I started this somewhere else, but figured Stratics could use it as much as anywhere, so here it is: Tip #1: Communicate effectively. It is important how ya speak t' these people, make yerself as understood as ya can stand. Don't take this one lightly, how well ya get yer ideas across is almost as important as th' beggin' idea itself. Spellin' an' grammar are an important part o' this. If it has t' be incorrect, at least make it that way fer a reason. Accented speech t' denote somethin' about th' character (lisp, drunkenness, reigonal things, etc...) is great, but don't misspell an' mix up things without it bein' part o' th' character. Unless that char is mentaly handicapped in such a way as it would appear the same. =Þ Tip #2: Be courteous, respectful, an' aware o' what makes th' player(s) you're beggin' tick. Try an' find somethin' that'll get t' 'em more'n anythin' else. Women tend t' go fer humor with sympathy, an' someone they can talk t'. IE, look pathetic in th' laughable sense. Men tend t' go fer sight gags, costumes, elaborate scenarios, etc. Somethin' that'll keep 'em interested. I don't know why this is, but th' men o' Atlantic (if not all o' sosaria) tend t' have a shorter attention span. Tip #3: Be Creative! Inventiveness an' th' ability t' adapt t' yer situation, (whether or not it goes as planned, people are always dynamic) is somethin' I cannot emphasize enough. Bein' original is a big, big need in this profession. If it's the same ol' “Give me gold, my family is hungry. I have 12 kids...” spiel it won't get th' same initial response as somethin' like: “Excuse me, ma'am, have you seen a golden squirrel around?” or “Please sir! This mongbat and I are trying to elope and we're a bit short of funds, and we can't exactly ask her parents...” Gettin' an' keepin' their attention, while at th' same time bein' creative an' still gettin' what ya want out o' it is perhaps th' hardest part o' begging in general. Tip #4: Expect nothing. Gettin' yer hopes up whilst beggin' is likely t' get ya down. Not even th' amazin' Grifty gets 'em every time. If you're gonna be a beggar I hope ya either have th' capacity t' ignore failure, or th' ability t' deal with it. A pessimistic outlook is what saved me from gettin' discouraged, you'll need somethin' that does that fer you too. Tip #5: Be persistant, stickin' to it in this profession does indeed pay off. If at first ya don't succeed, pester 'em 'til ya get what ya want. In th' case o' begging, “no” does not mean “no”, it means try harder. Just a warning though: gettin' *too* persistant has gotten me th' threat o' bein' paged on, but only once an' by someone very irritable an' not into it at all. By all means stay persistant, jus' be careful o' who yer target is. Tip #6: Be humble, it always works fer me when I act as though I don't deserve what I'm gettin'. Always thank th' person or people (if it's en masse) you're beggin' as soon as ya can manage. Even if they give ya next t' nothing, pretend it's th' best/only next t' nothing you've ever owned. I've had 6gp turn into 6000gp many times due t' that. I can't say that I've never begged successfully while RPing an elitist snob, (IE: Pretend you don't want it, reverse psychology, the whole deal.) however, humility always worked better fer me. Tip #7: Don't be easily rattled. Ya could consider this a sub-category o' th' don't get discouraged part, however this is more specificaly about things gettin' turned on ya. In other words, getting heckled. A quick wit an' a sharp tongue'll often save ya here, a beggar has t' be able t' defend itself verbaly, it's all he's got! Turn th' tables, make 'em cry, or stick with it an' emphaticaly accept whatever they tell ya. “Yes, I am a n00b! How'd you know? Can ya help me get started? Maybe some gold or tips? *Begs*" And that leads me to my next point. Tip #8: Everythin' is a beg. Ya have t' see th' potential t' turn anythin' into a beg, everythin' is up fer attempts, an' no scheme is too ludicrous! If ya fail, switch it around, try again. If ya succeed, move on. Yer a beggar, ya have nothin' t' lose! Take advantage o' yer situation, look t' yer surroundings fer inspiration. Whatever it takes (Within reason of course, don't go gettin' banned, even if a beggar has nothin' to lose, you have four non-beggar chars to worry about!) Tip #9: Realize that not all that glitters is gold. Sentiment is th' best reward I can ever have. Somethin' that evokes memories o' a beg well-done. Gettin' focused on how much ya make really defeats th' spirit o' th' beggar ideal I try t' uphold. I can beg someone fer cheese, pants, pink dressforms, or whatever, an' have it mean as more t' me than a pile o' gold ever could, if th' beg that came with it was worthy o' rememberin'. Crap is crap, gold is gold, but memories an' th' items that give ya that “Ahh, yes, I remember when I got that pie, poor, poor orphan...” feeling are where th' heart o' it all is fer me. Tip #10: Be distinct. If ya don't stand out, ya won't get noticed, an' therefore ya won't succeed in beggin' yer mark. There're a lot o' players out there, an' in this profession, ya wanna get their attention. This may not be obvious, due t' th' "Be humble" remark up there... However, ya can stand out an' remain humble at th' same time! I hate t' be noticed by people, I hate stickin' out like a sore thumb, I'd rather not be th' center o' attention, but that's a sacrifice ya have t' make fer this profession t' work t' its fullest. Tip# 11: I'll keep addin' these as I think o' 'em, enjoy.