So after a fairly quick install I had the game On my computer and I was ready to begin this "Project" of mine. In case your unclear on what I plan to do, I will give you a quick rehash. Basically I am trying to take a new School game, and apply new techniques to roleplaying. Basically trying to "Get with the times" and establish a new Roleplaying standard for myself.
I get into the game as a Dwarf, then an Elf, then a Hobbit, then finally I land on a Human. To me I just seemed to have the most connection with a human in the Tolkien world of LOTR because of their conflicted will, and the beginning story seemed to reflect that very well.
I chose a Burglar as my class, my characters persona was that of a brigand that worked for money his whole and now imprisoned by his own kind he starts to look at things a bit differently. I know the rest of this is going to sound odd to some but stay with me please. I began to talk to myself in game....Yes I know it sounds odd, after the first cut-throat was slain by Admir I exclaimed "Those bastards, they got all thats coming to them!" I know it seems different but I found that if you actually act out a scene like you were in a play it brings more of a Real world feel to the whole drama of it.
Later once I was in the main world after the first 7 levels, I began doing the same thing, talking to NPC's which to my suprise actually engaged a couple of other players to talk with me. When I was jokingly flirting with female NPC guard, another group of two hobbit men came over and started trying to win her over as well. It brought back alot of fun, and it allowed me to sort of "Set the mood" and "Start the RP" that was coming. Instead of just being with a group of friends and saying "ALriught guys its RP time!!" It was as if I was already in character and others just joined in.
A friend that I made in game had also joined LOTRO for the RP, so now me and him have established a little "Hang out Spot" in Combe, where we plan to get a bunch of people together and try and start RP events. Thats all I have for my Project update for today but I will close with a quick summary.
From my first day in LOTRO as part of my RP Project, I have found that People really want to RP as much as you do. To me it seems that just the boundries are not being pushed to RP as they are not as much Taboo anymore. Hopefully by coming up with some creative and new RP ideas, we can re-establish the genre of RPGS as a whole, online at least, and bring some fresh faces to the table. So far LOTRO is a great place to pick for RP because the world screams it, even if the normal mechanics do not right as you start. Until next update, I suggest anyone who wants to join me in my RP project or just to try a new MMO check out LOTRO, Brandywine sever. (Yes I would have picked the Server that started with an L"the unnofical RP one", but I had already played on that one before so i wanted something new)