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Author: neschria

Gnomes Are For Punting!

Posted by neschria Friday November 16 2007 at 9:19PM
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I missed the EQ dev chat last night. I was having quality family time when 7pm EST rolled around, so I blew it off. I read the log today. I don't really have any comments on it... So, that's that for that topic.

I enjoyed reading MMOPlaya's entry on "Putting the RP back into MMORPG". I've had similar thoughts myself. It's that sort of thing that brings out the armchair designer in me.

I am going to say something kind of heretical here: I played some P&P RPGs back in the day (i.e. back when I was in high school in the 80's) and... I didn't like it. I didn't relate to my characters at all-- they were just numbers, and combat was just rolling dice... It didn't work for me.At the same time, I have always liked dressing up and playing pretend. I wouldn't call it LARPing, in my case-- more like free-form, improvisational drama. (I did a number of creative drama projects back in the day too.)

I think that's why I don't find it too difficult to RP in a lot of the current games, as long as I understand the world and my character's motivations in that world. The more combat-focused the game, the harder it is and the less fun it is for me. It's as if our characters have nothing better to do than murder orcs because they are there, waiting to be killed. I like fighting in games. That's why I play melee classes-- I have to be in the fight. But what about a vacation plan? Sometimes, even a warrior needs a day off to go fishing.

In EQ1, when gnomes were first allowed to be shadow knights, I played one, and she was a murderous, self-hating gnome-- I had a second home in Neriak, so I'd go to Ak'anon to kill gnomes. It served no purpose in terms of progress in the game, since almost nothing I killed there gave any experience to speak of at the point when I went on my anti-gnome crusade, but I enjoyed it, and it was totally in keeping with my character's personality. (What kind of people have a clockwork king, anyway? Those gnomes were ASKING FOR IT!) Ironically, that's the first character I ever had that reached level cap and had some decent gear for the era. Apparently the playing the game and playing the character weren't mutually exclusive. It helped that she was indiscriminately bloodthirsty... Well, except for those gnomes. That was pure discrimination there.

Gnomes are for punting! Or for sandwiches. OR for punting first and then as a tasty sandwich spread when you've worn them out.

RAIS12 writes:

Nice Blog neschria really funny at the of your blog Gnomes are for punting or for sandwiches. OR for punting first then and then as a tasty sandwich spread when you've worn them out. LOL

Sat Nov 17 2007 11:59AM Report
Flungmuk writes:

My ogre always prefeered a nice plump halfling to snack on...After kicking it around a little. :)

Sat Nov 17 2007 1:22PM Report
neschria writes:

Kicking them around tenderizes them nicely, doesn't it?

Gnomes may just be low fat halflings.

Sat Nov 17 2007 2:11PM Report writes:
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