Ashiwi wrote:Reason to RP in this game has been gimped at every turn, and as far as I can tell, staff no longer actively supports RP in any form. There are a few token gestures, but this game used to be an RP-encouraged game, and is no longer. Personally, I don't even see it as RP-optional. It's about as RP-optional as wearing a superman costume is optional to do your shopping at Wal-Mart; they won't arrest you for it, but nobody understands why you do it, you're bound to be ridiculed by the more vocal of the people who observe you, and those who aren't vocal about would still look at you like you're crazy.
I have to disagree with this statement. I don't have much time to mud nowadays (*cry*) so I miss a lot of good stuff but I attended an RP session just last night and had a blast. In checking RPNews it looks like there have been regular staff-sponsored events and attempts from the staff to create RP interaction with the players (at least I assume that's what the 'sightings' entries are?).
I do agree that there is not a lot of consistent player support for RP. Even though who RP showed a healthy number of individuals with RP togged on, only the same few names show up over and over again in the RPNews entries, and in my own RP over the past few years, I have run into some of what Kelly's talking about in her Superman costume analogy (although how people can complain about a druid chick wearing nothing but a grass shift, I just don't understand!).
It appears the staff is trying, and some players are trying so I don't know that the answer is giving up yet one more piece of the attempt to create that immersive world. I think it would be helpful to hear what the people who have RP togged on but don't participate in the advertised RP are looking for. But that's an entirely different thread! :-P