I have found that it's fragmented.
I have suspicions that the RP is good in these pockets. They are like air pockets you find when you're scuba diving (I'm told) though. I unearthed Intaki RP! Oh, hello! I was able to go to IRED this one time, and that was fun, but I can understand I'm not really tremendously welcome in such places, so I wouldn't make that a habit. Sometimes you just have to have authentic food.
I'm under the impression RP is fine over there too. There seems to be Khan and Blood Raider RP. There is some RP happening around Naupilus as far as I can tell also. Given that other RP is not forthcoming, I have no choice but to flying tackle the community as hard as I can and see what gives out. I can see what Anslo's questioning is coming from.
How do new people find RP aside from luckiness? (I have been supremely lucky twice now - I'd still be lurking without at least a little introduction, just as I decided to get into PVP on my own, and got myself in the right zone by myself, but my corp helped nudge me in the right way to go about it, and introduced a community to continue to nudge me day by day.)
Not everyone is going to be willing to just skydive into social situations, martini in hand (my sudden posting certain feels that way, amongst people who have been here forever; who wants to listen to new guy shit? What do I know? But taking a huge bite out of something and worrying later is something I learned from EVE, really). The average person coming from somewhere else is probably going to wait for an opportunity to be more subtle, or give up. This is especially true for people who want to introduce a shy character that wouldn't just bust something out. I think everyone more or less agrees that the IGS isn't really indicative of what's happening in RP out there, but is more for oldbies to hash it out with each other, from what I've been hearing.
Wouldn't it be good for the community to figure out how to make getting involved more accessible? Seems to work for other parts. I think 'EVE is hard' snobism is dead. Other parts of the community have dropped this as if coming out of a daze; It's inherently 'hard', we're most all here because it's hard. Why does it also have to be artificially difficult? Given how things work in EVE, is there anything we could build to make things easier? This forum, for example, gave me the hope it exists, but it's still been sort of hard to penetrate. It could be something like also keeping a twitter list - I learned about those today. o. o I think there are options for recruiting. We just have to want it.