I've always been a fan of RPGs that keep you engaged through a well-written storyline that makes me feel like my actions matter to the universe. I'm not specifically talking about lore, which is only exciting to those who enjoy reading archives of content, but a storyline that updates itself based on player's actions.
Fable and The Elder Scrolls immediately come to mind, but neither were MMOs. It's impossible for a large-scale MMO to focus on individual groups of players. The roleplay is left entirely to RP servers, and the producers focus on content expansions instead.
Personally, I yearn for the older days of games like Ultima, Dark Age of Camelot, and even MUDs. Many folks here on the MMORPG.com forums have lamented that there is no "RP" in MMORPG anymore. So where is it?
I've been hooked on MUDs lately, using them as my go-to RP fix between LoL games. Sometimes I just multi-task between games, playing a MUD in my browser while I've got LoL in a window. One particular MUD I've been enjoying is Achaea, which has an active playerbase and a strong emphasis on roleplay.
While combat and PvP is a large part of Achaea's faction-vs-faction atmosphere, many players simply log on to roleplay and catch up on the latest events, which are numerous and encourage player participation. It's possible to log on from a mobile client, which means you can sneak in a half hour of being Sir Rabbledorf, the Brave Knight on the bus ride to work.
I'm also waiting for Albion Online, which I've been following for some time on their Facebook page. Albion Online has many of the features I love about Achaea, like an RP-sandbox environment and a free-to-play perk system that rewards non-paying players.
Of course, Albion Online hasn't officially released yet so it's too soon to tell if it will be my next RP fix. Are there any RP-focused games you enjoy or are waiting for? Tell me in the comments!