Hello! I'm an old-school RPer. I started with table top, and husband and I go to game conventions biannually where we get to soak in the 1-shot LARPs for days with a group of enduring friends. I've also been participating in text-based RP for 12 years, paragraph based, fond of collaborative storytelling and immersive, long-term arcs. So the notion of a robust RP scene here in GW2 has me bouncing.
All of that is to say, I'm stuck when it comes to writing a background/starting point for my character. What has me conflicted is, how do RPers here resolve the personal storyline provided us by the game (the Commander and all s/he does and experiences) and whatever RP-based IC background you want to create purely for the sake of RP? Obviously, we can't ALL be the Commander ICly and outside of our stories. Do you just keep them separate, sort of like the IC/OOC divide?