Walk-Up: A Guide
So I’m seeing a how to get RP post floating around and I’ve been sitting on this idea for a while. I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t know how to get walk up and, honestly, it’s really nerve wracking. So here’s a guide written by a nervous dork on how to make things easier and less daunting. And remember…
Take the initiative
Everyone says this because it’s true. If you’re not taking the initiative you’re not getting RP more than once in a blue moon.
But in the event you don’t feel like it, have a good solid search info
I often see a number of search info’s that only say “Walkup welcome!” or “RPer” or some variation. If you’re standing in the bar with your RP tag on, I figure that’s what you’re there for. Knowing a little about the character be it occupation, disposition, or appearance helps me gauge if and how I want to walk up.
Ask them if they’re down
Yeah they might say they’re down for walk up… But they might also be tabbed out. I’m guilty of this. Plus there’s nothing more disheartening than walking up to someone and getting ignored. I can’t think of many instances where I’ve been ignored or turned down when I send a /tell. Plus it gives people time to prepare! Not totally necessary, but helpful.
Have a hook
The truth is there’s a lot of power in a good hook. How you approach someone IC can make or break a conversation. Here’s a few I can think of off the top of my head:
- “Spare a girl a light?” Let me tell you, I use this one all the time. In fact, more often times than not Lafey has a light but she wants to strike up a conversation. “But Ette!” You say, “My character isn’t a smoker!” Well don’t fret, because you can take this hook and twist it around. Maybe your character needs a mint. Does your character wear glasses? Well maybe they left their handkerchief at home and need one to clean them off. Hell, have them ask for the time. It’s just got to be small and innocuous.
- “Oh that outfit is to die for!” Let’s be real, how many times have you been walking down the street and thought “woah, that shirt/dress/outfit looks nice!” Probably a lot. There’s a good chance you feel the same way about glams or appearances in game. Have your character notice! People like compliments and you can follow it up with “where did you get it?” Bam, you’re in a conversation. Works for hair and tattoos, too!
- “What are you in for?” Probably works the best in bar RP. Maybe they just want to drink, maybe they’re looking for a conversation, maybe they want to people watch, or perhaps it’s a waystation for their merc work. Won’t know until you ask!
- “Is this seat taken?” If someone is sitting next to an empty seat in game there’s a good chance they want walkup. You’ve got to follow this one up with something, though. Ask them how they are. Ask them if they want a drink. Tell them your character’s name.
- “X, is that you?” A risky move but rife with comedic value if someone can riff off it right. Have your character mistake their character for someone else. It doesn’t need to be another PC and could just as easily be some offscreen character. Sometimes things are embarrassing! Embrace it! Have your character recover by starting up a conversation with this new and vaguely X-like stranger.
A common improv tactic, make sure the other person has something to work off of. Ask questions! Make comments that can be easily commented on! Things like “Yes” or “No” or “Fair enough” should ideally be followed up by other statements that can keep a conversation going. And note, if the other person is giving you nothing it’s totally okay to walk away. The onus shouldn’t be entirely on you to make the RP fun.