s traits to life when they’re closer to how you personally feel.
You do want to make sure you develop something though. It doesn't have to be elaborate but you'll have more fun role-playing if your character is interesting to you. Likewise, others will find you interesting as well!
Monday, June 9, 2008
My impressions on at least the first part of Kara is, ZOMGBBQAWESOME! I absolutely love absolutely everything I've seen so far. I love that is set up like a castle. I wanted to stay in the ballroom and dance with the npcs. I was advised against this but I still wanted to. I had fun sitting at the banquet table and pretending I was watching a dinner show instead of a slaughter. Good times!
I have a feeling we'll be replaced when others in the guild get up to 70 but it was a good preview of what is to come for Desdarii. I'm certain it will be just if not more fun role-playing in Karazhan with Thalanaar.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I have a bit of a problem with spiders as it is but when they are as large as a building, well Keste is lucky I wasn't simply petrified with fear and left to fight it himself.
I personally own a iPhone and have already contacted him offering to test his app out. I'm excited to be able to look things up with my phone. My work has all WoW things blocked and sometimes you just need to see something!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Keste and I had just completed a quest for Lieutenant Meridian to set off a mana bomb at Firewing Point. It was not an easy task. The place was crawling with blood elves. We did complete the task and returned to Allerian Stronghold to report our deeds to Jenai Starwhisper.
The people of the stronghold were so happy a party started! Gnomes were dancing and Aeman Brightsong was nice enough to put out a barrel of Brightsong Wine. I thought it would be rude to not partake in the party.
The wine was so strong though I think I may have been hallucinating. I kept seeing strange pink elekks walking around. They don't seem to do much but it is a bit worrisome to see them standing about. I hope the effects wears off after I've slept this off.
Also notice I have pants now! /cheer
Friday, June 6, 2008
Last night Keste and I dinged level 65! /cheer We are drawing ever closer to that desired level 70 mark so we can join in the fun and good times with all the 70s in our guild and hopefully help them with their goals like they've been so good to do for us.
One thing I find particularly lacking though is good solid mage information. I don't really want the full theorycraft / number crunching stuff that gives me a headache. I just would like some guidance on what I should be doing to improve. What stats should I really be bulking up on? Are there specific nummy pieces I can get now that will help me reach my goals past 70?
Maybe I'll start with that, my goals. I've not seen a lot of the 5 man instances. I've never been able to participate in heroics. I have never been inside Karazhan. I want to amend these oversights. This is my short term goals as there are a lot of casual players that already do these things but this is what I have my sights on now.
Surely there is information to be found to help me prepare for these goals. It really can not be as simple as following people around and going "PEW PEW PEW!". Although I would do that, if you asked me to. I'll keep searching but if anyone has any resources for me, I'd love to read them!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Stay in character.
Your character may discuss things like dungeons and weather, but it would make no sense for them to discuss the hot new song you downloaded to your ipod. You’ll want to stay in character (ic) as much as possible when role-playing. There are usually specific and numerous places where talking out of character (ooc) is permitted but it is typically frowned upon during role-play. If you absolutely must break character, make sure you let everyone know by putting your ooc chatter ((in parenthesis)).
Walk, Don’t Run
What’s your rush? Do you run everywhere you go in real life? I know I don’t. A good way to announce to other people that you are looking for role-play is to walk around instead of running.
Running up to a character and blurting out that you like cheese probably won’t get you the satisfying role-play session you were hoping for. In fact, it most likely will get you ignored. Be a little less in their face when trying to start up role-play with someone. Comment on a person’s armor, their weapon, or their pet. You can also emote things that you are doing to show you are currently role-playing. You can go to the mailbox and grumble about some missing package, sit in an inn and polish your armor, or go to a shop and browse by picking things up to look at them.
Not everyone is a professional speed typist. One of the things you’ll have to learn as a role-player is to be patient. If you type something and someone doesn’t respond right away, it doesn’t mean someone isn’t trying to!
Ask for Help
Role-players are friendly and social folks. If you are feeling overwhelmed or confused, send a whisper to a person you are role-playing with. Let them know you are new and are in need of assistance. I’m certain that most of the time you will find a friendly person on the other side excited you are trying to role-play and is willing to help you.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
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