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Posted: May 4th 2010 12:24PM mode7overworld said

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Sounds like a lot of fun. I may actually try to join everyone, depending on what sort of character I can make in Mabinogi.

Posted: May 4th 2010 12:30PM Thac0 said

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I RP in FreeRealms I have a character Richard Trousers and he go's around asking people if they want candy.

Posted: May 4th 2010 12:51PM BigAndShiny said

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well, with what we are taught in school today, anyone who offers you candy on the internet is not someone you should be talking with!
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Posted: May 4th 2010 2:00PM whateveryousay said

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That was a fun weekend.
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Posted: May 4th 2010 12:38PM (Unverified) said

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I really liked your attitude about RP in, and I'm certainly going to adopt it (at least try to) in the next time I will play an MMORPG.
Too bad I live in Israel...

Posted: May 4th 2010 1:12PM Dblade said

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Mabinogi is a great game to roleplay in, too. You can build campfires, work in the fields, play music, have a tent open to everyone, offer someone a ride on your mount, play a pet, dress in a ton of different styles, from farmer to archer to plate-wielding knight. The lore isn't the deepest, and neither is the gameplay but I don't think I've seen even a P2P have so much material for roleplay.

Posted: May 4th 2010 1:34PM (Unverified) said

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If I could get Mabinogi to work, I might. Even though, being European, I problably can't.

Posted: May 4th 2010 2:20PM Beau Hindman said

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There is a Mabinogi EU client: http://mabinogi.nexoneu.com/Landing.aspx I might even have a spare gift key or two left, if you get it going. I had a contest a while ago.

Beau
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Posted: May 4th 2010 1:55PM (Unverified) said

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This is awesome. If it weren't for finals riding up my rear, I'd be all over it.

Posted: May 4th 2010 2:08PM whateveryousay said

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I don't know. To me, role-playing is a lot like getting to know someone that lives and breathes Star Wars. From a distance it just seems like someone that is very passionate about something they truly love. Over time, however, the more you get to know them, the more it feels like you're witnessing something very very sad. Like someone that never grew up, but not in a "childlike innocence" sort of way that teaches us all to embrace our imaginations and not take life so seriously. More like a, "you must live at home with your mother and never get layed." sort of way.

Posted: May 4th 2010 2:23PM Beau Hindman said

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Blah, I am a roleplayer a lot of the time.

1) I have my own house.

2) I have a wife.

That should answer that. :)

PS: I am usually always on channel 6 on the Mari server. Don't worry, I am not going to come up to you going "How art thou??" hehe

Beau
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Posted: May 4th 2010 2:46PM (Unverified) said

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Actually, you have it backwards.

Role-playing environments are among the most mature you will find in online games.

I have yet to be called a f*g in any rp game I've played; while in most traditional MMO's this happens about once a week.

Non-rp MMO's are among the most intolerant, racist, homophobic environments you will ever encounter. This is attributed to the fact that their player base is largely young males with little life experience, combined with anonymity of the internet.

Rp MMO's tend to have high moderation to enforce in-character play, meaning there is usually someone at hand to discipline the little shit who calls you a f*gg*t for killing his mob.
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Posted: May 4th 2010 6:57PM Jimjamyaha said

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@Gideon Slack:

And so we get to WoW (eu version)... I've tried numerous times to rp in WoW and they've always been full of annoying children "lol"ing or calling me "gay" simply because I'm rping on an rp server.

It really is extremely frustrating.
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Posted: May 4th 2010 2:49PM (Unverified) said

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The best roleplay in any type of MMO-style game is in text MUDs, almost all of which are free-to-play. They're certainly not for everyone, but the level of roleplay available in some of these is an order of magnitude greater than in anything like LotRO, WoW, or free-to-play MMOs like FreeRealms and Mabinogi.

Posted: May 4th 2010 2:55PM (Unverified) said

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Is it possible to download the american version from Europe? I play the eu version, but then I wouldnt be able to RP with everyone would I? We're only on G2 :(

Posted: May 4th 2010 3:28PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, i'd also like to know if from the EU it is possible to join. Or if they even count Estonia as EU :P
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Posted: May 4th 2010 4:18PM Beau Hindman said

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I am not sure, but do not think so. The EU version is cut off from here, so I'm thinking the reverse is true!

Sorry, but I'd still like you to try it and let us know what you think next week when I write my column.

Beau
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Posted: May 4th 2010 6:55PM Patrick Mackey said

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Man Beau, I will never understand your views on roleplaying. I come from a game with RP hotspots though, and I kind of find forced RP while dealing with PVE elements to be far too easy to break immersion.

Posted: May 4th 2010 9:41PM Jef Reahard said

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Interesting article Beau. I roleplay as well, though less so now than earlier in the decade when this genre wasn't so mainstream (and was, in my opinion, friendlier to roleplayers).

I came to play MMOs specifically to roleplay (as I was intrigued by the creative possibilities of what I naively thought would be a 3d table top experience). Boy did I have a rude awakening (but not before some good times in older sandbox games that weren't so focused on progression and grind).

I'll have to check out the F2P scene and see if any of that can be recaptured. I'm inclined to agree with Matt Mihaly above, however. Roleplay flourishes in a game environment where players can affect the world. The lion's share of these current gen MMOs, regardless of payment model, don't allow for any real creativity or flexibility.

Posted: May 6th 2010 4:20PM (Unverified) said

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Unfortunately, its not possible to play the US version from Europe. I downloaded the client, got it up and running, but when I tried to log in something came up about a hackshield error? The usual fix to this is to run the HShield update, but on trying to find the files to do so, they either werent there, or were links to the mabinogi US site.

The MMO world is harsh on us here in Europe. :(
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