Role Playing Text Games: Five Ways To Start Role Play in a MUD
By Lorna Cowie
To a lot of people, reading this might seem quite odd. Roleplaying in a MUD? It's one of the reasons we play the MUD! But to others, those who stumble upon a text based game to give it a go and find they really like adventuring and fighting, roleplaying might not come naturally.
Roleplaying is very easy to get into, and well worth the effort. Here are some helpful tips that you might find useful in getting started!
Yes, it is as simple as that. Greeting people you meet, even if they are complete strangers might get you some roleplay. It might not all be good, or end up in a lengthy and complicated discussion about the local politics, but it will get you into the feel of talking to other people. Also, it shows that you also are open for roleplay and conversation, and that is never a bad thing!
Examine another player and comment upon what they are wearing.
This one is easy. All you need to do is examine another character, perhaps the one you have said hello to, and comment upon something they are wearing. Do you notice an unusual piece of jewellery or a nicely tailored item of clothing? Mention it! A simple 'That is a wonderful cloak, who made it?' will break the ice more than you think!
Comment upon features of another player.
Nicely, of course! No use telling a new potential friend they have a huge nose! Do they have eyes that are an unusual shade of colour? Or perhaps a scar that has a story behind it? Finding out can lead to a wonderful story of what has happened to them, and they might just return the favour and ask something about you!
Make sure YOUR character description is up to date.
Check over your own character's description. Does it make sense when you read it over? Are there little hints and details that might allow another character to ask you about them? This can sometimes help become involved in roleplaying. The world doesn't have to be full of perfectly formed women and truly muscular men and making yourself stand out can be a lot more involving. What if you had a previously broken nose? This could lead to telling a good story about how you ended up in a bar brawl that had nothing to do with you!
No matter if your character is good or bad, full of evil intent or as saintly as an angel, always try and be polite. People remember a lot more of the bad things than the good, and you would be surprised at how quickly gossip can get around. You may be the most bad-ass fighter in all the world, but the simple act of being polite, especially to those who do not know you, might open up a few more doors than you think it would!
Hopefully these few tips will help you, and remember that not everything will be offered to you easily, but with hard work and putting up with a few knock backs, you will find yourself roleplaying like a pro!
If you would like to try out some great online roleplaying games, check out these text based RPGs.
Lorna Cowie is a text game enthusiast and currently plays games from http://www.IronRealms.com.