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5 Things You’re Gonna See in Star Wars Roleplay

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on September 8, 2011 by theerivs

I have a feeling that the ugly head of the monster I call Roleplaying will not disappear when SWTOR comes out. In fact I feel that it will make a bit of a comeback, in that case I must prepare myself and you, my reader, for the future.

5 things you’ll see in Star Wars Roleplay.

1. Darth Vader Vampire Wanna Be’s – I fear the worse, that the vampire twilight jerkoffs will ruin my Sith.

2. More Men Wearing Slave Girl Outfits – Yea alot Girls in MMO’s are guys…but there are those that take it a little too far.

3. Cantina Erotic Role Play – My friend doesn’t want to bone you….I don’t want to bone you.

4. Elaborate Character Stories No One Gives A Shit About – Well not really the future, just more of it.

5. Sith and Jedi holding hands like Carebears – Can’t we all just get along? No, in fact we can’t.Now Shut the Hell Up, and Eat My Lightsaber!

We Are Wolves Among the Sheep

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2011 by theerivs

Wolfhead wrote an awesome little post about the death of MMO’s. He states that we are no longer given a choice about how we play in MMO’s. That the sense of adventure is gone. On many points I agree.

Then Spinks brought it to the level of Roleplaying, I don’t think thats what Wolfshead meant by his post, that role play is dead…but I do agree with the assumption that if it isn’t dead, it’s on its death bed….If i could strike the killing blow I would.  Spinks wonders why players in MMO’s are more interested in PvP, Achievements, etc…than crafting a story.

Objective-Based Players

I can only speak for myself, but being a player for years I do have a little background in well gaming. I am an objective based person. I set goals, and I conquer them. Ever since I was younger I played games to reach an objective, whether it was to sink a battleship, or pass Go to collect my 200 dollars.  The Overall Objective is to Win.

There are times when I explore, or do something a little out of the box, but there is always an objective…I’m going to get to the top of this mountain, or I’m going to do this old school dungeon try to get a mount.

There is no Win in MMO’s

Not really, but there are small victories. Such as destroying the boss, reaching an achievement, or crushing your opponent in PvP. These small victories fuel the fire of the players that suffer the same affliction as me. We want more, and more of it. That’s why you have progression raiders that are min-maxing everything, or PvPers that live in Battlegrounds. That’s why there are Arenas and Rated BG’s to feed our hunger. Winning is our drug, and MMO’s give it to us in small doses, and the more we win the more we need more wins. When we stop winning, we look elsewhere. Ever wonder why stagnant guilds fall apart?  Cause we like to win, and to quote the movie Talladega Nights, “If you ain’t first, you’re last”

Death of Roleplaying –

I believe Roleplaying should stay on the table top, don’t get me wrong I like roleplaying in general, but on a table top game that is one of the objectives to roleplay.  In an MMO, roleplay started as a sideline to the actual game, if it was a mainstay of the game why is there usually only one, at most a couple roleplay servers.  I think WoW is pretty much the only game left that foster Roleplay, and that in itself is dying.

Wolves Among Sheep

I propose a new archetype the Killer.  You have your Actor, who likes to live as the character, you have the Adventurer who like to explore, and create challenges for themselves. Then you have us…The Killers. Killers are like Adventurers on Crack. Who want to destroy everything in our path, to quote Conan, “To crush our enemies” whether they be Virtual or another Player.

Our appetite is voracious thus games like World of Tanks, League of Legend, the New Warhammer game Wrath of Heroes sprung up, we just want to destroy, we don’t want to develop a story. Like a plague of locusts we sweep across the land destroying and devouring all that see.  To win we will do what must be done, farm battlegrounds, enter an instance 1000 times, spend gold by the millions.

When I first started MMO’s in Dark Ages of Camelot, I didn’t get up at 3am on a Sunday to take part of a storyline, I woke up to take a relic, and crush my enemies.  

The Sheep

The problem with Roleplayers is they are sheep, they mill about. Follow one another like a sick cult.  They don’t know how to speak up, or defend themselves when Wolves attack. So when Wolves scream “Death to Roleplay” they huddle in the corner taking the stance of they are holier than though. That the way we play games is wrong, that they are the last bastion of the MMOs.  I think alot of them are antisocial, they just want to be left alone, and play their little stories out.  Unfortunately like society, an MMO you have to deal with other people….some of those people only care about being winners.

Are MMO’s Dyeing?

Not quite, but they are in serious danger. I think SWTOR will be the death knell if it fails to meet the expectations. Sad thing is alot of MMO’ers are putting their eggs in this basket, and if it doesn’t live up to the hype we’re going to be eating alot of omelettes.  I think alot of players are like me, and that we want to win.

I think the point I’m trying to make is that the dynamics of this industry is changing, sometimes change can be good. The old school MMO’s don’t like this, I don’t blame them.  Sometimes I miss the good old days….but then when that screen pops up says “Alliance Wins”  then I don’t feel so bad anymore.

How to RolePlay being Dirt Poor?

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , , on December 1, 2009 by theerivs

Oh boy Gevlon would be sour at me indeed, good thing I was never his pupil ..Well I said I was near broke before I’m sure. I really mean it now…my main has 26 gold. and my alts under 100 a piece. I broke the bank. I got Merlin’s Robe Pattern, and I made it.  Sorry I can’t link it now…I’m somewhere that blocks such things.  It cost me nearly 5k all together, and I haven’t even gemmed it, and enchanted it yet. Sure I could of saved money and found someone with the pattern, but I’m kinda nutty like that. I WANTED the pattern too. It’s like Pokemon, I must collect’em all. Luckily I have an asston of Moonshroud in my bank, that I’m hoping will be sold when I get home.

In other news I wrote about Roleplay, I thought since I’m a big fan of walking in someone else’s shoe’s or someone else’s 80 levels, such as my Project Genderbender. I figured I would role a toon on Feathermoon. I named him Rivs, my actual nickname is River, and most of my toons are named something to that fact, except my mage Frostscourge. Anywho I figured a Rogue would be easy for me to Roleplay, cause I am one in real life.  I made one back story….

Rivs story condensed version….

Rivs was born in the slums of Stormwind, all his life he worked oddjobs like bouncing at local taverns, or shaking down deadbeats who didn’t pay the bookies, and he occupied his time with gambling, and drinking. Until one day he saw the girl of his dreams, Rossalyn. She was from Westfall, and she came to Stormwind to sell some goods. She had to go to Darkshire next, so he promised to go with her and help guard her. On the trip he fell more and more in love with Rossalyn, and thought he would mend his ways, and even take up farming.  Almost near Darkshire, They were jumped by Scourge undead, there were too many of them. As he was fighting them off, they got to Rossalyn they ripped her to shreds. In his pure rage, and abandonment he was able to kill the rest off. Barely alive himself he crawled to Rossalyn, and on her dying breath she said, “I love you for not who you are, but who you can be”  With that she died. He picked her up, and carried her to Darkshire for a proper burial. Even though she wanted more from him his hate grew. The only good thing in his life was stolen from him. Now he will steal back. Revenge, and Hate is the only thing Rivs now, to steal from those who stolen from him, the Scourge, and to stick his sword or dagger into King Arthas back.  Rivs will either learn to be a better man, or the Hate will consume him until he is a monster himself.

I have another version I like. I’ll tell that later, it’s more grittier though. When I get him to level 10 I’ll make a desicion.

In other news my guild finally downed Anub in TOC 25. It was good on the first attempt I could really see come together at the end, but we weren’t fast enough, and wiped it due to becoming to close to Enrage. The second attempt near perfect. It felt really good when that Achievement popped. Congratulation Brotherhood of Oblivion of Azgalor it was a long time coming, but we did it together.