Rules of Roleplaying: What You Shouldn’t Do
Don’t RP for Someone Else - Roleplaying is interactive and gamers must allow other gamers to respond by themselves. In other words, you mustn’t RP someone else’s character. For example, if your character decided he wanted to kiss someone, he should say something like:
*The ale having gone to his head, Kragrok decided to make his move. He leaned in towards Aliyah, pursing his lips for a kiss*
This gives Aliyah the chance to kiss Kragrok back or to rebuff him. For example:
*As Kragrok leaned closer, the stench of the ale on his breath caused Aliyah to screw up her nose in disgust* Excuse me, *she said as she walked towards the bar and away from the drunken dwarf*
What is a definite no-no in roleplaying is to RP someone else’s thoughts or actions, because you can’t possibly know what they are thinking or how they might react.
Don’t RP for NPCs - Don’t RP the actions of NPCs (non player characters). While it is fine to say:
*Having approached the bar, Aliyah ordered a mulled wine, slapping her coin purse on the counter. The barmaid fetched the drink and took the correct amount of coin, without saying a word*
But the NPC barmaid shouldn’t jump up on the bar and start killing everyone in the room. Roleplaying a few minor actions that is a part of their role in the game is ok, like the barmaid fetching a drink, but you shouldn’t have NPCs performing ridiculous or over the top actions. They’re not your characters to play.
Be Realistic - Remember when roleplaying that you should never roleplay abilities your character hasn’t earned yet thro ugh levelling, or abilities your character couldn’t possible possess. For example:
*Kragrok was furious with Aliyah and threw his half empty tankard across the room. Then mumbling something under his breath, he held out his arms. As he did so, the whole of the abyss imploded, destroying everything and everyone on it*
Also, don’t pretend to be a vampire (or some other mythical being) when your character is actually an elf, and there are no vampire playable characters in-game.