Guide: Mute Roleplay

Elizabeth Corvus

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Hello Wild West RP Family!

I know it is not common to run into a player/character who isn't able to use voice communication and if you do please don't feel that they are ignoring you. From my own experience, it takes patience to roleplay with the mute & silent.

Before we start I'd like to introduce myself! My name is Mayumi and playing a mute character in most RP games is not by choice. I was born premature with a few health conditions. I grew up having seizures which we couldn't afford to take care of and during my 5th grade year I had a stroke in class. The stroke damaged some muscles that caused my motor functions to stop working properly. I tried to talk after that but for some reason I just couldn't. It almost feels like your tongue is stuck behind your throat :c

But enough of that, let's get going with the guide!

**UPDATE**

William Hayes - April 8th, 2020

Okay, I'm going to be clear for all the people now playing "mute" characters. This does not apply to people who cannot speak for OOC reasons but would rather have a mute character.

If you're going to play a mute, you play a mute. You can sign, you can write, but you can't /me to speak. I've seen it very often where people are using /me to avoid having to use their voices and this needs to stop. Its one or the other, you can't have it both ways.

Again this doesn't apply to people who are OOC mute.



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The Basics
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I'm sure most of you know the basics of Roleplay using the /me command. This is the common way to express an action or even communicate (in most text base games). Since RDR2 is based on using only voice communication, it makes it difficult for someone who can't speak to roleplay properly BUT I'll be giving some tips and advice to get you going!

To understand the mute character you'll have to be able to read and catch the action and the reaction (if that makes sense). I'll give an example of how I roleplay Jung-hwa.

Scenario 1 - Greeting and Response (simple)

Someone comes up to Jung-hwa and says, "Hey Jung-hwa, how are you?"

What you will see coming from Jung-hwa:

/ME SIGNS THAT SHE IS DOING WELL AND SMILES | This applies to both OOC and non-OOC mute characters

/ME SIGNS - I AM DOING WELL *SMILES* | This only applies to OOC mutes

I've changed the way I respond to make it easier for people to know exactly what i'm responding BUT it's up to the player to decide whether they understand or not. Some good players i've come across would usually say, "I don't know what she's doing with her hands." This gives me the chance to pull out my notepad (a LOVELY thing to have) and write a note to explain myself better. This gives the interaction a lot of immersion in a unique way.

Scenario 2 - Greeting and Response (detailed)

Someone comes up to Jung-hwa and says, "Hey Jung-hwa, what have you been doing?"

What you will see coming from Jung-hwa:

/ME SIGNS THAT SHE HAS BEEN HUNTING AND WANTS TO TAKE A BREAK | This applies to both OOC and non-OOC mute characters

OR

/ME ACTS OUT THAT SHE HAS FINISHED HUNTING AND IS GOING TO TAKE A BREAK | This applies to both OOC and non-OOC mute characters

/ME SIGNS - WENT HUNTING AND TAKING BREAK | This only applies to OOC mutes

Scenario 3 - Thinking and Wondering


I know this could be looked down upon because it's almost like a selfish way to RP but in my case, I use it to communicate without trying for a response. For example:

Jung-hwa likes to think to herself a lot and wonder about things. So this would look like

/ME THINKS TO HERSELF - WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME NOW? | This applies to both OOC and non-OOC mute characters

/ME WONDERS IF THEY WILL NOTICE HER STEALING THIS APPLE | This applies to both OOC and non-OOC mute characters

There is no reason to respond to these if you don't want to BUT you can respond by saying, "I see you looking at the apple. Don't do anything stupid."

Scenario 4 - Action


Jung-hwa usually does random actions that describe what she is doing. Usually these actions are for self-RP and/or for anyone that are close to her that she wants to get involved.

For instance:

/ME SHE RUNS TOWARDS THE GUNSMITH AND GRABS A SHOTGUN FROM THE CASE | This applies to both OOC and non-OOC mute characters

Depending on the situation, the players who are around that are able to read her action can react to it. Of course she can just run to the gunsmith without having to type the action but it makes it easier for others to involve themselves.


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Conclusion
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I don't want to make anything difficult for anyone and I definitely don't want anyone to feel like they HAVE to engage in RP with Jung-hwa. I know it can be difficult to wait for a response from her and i'm doing my hardest to make everyones experience fun and enjoyable.

If you have questions or concerns about this guide or want to know more you can feel free to message me on discord! may#5822

Thank you so much for reading and understanding!
 
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This is a great post. It shows the diversity of the RP community in Wild West RP and the desire for a better understanding of methods of communication among members. Thank you so much for your share! Your membership is valuable!
 
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This is a great post. It shows the diversity of the RP community in Wild West RP and the desire for a better understanding of methods of communication among members. Thank you so much for your share! Your membership is valuable!
You are very welcome!! I hope to be of help if we ever encounter each other in game :3
 

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Great post !

"I don't know what she's doing with her hands."

Was exactly what my characters was saying with the little interaction that i had with you. i thought it would be fun and give you more rp and "think" how to explain it.

Good that you appreciated it and didnt take any offence :)
 
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Great post !

"I don't know what she's doing with her hands."

Was exactly what my characters was saying with the little interaction that i had with you. i thought it would be fun and give you more rp and "think" how to explain it.

Good that you appreciated it and didnt take any offence :)
I would never take offense to those reactions hehe i actually love when i get them. It gives me a chance to pull out the good ol' notepad of mine :D
 

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Myself and Clinch had our first time meeting with you outside blackwater, not sure if you remember, unfortunately we was in a hurry so we kind of rushed along :( But hopefully next time myself or Clinch (or both) can fully experience Jung-Hwa without needing to head off so early :p
 
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Myself and Clinch had our first time meeting with you outside blackwater, not sure if you remember, unfortunately we was in a hurry so we kind of rushed along :( But hopefully next time myself or Clinch (or both) can fully experience Jung-Hwa without needing to head off so early :p
I remember that encounter very well and you'll soon meet Jung-hwa again ;3
 

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I for one would love to meet Jung-hwa, as I know a little bit of sign language out of character so I would love to be able to actually "use" it in RP, as a handful of communities are the type where you "need" a working microphone. I was friends with someone in a similar situation, and I was starting to learn sign language with him so he wouldnt be alone, not to mention it's always great to know because you never know who you're going to meet, but sadly he moved and I havent had the time needed to properly learn.

I look forward to meeting Jung-hwa!
 
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That's not a good thing, it was terrible on our half but with this guide hopefully we'll make the experience better, and if that fails then I'll be real with you, I'm a lost cat.
Don't worry i've been trying to change the way Jung-hwa responds as best as I can :3
 
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I for one would love to meet Jung-hwa, as I know a little bit of sign language out of character so I would love to be able to actually "use" it in RP, as a handful of communities are the type where you "need" a working microphone. I was friends with someone in a similar situation, and I was starting to learn sign language with him so he wouldnt be alone, not to mention it's always great to know because you never know who you're going to meet, but sadly he moved and I havent had the time needed to properly learn.

I look forward to meeting Jung-hwa!
Aww i'm sure you can still learn sign language ooc from tutorials and such. For me, irl i don't know sign language. I write on a notepad or text my friends and family. My encounters have been interesting so far and i love the responses I get from everyone hehe. Hope to run into you!
 

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**UPDATE**

William Hayes
- April 8th, 2020

Okay, I'm going to be clear for all the people now playing "mute" characters. This does not apply to people who cannot speak for OOC reasons but would rather have a mute character.

If you're going to play a mute, you play a mute. You can sign, you can write, but you can't /me to speak. I've seen it very often where people are using /me to avoid having to use their voices and this needs to stop. Its one or the other, you can't have it both ways.

Again this doesn't apply to people who are OOC mute.


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Please don't abuse the /me command. If you have a voice, use it. I've encountered a player who whispered to me thinking he was mute and soon after started talking. That's lowkey mockery in my case but i can understand if you're acting out a 'whisper'.

Just as William said, please don't use the /me to talk to others unless you are an actual mute OOC. I'm not saying you can't play a 'mute' character but in this case you are restricted to only using /me signs, /me acts out, /me thinks he/she, /me wants, /me needs, /me sees, /me teaches, and so on.

There shouldn't be any /me hello there how are you doing? <-- this is wrong.

In my case since I have no voice, I use these /me speaks - Hello, /me whispers - Hello, /me says - Hello, /me yells - Hello. So if you ever run into me be prepared to test your patience.

I Don't mean to be so harsh about this but you DO NOT understand how it feels to struggle without a voice OOC in this RP environment where having a voice is one of the main communications. So if you're going to play a mute, play it respectfully and be ready to be ignored and not seen. But hey that's not my problem.

Good luck.