As “Pandaclysm” aka Mists of Pandaria goes live, I was thinking of pulling together some ideas, thoughts and reference points together for RPers to (hopefully) help. There may be additions tagged to this later, but for now – here we go:

Blizzard’s MoP Introduction

For millennia, the continent of Pandaria has remained hidden, veiled from the rest of Azeroth behind a wall of impenetrable mists. Now the fog is lifting just as warships of the Horde and the Alliance clash off the coast of the lost continent.

As heroes from both factions venture onto Pandaria’s shores to explore its ancient forests and cloud-ringed mountaintops, they soon make contact with the mysterious denizens that dwell there… heralding the start of a new era of discovery and conflict for all of Azeroth.

Some Tips/Thoughts on Playing Pandaren

    Amidst Chaos, focus on clarity. Starting out, it will most likely be a madhouse. If it’s really distracting, wait a while or until the craziness of launch subsides.
    It’s the journey, not the destination. Take time to explore and take in the scenery, culture and lay of the land. This gives you some ideas concerning backstory and personality/mindsets in Pandaria. Listen to the race introduction and quests to get help get into your Pandaren’s head.
    The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names. Research on some fitting RP names for your Pandaren can really help give you a RP boost. Check out resources at the end of this article and don’t forget to check out the Pandaren NPC’s. They can really inspire you to good names using the Chinese/Asian influences used in the Pandaren naming system. Also! Don’t forget you have access to Addons like TotalRP2, FlagRSP and related to give yourself first/last names.
    Think both outside and inside the box. Explore character ideas and see what fits and what will RP well with others. You may want to do some research on old kungu-fu flicks, martial arts and similar genres. Take what you may like, adapt it to Mists and have fun with it.
    The wise flow with water, but know when to cross. There are going to be culture gaps in Pandaren RP, so take influences from Chinese and other Asian cultures to fill in some of the blanks. Sometimes you have to wing it, but try to make sure things “fit” the situation and RP.
    Time can be a valuable ally. There’s no rush to 90 or to RP. Take it at your own pace and don’t stress yourself out.
    Seeking wisdom along your path. Remember there are some really helpful topics and information here on RP Made Simple. It’s here for you!
    Center your RP “Chi”. Remember to have fun ICly and OOCly with others socially – that’s part of what we are all here for.

Reference Material From Blizzard
These links can give you some base information to use for research. Blizzard’s round-up of MoP information & articles.

The Mists of Pandaria Website
From here, you can get a teaser introduction into the expansion’s new locales and the up-to-now mysterious Pandaren.

The Revised Game Guide
In case you’re new or rusty, check this out to help.

The Story of Warcraft
This is a revised summary of the events from waaaaaaay back in Warcraft: Orcs & Humans – to The Hour of Twilight. It features lore and information of each of the expansions and major content releases.

Monk Introduction
RP/Lore Information from Wow Insider
These links are from WoW Insider’s Know Your Lore and All the World’s a Stage, which are very helpful as reference.

Pandaria Lore Resources

Basics for Prepping for Pandaren RP

The Ins and Outs of Pandaren RP Characters

Pandaren Pronunciation Guide

Roleplaying in Pandaria: The Basics

Pandaren Name Primer

The Dynamic New Face of Mists of Pandaria
The Six-Demon Bag
Miscellaneous links which may or may not be helpful – but entertaining.

Old School Pandaren
Hero Unit Names: Mojo Dark-Ale, Sinjo Honeybrew, Kesha Wildbarley, Tatsa Sweetbarrow, Mushi Ale-Hearth, Jinto Reedwine, Masha Storm-Stout, Polo Barrel-keg

Pandaren via WoWPedia
The RPG information, while not considered canon – is still helpful for details into Pandaren culture that can be used as reference along with the in-game lore.

Sample Names from the RPG
Male Names: Chen, Jinto, Kesha, Masha, Mushi, Polo, Sinjo.
Female Names: Huan, Jiang, Lian, Mei, Ping, Shui, Zi.
Surnames: Earthsong, Greentouch, Honeybrew, Lightgrace, Reedwine, Sweetbarrow, Swiftpaw.

Pandaren (Playable Race) via WoWPedia
Helpful for details into Pandaren culture that can be used as reference along with the in-game lore. Be advised that some of this information is from the RPG books.

Pandaren Language via WoWPedia

Monk Class (RPG)


Brewmaster Prestige Class (RPG)

The Tushui

The Houjin

Thank you Samwise Dedier, for your April Fool’s joke, way back when. :)