Greetings and welcome to my second article on non-human racial RP, the Don'ts. I'm a big fan of playing beastmen in the games I play, especially the top MUD Achaea by Iron Realms Entertainment. If you have not read the article previous to this one (the Do's of racial roleplay), I would suggest doing so now. There are several important tips there for playing a beast race successfully. It also lists your racial options for becoming the beast.
Here's a short list of things to avoid when playing a beast race:
- Play to every negative stereotype of the base animal. Cat-like does not mean cat. You will not go into heat; you will not have to lick-groom yourself. This kind of thing is degrading to the race and the history behind it and will only be frowned upon by serious role-players.
- Turn every conversation into a six-line emote fest about how great it is to be beast-like. One or two lines of custom emotes peppered in with coded emotes will cover it, trust me. Less is more in this situation, those occasional emotes will add just enough to let people know who you are. A good example is my favourite character's smirk: "Raslazel smirks, showing a glint of bestial teeth in the raised corner of his mouth." Short, sweet and used sparingly along with regular smiles and grins.
- Forget that your toon, no matter how feral, is still a person, too. Striking a good balance is crucial here.
- End your sentences with, "meow." Please, I'm begging you.
- Force racial RP on others. Some people like it, some don't and you can't force them to play your way.
I hope this has helped to clarify a few important points. I tried to cover the most common mistakes people make when doing this sort of thing, not just list my pet peeves. Seriously, though, nothing turns me away like a rajamala grooming himself with his tongue right in front of me. It's stupid.
Anyway, I definitely recommend racial roleplay for beginning roleplayers. If you've ever thought to yourself, "what game should I play?" Why not try Achaea or any of the excellent Iron Realms MUDS available? They're free-to-play and have established, newbie-friendly communities. Even if you're a veteran, these games offer a deep, rich experience not found anywhere else. Thanks for reading!