Hello, I’m Chris, better known as Raslazel from the top MUD, Achaea by Iron Realms Entertainment. I’m a veteran roleplayer and I’m here to share my knowledge. This is my third and final post about character development. It’s on a more obscure subject this time, but I feel it belongs in this series because it’s about personal relationships and growing both as a character and a player.
In any game that involves a large number of people, it’s easy to stir up some trouble, and often fun at that. But at what point does it cross the line from entertaining conflict to outright trolling? Here’s a handy list of questions to ask yourself:
Is almost everyone involved having a good time (i.e. sticking around to see how it ends rather than complaining and leaving – there will always be the jerks; I’m talking about the majority)?
Does the conflict make sense in terms of the events that led to it?
Is everything about the situation being kept in-character (i.e. no personal insults are being thrown at anyone about things that don’t have to do with the game)?
Do you get the feeling that group or person you’re having the disagreement with is taking it personally?
Yes to more than one of those means it’s more than likely that your conflict, no matter how well-intentioned, has escalated beyond what you originally envisioned. Consider taking it a new direction before you end it entirely. Let the losing side get in a few shots, whatever you have to do. Remember, it’s a game and everyone should be enjoying it, not just you and your friends. Be a considerate player and you’ll get a reputation as such.
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