So I had a chat with our Head DM and we agreed that we will get some players coming to LOR with a wide range of rp experience, from none to hard core rp vet. So we are going to build a guide with tips to help those wishing to improve.
I should point out that these are not rules and are not binding requirements. They are just some ideas to help keep us all immersed in the setting. I am a player just like you and I am by no means a perfect role player. I just happen to have experience with a lot of rp servers.
Some basic things that new players often overlook. Running everywhere, logging off and on in plain sight, speaking out of character as themselves about OOC things.
Now you may ask what is the big deal about immersion? Basically the goal of immersion seekers is to have as few reminders as possible they are playing a game. They want to lose themselves in the setting and not be pulled out by anything seriously lacking realism or that blatantly invokes real life.
Running every where: Short of a few tribes that have not modernized no one runs every where. They typically walk, they run when they have to. Yes some people run for recreation and exercise and there is nothing to stop you from rping that but generally this is something that really stands out that is not realistic.
Random logging: So you logged off in the casino after a night of play right in front of everyone. Those wishing to stay in character now have to rp that you just vanished or disintegrated. You have just forced them to compromise their rp and you will do this again when you log back on and magically appear in front of other people. It’s generally best to log off, change outfits and other out of character things, out of the view of other players.
Staying in character: The purpose of rp is generally to pretend to be someone else. The rest of us want to believe you are someone else. The moment you break out of character that illusion starts to fade.
The best way to stay in character is to know what your character is like. Give a little thought to their history, background and personality and you will find their reactions begin to write themselves. If you were tortured by Ewoks for 5 years you probably don’t like Ewoks. If you grew up poor maybe financial security is important to you.
A few minutes considering these details will arm you for your first encounters. You will grow with time and probably change and this becomes even more impactful if your character is so defined that changes are obvious. Why is your charcter suddenly nervous around droids? He/She never used to be…and so on.
Now granted you need to build a profile you can pull off. If I am going to rp a galactic traveler who has seen a lot of space I am going to need to know some lore to pull that off convincingly. Conversely if you spent your life in a backwater you may know nothing about anything but moisture farming in a desert. Most anyone could pull that off.
RP like anything is something you get better at with practice. The more you do it and think about it the more complex and nuanced your performance will become. It is also something that takes time and confidence so I would encourage people to be supportive of those just getting started rather than dismissive.
Obviously there is a wide range of things one could add for tips. This was just meant to get us started and point out a few glaring things common to newer players. Feel free to add anything constructive you feel can help us all.