whats a good game to roleplay on?

I've been looking to get back into Role-Playing im quite casual about it and im not usually super heavy on rules so what would be a good game/mmo to start on? Keep in mind im only 15 so I can't spend a huge ammount of money. I am saving up for tabletop games that range from D&D to Warhammer:40k (tau).
i have roleplayed (or still rp on the following games)

warhammer online
Lord of the rings online
RuneScape
Supremacy 1914
I tried Guild Wars but no real community

Any help would be nice ranging from games, servers, community attitudes, etc.

You can't go wrong with Fallout New Vegas. Compared to most other RPGs, the number of character options is astounding.

Echo Bazaar and Kingdom of Loathing are both free to play browser based games with a fun bit of customization and roleplaying elements involved with them.

Of course the flaw of both of those titles is you can only play for so long each day, but still. I recommend them...if you don't mind some reading that is.

You want alot of character options, play some Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura.

6 bucks at GOG. http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/arcanum_of_steamworks_and_magick_obscura

Soviet Heavy:
You can't go wrong with Fallout New Vegas. Compared to most other RPGs, the number of character options is astounding.

I endorse this.

I also do some roleplaying on Skyrim. The river's current physics is so fascinating, I'll occasionally blow ten minutes of gametime just to swim around.

Dungeons and Dragons is a good start. If you don't have anyone in your group that's a diehard powergaming munchkin, I'd suggest 3.5. 4e just kind of rubs me the wrong way, even if it IS very friendly to new players.

Barring that, I'd suggest Fallout if you like the setting. I'm in LOVE with it, and think it's one of the best games for it. I really had a hard time with trying to roleplay at all in Skyrim simply because I couldn't get immersed at ALL. I always FELT like I was playing a game.

If you've got friends to play with, maybe Neverwinter Nights? Its multiplayer is pretty much pencil and paper D&D on a computer, right down to the DM. You do need a group and a DM to play it that way, though.

I roleplay in skyrim, the cooking system adds alot to my experiance, bringing food supplys with me and only using the carts so fast travel, and to anyone looking for a fun thing to try: try going fallout: new vegas style by eating and sleeping regularly, planning journeys can take half a session XD

I think Champions Online has an excellent and active roleplaying community. The awesome character customization really add to the depth as well, from a roleplaying perspective.

brightclaw22:
I've been looking to get back into Role-Playing im quite casual about it and im not usually super heavy on rules so what would be a good game/mmo to start on? Keep in mind im only 15 so I can't spend a huge ammount of money. I am saving up for tabletop games that range from D&D to Warhammer:40k (tau).
i have roleplayed (or still rp on the following games)

warhammer online
Lord of the rings online
RuneScape
Supremacy 1914
I tried Guild Wars but no real community

Any help would be nice ranging from games, servers, community attitudes, etc.

Well, role-playing gets mixed results in most MMOs. I'd generally look towards games that specifically have RP servers, and also high player bases. Posting on the server/shard board for an RP server to see if there are any RP groups/communes/guilds willing to take a new member coming in just for that is also a good place to start.

To be honest, the big place to go for this right now is probably World Of Warcraft, it has multiple RP servers, and most of the RP takes place in low level zones like Elwynn Forest, with people sitting around for hours and hours doing nothing but talking ICly. WoW just went free to play up until level 20, so you could scout that easily, and chance are if your just going for the RP and don't care about the gameplay that much, you could get a full RP community experience because you'd never have to be above level 20 to leave the zones where it happens.

WoW is big enough where it has infamously spawned specialist RP communities as well, while it's no longer the case, WoW was infamous for having a dedicated EROTIC/Adult "roleplay" community on the moonguard server that was almost omnipresent in the goldshire area of Elwynn forest... with "events" that ranged from normal, to eyebleedingly horrible.

Star Trek Online and Fallen Earth are both games that are now FTP that have role-playing communities involved. It seems like I hear a lot of people looking to find RPers in zone chat in STO (I've been tinkering with it). Fallen Earth which I just looked into again (FTP on Steam) HAD a community like that, but I didn't play long the first time I messed with it. Of the two "Fallen Earth" is probably the "cheaper" free game to play (F2P meaning pay for everything, or "trial to sell you a subscription" in WoW's case) is Fallen Earth. Right now you can spend like $5 to buy anything from the store and get a package that will pimp out a character for you in FE (remove cash limits, give you global chat access, etc...). Star Trek Online has improved since it's early days (as odd as that is to say) but the new guys that own Cryptic (Perfect World) seem to be a bunch of cash sucking vampires. They are infesting the game with korean-style lockboxs that appear constnatly in loot and require keys that cost real money via the cash shop to open. This is to say nothing of a recent bit of "new content" that pretty much requires people to drop $6.25 to buy a small craft to play a mission in the storyline sequence. There are a few ways to get a small craft otherwise from what I've heard, but many are not all that accessible especially to new players doing the event right then, and the whole KDF faction doesn't have any options other than purchuses. The only real saving grace to where STO is going is that you can exchange refined dilithium for CPS (the points you buy with real money) to buy things from the cash shop. A free play character can do 8k dilithium a day, and with two characters on an account you can slowly, very slowly, get stuff from the cash shop by playing... but really it's going in directions that I think will kill the game. F2P is generally supposed to be "donation supported" more or less, but STO is going the route of "bottomless korean cash pit".

At any rate this rambling is getting out of hand, but still I'd look towards WoW, Fallen Earth, and STO in roughly that order to try and make some RP contacts if that's what you want, and trying them won't cost you s dime to begin with. If you wind up finding a good community in one of them, you can figure out what it would cost you to be happy there and decide if it's worth it, if not, no loss.

I'd avoid The Old Republic for RP right now, not only would it cost you $50 for the basic game box (and you say money is tight) but I have seen little if any RP at all, never mind people looking for it.

One thing I will mention is that I do not currently RP online, I used to (did a bit in WoW years ago), but mostly just play the games, and make note of where other people are doing it. I might go through that phase again, but to me I personally think RP is best kept to paper and pencil games, or paper and pencil based forum RPG games, and MMOs tend to be best when kept to the gameplay. Opinions vary, but that's how I think. I play online on some RPG sites (Palladium games mostly) and largely focus on blowing stuff up and grabbing loot in RPGs.

Oh and one final note, Champions Online has a decent RP community. I don't play much anymore (but I do drop in from time to time) as a lifetime subscriber, I can't comment on their FTP gimmick since it doesn't effect me when I drop in, but I imagine the end result for non life members is similar to STO because it's being run by the same guys. The only thing about the RP community on Champions Online is that it's almost exclusively based around very specific kinds of RP that would seem a bit odd given the very campy four-color super hero vibe of the game. That is to say you've basically got people who like to hang out in the nightclub RPing fallen angels, demons, vampires, werewolfs, and other various emo - goth types and go off about how dark and angst ridden they are for hours on end. Almost like a White Wolf "World Of Darkness" community hiding in a superhero game. I don't hang with them, but they are actually easy to find (club is right off the town square in Millenium city). You can find someone to RP with there easily, but keep the general theme in mind, it should be obvious when you see it. You might also want to make it obvious your a 15 year old, that won't shock anyone, but it will probably prevent some awkward situations, to say there are some pervs involved with be an understatement, but they don't generally chase kids. You might think hiding that fact at your age and going for it would be a good thing, but your liable to PO someone in there if you go looking for a connection and someone finds out. I mention this last because while free, I really can't tell you with much authority what kind of gameplay experience it offers to free players, since I didn't pay much attention to what the cut offs would be if I wasn't lifetime (which should sort of demonstrate how infrequently I've visited since they went FTP).

Fleetfiend:
I think Champions Online has an excellent and active roleplaying community. The awesome character customization really add to the depth as well, from a roleplaying perspective.

Man, I need to read responses, I just went into a big thing on MMOs, and added this one as an afterthought.

CO does have a decent RP community, but every time I drop in (I was there with a new character I made called Sayaka a few days ago) it seems like the only people doing that are all fixated on Spawn Meets The World Of Darkness, and that's how it was before to. Nothing wrong with that, but it does seem like a one note community. It doesn't bother me since I don't RP much myself anymore, but it certainly never stuck me as being varied or versatile, just always there.

I've occasionally wondered what would happen if I walked in with my old "American Pride" newbie character (your basic super soldier) and started RPing a member of the old school patriotic spandex brigade. I'd probably have people screaming for my blood for ruining their atmosphere despite the nature of the game. I've had him since Beta (was even in the pre-launch Qualarr event, and has an achievement for it if I remember), and never got him past level 16 (I think, might be 14), but he's the one I hung out with in MC chatting ICly with people as. :)

My nomination goes to Moonbase Alpha.

Never before have I seen such a realistic and well-crafted experience, the likes of which could only be constructed by the geniuses at NASA, but the community is dedicated and commits to their role as a dignified astronaut.

Many of us may not be able to go to the Moon, but now the dream for some is closer now than it has ever been.

Therumancer:
snip but I want to talk about STO

I RP STO, mostly solo, but when I join up with others I stay in character. Those Cardassian Lockboxes? I just delete them from my inventory. I do spend money on STO, upgrading inventory slots, more character slots, a respec token, I'm not adverse to supporting the game with purchases, but only ones that are reasonable. There is a lot to like in STO, especially if you have a fondness for Star Trek.

octafish:

Therumancer:
snip but I want to talk about STO

I RP STO, mostly solo, but when I join up with others I stay in character. Those Cardassian Lockboxes? I just delete them from my inventory. I do spend money on STO, upgrading inventory slots, more character slots, a respec token, I'm not adverse to supporting the game with purchases, but only ones that are reasonable. There is a lot to like in STO, especially if you have a fondness for Star Trek.

You might run into me, I have three characters I play, Phoebe, Lasade, or Steeljack (mostly been playing Phoebe oddly enough) all @therumancer, which is of course my shared @ with champions when i play that.

My comments on STO are because I've actually sunk a decent amount of money into it recently. When I returned and gave it another chance, I found they improved a lot of things, and added a decent amount of content to the game. I also upgraded some inventory slots, and actually bought a bunch of excess points and wound up with a couple of the fancy cash shop ships.

What irks me is that when I look at the money I put into this game, and the devs still insist on constnatly pounding me with those lockboxes, which are a pain to delete (sorry, really, I hate looting them). The part that REALLY has me POed though is that after having put money into the game, and bought these ships, and endured the lock boxes, and all of that garbage, they launch this knew gamma operation mission and... ooops well, you can't do the new mission or continue the featured series unless you have a small craft. Now for a federation character you can technically have obtained one by following the plotline, but I wound up bugged since I'm using a character I made a long while back, and a lot of the missions don't launch properly for me, apparently the bugs are being worked on however. Given that I had been grandfathered some inventory slots I built the character up to Vice Admiral irregardless through mirror universe invasions and such, but didn't have a small craft, so basically to access this mission I needed to come up with another $6.25 OR roughly 88k refined dilithium which is 11 days work for one character. My KDF characters however can't share a small craft with my fed characters, and don't even have the possibility of obtaining one through regular gameplay, so to do the mission and continue the series that's the same price to get one to use on that side of things.

Let's just say I worked it out, which is probably a bad sign, but to say it leaves a bad taste in my mouth is an understatement. I've basically decided that despite the money I put into the game over the last couple of months, I'm done with it if this crap continues. Yes the game DOES have to make money, and no I don't mind paying to support the game through donations, but if Perfect/Cryptic keep running at me with their hands out I'm done. Especially seeing as this content I paid to access (and payment is mandatory for the KDF mind you) turns out to ba 30 minute mission that probably sets new records for bad voice acting.

See, afrer much pushing, I've given some FTP games a shot over the last few months, largely due to comments of "It's a great system Therumancer, it's the future, really the value isn't bad, and tends to be much more reasonable than subscription!" but honestly I can now say with experience that this is actually worse than I started out slamming it as, or at least if you use STO so far as a measuring stick. I'm not even cheap here, I put more into gaming than is probably healthy (being brain damaged, with little hope for the future, it keeps me going), and the FTP system gives that absolutly zero respect, or at least in STO.

I'll also be honest that part of the reason why I went off on this in my recommendation is that from some stuff I've been hearding there seems to be a plan to make all additional loot drops in the game lockbox based, rather than dropping from mobs. Basically making players pay for chances at the loot, rather than farming specific missions or task forces. Something I wish I heard about before you know... I went "oh hey, this might have potential given what they did with it" and actually invested money in it.

STO right now strikes me as being one of the most initially generous seeking FTP offers out there, but is about to become one of the most brutal cash grabs the industry has ever seen if it keeps going and what I'm hearing pans out. Personally I suspect it's going to end the game rather than make money though, which is sad, because it seemed like they were actually starting the clean it up and expand it even if a lot of the basic animations and such are still awful.

Super Meat Boy

sometimes I play it, and I pretend that I can beat the game and unlock all the characters

:C

Soviet Heavy:
You can't go wrong with Fallout New Vegas. Compared to most other RPGs, the number of character options is astounding.

Also, the freedom in how you could handle quests was terrific.

Something I sorely missed in Skyrim.

Minecraft, you get a 100% blank slate, but you will require 100% creativity to make up for it.

Casual Shinji:

Soviet Heavy:
You can't go wrong with Fallout New Vegas. Compared to most other RPGs, the number of character options is astounding.

Also, the freedom in how you could handle quests was terrific.

Something I sorely missed in Skyrim.

Hmm, I wonder why ?
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Anthraxus:

Casual Shinji:

Soviet Heavy:
You can't go wrong with Fallout New Vegas. Compared to most other RPGs, the number of character options is astounding.

Also, the freedom in how you could handle quests was terrific.

Something I sorely missed in Skyrim.

Hmm, I wonder why ?
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That screen is showing Oblivion.

It's about what's under the bucket, not on the screen.

Anthraxus:
It's about what's under the bucket, not on the screen.

Right.
I'm not entirely certain as to your point, but okay.

Neverwinter Nights, period. It's PnP in video game form.

Soviet Heavy:
You can't go wrong with Fallout New Vegas. Compared to most other RPGs, the number of character options is astounding.

This.

I always have a lot of fun adapting characters from other franchises and recreating them in SPECIAL. My favourite so far has got to be Hannibal Lecter, because the first time I played through the game I was a good guy who sided with the NCR and did generally good things despite the odd theft and pickpocketing, so playing as a cannibalistic serial killer who doubled as a social chameleon with a sophisticated cuisine was quite refreshing especially when I got to New Vegas and acquainted myself with the White Glove Society. >:-D

You're 15, and you want to get BACK into roleplaying?
Wow.

Soviet Heavy:
You can't go wrong with Fallout New Vegas. Compared to most other RPGs, the number of character options is astounding.

The problem is that you can't really role play in single player games...seeing as how the NPCs won't role play with you. Sure, you can use your own imagination and create a personal backstory and personality and what-not for your character, but in the end you're just left playing with yourself.

Well, since you're listing MMOs, The Old Republic seems built for this. You can select your race without fear of choosing the "wrong one for your class" because race is just appearance and "social bonus ability". There are RP servers, too, though I don't play on them.

Not to mention being able to choose how quests end. One quest line involves killing a man's wife and her lover (a spy) but you can choose to let them live. Even the end of the quest gives you an option to betray the man's trust for some credits or maintain secrecy.

I can see way more potential for RPing in TOR than other MMOs. Even if you don't actively RP with other people, you can still create your character as you see fit. Why not be a Dark Jedi, a smuggler in it for Credits, or even a Light side Sith?

Wow, ill check a few of these games out, however when i meant Roleplaying i meant with a group of people, not in a game like skyrim with Roleplay elements i meant like the OTHER role-play. But ive been given some good choices here so ill check them all out. Also @tayh i started at 14 but quit for a bit because the community i was with was full of godmodders, metagamers, powergamers, and other undesirables.

Anthraxus:
You want alot of character options, play some Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura.

6 bucks at GOG. http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/arcanum_of_steamworks_and_magick_obscura

Hell yes! I thoroughly agree! Arcanum is an stounding game and can be very challenging! The premise itself is also very interesting.

Get a gog.com account anyway. They sell some of the best rpgs of all time! All at cheap prices!

brightclaw22:
I've been looking to get back into Role-Playing im quite casual about it and im not usually super heavy on rules so what would be a good game/mmo to start on? Keep in mind im only 15 so I can't spend a huge ammount of money. I am saving up for tabletop games that range from D&D to Warhammer:40k (tau).
i have roleplayed (or still rp on the following games)

Can't help you with the online stuff, but I can with tabletop.

Have you checked out Pathfinder Roleplaying game at paizo.com?

All their tabletop rules are free, online, on their webpage.

If you want pdfs or physical copies, those cost money, but you can play the game just fine with just their website. It's a great resource - particularly for those who can afford the books (or can only afford the core book).

Strain42:
Echo Bazaar and Kingdom of Loathing are both free to play browser based games with a fun bit of customization and roleplaying elements involved with them.

Of course the flaw of both of those titles is you can only play for so long each day, but still. I recommend them...if you don't mind some reading that is.

I love Echo Bazaar, great game.

I would also try some Single-Player RPGs like Skyrim, New Vegas, Mass Effect 2, hell even Baulder's Gate would be a good one.

 

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