A hundred do's and don'ts of RP!

40 Blood Elf Hunter
510
Do: Step outside of your comfort zone from time to time and try to role-play something unfamiliar to challenge your capabilities. Invest in an alt in the opposing faction if you have not done so already!

Don't: Stick to the same select few. It's nice to have a group of reliable friends and guild members, but cutting yourself from everyone else entirely isn't healthy. Be prepared to meet new people who are likeminded!
Edited by Taevyn on 23/02/2012 03:07 GMT
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90 Troll Warlock
8335
Do:Remember OOC and IC are different things. So if Zaza mean to say JimBob know that isn't how I am OOC

Don't: Get upset when your character takes a bad turn in an IC fight, whisper the person and come to an agreement over it.
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100 Troll Shaman
8830
Do: put "Attempt" or "try" in your emotes if you are interacting with another character.

Don't: Travel to Silvermoon to Booty bay in one hour.
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85 Human Mage
2755
Do: Remember that casting advanced/a lot of spells will exhaust you, though of course at different rates for different skill levels.

Don't: Be shy to roleplay whatever you want. People are stupid and will hate you no matter what, even if you haven't provoked it, so what the hell. May as well enjoy yourself.

Don't forget, you don't have to conform to what other people think you should be doing in roleplay. We're all human here and can be wrong. All I'll say is, that if you opt to not conform, do no be surprised if people lash out at you. It's jealousy half the time.
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DO: Get it wrong sometimes. Your character probably isn't the most learned of lore masters and will probably not have a full grasp of most of what goes (or has gone) on in the world. Doesn't mean your character is ignorant or stupid, they've probably just heard the news 10th hand and it's been embellished or given a biased slant somewhere along the line.

DON'T: Be afraid to step out of the racial stereotype. It seems to apply to gnomes more than most. There's oodles of fun to be had being different. A word of warning though, know what rules you're breaking before you break them or you might be heading for a world of pain when the RP Police catch up with you!
Edited by Dwoozle on 23/02/2012 19:28 GMT
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40 Blood Elf Hunter
510
Do: Be sure to cling to the base traits of the race you're representing. An elf is still very different to a human even if they've lived alongside each other for a few years, after all.

Don't: Change large parts of your character's personality or background purely for the sake of joining certain role-playing guilds. If you're character is originally from Gilneas, stick to that instead of suddenly having them spawned in Lordaeron instead.
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90 Blood Elf Warrior
7045
Do: Be sure to cling to the base traits of the race you're representing. An elf is still very different to a human even if they've lived alongside each other for a few years, after all.


This. So, so much this. I've seen people try to play their Elves running along a similar concept to Sav, but they end up playing their Elf as an Orc. By all means, play an Elf that's been alienated from their own society and as a result become attracted to the 'freedom' that Orgrimmar and loyalty to the Horde offers, but don't forget that, no matter how alienated your Elf has become, they're still going to have some ingrained Elven traits. Sav, for instance, has an instinctively fierce sense of self survival, which is something I most definately see as ingrained into the Blood Elven mindset. This instinct comes above honour and loyalty for him. He's cruel and ruthless, but not in the sense that an Orc would be. An Orc respects a worthy enemy, and honours him after they're defeated. Sav butchers the enemy and spits on their corpse. Just something to keep in mind for those who, like myself, are playing an 'Orgrimmar-Elf' concept. Your Elf is never going to quite blend in with Orcish society, not really.

And as for some more Dos and Don'ts....

Do: Keep in mind the logistics of a battle during RP-PvP. You cannot, realistically, just walk straight through someone. If they've got a solid line set up, there's no way in hell you're going to break through it unless you physically shatter their defenses by taking down some of the soldiers in the line. You can't just fight through them and get straight to their menders. This especially applies if you're a rogue. You can't just go invisi-mode and sneak straight through them to magically reappear on the other side.

Don't: Be afraid to ask for advice on a concept if you need it. If you're unsure of how something will be recieved, ask your guildmates, or even someone on the forums. But be prepared for some rather frank criticism. If you know you're going to be hurt by someone saying they dislike your concept, then it's probably best that you -don't- ask for help/advice on it.
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85 Draenei Warrior
3530
Do: Be simple.

Don't: Be oversurprisingly in combat. It ruins it sometimes...
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90 Goblin Priest
0
DO: Be memorable
Don't: Be remembered as a jackass.
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Do: Believe in teh cake
Don't: have too much scars you're not a bleach charecter....oh and dont wear a full plated armour attire with a snazzy and light hat on top...
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85 Night Elf Rogue
3675
Do: be open for criticism and try to avoid anything mary sue-ish.
Don't: jump blindly into stuff you don't know or have experience about, common example, demon hunting.
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88 Blood Elf Death Knight
5410
Do: Respect other people's role play and don't disrupt it for your own entertainment.

Don't: Attack "I'm not a DK" characters for wanting to roleplay what they want with what they have, and another reason I've seen thrown at "I'm not a DK" characters is that they should play their class ICly, the reason they don't is because Death Knight's have nothing to role play any more.

And another don't: Read the book before you judge it.
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1 Orc Rogue
0
Do: Be mature
Don't: Be immature.

These goes for about everything *nods*.
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Do: Remember that most things you hear of Bane are just savage and ridiculous rumours.

Don't: Fear us. By all means come on over. We need more people to play hangman with us.
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90 Blood Elf Death Knight
8255
Do: Understand that you are not immortal and therefore can die ICly, also understand that others are so as well, so don't overdo your emotes, you can't be sure that the other person will dodge.

Don't: Kill another's character without permission as it isn't right towards them, also remember that only around 4% of the pop in WoW actually reads the forums and can't know about all going in here such as locations and whatnot so be reasonable.
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85 Goblin Mage
10110
09/03/2012 22:26Posted by Sylucia
And another don't: Read the book before you judge it.
I can't help but feel this is meant to say something else ... Should I judge a book before I read it then?
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10/03/2012 01:14Posted by Darkshire
And another don't: Read the book before you judge it.
I can't help but feel this is meant to say something else ... Should I judge a book before I read it then?


One word.

Twilight.
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