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IF YOU HAVE ANY POINTERS, then please keep the discussion at regularly constructive level. We will engage each other with a friendly attitude, and with the intent of making the server better (whether you believe that is through change or remaining exactly as is).
First, I’m baffled to see that many of you are surprised over a few ERP-inclined phases having recently popped back online. Had you not seen this coming? The culture of RPH community is, as of right now, revolving solely around social roleplay with lead on the stray (and only) path toward ERP. Should you try anything else, then you will be smitten by the moderators; for their wish is to sanction the aforementioned attributes in ties to their phase.
Thereby, you can expect at least many more months in these public settings. Personally: I see no end of it unless every individual contributes by changing, and encouraging others alike, their ways. This will be described below. We will deal with some FAQ before that.
“B-but Bloodthistle! Bloodthistle, hey! If you don’t like public phases, then you can just join a private roleplay!”
What community is there, should you be limited to the conditions we currently face – and are as follows:
1. Half of .tele start (or more) are characters who only seek ERP.
2. If you want to have private roleplay, then you must either:
a. Go to public phase, start a roleplay and move to a private setting for a continuation of the story (incredibly rare, as of bulletin (1) and premise above).
b. Whisper someone (very rare that anyone will agree to anything not social/romantic, as of bulletin (1).
Result: there is no community for you in RPH, as of right now, should you wish to exclude romantic/erotic settings. Sure, there might be you and a small group of friends, but no more than that. Many of the older and experienced role players want to revert to a more open style of RP, which includes a selection not currently seen: combat, manipulation (psychological), dark, gore, diplomacy, et cetera. Do NOT take this the wrong way – Many of the old role players ALSO indulge in social and romantic settings. They just don’t want these to be exclusive themes. That is why the older role players have all left.
“B-but Bloodthistle! Bloodthistle, hey! Why don’t you just make your own phase?”
Because it has already been trialed. The devastation of having one’s character jeopardized or – God forbid – INJURED(!!!) is all too severe. In my excruciatingly analytical viewpoint, it all began with “void”. Now, if your character passes on an altercation with another and deals a blow, they are sure to move on to say: “((lol. there are guards. i’m voiding you.))” – instead of dealing with it IC; acting it out. Let the guards come! RP it out!
Why is this an issue?
It’s monochromatic. Roleplay on RPH is no longer dynamic: vibrant: flexible. Instead, it’s stale, pathological. Anyone new to RPH will log in, see the many characters with all same concept and intent and then become the same way. This is empirical and has already been seen over the course of past 6 months, in the very least.
It is also a recurring theme not to want to challenge oneself through means of engaging other characters with unfriendly manners (because such might lead to a conflict – meaning an injury of characters). Therefore, not many people currently improve or grow as role players.
- Change your mindset.
- Encourage people to improve themselves in RP and writing. Help them if they wish.
- Don’t “void” – Try to work it out IC and THEN solve issues AFTER the RP encounter (seen in other games).
- If you aren’t an avid erotic role player, then stop encouraging it. Yes, people can RP whatever they want. However, a reminder for you is what I wrote above, regarding the newcomers of RPH – as RPH is constantly growing, and now at a rapid pace.
- Try out some combat RP, even if it’s just a drunken fistfight at the local tavern everyone adores! Find out more facts about plate armor: can you really swim in it? Is it too heavy? What about chainmail – or when to use an axe instead of a sword? Perhaps your character can discuss it with a fellow soldier?
Thank you if you read through this post.
I, as one of the older role players, hope that this hazardous epidemic will calm down and role play will once again become dynamic.
Again, please keep the tone of debate at a friendly level. Looking forward to reading your replies.
Let me clarify what my post is about since there is so much confusion about it.
What some people think Bloodthistle means with his post:
"You must RP the way I want you to and you must aspire to become the next God of RP or you shouldn't RP at all."
What Bloodthistle actually means:
"Please be open to more roleplay scenarios. Make sure that you understand that RP isn't personal. Understand that your character's actions have consequences, and be ready to face those consequences. We are here to be entertained; working together as a community enhances that aspect (even if sometimes at your character's expense)."