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#10022130 Sep 15, 2014 at 03:24 PM
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I'll hold my hand up right now and confess I am a 'lite' RP'er in MMOs. I'm the diet coke of RP'ers - only one calorie. I'm mostly focussed on the action, and playing the game, with the occaisonal side of RP thrown in.

Here's how I play Rychyrd in-game:

1: Try not to spoil anyone elses fun.

Basically this means - Try not to bunny hop naked through the middle of a deadly-serious hardcore in-character elven wedding ceremony. It might not be my bag, but those guys are really enjoying themselves. I try to smile and back away slowly without making eye contact.

2: Act how I think my character would act.

Pretty easy this one, as you're chucked the 'high fantasy hero' role by the game and its pretty hard to progress without following it.

I've saddled myself with a couple of quirks to make life interesting - Rychyrd is an ex-pirate captain rather than a decorated military captain... so he never summons a Herald. Also, whilst he's not averse to bloodshed, he's not a cold-blooded killer - so he doesn't go hunting purely to gain XP - I always have to conjure up a reason (fortunately very easy to do in the LoTRO universe).


3: Speak aloud how I think my character would speak.

This is on all public channels (mainly /say) and sometimes in group chat depending on the group. Guildchat/chat channels I usually consider to be ooc unless someone is clearly in-character, in which case I'll respect that and go with it :)



Otherwise, I behave as a regular player and try to work my way through as many quests as time allows.

And that's me - I'd be interested to hear everyone elses style.
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#10022506 Sep 15, 2014 at 05:02 PM · Edited 4 years ago
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I'm new to RP but your approach works.

Oh and, feel free to RP as much as you like in my presence.
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#10023001 Sep 15, 2014 at 06:50 PM
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While I generally tend to go for med-heavy RP, I try to be flexible and adapt based on the situation. I can be a light RPer if that's what everyone else is doing.
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#10024453 Sep 16, 2014 at 12:46 AM
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I have to confess of being more of a light role-player here.

First of all, despite being a self-proclaimed geek, I'm not really *that* familiar with the Tolkien lore. Secondly, I also like Getting Things Done in terms of quests, etc.

Having said that, I do take the time to read all of the quest texts and 'take part' in the stories offered by them. I also have a couple of other self-imposed 'rules,' such as no cosmetic clothing (if you want to look pretty, forego the stats), actually not wearing shoes (hey - I'm a Hobbit!), and avoiding Swift Travel as much as possible (for me instant-travel is a real immersion-killer).

I'm not one for the arbitrary grind - I'd much rather let quests and The Story lead me from location to location. Thankfully this is something that LotRO does very well (at least from what I've experienced so far).

As for conversation, I tend to swap between in character and OOC - probably more in character on the way to locations and OOC in the heat of battle. I do like to use /say a fair amount as well, as I really enjoy it when I stumble across other people's conversations.

That's about it, I think!
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#10025077 Sep 16, 2014 at 04:54 AM · Edited 4 years ago
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I started out playing a couple of months ago, hoping for something that really felt like I was participating in Tolkien's Middle Earth, playing and RPing accordingly, but I have to admit I'm disappointed. It's starting to feel like just another MMO run by a company interested in making a profit ... and the latest update didn't help.

Sorry, currently having some difficulty motivating myself to log in. I cancelled my VIP subscription today as well.

Consequently, my RP style will be pretty casual most likely, much more casual than I initially had planned. It just doesn't feel right to make the effort to be more hard core.
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#10025806 Sep 16, 2014 at 09:51 AM · Edited 4 years ago
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I regard myself as a light to medium RP'er, depending on the situation. In general I try to always be IC in /say, but also - depending on the situation - in the fellowship channel and even kinship from time to time. I find that it's useful to shift between IC and OOC talk because we're just starting out in slowtro and there's much to organize and agree on. I find Rychyrd's approach right - it's quite alright not to participate, and one can always just sip a beer while the others shoot emotes and give their speeches.

We're still trying to find out exactly how RP should fit into slowtro. And we should probably at some point find out exactly when IC and OOC is used. For example: /kin and even /slowtro could be IC - and if you want to use OOC then use ((brackets)). That would probably be my preferred approach. I think we probably should take a more firm decision on this a bit further down the road.

In our "grand meeting" we also used the slowtro channel for our IC presentations, because of the heavy chatter of say and emotes from the Pony. In my opinion this event was probably more "heavy-RP" than we will usually be, because our focus is also on advancing the story.

The good thing about slowtro is really that different players can have different approaches. There are no RP-requirements, except that when we do meet up we should try to be in character as much as possible, given the situation.

I have a dwarf alt in one of the big dwarf kinships - it's an amazing kin, but so RP focused that I never could actually get any questing done because I spent my limited playtime attending meetings, excursions, festivals, weddings, and more meetings. Great fun if you have the time, but as a fairly new player, who haven't even made it to Moria, advancing the story is a big thing for me too.

This thread might on immersion also be of interest: http://slowtro.shivtr.com/forum_threads/1819158

Talamyr, have you checked out the Laurelin archives? http://laurelinarchives.org/ - there's plenty of very immersive RP heavy kinships there. And I didn't meet that as a "find somewhere else" comment - you're perfectly able to stay in slowtro while participating in another kin.

Berawena of Archet
Bera's Background and Letters
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#10025833 Sep 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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Typically in most games, I am a medium-heavy RPer. I used to lead guild events in other games, whether it was a light-hearted party at the tavern or a more serious-toned adventure through the dark caves of a lurking necromancer, I'd do that. (I decided to go for the latter a few months ago with my little Dark Stirrings event. :))

It's my strong belief though, that our RPing shouldn't be limited to just the events or when we decide to level. When I typically log in (which I will admit, has been very difficult to do so recently), the Slowtro channel is abandoned or everybody are doing deeds. As we are on a RP server, we could have events more aimed towards the Prancing Pony meeting (in which I had to go before it even began, so I can't comment on that) where it's mostly just RP and the levelling events with a bit of RP also. We shouldn't just wait until people want to level just to RP, just RP whenever.

Anyway, I can shift my more serious typical tone to a lighter one if required, as I do enjoy the best of both worlds. (Plus sometimes I do get lazy and lean on the lighter side of things, haha.)

Anyway, I doubt I added much to the conversation but here are musings. Take them if you will.

(Oh, and let me verify the Archives are an excellent website to find the most recent RP events. I used to use them long ago when I played LotRO. Should add Delthrer and Merrielda to the Archive list.)
Come now laddies... Allow me to tell ye a little old tale... Long ago...
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#10025914 Sep 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM · Edited 4 years ago
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I actually really enjoyed our first 'storytelling' meeting in the Prancy Pony - I thought that worked really well.

With those sort of events, you go into it knowing that you're just going to be sat back soaking up the atmosphere and seeing what everyone comes up with, which was great. We could offer a mixture of 'action' events and 'rp' events - that way we cater for all whims.

Cool replies all, really interesting to see the diversity. Talamyr is right in that under the surface its just a game and Turbine are out to make a buck - however, its you guys that make a difference and really bring the world alive.

Never surrender! :)
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#10026024 Sep 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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I would consider myself a lite-rp'er also.
I dont think the game lends itself to heavy roleplay, when so many others around you are not doing it. My best experiences of online roleplaying have been in Neverwinter Nights servers.

I like the times when it is set aside for rp so you know... ok I am in character here. Like when we met in the pony, or went to help the Dwarves in Rath Teraig. My little excursion to the Giant in Bree is about as comfortable as I get roleplaying, it was fun as I tried my best to keep us out of combat. Ok the giant throwing rocks at us wasnt entirely my fault...lol

I find it harder when I am in action-mode to jump back into RP, tho sometimes it can happen. In Andrath the other day, I asked Bera if she was agile enough to jump a ruined doorway, she fell... and there was a little /laugh. That is the stuff that suits me, the impromptu stuff.
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#10026032 Sep 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM
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#10026024 Jullian wrote:

In Andrath the other day, I asked Bera if she was agile enough to jump a ruined doorway, she fell... and there was a little /laugh. That is the stuff that suits me, the impromptu stuff.



You just had to tell them that, didn't you! :)
Berawena of Archet
Bera's Background and Letters
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#10026065 Sep 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM
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#10025077 Talamyr wrote:

I started out playing a couple of months ago, hoping for something that really felt like I was participating in Tolkien's Middle Earth, playing and RPing accordingly, but I have to admit I'm disappointed. It's starting to feel like just another MMO run by a company interested in making a profit ... and the latest update didn't help.

Sorry, currently having some difficulty motivating myself to log in. I cancelled my VIP subscription today as well.

Consequently, my RP style will be pretty casual most likely, much more casual than I initially had planned. It just doesn't feel right to make the effort to be more hard core.



Rychyrd is perfectly right. Middle-Earth is out there and it's quite well-done in the beginning. It's what you make of it. While your points are perfectly valid as an endgamer, why concern yourself with Turbine as a slowtro player? At this pace, we will never even get to Angmar, Moria and Mirkwood, not to mention stuff that is really screwed up later on. The biggest draw for me here is getting away from the grind, competition, all the qq and trolling that's going on everywhere else. There is no boring repetition here, no resets, and you can forget your unrealistic expectations for Turbine, because truthfully Turbine doesn't care about anything but their latest expansions. Every time a new one comes out the previous one dies. But I wanna be able to relive everything in a meaningful way, and that's why I really really hope Club Slowtro will work. So don't leave.
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#10033018 Sep 17, 2014 at 08:16 PM
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Not leaving per se, I enjoyed the session with you guys very much a few weeks ago. It's just harder to motivate myself to log in currently than before. What makes it tricky as well is the schedule being euro focused (which is fine, I knew going in I would have to make a bit of effort to juggle schedules) plus having discovered Dragon Age Origins will run on my laptop...
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#10033182 Sep 17, 2014 at 08:50 PM
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Heh: DA:O is another one of those games on my 'must finish at some point' list. :-)
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#10033194 Sep 17, 2014 at 08:53 PM · Edited 4 years ago
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Regarding time zones, remember that there's actually quite a few North Americans in our group - Talamyr, Talarka, Berenthel comes to mind, and also the new player Hullis - so a possibility could be for you to schedule events when it's more convenient for you. Just remember to give us some pics and words on your progress in the "slowtro adventures" section, so we can all enjoy and be inspired about what the others do :)
Berawena of Archet
Bera's Background and Letters
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#10033861 Sep 17, 2014 at 11:49 PM
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As some may have figured out, my approach to RP is a little immersion, but not total immersion like the folks who won't swift travel or teleport. All my toons have careers, back stories, interests, dislikes, and the other stuff that goes with being a humanoid. So in character, they tend to act out their thoughts and motivations. "Out of character" they still try to fulfill their desires. So while the player/narrator myself is somewhere else in LOTRO, Talarka is still trying to work out a business deal with stubborn Shire folk.

I find the fun part is often playing through the misunderstandings that naturally occur in life. When a Club Eclair character tells me about serving a hobbit breakfast to orcs, I ask him how he goes about cooking hobbits. The Common to Silvan translator in Galdhron's head makes sense of that, since orcs would love to eat tender hobbits for breakfast. When Hamloin the Dwarf asks Butterbur for his best brew on a budget, he takes offense when served Blind Troll Stout. He's not offended so much by the name but that to him it tastes like troll sweat after a hard day of slaying.

As long as it's not abused, I find horses, stable mounts, and even milestones as a convenience to the narrative. What we are trying to achieve over the course of maxing level would take many years, if not a lifetime of activity. Yet we're trying to accomplish so much in what the Epic timeline took maybe 24 - 36 months to achieve. So while I'm in group I try to take the timeliness as real time, and out of group let the activities fast forward for sake of the story.
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#10069636 Sep 26, 2014 at 02:06 AM
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I guess my style is similar to Talarka's. I'd say I'm a mid-heavy RP'er. I like my RP to be character driven and for those scenes to make a difference to the character somehow. (I cut my teeth on the old school MUSH games and RPG's.) That being said, I will try to have the character adapt without getting out of character if things get too light or too fanciful. When I'm RPing, the character will do what makes sense for that particular character. On the other hand, I've been known to do very silly things OOC.

I'm a big fan of improv and one of the main rules of that is "never say no" to another actor. Never try to be the only person running a scene. An example is if one person says, "Here we are in Spain," the other person doesn't say, "No, you're mistaken. We're actually in London." The correct response for the other person goes a bit like this...

Person 1 -- "Here we are in Spain!"
Person 2 -- "Ah, yes, lovely. AH! Look out for the bulls!"

Now it's Person 2's chance to "not say no." :D

I do like immersion gaming, especially with a game as beautiful as LOTRO. (Same with Skyrim.) However, with the schedule I have of work, two kids, etc, my time I get to game is very short and sweet. I will run a character or do fast travel if necessary so as not to lose game time. Then, I'll toggle on the RP switch and take it slow again.

I also like taking the random moments that come up in the game and make them part of the character's story. Either a weird glitch or a cool drop or maybe just a random RP encounter outside the Pony. One character ending up being paranoid for a year because he stepped out of the Pony and into some sort of unrelated murder/assassination story from another Kin group and he was SURE the assassins were coming for him as a loose end. More recently, Hullis just had some very interesting loot drop for him while he was picking a green onion field. It really made me stop and think and I definitely want to use it as something that might effect him or move him closer to that hero role. We will see.

Hope that helps and hopefully get to interact with everyone soon!
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#10070823 Sep 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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RP just confuses me. People should either be in character all the time or not.

Wednesday we play the part of the Epic Quest in which we follow the crebain into the Old Forest. We are told that Hesthorn may also be lost in the woods (power-gaming). The next day, we are worrying about getting mushrooms for hobbits breakfasts, rescue some hobbits in the Old Forest, meanwhile the crebain and Hesthorn are left to their own devices.

Bad RP done badly.

I think that is the danger of a kin that tries to please everyone, it sometimes ends up pleasing noone.
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#10070881 Sep 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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Yeah maybe we should be more clear about what the focus is on each session (to be decided by those involved really). It's difficult to balance RP and questing, because there's two very different mindsets involved: Immersion/taking your time and GTD/getting things done.
Berawena of Archet
Bera's Background and Letters
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#10071227 Sep 26, 2014 at 01:37 PM
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Possibly a time restraint or a beginning/end time for game sessions and a statement of what the group is trying to accomplish whenever there is a group event? Free ranging RP is fine and awesome but if you've got more than two people coordinating their schedules it might be a good idea?

For instance - Gathering to hunt down the Crebain in the Old Forest. Thursday - 7 to 10PM (EST). Meet at Adso's Camp. If late, you can try to find us in the Old Forest. (A loremaster could send a bird to guide them, etc..)

Anything in that time frame with THAT group is focused on THAT goal and tries to stay focused on doing it. When it's done.. well.. it's done. Go do something random or RP story related next or gather and prepare for the next outing or process anything that came up between characters in IC scenes, etc.
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#10071262 Sep 26, 2014 at 01:50 PM
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We're all still learning how to slowtro lotro! It might be an idea to head for a situation where we have two weekly sessions - and whatever else people want to do - one where the focus is on RP - for example: "Hesthorn has gone missing in the Old Forest, lets try to find him (and see what happens along the way" - the other with a focus on advancing the epic story, for example: "Old Forest: Let's get to Bombadil and see what he wants us to do, and then on to the Barrows."
Berawena of Archet
Bera's Background and Letters
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