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  1. Welcome to the RPC! I wouldn't worry too much about your character not having a proper Highlander name. It's still a name perfectly suitable for RP, so you could always come up for a reason for him to have changed his name to one outside of Highlander conventions.
  2. Hi, and welcome to the RPC!
  3. I can't speak for FFXIV RP in general 'cause I haven't dipped in yet, but from my personal experience across multiple MMO RP such groups exist wherever. Doesn't mean the majority of people are like that, but they're present no matter the RP community. It's just a matter of getting to know who they are and avoid their usual hangout places if being around them makes you uncomfortable, although sometimes it might be unavoidable if your own RP brings you to the same place. Still, I've learned that's the best one can do to avoid unnerving situations.
  4. Omega is still the most RP-pupolated server on Chaos, but as far as I have seen there's not much open world walk up RP happening about. It's mostly organized stuff. Speaking of which, you should join the Chaos RP Discord since most of the activity across the whole datacenter is organized and advertised there. As for the FC, linkshell, market restrictions, that's really up to you. But I've seen plenty of people from other servers (or guildless) participate in Omega based RP events so if it's just to have some RP it really shouldn't be a problem. If you find a group of people you're comfortable with, or your character really fits with their FC theme and want to join them I suppose you could always consider a server transfer down the road, but I wouldn't worry too much about it just now.
  5. Pretty much, yeah. In my opinion, having all players emote in sequence following the Initiative roll results and the GM respond to all with a single post on how the NPCs react to the attack also adds to the hectic feeling of a group fight. Contrary to how it is portrayed usually on screen, one does not wait in line for the bad guys to dispatch their comrade: they attack at the same time once the fight starts. Also something to add, is that the same sequence can be used in a players vs. players situation. Unless it's a 1v1 fight, it works the same to express the chaos of a group fight. The only difference I've seen applied is another Initiative roll (a sum of the rolls for each group to keep it fair) at the start of combat to establish which group gets on the offensive first.
  6. As an example of how much experiences can vary using even the same system: in my own 15 years of MMO RP now, 90% of the time Freeform combat was approached exactly the same way of your /random example. Meaning posting times were exactly the same both with or without rolls. I'll also add that your Freeform post order can be used even with rolls, wich brings me to my next point. The most expeditious and smooth way I have experienced of dealing with Combat RP was to use the succession of your second example BUT with the GM taking care of whether or not attacks hit or miss, both with Freeform and rolls+character sheets systems. So as far as my most enjoyable experiences, things have usually gone this way: Initiative roll by all players, both in Freeform and dice involved systems to help both GM and players to have a clear idea of the combat pace and avoid chat clogging. Each player emotes their attack as an attempt in turn following the initiative rolls results. (in case dice is involved, /roll after the emote is posted.) GM emotes NPC/s response/s to players attacks attempts and their eventual effects (in case of dice, following the rolls results) in a single post (or two if chat characters limit is reached). NPCs attack turn. Each player emotes their defensive in turn, followed organically by their next action in the same post. (usual /roll after post if dice involved). GM emotes NPC/s response/s as above. Rinse and repeat until the fight is over Which, as I said, is basically the same of your second example, but with a key difference: the GM is in charge of the hit/miss success ratio and can easily shape the combat pace according to how much smart the party is fighting.This way Combat can be dragged on (or kept short) at the GM discretion in most cases, even if the party hits a bad rolls streak for a bit. I will agree that smaller numbers are best in most occasions, but even up to 7-8 people it has been enjoyable in my experience. What usually makes a big difference is also how much well the people involved can write organically, and in my experience that is also something that gets better the longer people have RPed together and have known each other's usual pace and style. I have been part of some massive battles during the years (one time 60 people where inolved at the same time, both playing their characters and NPCs) and even then it can work right if well organized. As you said in your first post, the key there was knowing beforehand how many people would be present and having enough co-GMs taking care of smaller groups, keeping the overall combat flow organical alongside the main GM. Another simple trick (although I find it part of the basics) when dealing with situations in which more than 3-4 people are involved, is that regardless of your usual writing style emotes and attacks descriptions should be kept as simple and to the point as possible. That way it takes less time to type, and it's easier to read the important details for the GM and other players, keeping the flow of RP smoother. Overly descriptive emotes can be left for less hectic situations.
  7. Hopefully they'll really manage to tear down the coss-datacenter barriers, so we'll be able to visit anywhere without making at least one alt per data center!
  8. I'll ask for it to be pinned, might have fallen a bit low on the topics list Already available! You just need to use the main Aetheryte in any of the main cities and select "Visit Another World Server", and select the server you wish to go to. Depending on how much crowded is the target server it might need a couple minutes before actually transferring you, but other than that, it's really simple!
  9. Welcome to the RPC! I can't answer for what concerns the RP activity on Brynhildr, but with the new World Visit system you'd have no problem to find people to RP about since you're basically in the NA RP datacenter, especially on Balmung and Mateus servers. As for your second point, it is pretty much a real-time interaction between the people involved using the channels /say and /em (custom emotes) to write down what a character says or does. I've actually written a small guide here: It can all sound more complicated than it is, when explained like this. One thing you could do is visit either Balmung or Mateus (merely because bigger numbers means it's easier to find people out and about) and look for people RPing and observe how they go about it to have a better first hand impression of things. Or ask if someone more experienced would be willing to show you the ropes ingame with a little mock-up RP session, if you want to try your hand in a more controlled and less stressful environment than jumping into RP with a crowd around. ^^
  10. I have to say, in recent years I've found myself most often in situations where most of the people I was RPing with were playing characters of the opposite sex to their RL one. I have never had a problem with it even back in the days when it was more scarce, and I was fortunate enough to find myself in communities where it wasn't an issue. I daresay that the bigger the player population, the more likely one is to find people who are irked by such a thing, but there's not really much one can do about it. Just part of the law of big numbers. And unless it comes down to harassment, it's not really a problem either. Afterall everyone's entitled to their opinions and tastes. But again, in my personal experience it's not an issue at all, actually more the norm than anything else. ^This. So much this. It should really be the basis of common sense, and not just online. There's also something about the old saying that just being true to oneself you will surely end up among likeminded people, sooner or later. So, it really isn't worth worrying on what some might think. As Gerel said, do what you find fun and enjoyable, the people who won't mind and will want to share it will stick with you in the end.
  11. Welcome to the RPC! ^-^ Having a low-key and still-in-the-learning character is always a smart move when starting in a setting one is not familiar with, as it gives you the chance to learn alongside as a player. Plus, adventurers are rather common in Eorzea and they come in all kinds and shapes, so that will surely leave you a lot of freedom to find interactions and a lot of options to shape up your character!
  12. Great advice has already been given, so what I want to add is that after over a decade and a half of RP experience I can assure you most people RPing are on your same boat, or have been at some point. I myself used to be very shy and introvert, and still am to a degree. Getting out there and trying things actually helped me to open up a lot and feel more comfortable around people. As Tregarde put it, it's all a big game of "let's pretend" after all. And honestly, I find it the best way to keep in touch with the kid within ourselves. As others have pointed out, you don't have to. Actually, I personally find that fleshing out a character's background too much ends up complicating things when you start actively RPing, 'cause it can happen that too many situations won't fit with how you have written your character already. Same thing goes with planning ahead. RPing is a cooperative writing effort and you never know in which direction other's characters will pull or push yours (which is the beauty in it). What I usually do is define a character personality and have a very rough idea of how they got to the point where they enter the RP scene, leaving big loopholes on purpose so I have room to add things (or even connections with other characters) during the character's RP lifetime. Unless what you do is sit in a tavern all the time and tell stories left and right (which I'm not saying is bad, I've met a lot of great storytellers during the years), RP is not about the past of your character, but about present actions and adapting to what happens around them.
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