The Pros and Cons of Alts
Alt characters give players the chance to experience other classes and organizations of the role playing games. They also provide the option of using the alternative character to have a break from the main character you’ve established.
In this article, I'm going to explore the pros and cons have having an alt character in Achaea, the MUD game.
1. I need a break!
PRO: Having an alternative character to switch to can be a blessing whenever you need a break from your main rpg character. There are times when it can become a bit stressful, especially if your character is in leadership, and you deserve a break. It’s nice to have a character to fall back to whenever you need a breather from your main.
CON: Like it or not, but using an alternative character to break from your main, is technically not a break. It is entirely understandable to actually take a break from the games themselves. Read a book, relax, give a few days to yourself (or longer) to go somewhere and do something unrelated to the games.
2. Oooh! A new class to experience!
PRO: Trying a new rpg class may have you on the fence about switching your main. After all, you’ve worked hard to get them to the point they’re currently at. The answer is simple; create an alternate character to get a general idea of the mechanics of the class.
CON: You may not want to change your main due to the lesson and time investment. The truth? You are still spending time on the alt and you are still investing into it, perhaps more than you would when it comes to a simple class change on your main.
3. The grass is greener on the other side
PRO: Wonder what the enemies live like? Or what it’s like to participate in a different rpg organization? You could make yourself an alt and join one of the rpg organizations that has your interest sparked. Alternative characters give you this opportunity to keep your main where they are and experience something new.
CON: Despite the fact you passed up an excellent opportunity to role play changing organizations, you also put yourself at risk. Having alternative characters is one thing, but it becomes risky when you have them in an enemy organization or even in the same organization. It would be coming very close to crossing the linesthat were in place for alternative characters. You also may be accused of "gaining information" and the like.
There you have it! If you feel like you're becoming bored with one way of role playing and want to experience something new, consider creating an alt character. So think about it, how many alt pros and cons can you think of?
Natalie Womble is a text game enthusiast who enjoys the best role playing games from Iron Realms.