Text-Based RPGs: Five Things To Think About Before Getting Hitched!
By Lorna Cowie
It's the age old story. You are born, live your life, hit eighteen years of age and get thrown into your adult text game life with a brief nod and smile (a process also known as 'character creation'). Suddenly everything is full of challenges; life sucks and it is up to you to make it better.
One of the ways you can make your RPG life better is by being in a relationship. Your character will need the support of friends and family around you, and as one of the previous articles has aided you on the family, I shall help you with your text-based love life. That's me, a regular cupid.
Before you go running off and doing the dirty with every local, there are a few things to remember about all this relationship 'stuff'.
Yes, yes they do. It is an unfortunate fact of any community in a text-based RPG. People will talk about anything. They hear a whisper and it will be around the text-based world before you can say 'Well Holy heck on a stick!' (or Unholy, depending which way you swing). Thanks to the amazing coding, some of the more in-depth text-based RPGs these days give characters skills that enable characters to be true spies with a full array of stealthy abilities such as eavesdropping and telepathy. If you say it, it can be heard... so keep this in mind when you start talking to someone about something important. Did you really want your words to be spread all over the world?
People love sex.
Sex sells! And it entertains people. I remember finding a lovely note left on the ground outside of a city in one text-based RPG that I play that contained every grunt, groan and squelchy noise of two people doing a certain unseemly activity. Someone had obviously scribed the event after eavesdropping (or perhaps either of the couple in question did it for revenge), but this can and does happen! Just because the game mechanics allow you to do literally anything, it doesn't mean that you should do literally anything just anywhere (unless of course doing it outside floats your boat) - just be prepared for the consequences!
Are you a fling?
Check into your soon to be beloved's background. Many divorces? Might mean they can't settle. Look through their family names or close friends and send out a few discreet messages. Do they go through women? Men? Kiss everything that stays still long enough? This could help in stopping you becoming number five... or six, or seven!
It might not all be their fault. People go dormant in text-based RPGs, and perhaps they like the feeling of having someone special so another divorce is added to the list. But it is a warning sign. Ask them and see what they say.
Are you happy?
Does this special person make the text-based RPG a brighter place for you? Do you log onto the text game just to check if they are around? You are the one playing the text game and obviously if you are happy, then you will be playing it more. Romance isn't everything, but does your soon-to-be partner do things to make you smile? Or kill and slaughter to offer you their enemies' hearts? It is nice to have someone around who loves and appreciates you, so do the same for them. Send them a letter with a poem, a head of one of their enemies. Share and share alike.
Do what you feel is right.
After all is said and done, the only person who can say what happens in your relationship is you and your text-based partner. Rumours might happen, gossip may spread, but if love is strong then so is your relationship. There will always be people out there to get you (paranoid yet?), but remember, you know what you are doing... right?
Forget OKCupid! Find love for your text character in a quality text-based RPG and live vicariously through your text gaming!
Lorna Cowie is a text game enthusiast and currently plays games from http://www.IronRealms.com.
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