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Wallowing in the MUDs with Raslazel

A series of articles about MUDs and gaming in general, involving strategy and commentary on role-play and having fun.

Author: Raslazel

RP Adventures: Establishing Your Group

Posted by Raslazel Thursday July 19 2012 at 1:28PM
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Hello, and welcome to my second RP Adventures article. In this one, I’ll discuss how to establish your group as well as warn you what types of people to avoid. But first, a brief introduction: I’m Chris, otherwise known as Raslazel in the best MUD around – Achaea from Iron Realms Entertainment. I’m a veteran roleplayer and know a thing or two about the subject.

In establishing your group, it’s important to be selective. Pick people that you know you can trust and fall back on in an instance when your character needs some serious development. Even if you’re just in a dry spell, these people are lifesavers. Additionally, from this core group of friends, you can leech… err… befriend more solid players.

Watch out for lolplayers and people like that. They’re fun at first, but they will ruin some of your greatest opportunities for good RP by saying or doing something completely OOC.

Another group to avoid is the clingers. It’s fine if your character has a girlfriend/boyfriend/other, but when that person gets too attached, he becomes a clinger. A good sign that you’ve got a clinger is if he ever suggests that he loves you OOCly. It happens. Be careful. Unless the love is mutual, then congratulations! Be aware that a clinger not to be confused with a Klinger. If you got a Klinger, you’re probably watching M*A*S*H re-runs.

Scene-stealers are the worst, however. These attention-seekers will turn every situation, including worldwide events, into something selfish. No matter what you call them (attention-wh***s is pretty common), they will always try to pull the spotlight onto themselves. This can stunt character development and seriously ruin your enjoyment of the game. Avoid them at all cost.

Now, if someone is does not fall into the above categories, but simply lacks RP skill and is really trying, do not exclude them. It’s often worth your time to teach this person by your own good example. Strong bonds of friendship can be formed this way.

A good player will share a scene and give as good as he gets. He’ll help others develop and in doing so, develop himself. Always a good sport, he never takes the game personally. Above all, a good player will have fun whether he’s in the spotlight or not.

If you have no idea, what I’m on about, you should try playing a MUD. MUDs, especially top MUDs by Iron Realms Entertainment, are a great source for finding fellow roleplayers and having a lot of fun. Completely free MMORPGs are few and far between, but IRE offers multiple opportunities to earn credits (in-game currency that can be used to buy powerful artefacts and quickly master class skills) without spending even a penny. Have a look, you can even play them as browser games.