Perhaps my favorite thing about WoW is just how far the devs have gone to create this amazing world wrapped around this amazing lore and completely immerse us, as players, in it. And it's only gotten better with each expansion.
I may have mentioned this before in my blog, but I almost quit the game around the mid-40 range. What brought me me back was learning about the lore. Reading about Illidan and Kael'Thas and Vashj. I thought, "Man, this is freakin' awesome! I want to be a part of this!"
When it's that kind of immersion that attracts you to the game, it's not hard to slip into a little bit of RP. In fact, it's kind of hard not to. I don't go all out...I'd feel horribly awkward and out of place on an RP server. It's just not my element. But there are still certain levels of RP that I appreciate.
Names: I won't lie...I kinda wish the RP server naming rules existed across all realms. Nothing breaks the immersion factor for me quite so much as running across characters named Istabthings, Pwnsu, or Buttjustice. (Although I will admit that the last leads to some much appreciated levity in raids when you have to say things in vent like "Infection on Butt," or "Butt's got worms.")
I appreciate good names that look like they're a good fit for the race of the toon. When creating a toon, I often spend more time trying to find a good name than any other part of the process. It's not uncommon that I'll sit on that character screen for almost an hour trying to get it right.
Sometimes I flip through the random selections until something catches my eye, and then I'll tweak it a little bit. Change a vowel here, add a syllable there. Make it just right. (Saniel, Daluaan, and Siaaryn all got their names this way.)
When that fails, I have a bookshelf next to my computer with a good couple of rows of fantasy books. I'll pull one down, flip through the pages and see if one of the names appeals to me. (Maarken was named with this method, as is my future Worgen, Maeniel).
Barring that, I have a couple fantasy name-generator websites bookmarked from when I used to write a lot. (None of my current characters were named this way, but a few deleted alts were.)
Personality quirks: Most of my toons have small personality quirks. They rarely ever come up in the normal playing of the game, but they sometimes make things fun for me.
Saniel used to be kind of vain. A pretty boy. He was clean-shaven and had that NElf hair cut with the long hair that kinda frames the face. Every time he went into a CoT instance that made him human, he was aghast that he ended up mostly bald. Eventually he got so traumatized it that he tied his hair back into a braid and grew chops.
Daluaan enjoys his drink and would stop mid-fight to fill his mug if someone dropped a keg.
Ultanan can only have pets that are bigger than he is.
Maeniel is going to have a bit of a royalty complex.
Back stories: I don't build long, complicated back stories for my toons. But just little tidbits.
My favorite is Siaaryn's. I knew I wanted a Shadow Priest, so I picked a Draenei specifically so I could make one with that whiter-than-white skin. I like to think that he was kinda revered when he was born because, well, how could someone like that not be light-touched? So he was set down the path of a Priest. But then this darker side of him emerged.
Sometimes I like to think it's a Jekyll/Hyde kind of thing, where each side isn't even aware of the other.
These kinds of things...they make the game more fun. Add a little bit of personal investment in it.
How about some of you? How much do you RP? What are some of your favorite examples?
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