WoW: Introductory Guide to Roleplaying in Goldshire (Updated for 2014)
You can add a lot of fun and excitement by roleplaying in World of Warcraft. Roleplaying is the art of taking on your characters “role” in the game and pretending as if you were that character in your interactions with other players. It lets you unleash your inner talent for creativity and excitement by crafting your own stories beyond the ones supplied by Blizzard. One of the hottest locales to roleplay in WoW is Goldshire, located within the lush Elywnn Forest. It’s a small hamlet that has taken over as a roleplaying hotspot due to its location, ease of travel, and vast amenities available.
Post-Cataclysm and with the addition of cross-server ability, Goldshire is the most hoping place ever to roleplay. No longer must you be exclusively on a roleplay server to enjoy roleplaying in Goldshire. You simply just need to grab your wizard robes and hat and make your way there to enjoy some fun and exciting roleplay.
Here at Ten Ton Hammer we’re planning on exploring fun and exciting ways of roleplaying in Goldshire each week. To get things started, we’re going to cover some of the basics like how to get to Goldshire and how to start crafting your character. We will then start expanding on example professions, sample roleplay scripts, and more as this series continues.
Getting to Goldshire
Getting to Goldshire may be a task for those newer to the game, but fear not. We have some excellent travel tips to get you from your current location to Goldshire. More often than not you’ll be heading there on a brand new character so understand that making a Human will be the easiest way to reach the small hamlet. Humans start just down the road from Goldshire making their commute about three minutes. If you’re a Dwarf or Gnome then you’ll need to go through the phased content and then make your way to Ironforge where you can take the Deeprun Tram to Stormwind. Goldshire is right down the road.
Night Elves have it a little bit easier now. There is a boat in Auberdine that runs from Auberdine to Stormwind, making the trip take almost no time. If you’re having trouble getting to Goldshire then doesn’t hesitate to ask a nearby Mage for a portal to Stormwind. Remember, you’ll be on a roleplay server so be sure to do it in character! Here is an example:
2. [Xerin] [Trade]: Good day everyone, would any fine Mages be capable of conjuring a portal from my current location to Stormwind? I have some urgent business in the Goldshire Inn and must make it there post haste!
If you’re a convincing enough roleplayer then you’ll find someone to send you to Stormwind through the magical abilities that Mages possess. If not, there is like ten bazillion ways to get to Stormwind now. You can probably just sneeze and get there or take a portal in Dalaran or something. I don't know, it's just important to get there!
Sadly the Horde will have a hard time joining in on the fun, even on a PvE server. Going into Elwynn Forest will tag you for PvP and it’s a really long walk. So join the fun, roll Alliance! No one roleplays on the Horde side anyway, except for in the Blood Elf village thing.
Mists of Panderia added pandas, but honestly pfft who roleplays with a panda it's way too hard, be sure to be a Human or Night Elf only.
My Little Pony
One super awesome way to make friends on roleplay servers now is to also talk about how much you love My Little Pony! Bronies are super welcome to roleplay as Humans who have a pony soul, so be thinking of your cutie mark as you're reading this guide.
Goldshire Roleplay Basics
First thing to understand about roleplaying in Goldshire is that it is often more of a “city roleplay” than anything else. So you’ll want to start thinking of a character biography that would fit into a small hamlet versus something that might fit more into a castle or dungeon. You’ll want to form your character around your physical attributes, background, and profession. So, for instance, if you were a tall thick lumbering Warrior then you might want to be a lumberjack from the Eastvale Logging Camp who has made the trip to Goldshire for supplies.
With the Cataclysm having happened and the entire Stormwind stormed Orgrimmar thing happening, it's important to add those details into your backstory.
Some professions are really difficult to roleplay because there is a lot of competition for those roles. For instance, there can only be one person tending the bar so it’d be difficult if there were five barkeeps. Likewise, the kitchen only needs a few cooks, so only a few people can roleplay as cooks. You have to also share the space with other RPers, so being selfish will just lead to a bad RP session.
Speaking of sharing, often times you’ll find an RP partner who will want to RP with you in private. This is a way to take your open world RP into a more detailed level, usually with another person or with a group of people RPing (like university RP or evil sorceress RP). If you find your RP interrupting others or if other people are distracting you then feel free to move it into private.
Another thing is addons. Some addons like Gryphonheart Items makes RPing in Goldshire a lot more interactive because you can create your own addons and script them to do all kinds of crazy things. That’s a lot of fun especially since you can trade those items with other roleplayers.
Don’t be afraid to use general chat to look for people to RP with. Its full of helpful roleplayers usually asking for others to join in on their RP and others are listening trying to find players to RP with. The best server for Goldshire RP is Moon Guard.
The Goldshire Inn’s Rooms
Alright, one thing that you ABSOLUTLY have to avoid is the private rooms upstairs in the inn. See, the big issue there is that a lot of Rogues and Thieves lurk there and make it into their hideout. They don’t like unsuspecting newbies walking into their territory so they immediately assassinate anyone who enters their turf. In the screenshot above you can see one of our reporters right before they were taken out for entering the room uptop. You don't want to go in there! It's dangerous!
That’s about the only place you cannot roleplay in Goldshire unless you join the “Thieves Guild.” The Thieves Guild is a collection of roleplayers who like to RP as thieves. You can’t enter the rooms safely unless you’re part of this guild. The worst part is that you don’t apply to join, they make you! So be on the lookout if you start stealing from the good people of Goldshire. You might just be invited to this exclusive club.
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