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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

Character Development: Staying Consistent

Posted by Raslazel Friday July 20 2012 at 2:33PM
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Hello, I’m Chris, better known as Raslazel from the top MUD Achaea by Iron Realms Entertainment. Welcome to the first of a series of articles on character development. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, try one of the free-to-play MUDs from Iron Realms Entertainment and find out!

In this post, I’ll be discussing the importance of staying consistent in your character’s personality when roleplaying and tips for doing so. When you’re new to the roleplay scene, don’t sweat it. No one expects miracles from newbies, just stick with it. But after a while, if you follow the advice I gave in a previous post, your character’s personality will start to show itself as something more than just a reflection of your own.

Remaining consistent, that is, reacting to something the same way each time, is important to building credibility with other players. The easiest way to do this is to simply fall into character, as the actors say. It’s possible to develop a character well enough to get to the point where you don’t even have to think about what he’s going to do. That’s what you’re aiming for. The only way to get there is to play often and play well.

The best-played characters all have consistency in common. Unless the person is a mercurial time bomb, then unpredictability factors in. Of course, even then, they’re consistently unpredictable. See what I mean?

The only exception to this is when it’s among friends. For example, if someone he didn’t know called Raslazel (who is of the cat-like rajamala race) “kitty” or “cat,” he wouldn’t react favourably. If a friend did it, it would just be laughed away. Just like you are with your friends, so should your character be with his.

Another way to build consistency is to have a phrase that’s unique to that character. I’m not talking about a cheesy catch phrase like an old sitcom star, but rather something more mundane that he says all the time. This also applies to physical actions like wringing his hands or walking a coin over the back of his hand.

Here's an example of what I mean. It's just Raslazel being Raslazel.

There’s really not much else to say. The only way to get to the point with your character that I mentioned above is to get your hands dirty and start roleplaying. Iron Realms Entertainment has some of the best MUDs around and they’re all roleplay-friendly, so check them out! Take care.