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Wildstar // Ubiquitous Addons Post – RP Edition

There have been a number of fabulous addon posts about the blogosphere recently, but I feel compelled to join in.

I’m not hugely into the RP scene these days. My priority is keeping my general mental health happy, and sometimes that means not logging in, so the idea of making appointments to roleplay becomes a bit of a burden for me. I hate inconveniencing others, so I just don’t sign up to stuff. However, I do like RP out in the wild(star). Anyway, there are two main addons available for RPers, plus a chatfix addon that seems mildly against the rules. These are PDA, Hotspot and Killroy.

PDA

If you’ve ever used the venerable MyRoleplay in World of Warcraft, the concept of this will be instantly recognisable. This addon provides a way for players to share a character bio with others in the game, and display their ‘roleplaying readiness’ in their nameplate.

Character Info Form, plus play status flag in bottom right
Character Info Form, plus play status flag in bottom right
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Browse the character bios of other players
Character Bio Editing Page
Character Bio Editing Page
PDA Character unitframe
PDA Character unitframe
PDA Options Screen
PDA Options Screen

I haven’t really tested it out yet, but you can go so far as to configure the fonts you use in your bio, and the addon has options for flagging yourself ‘in character’, or ‘ready to do a scene’. There is also a screen that theoretically allows you to browse the bios of players you have met in your travels, if they also have this addon enabled. If you’re a roleplayer, this is probably an essential addon (and the only one I could find of its type) to help put you in touch with other RPers out in the Wild.

Hotspot

Based on the venerable Gryphheart Items addon in Warcraft, this is a nifty little addon that allows you to see where other roleplayers (who are using this addon) are congregating. You can list your event type, location, and who is the host, and other people with the addon will be able to see and visit. I haven’t tested this yet, but it might be worth a try.

Killroy

This addon seems to sit somewhere between ‘general fixer of the awful default chat’ and ‘a bit of a cheat’. It both makes some default function stick, makes the ‘RP mode’ ‘work’, and also allows you to read the text of the opposite faction. This means you can force the game to output your text as the ‘alien speak’ text, or as ‘RP text’.

Again, not tested by me, but the RP chat functionality sounds interesting, and the ‘chat fixes’ the author talks about are potentially helpful beyond the RP requirements.

 

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Wildstar // Searching for depth in the shallows

Following on from my last post, while I have parted ways with Warcraft, every post I start writing about Blizzard inevitably turns into what I love about Wildstar. This is not to say that Carbine are perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s refreshing to be playing in a new world, with a new combat system. Even the quest grind feels fresh (partly because I’m playing an explorer, and am frequently getting distracted by hidden tunnels and random things around the zone which result in me being the opposite side of the map from where I’m supposed to be.)

Additionally, there are an abundance of fun female character, and interesting male characters. Both factions have much more depth (and bredth) than the simple Good/Evil or even Browncoats/Alliance dichotomy. The Dominion are authoritarian, but they’re also technologically advanced, have wonderfully machiavellian politics, and real ‘ordinary’ characters who live with the realities of the regime and are doing their best to enjoy life. The Dominion has art galleries, museums, and a sinister race of robot overlords. The story lines involve class issues, noble houses, and the fate of ordinary citizens, even as the Exiles are all about freedom and finding a home.

Over the past day I’ve finally levelled high enough to buy a mount (the cutest raptor) and start working on my house. It’s taking a while, because I keep getting distracted by the following….

Anguissola tackles an assault course
Tackling an Assault Course
The...what IS this
Exploring and finding….things in people’s houses (yes, a player made this, I assume it’s meant to be rude).
Anguissola gets a statue
Saving some people, and getting a statue-hologram of my own! That Governor dude is a jerk.
Catching up with Kadomi
Catching up with Kadomi of To Boldly Nerd

And finally, I don’t have any pictures of my rocket house. Which now has a giant chimney stack because I wasn’t sure where else to put the chimney stack. I also had fun visiting the houses of other in my guild, include one chap who had a bouncy qubig jumping chanllenge. Qubigs are…..Pigs in a cubic shape. I’m going to have to go back and take another screen shot of that. Another fellow, who’s character is a botanist (in the RP sense) had a giant tree growing over his house, and lovely pathways and portals to all over the world.

I was going to call him Gerrold, but Anguissola would never call her raptor that.
I shall call him

The raptor I purchased for the princely sum of 10 gold, was a green thing with red eyes, and is beautifully animated. Your character also ‘kicks’ the sides of the raptor when you start moving, although the horse rider that I am winces every time and wishes it was a more gentle nudge.

This was originally going to be a relatively serious post, but I’m having too much fun to do cultural comparisons yet!

 

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