written by Rik Sullivan
That’s a loaded question, isn’t it? But you’d be surprised how many folks are just that.
Role Playing can be a bit disconcerting to someone who has never tried it. You go to a region that is set up for some kind of Role Play. You see people wandering around in strange outfits. You may even see creatures you’ve never seen before!
There are stacks of notecards called ‘Rules’ and ‘Races’ and ‘Guilds’ and ‘Factions’. You try to look through them but it makes you dizzy.
Then there’s trying to create your own character. What should I be? Should I be good or bad? Should I fly? What outfit should I wear? Do I need a weapon? What about a HUD? Are HUDs even allowed?
And all these people wandering around here, talking to each other, doing some chore, sitting with a group or even fighting! Where to begin?
Now you see why Role Playing could be somewhat frightening to a new-comer. But don’t despair! I’d like to give you a bit of guidance here. Let’s start with a question. Did you ever play ‘Let’s Pretend’ when you were young?
I would say that most everyone can answer that ‘Yes’. Role Playing is exactly that... pretending. You use your imagination to make believe you are someone, you can do something or you’re just somewhere amazing.
Here, in the Great Canadian Grid, some of that ‘imagination’ is laid out before you. It’s a landscape or a build that is put there for people like you to come to and ‘pretend’. Some are elaborate and some are simple, but the purpose is the same. It could be a back-story someone has written to give players a place to start. It could be a series of clues someone has set out for players to follow and solve. It could be a quest or battleground. Or it could be just a themed build that sets your stage for you.
It’s all made like that so someone like you can come there and have fun participating, exploring and imagining. And there will be others around there that are more than willing to interact with you as one of the characters in the story. All you need to do is ‘pretend’ you are that character, in front of other folks. Yes, it’s ‘acting’, but you’re not out to win an Oscar…
To get started you should join the GCG Role Players group. It’s an open group so all you have to do is join it. Look for this logo on the group information window then join. It’s free.
Once you’re in the group go to the GCG Role Play HUB region. There, you’ll find examples of different kinds of Role Plays and even several Role Play information posters that give notecards and landmarks to different areas in GCG that specialize in Role Play. Most all of these regions welcome new explorers so you don’t have to have a character set up to visit them. The only rule is, if you want to interact with the folks there in open chat, you need to be attired appropriately. But to ask questions, an IM works great.
So, put your fears aside and put on your ‘make-believe’ hat. Wander around our great grid and check out the Role Play areas. It’s all added fun to your virtual world experience.