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Roleplay 101 Class: UPDATED WITH WEEK TWO

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Ragmar
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Posted On: 07/30/2013 at 10:35 PM
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Alrighty, so here goes. I've decided that I am going to host a few Roleplaying 101 classes. I'm developing my curriculum, and I will post up events as classes are developed. So far, I have the very first one ready for all who are interested. Here is the event notice.

http://www.gaiscioch.com/events/1918/

Introduction to roleplaying:

-Why roleplay?

-Key terms to know

-How exactly does one "roleplay?"

Now I'm not a loremaster in the Tyrian Universe, but for a simple 101 class, I'm not certain that I need to be a master of the lore.

Now before you ask "who is Ragmar to run a 101 event?" even though I doubt that question would ever cross the mind of any Gaiscioch, I'd like to give a little bit of my background in roleplaying.

-I've been "roleplaying" since I was little, about 4. My brothers and I used to make up stories as we ran around outside. I had numerous characters I could pull out of my head, and even managed to play two at once a couple times. That starts my experience.

-As soon as I was old enough to understand the more in-depth concepts with the numbers, the rolls, and the reading all at once, about 9 or 10, I started engaging in tabletops like D&D, Serenity, Warhammer 40k, Recruited, etc. Also, in the 4th grade, I wrote a 7 edition series of short stories for my grade of 150 students. It was enjoyed by all.

-Upon entering middle school and through high school, I took lead roles in most of the straight (non-musical) plays that I performed in. That was about 6 different plays, and developed characters that garnered compliments and awards from people throughout my community.

-Two years ago, I created and successfully managed a roleplaying guild on the Earthen Ring server of World of Warcraft, known as Honourbound. I guided my guild through 2 successful storylines, and we became a well-known guild throughout the server.

-I've been reading and writing at a level higher than my own for years. In the 3rd grade, I was operating at a 9th grade level. Come 6th, I was rated to perform at a college level. Since then, I've continued to dominate in my classes that have involved these two aspects.

This gives me roughly 13 years of experience, and quite a bit of credibility for what is generally termed a "young adult" or a "kid." I don't mean to toot my horn, make myself sound like an expert, or any of the above. I simply want to quiet any concerns about stepping into this role. Blame my own insecurities. We all have them. I'm certain that we have someone out there whose achievements in the acting and literary fields would blow me out of the water. And I would welcome the chance to be blown out of the water, to see what I could learn from them. That way I could take my own game to the next level, so to speak.

Anyway, I hope to see you out there. It's gonna be a lot of fun. Check back here for later classes on more aspects of roleplaying.

Last Edited on: 08/05/2013 at 08:00 PM
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Ragmar
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Replied On: 08/03/2013 at 07:13 PM PDT
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Alrighty, so our first RP 101 class was a success! We covered some basic topics:

 

Key terms to know:

-IC: In character: Something your character does. EG: "Ragmar threw a fork at Fog."

-OOC: Out of character: Something you do yourself, for example, talking in party or guild chat, sending a whisper asking for something in game, accidentally pushing your space bar and jumping when you're trying to talk, etc.

+ OOC Note: When conversing in ooc it's usually denoted by ((words within brackets, such as this.))

-Godmodding: Taking control of the situation entirely. Not okay. Most common is not giving someone a chance to react. EG: Ragmar kills Kilashandra. The correct way to do that would be: Ragmar attempts to kill Kilashandra.

-Lorebending: Changing the lore of the universe (in this case, Tyria) to suit your needs/story. Not okay.

+Lorebending and Godmodding are usually accidents from new players. Once you are more experienced, these accidents become less and less frequent.

 

We discussed HOW to roleplay. This consisted of using the in game text chat tools to "paint the picture of what your character is doing."

How this is done: Using the command /e which allows you to create an emote. For example: /e smiles at the fair maiden in front of him, his face turning bright red. This would come out in game as Ragmar Drirken smiles at the fair maiden in front of him, his face turning bright red. 

+Note: /e is generally used to denote an action and then a comment. People will sometimes type /e (your action here) followed by "your comment here." 

If you're character doesn't perform an action, things such as /say, /yell, or /whisper are generally used.

Also, some emotes are built in game, things like /dance, /wave etc.

Don't know all the emotes? No problem! Check out the GW2 Wiki

http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Emote

RP-Combat in GW2:

Because GW2 doesn't have a /duel, you would use dice. You would write out what you attempt to do, and then using a dice such as a d20, you would roll it and your opponent would roll it, and whoever got the higher roll would succeed. If the attacker wrote "Swings his sword at his opponents thigh in an attempt to cripple him," rolled, and got a 13, whereas the "opponent" got a 15, the attacker would miss. The defender would then write out why he missed, and how he reacted. Example: Defender dodged out of the way, just in the nick of time, and reacted by attempting to bash his shield in the face of the Attacker.

Don't have a set of D&D dice to use? No problem! Check out this helpful link from Wizards of the Coast, creators of D&D.

http://www.wizards.com/dnd/dice/dice.htm

GW2 Intricacies:

Finally, we discussed cool things that GW2 has implemented for you to use:

Town Clothes: Most people have a "non-armor" RP set. GW2 gives you one, without having to go and fill up bank and inventory space for your RP set.

Personal/Living story: Personal story can be used as your characters background in case you're not certain what to think up for them. Living story gives something that can be talked about all the time, cause it's what is going on the world.

World Events: World events provide an excellent avenue for RP. If you run across a farm in danger, your adventuring group can save the farm, and RP it out! What fun! This can also be done in PvP and WvW. Tarnished Coast's (the unofficial GW2 RP server) scouts often times are in groups of two, and RP while they are guarding keeps/towers. 

Want to know more? 

www.guildwars2roleplayers.com

 

Any more questions about what we covered? Check out

http://www.gaiscioch.com/tavern/guildwars_roleplay/post_62192.html

 



» Edited on: 2013-08-04 23:17:05

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Ragmar
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Replied On: 08/04/2013 at 11:27 PM PDT
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Keep your eyes out for the next RP 101 event. It should happen in the next week or two, depending on my schedule.

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Ragmar
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Replied On: 08/05/2013 at 07:59 PM PDT
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Here is what we will be going over on week two. Please take a look!

 Due to the GSCH Family events this saturday the 10th, the next event is scheduled tentatively for the 17th.

Week 2
Breathing life into your character:
Now that we have covered the basics, let's get started breathing life into your character. We're going to do this weeks 101 "D&D style," and what I mean by that is I have presented your characters with a scenario, and they will react in various ways. This scenario is going to be a "sandbox" scenario, meaning we're making a whole bunch of stuff up. To help this situation, we're going to pretend that me, Ragmar, is a legendary Mists defender.

Here's the situation: A veteran of the Mists War, Ragmar Drirken, has recently returned from the Mists to his home in Shaemoor. Your character, for various reasons, has become interested in his return. Perhaps you intend on learning from him, because you want to fight in the Mists War. Maybe you served in the war earlier than him, and want to see what has changed. Perhaps you're a profiteer and you're looking to take advantage of him, because, after all, he must have lots of gold stacked up from his service, and needs to spend it.

 

Note: Just because our sandbox scenario has to do with the reason WHY you're going there, it has very little to do with WHAT you do when you get there. You may decide to ignore Ragmar completely because you see a pretty girl who is more interesting than him. Maybe you decide that you want to try and swindle the Asura over there, because they aren't REALLY all that smart. This will be completely up to you.
Something you're going to want to do ahead of time is put some thought into your character. Use the Character Templates provided on the RP Guide, and know what you're character will be like.



» Edited on: 2013-08-05 20:05:18

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