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#9717370 Jul 06, 2014 at 12:15 PM · Edited over 4 years ago
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Aside from special events, there are many ongoing roleplay events occurring weekly on Laurelin. Here fans of Tolkien's works come together to interactively and socially recreate the world of lore. If you are interested in music or poetry on LOTRO, this is where to find it!

Please read the OOC guidelines for each event, as some are specific as to the race of type of character that should attend as they are attempting to recreate events or environments as described in Tolkien's lore. More information and schedules of the latest happenings on Laurelin can be found at http://laurelinarchives.org/.

Additionally, check out Eglaniel's Roleplay Resource List for an extensive list of resources to assist in roleplay here on Laurelin: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?517794-Eglaniel-s-Roleplay-Resource-List&p=6848078#post6848078

Ales, Tales, & Riddles (all races), every Thursday in the tavern at Thorin's Hall, 3PM /servertime. http://laurelinarchives.org/node/9044

Green Dragon Friday (weekly Hobbit event), each Friday at The Green Dragon in Bywater, 3PM /servertime. http://laurelinarchives.org/node/9500

Hall of Fire Wednesdays (weekly Elf event), each Wednesday at the Hall of Fire, Last Homely House, Rivendell, 3PM /servertime. http://laurelinarchives.org/node/2089

Comb & Wattle Sundays (new weekly Man event), Sundays at the Comb & Wattle in Combe, 4PM servertime. http://laurelinarchives.org/node/25134
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#9727953 Jul 09, 2014 at 06:50 AM
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I read about the events and you are asked to stay in role. I have not done this before. Does anyone have any tips or links for how to role play. For example do I need to speak elvish, is there a special way of addressing people?
Leaving arms and armor off is easy but what do people wear and where do you get those costumes?
Thank you
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#9729368 Jul 09, 2014 at 01:37 PM
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Here is a link that might be useful: http://voicesofmiddleearth.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/the-utter-beginners-guide-to-lotro-rp/

Really, the best way to learn how to roleplay is to visit roleplay events like these and watch others, and follow their lead. You don't have to say much at first; you could just /wave then sit down and observe. You will learn what kinds of greetings and things are common in the group you are roleplaying with.

As an Elf, you don't need to speak Sindarin, but there are many common phrases that RPers will say in Sindarin, and you can find some of them here: http://realelvish.net/101_sindarin.html (be careful looking for Elvish online; this is a very well-researched website, but many are incorrect and we do have players on Laurelin with a very high understanding of Elvish).

If you are having trouble, or want people to know that you're new, you can also type in parenthese "(like this)", which means that you saying is out-of-character.

I have never RPed an Elf so I am not very familiar with the Elven RP on Laurelin. Maybe someone who is can be more helpful. I have often heard it said it is easier to learn to RP as a Man, Hobbit, or Dwarf than as an Elf.
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#9729499 Jul 09, 2014 at 02:05 PM
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Oh, and as far as costumes go, you wear what you like! If you are f2p, you have three outfit slots (not counting the armour you have equipped) to use for cosmetic items. Look in the chest in our kinship house, there are several clothing items and dyes for you to use. Equip the item in under one of your cosmetic outfit slots, and then you can put it back in the chest but your character can still wear it. If you want to see what an item looks like before you dye it or try it on, [ctrl] + [left click] to see what it looks like on your character.
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#9729881 Jul 09, 2014 at 03:46 PM
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Thank you Tadegar for all this useful information.
I will certainly give this a try at the next event.
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#9729905 Jul 09, 2014 at 03:56 PM
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Great posts from Tadegar, here's a few more:

For the first few times you can forget some advices of the "utter beginner's guide". You don't need to switch on Rp mode, you can join for the fun without it (and the expectations will be lower, folks are much more forgiving if you're not flagged for Rp)
You also don't need to fill the Bio. Later, when you're already recognised by many, it's a nice thing to have a backstory, but it's not a requirement. I have characters both on Landy and on Laurelin for the events, since years, and none of them has any biography yet :)

The points on the bottom of the guide is the best part for a starter. The lore, it's necessary to know it at least on the surface level. Grammar is important, even better if you use forms and phrases from Tolkien, but that's not a necessity - just start sentences with capital, don't use slang and you'll be fine. The rest on the bottom are obvious: Initiate, observe, experiment, don't get discouraged, be polite and have fun.
In practice, go there, greet the peeps (/bow, /wave, "Hullo" in case of hobbitses :) ), then just watch and listen to them, join the conversations, if there's music feel free to dance, /cheer and /clap at the performances, etc. Use the /say channel, roleplay is usually a local thing. If you want to say something out-of-character, simply put it in brackets, or in double ones, both are in use. Like: ((I think the match is starting soon, I have to leave))

Like Tad, I don't have actual advices on elf either, I used to play hobbits (easy, just talk about ales, pies, and being cheerful) or dwarves (the same without pies :) ) I've heard heavy-rp elf kins where they speak sindarin, but in most cases it isn't needed.

Costumes. LotRO has a robust cosmetic system, with fashion shows and contests, you can dress up even your warsteed. It's not necessary while you're new to the events (you just play someone who doesn't like fancy stuff, and sticking to the trusty armour :) ), but it can add a great new layer to the fun if you meddle with your looks.
A link about the basics, plus a lot of cosmetics
a video guide from LotRO Fashion
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#9730547 Jul 09, 2014 at 07:00 PM
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Thanks for the costuming links, Seratil! Good to know since we are planning a costume contest on the 26th :)
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