I've been playing Achaea for about two years, I think. I majorly came here for roleplay experiences, and I quickly got on board when I saw the extent of imaginative beauty in this game. I was not an avid MUD player because I got a sense of stagnation in them, but it feels far more vibrant here, and I expected similar from the playerbase, but this place seems more distant and confusing to me than what I was expecting.
I'm not complaining about the playerbase or anyone in particular by any measure; on an OOC basis, everyone I've met has been so helpful and kind that I can't really argue about that facet of the game's community. But roleplay-wise, it feels like a lot of interaction between people is just OOC with In-Character flair as per the game's rules. Maybe I'm coming from a different place because I'm more into heavy RP. I like to imagine my character's mindset and personality as something alien and strange (because he's, well, a giant talking insect), and I feel giddy just imagining what opportunities could be open to him in terms of story. But I'm forced to limit myself because I feel like if I'm too In-Character, I'll make them uncomfortable and waste their time or something to that effect. When I happen upon a group of people in my home city, I usually see them idling or talking to each other about things that go completely over my head, and it makes me anxious trying to initiate conversation. It has me feeling somewhat depressed because I feel like I'll never get to experience actual roleplay.
Am I alone feeling this way? Or is there just something about Achaea's atmosphere that I'm just not understanding?
Ironically, I'm literally overwhelmed with how much RP there is in Targ and how deep it is. I have a functional disability which makes it difficult to process information on the fly and be able to communicate spontaneously with any depth. The RP is a delcious flavour with plenty of rituals and gatherings and an inclusive atmosphere that lets different characters, including newcomers, express their individual personalities, and get involved but it's a bit much for me.
If I could go back in time and send that version of me a message, it's that I already knew what I should have done - not made alts!
Seventh grade is an awkward year. My sister was so traumatised by hers that she homeschooled her only son (my only nephew) when it was his turn.
Mine sucked. But.
Mom never had money for things like yearbooks. So I wouldn't have one. Unfazed, I snagged a children's book about the many breeds of cats (with pictures!) that was about the same size and shape from our bookshelf, and took it to school, treating it approximately as I saw other students treating their yearbooks.
I didn't only go to people who'd been nice to me for them to sign it. I asked everyone! I actually walked right up to the person who'd clearly liked me least, and asked her to write something rude in it. Because... a yearbook is for memories, right? Shouldn't we remember things warts-and-all? And, shouldn't we (try to) play our characters warts-and-all?
My 'cats' yearbook is the best yearbook ever. It's the only one that tells a story that wasn't originally in it despite that it was never a 'blank' book. And some random classmates' having gone through and put heart-shaped marks around the cutest cats, enhanced it.
I can't go back in time and do it another way. The way I did, annoyed people because I can't multiplay for crap; it's SO obvious when it's me! This is not a thing I seek to change.
If this message benefits anyone, yay! If not... at least I hope it was an entertaining read.
tl;dr: control alts: delete. (Yeah, I said that one before.)
Honestly if I find myself bored or not finding engaging role play, it is usually because I am being lazy (totally guilty of this), you will at times have to go out on your own to find this and there are a lot of Cyrenians guilty of just standing around forever. But as an example, I went to Mhaldor last night to listen to @Vika talk about her history using different items to represent different stories. It's out there, you just have to look.
Edit: Shout out to @Aeryllin, @Voc, @Eril, @Roselie, @Shirszae, @Ayani, @Laedha,
@Mazel, @Melodie, @Zerda, and a bunch of others for providing some really enjoyable RP, it has been the highlight of my time in Achaea.
RP is definitely something you need to actively engage in yourself and look for others who wish to do so as well.
My best advice is to be patient. Not everyone is "RP ON" all the time in any city that I've tried though and you can't expect them to be. There are things that need to be done to keep cities and Orders working well and those tasks take some adventurers' time and attention.
In a big city like Cyrene it's easy to get lost in the crowd.
Echoing what the others said, if you're patient, willing to put yourself out there, and find a friend or a group of people interested in the same things. You'll have a decent foothold to prosper with.