Midkemia is a great game and I think anyone who has seen either of my other blog posts knows that's what I think. But it's also one of those games that won't play itself for you. One of the great things about Midkemia is the fact that it isn't on rails, it doesn't have a set plot, you CAN change what happens in the game, and your actions DO make a difference. But if you sit around and do nothing and wait to be entertained like you're watching a movie, you're going to be disappointed. Not everyone is used to playing games like this, where your actions change things, but it's not as hard as you might think!
First things first: Stay Immersed. This is a RP game, it is certainly not a Call of Duty clone where you just shoot things and the story is a joke. You don't need to have alot of experience RPing in order to enjoy RPing, it just takes a tiny bit of planning.
Deciding on a few personality traits for your character could really help you RP and stay IC. Is she shy? Is he greedy? Does he love combat? Would she run away from a fight? Would she steal something? Try to create an interesting, fun character that sticks out a little bit in whatever way. My character loves stealing and fighting, no matter the odds.
Secondly: Talk to people! Some people are shy and won't interact with you unless you start the conversation. Don't be intimidated by this! They are just people behind computer screens just like you. Try greeting them by something in their title, then asking for help or asking why they're wielding this or that, anything. Ask them if they'd like to go hunting with you, or fishing, or even spar! Ask about their history, what they like to do, where they got that scar from, whatever.
Try to incorporate some of your class into your RP. If you're a bard, randomly start singing! If you're a thief, try some sneaky thief RP. My character is fond of asking people if she can warm her hands up in their money-pouch (it's actually quite cold in the North!) and sneakily picking up anything she can find.
Also, don't be afraid to do some custom emotes. It's a lot of fun and really helps immersion as well. While stock emotes don't take balance and are a lot easier, custom emotes allow you to show a lot more personality through your actions. My character is particularily effective at biting shins before running away, for example. Midkemia has a really cool system of emoting, read HELP EMOTE.
Next, if you're alone, don't just quit until more people show up! There are still plenty of things to do even while you're waiting for more people to play with. Try giving little responses to NPCs when they say things to you, sometimes an Immortal will animate one of them and start RPing with you. Also, you can:
Level through killing denizens (known as bashing)
Explore (which also gives you experience)
Fish (which gives you great gold and experience
Gather through mining or harvesting (which can give really good experience)
Or even craft some new armor or weapons!
Lastly, don't join OOC clans/societies (unless they are extremely helpful). This is a big one that might not be obvious to people, but it can really damage your immersion over time if you're not really really good at swapping between IC and OOC on the fly. I've found from other IRE games that OOC clans tend to really change how you play, especially if it's an OOC clan with just one side of the coin (faction) in it. Without realizing it, I stopped playing for fun and started playing to win.