Best RP Communities: Roleplay in MMORPGs
In most MMORPGs, role playing isn't really too large a part of the game. There is always at least some level of lore, but the focus is always on mechanics of the game. The vast majority of players generally aren't interested in hardcore role playing, though, for the most part gamers want to be in what is clearly another world, playing a game with great mechanics. But sadly, the "other worlds" usually lack detail and depth. The stories and lore usually don't go too deeply and the focus is clearly on the mechanics, which leads to the playerbase favoring mechanics, which leads to disappointed role players.
So what can you do if you want to strike a balance between excellent role playing and excellent game mechanics? What if you want a game that is balanced, fun to play, and has events that matter to you? Some games put a lot of effort into blending the two, such as Skyrim. However, in graphical games, it's very difficult to seamlessly blend the two. There are usually visual glitches or other nuisances that harm immersion enough to remind you that it is a game.
Iron Realms MUDs offers seamless role playing and some of the best mechanics I've played. Despite being text games, they're more balanced and creative than any modern MMORPG has the technology to be. But enough about mechanics -- you get that everywhere else. Instead, lets talk about the role play in text games and why the role play atmosphere in Iron Realms is so much better than the role play atmospheres in other games.
Role play is enforced, not encouraged. This means no trade chat talking about Michael Jackson, no random whispers asking for the best rotation to keep stun time optimized, no chinese gold farmers trying to steal your account. It means much fewer children ruining the game for everyone else, a higher average maturity level than other games, and often more enjoyable players. Lusternia's playerbase is the prime example of quality over quantity.
The avenues of role play in Iron Realms MMOs are almost endless. Achaea boasts half a dozen cities with staggering politics, each of which has four guild-like Houses with even more politics, and if that isn't enough for you, there are also dozens of religions and there is even a family system. Role playing is effortless in Achaea, you role play simply by being there and playing the game.
The level of customisation in MUDs let you build your character exactly the way you want him or her to be. You can even change the way your character's voice sounds (via the accent / voice system) and there are lots of pre-made emotes. If you don't like premade emotes, you can make your own! There is a whole system dedicated to custom emoting.
Each class in Achaea is another way to play. This is arguably the best part of Achaea. You can play your character, you don't need to play your class. Sure, there are archetypes -- the all-knowing Magi, the secretive Occultist, the chivalrous Knight, but there are always opportunities for variations. Some Magi enjoy being right in the thick of melee battle. Some Knights prefer fleeing over death. There are Occultists who will sell their secrets, and there are Priests who will give their blessing for the right information. There are some that are neutral-aligned and can go anywhere (such as Monks and Magi) and these are the ones where the play your character, not your class example fits the best.
You can create your own plots simply by playing your character. Bribe some other characters into betraying their houses, set up an enormous raid in a House fortress by getting inside and taking up the defense. Form alliances with other Houses in order to weaken opposing Houses. Make friends and ask them to help you in whatever mischievious adventures you're looking to do -- thievery is always easier with help!
All of these examples and more are why Iron Realms offer the best role playing community out there!
Author: Rean Moliuvia