Goldshire, ‘RP’, and stepping the bounds

*nailed to the front doors of the Gold Lion Inn*

Dear Goldshire ‘RPer’,

Upon reading Ego today, I was reminded of you. Instead of spilling the bile that rose from my belly in her fair ear, I have bright it here. You may not remember me, and it has been quite some time I admit. Perhaps relating the events of our encounter you will have your memory sufficiently jarred to understand my reason for writing.

You see, I’m a mother and my child will occasionally get the bug to create a new character and want to play. Easy enough as we have two accounts in the house and don’t mind indulging her character creation love. We started this particular weekend morning with humans, though I did try to persuade her to the more lovely (and remote) draenei. You see I knew you would be there GRP. Hanging out not just in Goldshire but in the vicinity and I dearly did not want to meet you this weekend of all weekends.

But alas, such dreams of watching over my little one’s low level character and seeing her expression as she uncovers the story were dashed quickly enough. We hadn’t made the full walk from Northshire Abby to Goldshire before you came upon us, with your crude language, content, and emoting. A swift whisper asking you to leave us alone was brushed off and you commenced to follow and hunt us down across the forest. When your behavior got to a point I could not in any way allow to continue, I reminded you that the other character you were sending whispers to was an under age child and to leave them alone. I certainly cannot believe you were unaware that trying to solicit a child for ‘fun’ in Goldshire would be allowed by the local constabulary.

Perhaps you thought I was joking. I was not. Nor was I joking when I informed you that your actions were harassment and you had been reported. You see, I took your behavior very seriously. Harass me all you like, I am an adult, I know the proper recourse. However, harass my child, after being informed of the situation you are in and you have stepped into a different world. A humorless world, where I take your actions and words as seriously indeed.

I hope you recall the incident dear GRP, I certainly do. Though like everything you said and did that day, my daughter paid it no attention has gone on blissfully unaware of what you tried to do. No this is a call for you to remember. Regardless of YOUR intent in Goldshire, many new adventures to Azeroth come there fresh from Northshire Abby. I implore you to take jeed when someone requests you leave them alone. Mark well that not all share a love of your particular brand of ‘fun’. We certainly are not in a mature only world here (game is rated T and my daughter is a tween); remember that the next time you yell at someone, “You knew what you’d get coming to Goldshire!”

The Goldshire you are looking for is best kept in private, where as the one I want has funny looking ‘!’ over people’s heads and involves the life and times of the people there. We share this little piece of land. It is not unreasonable to ask you conduct yourself within the bounds of human decency. However, if you find yourself unable to conduct yourself thus, perhaps you will do better to throw yourself on the front lines of the next battle or find yourself a particularly deadly duel. I have made many friends in my travels over the years, and not a few of them are among the unsavory back alley types, should such a meeting need to be arranged.

Yours truly,

Concerned Citizen of Azeroth

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 3:55 am  Comments (1)  
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Role-playing and Gender

Role-playing and Gender

I’ve stated in the first post that I play WAR and WoW. Its now time to ‘fess up and admit I play RPGs in general. That’s right…I’m a geek. *rips off her coat to show her GEEK AND PROUD shirt* I will confess I table-top rp (multiple systems), video games (other than WoW and WAR), and I…play miniatures war games (thus why I gave WAR a chance in the first place). Now that we have gotten that little niggling confession out of the way, we should move onto the other. I’m a chick. This won’t be a large focus of the blog unless someone makes it…see the end of this post.

While female gamers are less rare than we once were; I am from the old school of being ogled when I walk into a game convention because I’m one of 4 girls and usually the other 3 are just gamer girlfriends. You know who they are, the girls who ‘role-play’ until they’ve been dating the guy awhile and suddenly it’s ‘his childish’ hobby. They will hang around every now and they but they don’t really game. (My local Games Workshop store may start thinking this of my if I don’t bring my Witch Hunters army to play one day…its became like Duke Nukem. Myth and Legend but nothing more)

I recently got into contact with two long time buddies I’ve been doing online gaming with for years. They reminded me of an online community we were a part of that was rocked when two different players had led people on to believe they were girls IRL as well as in the game. There was a lot of shock and anger. This community was a close knit group and was shocked by it. Did it really matter that it was a guy playing it? Ultimately, no. But it was a lie propagated by a truth, at least at that particular time, which was girl gamers were given more privileges than the guys. So, these two people lied about who they were IRL to get in game favors from other players and the admin of the little community.

People laugh these days when I tell them that story. I can’t tell you how many friends tell me they assume I’m a guy until we get on vent and they realize I’m a girl. The perception and attitudes of gender are changing in the online gaming community. I, for one, am very pleased with these changes. With the influx of females gaming, there comes a balance and a sense of equality. Just because I’m a female gamer doesn’t mean I can’t farm my own mats and need your help. There was sense back in the days of EQ that we weren’t as good at killing and so we needed help with the game.

Why is any of this important? Perception is reality. Because I know I’m a girl gamer and have historically been in the minority of my gaming community I’ve adopted a simple rule for interacting with the virtual world of gaming and avatars.

Toon gender = your gender

So when you are on a girl character you are a girl etc. Why? Because unless you are on Vent its just easier for me. I know there could be a guy behind the screen. A few of my RL friends will only play girl characters. For perhaps the best reason ever, the models look better and if they are going to be stuck staring at this character for potentially years its not going to be an ugly elf with a stupid scowl all the time

Why this post in the first place if perceptions are changing? Because someone had the audacity to argue with me if IRL I was a girl or not. HA! I am and I blog. Fear me *cues the spooky sounds* 😉

Published in: on December 9, 2008 at 1:00 am  Comments (1)  
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