Mentors and their Protégés – A Tale of Bobby Wincestre in Midkemia Online.
I have been playing Bobby for what seems like years now. Well, given that he has played for two in games years, I guess that analogy is spot on. I now know his personality inside and out and thoroughly enjoy getting into character to play him for a few hours per day. Having already been deemed ready to lose my mentor, the person you choose from the Guild mentors to help you find your way in Midkemia Online and then being promoted to Guild Aide (Someone responsible for helping out new members and helping them learn what is needed to pass the guild novicehood exam) I found my role in the Pathfinders had changed dramatically, no longer was I the new kid, but now I was one of the guys, with responsibilities and a more active role within the guild. It wasn’t long before I took a newcomer under my wing and we got on like a house on fire. After spending an hour or so per day roleplaying with my new found partner and showing him the ropes I realized that being able to help a novice get to where I am now is such a rewarding experience. (the actual experience I gained from crafting all his weapons and armor an added bonus). And so I found myself being asked to take on the job of Mentor for this guy, Awesome.
Becoming a Mentor in Midkemia Online is an excellent opportunity for your character to grow in both character and influence. By helping out the new starters and forging friendships from the start your pool of friends and potential allies for anything you might want to cook up later will grow in leaps and bounds. I jumped at the chance to become an official mentor and assisting another player to learn everything he needs to know in order to be an active player, thus increasing the retention of new players is very rewarding.
We started off by renting a pair of horses and heading off to explore the world of Midkemia, Stopping off at all the hunting grounds along the way to make a little extra coin and grab some extra experience along the way, my ability as a soldier to shield allies from harm came in very handy in some of the tougher areas of course. It wasn’t long before my new buddy was learning how and when to use his skills and eventually getting strong enough to choose his specialization. It is amazing how quickly someone can learn to play by using the Mentorship system.
We returned to the city for some ale and some food and had a good chat and got into some roleplay with some of the other citizens and that was that. I hope to mentor more people in the future and be able to watch the game player base grow as a result. Next time I am on with my Protégé I hope for us to learn to fight in PvP as a team, with me shielding him and generating adrenaline to beat down our foes whilst he plays his bard songs to demoralize our enemies and boost my affliction power. A little practice and we will be unstoppable.
Come join us and find your own Mentor in Midkemia Online.