Illi, on her way to a “vacation” encounters road construction….
Anna brings up the idea of Rest and Relax in her post, “Five R’s of Character Revitalization.” Of note is one key line:
Take a break, let the character rest, and go back to it after a break and see how you feel.
When players want a break, they can take a vacation. But where do your characters go when they take a vacation? Soldiers can go on leave, researchers have sabbaticals, priests go on pilgrimages. When none of these events are vacations in a traditional sense, they are possible breaks for a character whose RP has, for whatever reason, stalled. But stalled RP is not the only reason why a character may take a “vacation” from their WoW duties. Letting a character take a break is not just good for the player, but it is a part of the natural evolution of the character. In short, breaks, vacations or any other kind of downtime is essential to maintaining long term RP.
For example, Bricu and Threnn have taken a number of “getaways.” They left town to get away from: alcohol, overbearing mothers, to heal after kidnappings or after Crowning Moments of Awesome (that one is Threnn’s story to tell). Some of these getaways were used to explain extended absences by the players–a player break. But the overwhelming majority of these getaways were character based methods of dealing with the fantastic stresses–Thenia Al’Cair, Threnn’s mother, being a prime example of these stressors–of existing within Azeroth.
The game world itself has areas where characters are relatively safe from harm. For Alliance folks, the coastlines of Azuremyst are relatively mob free. Feathermoon Stronghold is another key vacation spot: Beach front, a boat to exciting activities and patrols of sentinels to keep one safe from harm.
Stranglethorn, with the bustling Boot Bay, is an ideal vacation spot for individuals from both factions to relax. Pirates and scheming goblins not withstanding, the scenery is breathtaking.
For the Hordie who needs a break, the remote Shadowprey Village could provide some degree of rest. Eversong is another viable alternative: Given the debauchery of some of the Sin’doeri, one could treat Eversong like a woodland Ibiza.
While some proponents of vacations espouse the virtues of leaving the familiar behind, even staying in a Capital city can provide enough of the break from the standard routine that all downtime requires. What matters is the break in the routine. Players, and characters, can burn out if they are not given the opportunity to simply relax and get away from it all.
What is your characters ideal vacation or vacation spot? What does your character do during their downtime?