Role Playing Games: The 5 Mentors To Avoid
By Ryan Richardson
Here you are, your first rpg character in this exciting new text-based world! You've gone through your introduction tour, picked an awesome class and cool-sounding guild, and now...you have absolutely no idea what to do. Thankfully, Iron Realms Entertainment's rpg games have a mechanic for just that: mentors! Mentors are a wonderful way for new players to get acclimated to the role playing game realm of their choice, but it's a very important choice, and requires a lot of thought! In light of this, here's a list of rpg mentors that you should probably reconsider before asking to mentor you:
5. The Gone Fishin' Mentor
Fishing is a wonderful rpg pastime. It's quiet, calm, soothing, and, in the realms of IRE, quite lucrative. However, a mentor who regularly engages in activities that are off-plane, on a ship, or even just generally distracting can be very frustrating for a protege to get in touch with needed!
4. The Opposite Time Zone Mentor
You just met the nicest man, and after you got to know him, he offered to be your rpg mentor! You happily accept, and look forward to working with him. Unfortunately, you've not been able to find him since, at least for any length of time. He always seems to be getting ready to leave the role playing game as soon as you log in, or logs in right as you're about to leave! Time zone differences can have devastating effects on an otherwise wonderful mentorship!
3. The "You're Doing It Wrong" Mentor
Some mentors are very goal-oriented with their rpg proteges, and will push them hard to go in a certain direction. This is perfectly fine! Some, however, are pushy to the point that, in matters of preference, they'll get on their rpg protege's case for not doing EXACTLY as they said to. This tends to be especially true for role playing skill choice, which is a matter of rpg customization that should be entirely up to the protege.
2. The Sleepy Mentor
This isn't something an protege can really control, nor can a rpg mentor control it sometimes. However, I believe we've all had the frustration at one point or another of getting a rpg mentor, and then a week later having him or her vanish, never to be heard from again. We get it, issues come up sometimes. However, often it's caused by a lack of interest as much as anything else, so be wary of those who seem distant from the game!
1. The "Wanna Be My Protege?" Mentor
This is the ultimate in rpg mentor faux pas, and not someone you should take seriously. Stepping out of the role playing game intro, there will sometimes be those whose first words to you are "want to be my protege?" Now, the person could be a wonderful rpg mentor, but anyone who approaches you immediately should throw up reg flags in your head, and you're likely better off finding someone else.
Ryan Richardson is an rpg enthusiast who enjoys the best role playing games from Iron Realms!