A couple of times recently I’ve been asked if there is an RP for beginners group in New Babbage or, equally often, how someone can start RPing.
We don’t really have an, “Here’s a way to start” notecard so I thought maybe starting a discussion here (ooo!) would give us something we can point to when people seem to be struggling.
So, here is what I would tell every RPer in town I met if they bothered to ask me.
1) New Babbage RP optional, opt-in rather than opt-out. (I’ll leave someone else to define that better)
2) A smile and ‘hello,’ gets you a lot farther than standing on a corner looking broody. If you see a character out wondering around, skating in the park, sitting watching their dog play, or having a pint alone in the pub, you should never hesitate to strike up a conversation. If they don’t want to talk they will say so. And, if they are OOC, usually they will also say so. Even the villains in town (most of them) are polite to people they don’t know and often full of helpful information.
3) You need a background and you need a simple premise. Sure, there’s lots of details about my own character’s past, but I can sum her easily as, “Star moved to New Babbage after a few deaths in her family because she wanted to be somewhere where people don’t ask questions about the past.” See? easy peasy.
4) Pick your alignment and try to stick with it. This is a hard one! Sometimes it’s more fun to be the bad-guy than the good guy. Sometimes it’s way easier to just do something out of character with your character. And yes, sometimes alignment shifts happen. Star has subtly shifted from Lawful Good to Neutral Good (to follow the old D&D chart…yes I’m a nerd), but please note she hasn’t gone from Lawful Good to flat-out Evil and back again. You made your character, you love your character, don’t do something to your character that your character would regret. Even if it means telling some of your best friends that you think they are traitors (as happened to me recently *sigh*).
5) Encourage other players. Each of us are not particularly keen on certain RP story lines. But that’s no reason to tell someone to just give it up. If you don’t want to be a part of something that is totally okay. I’m known to opt-out on certain stories I’m just not comfortable with. But I’d never tell other people that they should avoid said storyline like the plague nor would I tell the person telling the story that I thought they were idiots. Remember to love each other, otherwise it all becomes very ugly.
Right…so that’s my five bits of advice, who else has something? Questions? Comments? I think we are all all ears.