Mistakes: Not Just Another Fucking Growth Experience

By | July 23, 2009

Mistake
Wherein we learn to roll with, and profit from, our mistakes

Mistakes happen. Characters and Players make them. More often than not, these can be corrected with a quick apology or a few words in an OoC channel. RetCons–out of character fixes for a major blunder–are tempting , especially if the mistake catches flak that your character would go to lengths to avoid. More often than not, RPing through the “mistake” is the better option.

Say your decide to go PVPing–a impromptu raid on a major faction capital, like Silvermoon, as an example–when ICly your character wouldn’t do such a thing. Before you can tell your party this is all OoC, the RP begins. You could say, “Sorry guys, not to tonight. This is all OoC,” but this deprives you, the player, from a very interesting RP scenario. Why are you headed towards Silvermoon? Is this raid a full on assault on the City, or is it a small skirmish between factions? Being good at PVP is immaterial at this point. What matters is the story: Why is your character raising arms against the opposite faction?

A RetCon would also remove the fallout from the event itself. Raiding the opposing factions capital has repercussions that go far beyond increasing the tension between the Horde and the Alliance. Friends and family of the character will also get a chance to put their spin on the story.

Continuing with the example, after the raid leaves Silvermoon with their tail between their legs, the raid can laugh about how they narrowly escaped death–or worse–at the hands of the Horde. Then they have to answer to their friends, employers and, most importantly, their families. If one RetConned the mistake–making the event OoC–the Raid could not contribute to the stories involving other RPers. The RetCon deprives other players from an event that could have a major impact on their character’s development. Again, drawing from this most recent mistake, if I had retconned the Raid, it would have prevented Threnn from demonstrating how terrifying her (well deserved) anger could be. RetConning the mistake would have also aborted the row that furthered a current Bricu and Threnn story.

Mistakes happen. Learning from them–and rolling with them–allow for better RP.


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