July 31, 2001
A couple more tips for those seeking to truly Awaken in Middle earth. Last
week I mentioned developing a personality for your character. This week let us
expand this idea.
- A tremendous part of becoming a part of Middle Earth is to ensure you have
feelings and expressions and more importantly that you use these. The
emote command is designed for this. If a fellow comrade or
friend has been defeated show a sense of mourning and loss. They were a friend
and companion. Just think how you would feel if it were to happen in
real life. It matters not that they shall be reborn from the Halls of
Mandos, they were defeated all the same. Likewise, if you manage a tremendous
victory over a dreadful foe - CELEBRATE! The loot they carry is not nearly as
important as the joy and pride you should feel after performing so well in
battle. Though I am the first to admit that there are places I would rather not
tarry once the foe has been slain. In such circumstances gather what you can and
go to a safe place to party! Bring out the wine or beer and roast duck, crank up
the music with a lute or flute and have a feast. All these ideas can be padded
out and built up with the emote command. Make it real, show your true feelings.
- MUME has a number of social interactions you can use, for
example: smile, laugh, poke, tickle, whistle, punch, etc.
Become familiar with the range of socials that are available and use them.
However, some of these are rather inappropriate for certain kinds of
personalities. One in particular that I find I can not use is the grin command.
I am a truly helpful and goodly person so the thought of grinning evilly does
not sit well with me. So it is that I set an alias for grin so that I have a
mischievous grin that gives a slight twinkle in my eye. There are a number of
other social commands that I have adapted with aliases to suit my personality. I
no longer laugh obnoxiously and I can sing without making you cower on the
- Continuing on from changing social actions I recommend you make full use of
aliases . Develop different aliases to allow actions and
feelings to be portrayed that are not covered in the socials. I frequently skip
about excitedly and I love to tug on my dwarven friends beards. *grins
- Roleplaying (the art of appearing as if you are your
character living in the land of Middle Earth as if it is reality.) is for
enjoyment. As Londriel so wisely pointed out to me "Respect each others
roleplay and do not try to force another to roleplay the way you want. Roleplay
only works if all participants play together, with each other rather than
against each other."
- Also an appropriate greeting goes a long way to showing
others that you have awakened in Middle Earth. For example, dwarves will
generally make their services available to you and your family as part of their
greeting and introduction. Hobbits are often a little flustered when new people
are about, particularly elves.
I think that is more than enough for this week. Next week I want to share
with you something about tale-telling! I love to tell and hear tales so I look
forward to being able to help you Awaken in Middle-Earth.
Remember to send me logs of interesting role-play sessions you have had.
Likewise send me comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fare ye well