I'm a 19 year old fennoswede (Swedish is my mothertongue, finnish is my second language) who loves roleplaying games. I've tried a couple of tabletop RPG's with a tight group of friends over the years, but I am always the most "interested" person in our group (sadly). I've tried playing Achaea many times over the past 7-8 years (I've probably made twentyish characters) and I always tend to play multiple hours a day for a couple of days/weeks before I suicide that character. This is solely because of one thing: my difficulties in RP'ing ing English.
I wouldn't say that I'm absolutely terrible at the English language (feel free to correct me, however) and if it's just me and another player I can manage the conversations fairly well but whenever I'm in a RP situation where there's more than me and one other person (three or more) I tend to freeze and I have no clue what to say. This might just be because I'm a MUD noob, but I'd genuinely like to hear if anyone else has had this issue (especially if English is not your first language!). I've had a great time so far though, and it seems like this character will stick around for a while. Who knows though.
I'll stop now before this question/rant gets too long-winded, though. Thanks for reading.
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Which city do you play in, if you don't mind me asking? Are there cities that are less RP heavy than others?
One thing is for certain though - playing Achaea is guaranteed to expand your vocabulary. I know it has expanded mine! (even learned some Sartanic obscenities along the way )
You don't have to be an expert cunning linguist to play Achaea, and it's even advantageous not to be a shining wit.
I have this as well. I'll be ok if there's no pressure (conversations with multiple people in room, lots of stuff happening like in events, etc), but otherwise I tend to bail and ask later what actually happened. I'll admit that I rather stay out of RP situations though, doesn't really seem to be my 'thing'. Like @Dochitha , I rather fight, bash or trade.
From my experience, people will forgive you your mistakes and bad grammar/misunderstanding stuff. Not all of them, but most of the players will understand your situation and be patient/forgiving. Even though most of them will never know what a struggle it can be
So in the end, I think you'll be fine. You can, as suggested, RP being born somewhere primitive or something like that. But I never felt the need to do so, so that's all up to you!
That's what she said.
I mean, as long as you're not roleplaying a stutter... No offense to any stutters out there, as I myself have a thing with stammering/stuttering in real life as is. I mean, I do it, not I hate people who do it.
When Canada rules the world,
things will be... nii~ice.
Most of us are also ok if you send an OOC message to say you have difficulty with the language.