There are several integral parts of a solid, strong game. One of the most important of these is a character base filled with well thought out and well played characters. What that translates to is good roleplaying.

Good roleplaying raises the level of realism, tension, excitement and overall fun in the mud, as some of you may already know. So, we require that the mortals on World of Pain strongly incorporate roleplaying into their game play. Please continue reading.

Roleplaying your character

First of all, when you create a character, you should always have an idea of what kind of role you want this character to play. This should strongly affect the choices you make during character creation.

Gender, the first choice you must make, is fairly obvious and only affects roleplay, for now at least.

Race is the next very important choice you will make, and one which is often paid little attention. Race does matter! Not only does it have a very large affect on how your character should be roleplayed, but race defines what strengths and weaknesses your character has, and many races even have special abilities. Choose your race to carefully fit your character!

Class is the probably the biggest choice you can make for your character. It determines what kind of skills and spells you'll learn and often times what your profession is.

Now that you've created your character, you must roleplay it. First things first, make a description for yourself. You can do this by typing CAMP in an appropriate area of the realm and then entering 2 at the menu, which lets you change your description. It should include your race and your physical description. When people look at you, this is what they'll see. Make it accurate.

Next, you have to step inside the shoes of the character you are playing and imagine that you are actually that being. When you speak, imagine yourself in the specific situation your character is in. Imagine what you'd say, how you'd act, and what you'd do if you were your character. This is where the fun begins! This is where you get to take a break from reality and immerse yourself in another world for awhile.

Come up with a history of your character. Maybe your family was enslaved for ages by the Orcs and you have vowed to take revenge. Maybe you are a princess from a foreign land, driven out of your homeland by angry peasants. Be creative but don't be so creative that you can't roleplay your character. Remember, you're going to be spending a lot of time with it.

So, we've given you an idea of what we would like to see. Here are some examples of things we definitely do NOT want to see.

Social Behavior

Whoever gossips, 'The Lakers really sucked last night!'
No one should have any idea who the Lakers are in World of Pain. If you want to start a clan called the Lakers and then complain about how they suck, consult an Immortal for requirements on forming a clan.

Whoever gossips, 'I gotta go. My wife's being a bitch.'
Unless you're talking about your wife in the MUD, same as above. You're free to marry any player in the game, if the Gods allow it. Then you can complain about your in-game spouse.

Whoever gossips, 'Anyone have a warrior 2.char? I need someone buff.'
This is serious Taboo on roleplaying MUDs. NEVER mention your 2.chars! Any one of your characters should not know the others exist! This CANNOT be stressed this enough. For this reason, there will be no be no simultaneous multiplaying. You may have 2.chars, but they cannot play at the same time on the MUD. Your character should not know what a 2.char is, let alone that "humans" in another virtual reality may be controlling other characters in this one!

Basically, try to confine all public (say/gossip/emote/etc.) to being in character. This maximizes the enjoyment of others, and doesn't disrupt the mood. If you absolutely must speak out of character, do it in a tell, and precede it with an (OOC) for Out Of Character. For example:
Whoever tells you, '(OOC) Ack.. work is calling, gotta run.'
This should almost never be said on a gossip channel (I cannot think of why it would need to be - you don't need to announce your arrival and exit from the MUD), and should be used sparingly in all other cases.

General Behavior

Play your character, I tell you!

Behavior Towards Gods

Let's see here. How would you act towards a God if you were in the mud? Do not treat Gods like mortals. Do not mock or insult the Gods, unless of course you are looking for punishment. Basically, it will save you a whole lot of time if you roleplay well, and you'll have more fun doing it, so do it right!

Blatant disregard for these expectations will be punished in some fashion. If you have any questions about anything, please contact any member of the Immortal staff. Thank you for reading this. We truly feel this will make World of Pain a better and more fun environment!

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