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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

Four Overused Character Types and Why They’re Boring

Posted by Raslazel Monday August 6 2012 at 11:32AM
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There’s no such thing as an original character anymore. Recycled archetypes, nuances and flaws abound. Even characters you think are original have been done before and done better. That said, there’s nothing wrong with any of that. My character, Raslazel of the Iron Realms Entertainment MUD, Achaea, is your classic user - a womanising, self-interested jerk. I play him that way because it’s fun.

That being said, there are a few character types that get overused. You should avoid them because they’re terribly, terribly tedious for other people. If no one wants to play with you, there’s not much point in logging in.

The strong, silent type – This macho stereotype is good for two things, looking pretty and tanking damage. It’s good, because he’s lousy conversation.

The effervescent girl – Bubbly describes her well. Not only because she’s perky, but also because she’s empty - nothing inside but air.

The obvious sex alt – Using people to get what you want is one thing, it causes conflict. Just putting yourself out there and begging for it doesn’t fill any holes. Well, it does, but… you know what I mean.

The all-scar – If you’re five hundred years old, I’ll buy some scars from either combat or RP. If you’re an eighteen-year-old newbie with scars all over your body, you’re an emo mess just begging to be incinerated.

This is not a complete list by any measure, but it covers the four most common and most annoying of the lot. When you create a character, being an average Joe is often the best bet. Most often, the special snowflakes are the ones that will annoy good players the most with their LOOK AT ME attitudes.

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “what game should I play?” and you haven’t tried an Iron Realms Entertainment MUD, what are you waiting for? With no download necessary to enjoy the full, free-to-play experience of Achaea, Imperian, Lusternia, Aetolia or Midkemia, there’s no reason not to give them a shot.