To put it simply, RP (or roleplay) is acting out the part of your character, just as an actor in a movie or play. You assume the role of your character in a social atmosphere, or story-driven adventure, and play that part. RP is not required to be a player on this server. There will be plenty of PvE content for such players. However, RP may be a necessary part of certain GMed adventures. There are 2 types of communication when doing RP in an environment such as this.
1) In Character (IC) Communication: For this server, IC actions and speech will be accomplised by using the Local Chat Channel. A character can describe what he/she is doing, and what they are saying, by going to Local Chat and using the /me command.
/me roars a challenge to his opponent, then slams his sword in a wide swing, aiming for the neck. “Come and get it, scum!”
This will appear in chat with the player’s name (instead of the /me) so that all see exactly what the player’s character is doing. Such actions may require a die roll, if indicated by the GM. Die rolls are performed using the /roll command in chat, like so:
/roll 1d20 or /roll d20
This rolls a 20-sided die in the Local Chat Channel. These rolls help the GM determine the results of player actions and attacks, or if a player has avoided some action or attack, during the course of the game sessions. The GM will inform players when to roll, and what die type, and how many, to roll. Here is another example that rolls 3 4-sided dice.
2) Another form of communication during a game session is Out of Character (OOC). This should not be done in Local Chat, but in Global Chat or with Whispers. The Clan Chat channel will also be OOC communication. This is communciation between players, not characters.