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.
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.
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.
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.
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.