Text Games: How My Career Gave Me Character
by Rachel C.
Inspiration can be found in the most mundane of places, even the place where we're called by our “government names”. If your roleplay experiences in other online text games has been lackluster, try these suggestions on for size.
Dress for Success
Whether you're in food service, customer service, or a text game ministry aide, what you wear says volumes. Case in point, a work friend of mine started out in the cubicle farm with the rest of us, and practically overnight he moved up the corporate ladder to the job of his dreams. His secret? He changed his clothes. One day he was rocking the thrifty geek style of second-hand sweatervests and Chuck Taylors, the next day he was decked in polished shoes and power ties. Granted, this guy also possessed the brains and ambition to propel him up the ladder of success, but the moment he started dressing like “the big dogs” he immediately found acceptance in their pack. This applies to online text games too, it's not unusual to see a novice requirement for attire befitting a member of your class. Lusternia takes this concept to whole new levels, where it's possible to earn more money while influencing for charity if you're dressed in tawdry rags compared to opulent garments. Then there's always the option of becoming a tailor, sewing your own garments, and setting the standard for fashion.
Finish projects ahead of schedule
Projects aren't assigned as busy work or a way to pass the time. If you're involved in a project, finishing your part in a timely manner is vital to the overall success of the team. Chances are there's someone else relying on your participation, and they can't move forward with their work until you complete yours. No one likes dead weight on their team, this is equally true in online text games. Just like your boss can see you doing a crossword puzzle while you're on the clock, your text game companions will be able to tell when you're not focused on deadlines. Demotions can, and do, happen in the virtual worlds of online text games, and while you may not lose any income over a loss of a title, you'll have your work cut out for you when it comes to polishing your reputation back to its original shine.
Remember the 7 Ps
This military adage has saved the hide of many an individual, provided the heeded the advice of the 7 P's: Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Would you give a presentation at work without first creating a slide show and practicing your speech a few times? Well, you could, but you'll likely suffer some consequences. This lesson applies to online text games in so many ways, from the novice about to be tested for advancement, the would-be combatant hitting the battlefield for the first time, even the high ritualist preparing for a sacred ceremony. The bottom line: practice, study, buy supplies, plan, and see character improve as a result.
The jury is still out on the true effectiveness of honey over vinegar for catching flies, but I think we can all agree that no one wants to hug a porcupine. Besides, a sour disposition just leads to angst, and in extreme cases, an early grave. If that's not strong enough evidence, think about the anti-aging effects of smiling, it's an instant facelift. Need more? Some people of influence in Lusternia possess such a charismatic smile they're able to shrug off afflictions.
Know when to quit
Sometimes it just doesn't work out, business needs change, along with personal needs, and that's okay. A career isn't a lifetime commitment, and neither is an online text game. If things aren't working out for you in your current City, House, Guild, Order, Commune, relationship, whatever, cut your losses and move on to another opportunity.
Give some of these tips a try to give your text game character a boost in their career!
Rachel C. is a successful text gamer who enjoys the best online MUDs at Iron Realms!