You have a character, a back story, your add-ons and a plot line you want to get others involved in. What’s the next step? Anna touches on this in her post from Tuesday. In short, you need to find people to RP with.
If you’re in an established group of RPers, the easiest way to introduce your character and your plot is during the regular RP night. This solution, however, will not work for everyone. Not every RPer on a server has a consistent group to RP with. Not every RP group has a regular RP night. These reasons, however, point to a conclusion:
Schedule Regular RP Time.
Kicking off a plotline is a brilliant way to try and schedule regular RP time. Treat the event like a party (or a meeting) and schedule it. This means before inviting people to participate in the event, ask people, “when is your WoW down time? Can you farm/run heroics a little later today?” Be willing to bargain for some extra time too. Don’t think of that as a bribe or coercion: Your willingness to tank Occulus may show how dedicated you are to plotline. Once you have a time, and a group, try to stay within that time frame. Use your guild resources, the in-game calendar, websites and forums, to keep people appraised of the RP.
Even if you already have an RP Night, I have to agree with Anna about asking others to RP. Saying, “Who wants to RP with me?” is probably not the best way to generate interest in your character or plot line. It says, “who wants to play a supporting role in my drama, starring my toon.” Saying, “I’m going to (communal RP spot) to hang out for a bit” works better. This suggests that people are going to play a part in the the story. All RPers want a spot to shine in the sun–even those players that roll “Jane Average” want the chance to show how their character does, or does not, excel. If your storyline does not allow for other players to participate, then maybe the storyline is best explored through alternative RP means.
Within an established circle the primary concern is when to start your RP. Take a second to consider what is going on in your RP circle: What else is going your RP channels, your forums, your guilds and in the guilds that affect yours? While your toon and story may not be dependent on the other RP, and you may not be a party to the other RP, you need to be aware of the RP. This is harder than it seems. In a given RP circle, a player might have three or four toons who are actively involved in various aspects of a storyline. It might be difficult for that particular player to get involved in your new plotline. Likewise, if you try to launch your new plotline on the day that “patiently awaiting player” gets everyone together to run her storyline, you might want to hold off for a week or two.
Every RPer has at least a billion stories in them, all vying for attention. Not all of these stories are awesome–this is why we have editors, be they internal or external, and why we should be nice to our editors–but we all have them. The best stories are those that make everyone feel like they participated, that they played a part in the action. We need to remember that we are sharing these stories with others, not telling them at others. First, RPers need a time to share the stories. Second, RPers have to be aware that there are others stories waiting to be shared.
There is, of course, a lot of nuance here. Still, a regular RP night AND sharing the spotlight with other RPers goes a long way in keeping RP alive and well in WoW. Any one have any other pointers they would like to share?