I started roleplaying back when DAoC and EQ first came out. Needless to say things in the community have changed a lot. I am starting to realize that I am either going to need to accept these changes or walk away from RP altogether. Do you have any advice for old fashioned RPers on how they can get more into speed with the times and still find what they like with in RP?
This is such a great question; but also a tough one to answer! I got my start in the old, text-based MUDs back in the 90s – so I know all to well that feeling of “falling behind” – however, whereas some of us have changed to keep up with current trends… my personal approach has been to do as I always do, regardless of how the environment around me changes. And the longer I do this, I notice more and more people finding it strange – because they were never exposed to that style of roleplay.
So, there are really two points to it – on the one hand, we don’t really need to change anything if we can but find people whom share our styles and preferences. On the other, I think adapting in small ways can lead to a whole new experience that might be lots of fun to delve into.
Now, on the foot – it also depends on what kinds of changes are being referred to, exactly. So at the end of the day, my personal catch-all suggestion? Look at the old way; then look at the ‘new’ way – and ask yourself which appeals to you more. If you think you might have fun with both; then perhaps the answer lies in taking those old trends and adapting them to a new medium. For example: when I moved from MUDs to MMOs, I found myself spending a lot more time with a thesaurus and a dictionary so that I could take what I used to describe in long, verbose phrases – and condense them down into a few, emotionally-packed words that would convey that seem level of quality and feeling in the newer, smaller space I had to work with. And when I went back to MUDs, I found myself taking that approach and expanding on it to suit the larger space and newer habits!
I like to think that as roleplayers, we’re never actually finished perfecting our personal approach to our craft. Instead, the never-ending journey to improve and adapt is just another part of the experience – a chance to see things from a fresh angle and move out of our comfort zones for a little while.
~An old fuddy-duddy who likes her old, outdated ways.
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