First of all, I have to say that I really appreciate those of you who have taken time to thoughtfully respond to others in this forum on the topic of finding roleplay. It's also nice to see that more established characters also feel, at times, a bit "neglected," and have found ways to dive in to - in my opinion - one of the most worthwhile aspects of the game. I've played Achaea on-and-off since 2004, and every time I come back, it's because of a random RP encounter/very detailed world event that I remember fondly (-cough- that I gush about to my RL friends and occasionally harp back to even though they have no freaking clue what I am going on about -cough-).
In light of my own struggle to find role-play, I've been mulling over a few ideas to make writing with other players more accessible and consistent. It's really too bad that most of the threads I have read also seem to agree that RP may be hard to find, but once it is, it is so worth it; but I think we should try and band together as a player base to make it more common than not.
One issue I personally have is, in the act of looking consistently for writing buddies, the RP falls short after a really decent conversation. I don’t ever talk to that person again. My previous characters have excelled well because they’ve been in families - or had older players drag them around hunting into forever - but then again, the RP would be cut off at some point. Additionally, I am personally very intimidated by other characters and, while Tillie is rather laidback and enjoys approaching just about anyone, I have a fear (albeit, at times, I know rather stupid- but a fear nonetheless) accidentally annoying someone (i.e, finding a way to organically approach a character into a cool RP scenario without having it go over there head and just shrug it off).
I like what @Sarapis mentioned in one thread, the “Flagged for RP” thing. I know there are OOC clans about, but what if there was one OOC clan or channel dedicated to helping people find RP encounters? I know it may sound a little trite to have to plot out an encounter beforehand - especially if it’s more of a “subplot” than a huge plot - but in past RP communities I’ve been in, it’s worked really well to show people that there is a solid objective for their character to have, or a goal for their character to reach (either developmentally or, perhaps even with IG items or rewards).
If such subplots were established via conversations like this, by all means, others could add combat encounters or hunting ventures to the mix - imbibing all that Achaea has to offer that other RP communities just can’t. Items could be created by players (clothing, armor, rings, food, etc) that create more context and depth to said subplot, too. Never know. Maybe little plots among characters or groups - and intertwined groups, not simply among one city or another - could evolve into a larger plot for the Gods to play with!
Another idea: this clan could also just be a way for others to let others know about things going on. Like, (Clan): “Hey, there seems to be something strange going down at X, X people can come if they aren’t busy.” Events that are already established, but bigger public events that - if people are looking for such things - people can enjoy. This of course, is strictly on a case-by-case basis, as I understand some events are simply cut from the entire world, and that’s completely wonderful and what not. Also, because sometimes it's easier to OOC-ly let people know without letting it cut into the RP experience IG.
The clan could also use their news to help with character development or write out plot summaries and maybe even times/dates for these “subplot events” to happen. Not every one of these would have to be an event that calls for 15 characters (which is a pretty good turnout, I’d say!) at a time - maybe you only need 3-4 characters, and you need them to play a certain role.
And of course here’s this website that has some ideas said clan could jump off of: http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/blueroom/plots.htm.
Sorry for the long post. Just something I’ve been thinking about recently, as I want to keep playing, but have been at a bit of a loss lately what to do with myself, since writing/RP is a big part for me.
I also wondered how many people would be interested in such a thing, and if people had other ideas to add/other ways to get the idea off the ground. By no means is what I said the only way in which to go about it, and I'm sure other folks have even better possibilities.