The Anatomy of a Mistell
Many of us enjoy visiting and catching up with friends when we log on to play IRE rpg games. TELLS are a great way to keep up with close friends; some use tells for official business, while others chatter away for long hours with friends. A fantastic method for fostering relationships in the rpg game, it's only fair to warn you about the terrible step-sibling of the TELL, the Mistell. If you have ever encountered this sibling, you know as well as I do that the Mistell can cause many headaches. Being wiley, the Mistell wears several disguises to achieve its goal; as a matter of public service we'll be examining those misdirecting appearances today.
Sometimes the best reply is none at all
The risk for Mistells increases when your conversations get out of control. A busy social life is sure to cause anyone to forget who they've shared information with. Tells are- in essence- the voices in your head that keep you sane or drive you to insanity. Even the most experienced rpg game player has a fair share of Mistell horror stories. In most cases, the Reply command is the likely culprit.
Here's how it starts: You arrive in the rpg game, and begin talking to a friend. Typically you take things in stride, answering questions, assuring yourself that you are safe to reply in to answer them and say “blah blah blah Blah blah… and blah…” and suddenly another person pops into your head with a question. For the speedtalker that likes to reply without listening to the last comment heard, this is prime time for the Mistell to strike.
How to avoid it: Rather than simply use 'reply blah blah', why not address the people you speak to by their names? Not only is it polite, and also helps you remember who assigned that important guild task, it helps reduce the risk of a Mistell rearing its ugly heald.
When name-calling goes bad
“In all life’s little lessons there are five things to observe with care, to who you speak, of whom you speak, and how, and when, and where…”
Observe the following quote, it teaches you a lot about Mistells and of conversation in general. Usually when you’re chatting with friends over TELLS, you talk about what is going on in the rpg game, discuss things you like and don’t like, or talk about other people. This is when the Nametell can cause your conversations to go awry.
Here's how it starts: So there you are talking to your friend about someone you absolutely loathe, or a situation that has occurred, and you and your friend are not pleased, and rather than say something about someone else, you say it to that someone else in question. Score 1 for the Mistell.
How to avoid it: Just as it was advised to speak to address someone by their name, now it's time to take the extra step and TELL (PERSON). This is not the time to take the lazy route of the reply, it can get you into a lot of trouble here. What happens is the person on the receiving end of your rpg game mistell winds up learning a lot more than you wanted, and you have to think quickly to cover your mistake before it comes back to bite you on your backside.
Why is this important anyway?
Chances are that sneaky little Mistell will spawn a chain reaction, and the subject of your conversation ceases to be private. Sad fact, even though you know your friend can keep a secret, the Mistell does not like to keep things secret for long. Mistell breeds a tell to one party and then another, sometimes right to the very enemy you were discussing. While you’re sitting in your chair trying to extricate yourself from the conversation in the most diplomatic manner, Mistell is lurking in the shadows and having a great laugh at your expense.
Remember fellow gamers, when you are caught up in a conversation, always "TELL <Name> <Reply>". This will save you many a headache in the long run. By following that little rule, and observing your conversations carefully, you can prevent mistells from sneaking up and making you the fool in this role playing game!
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R.A. Pickett is a role playing enthusiast who enjoys the best rpg games from Iron Realms!