I don’t role play in WoW, we’re not on a role-playing server, but now that I have my third level 80, each of whom specializes in a different role, I suddenly see why people are drawn to it.
Somehow unconsciously, my play style changes depending on which alt I’m on. There’s Analogue, who has a sort of nurturing/protective view of her party, always making sure everyone is buffed and doing her best to keep them alive, monitoring peoples’ mana and tossing out an innervate if she can, decursing, depoisoning…. Invariant is completely the opposite, my little gnomish suicide bomber, always taking on more than she can handle and trying to get ice block off before she drops. And Divergent, the upstanding, trying-her-heart out young tank, putting herself and her shield between her friends and the big baddies.
My other alts don’t seem to have as much personality because I haven’t really played them much. I’m not sure where it is that they start feeling so “alive” to me. Sometime above level 70, I think, when I’m getting really comfy with them. Actually this makes it easier for me to switch between tanking, healing, and dps; most of the time I’m switching characters entirely, not just spec.
Does this multiple-personality phenomenon happen to anyone else?