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How do you rp?


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Dracurian
04.19.2012 , 02:30 AM | #11
I have to admit, this online RPing I am finding difficult. Never having the inclination in any other MMO to even try.

I am of the pen & paper AD&D brigade, from back when a Commodore 64 was cutting edge technology & it took a week of programing to make a turtle draw a circle.

The character background & everything I have before I even create my characters, it is the actual mechanics in game I am having trouble with.

Had a look at the RP night, & could not work out whom was saying what to whom.

How does it work?



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Kirameki
04.19.2012 , 02:48 AM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by Dracurian View Post
I have to admit, this online RPing I am finding difficult. Never having the inclination in any other MMO to even try.

I am of the pen & paper AD&D brigade, from back when a Commodore 64 was cutting edge technology & it took a week of programing to make a turtle draw a circle.

The character background & everything I have before I even create my characters, it is the actual mechanics in game I am having trouble with.

Had a look at the RP night, & could not work out whom was saying what to whom.

How does it work?



8-)
Yeah this part is hard especially without chatbubbles ingame. If someone is not using the /em *insert random line with name it's adressed to* I also have difficulties understanding what's what and to whom they speak.

It's even harder when some only use /say ..with the custom emote thing /em atleast the text appears as a lovely thick bright orange line.
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SelinaH
04.19.2012 , 06:00 AM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by Kirameki View Post
It's even harder when some only use /say ..with the custom emote thing /em atleast the text appears as a lovely thick bright orange line.
People roleplaying in cross-faction areas (such as the Nar Shaddaa cantina) often choose to use /say, with emotes offset by asterisks (* *), because players of the opposite faction are unable to see custom emotes. Putting emotes into /say allows all RPers in the area to observe and participate in the conversation, regardless of faction.

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Tash_Verano
04.19.2012 , 10:19 AM | #14
Quote: Originally Posted by Kirameki View Post
Yeah this part is hard especially without chatbubbles ingame. If someone is not using the /em *insert random line with name it's adressed to* I also have difficulties understanding what's what and to whom they speak.

It's even harder when some only use /say ..with the custom emote thing /em atleast the text appears as a lovely thick bright orange line.
you can customize the colors of different types of chat items by right-clicking on the chat tab. then go in and right-click on the specific channel that you wish to make unique. I did it with my say channel and it helps out a bit.

but situational awareness and having nameplates floating above characters helps too


I would think that chat bubbles would visually clutter up the scene if they were implemented in high traffic areas like cantinas, and thus harder to engage in conversations... but that's just me.

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Kirameki
04.20.2012 , 04:28 AM | #15
Quote: Originally Posted by Tash_Verano View Post
you can customize the colors of different types of chat items by right-clicking on the chat tab. then go in and right-click on the specific channel that you wish to make unique. I did it with my say channel and it helps out a bit.

but situational awareness and having nameplates floating above characters helps too


I would think that chat bubbles would visually clutter up the scene if they were implemented in high traffic areas like cantinas, and thus harder to engage in conversations... but that's just me.
I'm on a very heavy server. If everyone is using say it also totally clutters. BW should come up with a specific system for RP. Plus nameplates and social awareness does nothing to people whom speak random without adressing anyone specific. Some people simply lack the sense of adressing someone in person instead of going "hey you". I once entered a cantina where someone said "hey sith what brings you here" without proper adressing. There were 40+sith in the cantina.

Maybe a RP tag which opens new options to communicate.
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Scorpienne
04.28.2012 , 02:55 PM | #16
I've put together a bit of advice and examples for new to RP folks. It's here:

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=433627

That might help you out a bit.

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kaxindin
04.29.2012 , 12:57 PM | #17
Somtimes the apperance can be a helpful degree aswell, as in a beard, /Me Stroke my beard with wisdom. It would come up with for example: 'Kaios strokes his beard with wisdom'. Even though you may not be wise in real life, spread it out with different personality's EG: 'Kaios stroked his beard with wisdom while Fesoj recited the jedi code fluently. ect. One of your characters would be a total nerd while the other one just kills people. Although I would keep it as lightside and darkside . It would be abit odd if a consular came along and mudered all his friends while a sith warrior recited the jedi code fluently. Of course, it is impossible to change faction once you have made the character.
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Dracurian
04.30.2012 , 05:01 PM | #18
Quote: Originally Posted by Scorpienne View Post
I've put together a bit of advice and examples for new to RP folks. It's here:

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=433627

That might help you out a bit.

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Thanks for that. In fact Kudos for you.

I do have some questions:-

The /say & /me commands, what is the radius of these? is it a certain instance, i.e. a cantina, or more like an area of effect power?

Is there a way to to reduce the radii?

My main problem is that if there are a lot of people in an area RPing, the messages fill up the chat window really quickly, making it difficult to follow a conversations.

I am putting this here so as not to clutter Scorpienne's thread.


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virtualelle
05.02.2012 , 02:19 PM | #19
Quote: Originally Posted by Dracurian View Post
Thanks for that. In fact Kudos for you.

I do have some questions:-

The /say & /me commands, what is the radius of these? is it a certain instance, i.e. a cantina, or more like an area of effect power?

Is there a way to to reduce the radii?

My main problem is that if there are a lot of people in an area RPing, the messages fill up the chat window really quickly, making it difficult to follow a conversations.

I am putting this here so as not to clutter Scorpienne's thread.


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OMG the radius is horrible. I have regulary emoted "leaning over and whispering" to later hear "I heard what you said" even though they were across the room. Please Bioware for the love all that is droid, please lower the chat radius!
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