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Violence in RP


I’m pretty new to Role Playing  in Wow, but having rolled an alt on Argent Dawn to be with Single Abstract Noun – I was open to the idea of dabbling in it a little.     Installing an RP mod was a big step, and its been funny reading peoples descriptions as you go around. I even had a go at adding mine. It needs work.

Softly spoken,  and hesitantly she greets you.  Her hair curling unkept around her face cheeks slightly flushed,  Her  eyes are  fierce yet  glint with a touch of kindness.  ( Needs work… eh.. )

It was odd to be in Goldshire Inn, and see people walking  – not running,  going about their business with a sense of deliberateness.

I had come out of the Inn to the collection of duels on going on as they do outside and there were two gnomes outside dressed in colorful festival gear.  One was shouting. “Don’t make me you hit me”  “Get down on the floor”   all the while the female Gnome was cowering in fear  and crying ” Don’t hurt me”

They were having an unarmed duel – and RPing a bashing.

This really disturbed me  even though It’s not like it’s a real physical fight.

You can RP anything if you choose,  in or out of lore. In and out of law, and even RP an evil avatar , just because you RP Alliance doesn’t mean you are good.   Even  Tabletop gaming has alignments – Good –  Evil – Lawful Evil – Flawed characters are more interesting, and role playing that alignment can be fun.

Regardless of who was behind those two avatars be it 14 year olds or 40 year olds, serious Rp’ers, casuals,  or just people who were there because their realm was down.  That they were pretending to ‘assault’ and be ‘assaulted’ really makes me uneasy. It had gone beyond a  ‘fair’ dual, and I can’t help but look at it with real life eyes.

I know it’s rather hypercritical of me,  that as I pass by a squirrel I wand it, or smack it with my staff.  I have no reservations killing Hogger,  or obliterating someone on a battleground, but this form of RP disturbs me. 

The gender roles of the Rp’ers – the childlike looks of the gnomes –  I know I have been influenced by my own ideas of acceptable violence in how I feel about this. 

Maybe I missed the  rest of the RP, where the female Gnome ” struggles to her feet sobbing,  a  determined look in her eyes. “Take that!”  She screams into the face of her attacker, blue eyes blazing, hands shooting a Shadowbolt  into the belly of her attacker.

I’d like to think that’s what happened.  That she – or whoever played that toon didn’t stand there and take it without fighting back, but I didn’t stick around to see how it ended.

Some RP can be a very personal thing so I can’t say it’s wrong.   We all remember the deep run tram incident, but these gnomes made it very public by their location –  and probably to get a reaction. However that sort of RP is not what I am interested in. It feels wrong to me. If you want to  deep run Tram Rp though…

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4 Responses to “Violence in RP”


  1. 1 Klepsacovic March 8, 2010 at 2:07 am

    They were actors. Perhaps the intent was to move you as actors do in a film, but we should remember: it’s acting. If it seems terrible, it is because it depicts a terrible event, not because it is a terrible event.

  2. 2 Len March 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

    It’s funny (although not funny ‘haha’) but there is a LOT of violence in WoW, and most of it barely registers. I think because it is so far removed from reality – teeny gnomes bashing giant demon ladies over the head, or trolls smacking a valkyrie in the face with a holy spell. Even whacking a squirrel with a staff isn’t exactly ‘true to life’. The screeches that npc’s make while you poke them to death are usually defiant and annoying (You no take candle!)

    When the violence looks a bit more like the violence you get in real life, that’s when it becomes uncomfortable. Particularly when what the attacker and the attackee (if that’s a word) are saying about the violence is more true to life, and particularly when there seems a vulnerable party.

    It’s not my kind of RP either, I play WoW because it isn’t like life. That being said I wouldn’t like to judge those involved as I don’t know their reasons or the backstory of this kind of RP… I just know I wouldn’t want to be part of it.

  3. 3 Abby Gale March 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I dont RP on this game , but I have on another. My personal opinion is once it crosses the PG line, ie sex and or violence, take it to tells or party chat. Im not a prude, I know the F word comes up more in chat than please and thank you. Doesnt bother me. But volience against women and children, explesive sexual chat, demonic sacrifices, etc knock yourselves out – in private. Dont make me and others an unwilling audience to issues that can cause very emotional responses. If its only fun if you need to shock and upset other people, you may have crossed the line from RP to harrassement.

  4. 4 theerivs March 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    RP is a creature I just don’t fathom.


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