Finding the line between you and your roleplaying character

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. In World of Warcraft, that player is you! Each week, Anne Stickney brings you All the World’s a Stage with helpful hints, tips and tricks on the art of roleplay in WoW.

We’ve finally reached that magical moment when we stop speculating on what we’ll see in Mists of Pandaria and start experiencing it first hand. Pretty much every WoW news site out there is inundating us with tons of information about Mists, the pandaren, the zones, the quests, and everything that is to come. If you’re one of those who managed to get a beta key at this early stage in testing, you’ve even experienced some of that new content yourself. This can actually create a ton of issues when you’re a roleplayer, and it has to do with the line between roleplay and real life.

In roleplay, there’s a definitive line between what you as a player happen to know and what your character is aware of. There’s a line between what you see in game and what your character sees and experiences. And there’s a really big line between what you are feeling as a player and what your character is feeling in any given situation. Experienced roleplayers are aware of that line’s existence and do their best not to cross it, but new roleplayers may not understand what that imaginary line is or even realize it exists.

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