Way back before 1.9, Bricu was invited to attend the an RP event–the first RP event not planned by my buddy–and I went along expecting an impressive storyline and group participation. What I attended was neither impressive or group participation. It did, however, solidify my characters negative attitude.
The event was held in Blackrock Mountain, and it was billed as “saving a good person.” There were two groups, each lead a female Nelf priest. The two main characters tried to rally support for their side. It became a psychic battle between good and evil. In reality it was two crowds of people standing on opposite sides of a bridge, yelling at each other. It also had to do with some sort of domestic dispute between the two night elves, a possession and more in-game whispers and groans than I had ever had to that point. If I remember correctly, Bricu shouted, “You are all a bunch o’wonky fuckin’ gits.”
I think it shifted the balance of power to the bad guys.
This early RP event has a few hallmarks of being a bad event. It has nothing to do with the psychic battle, the domestic dispute gone public of the two overly large groups. It had everything to do with lack of input from the participants.
An RP event should allow all the participants some role–major or minor–and encourage interaction between the participants. While the context of the event: Wedding, Battle, Psychic Spat can vary depending on style and wants, what matters is tailoring your event to allow for people to at least feel useful. People can participate in whatever RP event floats their boat: What matters is letting people participate in your event.