One day you’ll appreciate those roses. Stop returning their ashes to me.
Trial and error. It’s not always a running start and that’s a legit shame, but you’ll find a lot of coal before you come across a diamond.
I’d suggest (if you are so inclined) to keep an eye out for public events. Walk-up RP can be perfectly cool, but on the Horde especially, guilds and events tend to be where people come together with fairly open minds.
You’re always going to bump into elitist or clique-y RPers at some point. Fortunately, that doesn’t speak for the majority of the server. If you’re trying to find RP on Horde, it’s worth trying to look for a guild/a community to RP with as there’s less random roleplay that side. Alliance is more a mix of both.
Also, do you have an RP addon such as TRP? It can be a lot easier for people to approach you and interact with you ICly if you have some information up about your character. It’s not necessarily essential but it helps greatly and lets other roleplayers know things about your character.
You could probably just start to flesh out your character a little bit. You don’t need to put a big fancy, articulate description in the About section, but maybe something like filling in the first glances section for their appearance or some basic info and personality traits.
I also find it a lot easier to go up to people ICly if I have a question for them, for example, “Do you know where ___ is?” or “Have you seen ____ around?” It can help break the ice a little easier as opposed to just going up to someone and saying “Hi” and is also generally less awkward if you’re rping with someone for the first time.
As for the person who used Check PvP on you, that’s just petty. I wouldn’t take that as a sign to give up on RP though, as there are so many friendly people on this realm who are especially helpful towards new RPers. Keep browsing Argent Archives and the forums for guilds/public events/things going on!
Persevere, you’ll find a community or niche that suits you and from then on it’ll be fine. If you’re worried about people reacting negatively to inexperience, put it in your OOC tab on your TRP or send the player in question in a whisper.
It’s a learning curve like everything else in WoW but I’d like to think most roleplayers won’t ostracise you out of hand. There’s a big element of “fake it till you make it” to RP too. Start with nice simple characters and try to be the person who initiates a conversation even if it feels really uncomfortable. It’s a confidence game to begin with but once you fall in with a guild or community you like it’ll get better.
If you’re playing Horde, I can also recommend doing a little background reading on some of the guilds and communities available as lots of the Horde RP scene are engaged in events and initiatives outside of Orgrimmar. Plenty of discords too if that’s your taste.
I dont know what mons you have faced, but ivbeen helping and chatting with countless of peoples, new mons expecially, and helping them to build their characters, lores, classes etc. and they are now succesfull roleplayers and having a blast, seems like you had really bad luck while trying to contact with other peoples. But lend me a more messages if ya really seek help or want to chat!
When considering the larger hubs especially, the level of what is generally accepted as the idea of roleplay ‘quality’ varies hugely from person to person. It’s equally likely that a player will run into someone of extremely low character quality as it is that a fantastic roleplayer will wander around the corner, and I think it’s this disparity of interaction that causes roleplayers especially to form such sheltered cliques. Many of us don’t have the luxury of the seemingly infinite time that we might have done five or six years ago; as such we don’t want to take the risk that the characters we interact with might be shallow and unfulfilling. For that reason, most of us tend to stick more closely to established social groups that we might otherwise in real life, simply because we are at least guaranteed roleplay interactions that we find enjoyable.
To an outside observer or somebody new to Argent Dawn this might seem like elitism, but in my experience at least there’s not much of a sense of superiority associated with this behaviour. In most cases, once you break the ice and demonstrate to other players that you are considerate and your character is interesting, you’re likely to find them friendly and accommodating no matter how new you are.
If you’re not sure about getting in a guild yet, a fair bunch of people are following the Roaming Hub (currently in Sun rock retreat) ; it’s a good occasion to find casual/social RP and maybe join some events.
And also, welcome on AD!
I am fairly new on Argent Dawn myself but did meet very rp open and welcoming people.
As for guilds being closed in their own events, i can not speak for all. Surely there might be some events who are more of an internal matter, but others could as well be public?
For example a few of the trials my caravan is going trough are open for spectators if they happen to stumble upon us.
Walk up to the people you find interesting, or wave at them. At least that is how you will get my attention, since my chat is mostly active so i miss whispers
Do not give up! There are many nice and good roleplayers out there, you can save some of the names in this thread and approach them maybe?
To watch pasta sauce role play or griefers on alts ? I think not mate
You should seek out the PCU, Ivysaur, whisper the Hand of Conquest or Bilgewater Battalion they are part of an incredibly large + active and very welcoming (in regards to new role players that want to learn) community