Text-Based MMOs: Roleplaying a Rajamala in Achaea
By Seth R. Cooke
In every text game, a choice is presented to you. This choice will determine many things, from your physical appearance to how you are perceived by others and countless things in between - your race. As such, this guide is aimed at instructing text game MMO players in how to play the master race; Rajamala. Playing a Rajamala is a difficult job, as you are tasked with being the snuggliest, most adorable fluffball of all time. This is a title you must constantly defend with both actions and words. Not pouncing someone to greet them could have a disastrous effect on your carefully crafted and earned reputation.
The first thing that you must remember when you are a text MMO Rajamala is your tail. Raja tails are wonderfully expressive, from batting playfully at people's noses to chasing it, your tail is your best friend throughout life. You should make sure to describe it properly - underscoring your tail reminds everyone constantly that you are a Rajamala! Additionally, tails require careful maintenance and care. You must play with your tail and take it on walks occasionally, or it will get restless. You should also avoid trailing it in the dirt, and when anyone walks by remind them repeatedly to not step on your tail. Remember, your tail is more important to your role play in a text-based MMO than anything else.
The second perk of being a Rajamala in a text MMO is your fur. Remember, despite being 'tiger-like', you should try to be as creative as possible. Shiny, glistening, completely impractical fur is always a solid choice (it shows your nobility). I suggest pink or white, though any color may be used. It should be soft, perfect, smooth, shiny, glistening, perfect, and lustrous, never out of place ever (no matter how many things you just killed or how many times you pounced someone to the ground). As a Rajamala, you're only as good as your fur!
Finally, your most useful action is being adorable. Forget warrior-like, forget tough, you're an adorable fuzzball and should act as such! At all times. No matter what.
To stay in character, you must lick or pounce to greet, and then (in true housecat fashion), rub yourself against anything or anyone that stands still. By doing this, you make sure you're the center of attention as you deserve to be. Other useful tactics for this (that totally won't get annoying, ever) include meowing, cuddling, grooming others, grooming yourself repeatedly, and wagging your tail whenever Rajamalanly possible.
As a Rajamala, it is you job to provide the cute and cuddly quota for the game at all times. This duty should be vigorously and unflinchingly upheld - snuggle, lick and romp anyone you don't know in an attempt to spread that Raja cheer. And finally, remember; If anyone reminds you that Rajamalas are supposed to be fierce hunters, explain that stereotypes are bad. Purring at them also helps, as purring has been scientifically shown to soothe anyone. For the more advanced Rajamalas, I suggest grooming them as well, to show that you're quite harmless and, as always, adorable.
If you promise not to take this article 100% seriously, check out these text-based MMOs for yourself and perhaps give the Rajamala race a try!
Seth R. Cooke is a text game enthusiast and currently plays games from http://www.IronRealms.com.
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