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What is RPing?

RPing stands for roleplaying. There are MANY different points of view on what roleplaying is and what it is not. Probably the most generally accepted definition would be that of playing a role that you do not normally have in real life, whether it be that of a high-born Lord or Lady, a "vile PKer", an immortal, a vampire, an elf, a gnome, etc. Role-playing is encouraged on TFC. Role-playing, in essence, is developing a background story for your character, deciding what motivates that character, his/her likes and dislikes, and other things that make your character "unique" in this world, and then playing that character how you have defined it.

Some followings and individuals are more into role-playing than others. Or, put differently, some people take these roles into greater depth than others, nearly always staying "in character". Others roleplay when it suits them during specially designated roleplaying sessions. Still others maintain consistant RP-type characteristics (such as always refering to their elven heritage) while at the same time talking about how they had to replace the harddrive on their computer recently. Some always address immortals as "Lord" or "Lady". Some speak in flowery language. Some speak in ordinary modern-day English, but of fantastic events that exist only in their imagination. Some speak in slang. Some "don't roleplay". The most important thing to keep in mind is that there is no "right" or "wrong" way to roleplay, and that it is about more than just ways of speaking. This is a game, and one way of playing it is no better or worse than any other. The important thing is to have fun.

If you have an opinion or perspective on RPing that you would like to share in this section, please email submissions to the webmaster at the address below. Up to 10 logs of RP examples will also be accepted for this section.


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