And Now For Something Completely Different – RP-PvP

I have mentioned more than a few times with the imminent end of five person content at hand in World of Warcraft, we have been slowly trying to build some consensus for the “next” thing for the instance group to try.

Sure, there are three new five person instances coming up which will extend our time in Azeroth for a bit.  But eventually we will get to the point where the undone content will be the heroic versions of instances we have already done.  That does not seem to hold much appeal for the group.

We’re tourists.

We’ve now entered and defeated most of the five player instances in the game and we’re happy with that.  Doing heroics would be doing repeats to get gear to put us on the path to raiding which, as far as I can tell, we have no pursuing.  Raiding isn’t a “Three Hours on a Saturday Night” sort of venture.

So Potshot (aka Skronk) sent out an email to the group with some possibilities.  They included:

  • Warhammer Online – maybe it changed for the better
  • Lord of the Rings Online – maybe it will feel less grindy
  • Champions Online – maybe some of us like superheroes
  • Aion – maybe we’ll be able to get on the same server/faction
  • EverQuest II – maybe this time it will work for us
  • GuildWars – maybe more story, less levels would be good

And we ended up picking:

  • World of Warcraft – change everything

Sometimes we’re silly like that.

Actually, Potshot and I were already playing some alts and were somewhat disposed to keeping our WoW accounts active whether we went somewhere else or not.  But everybody else, so far, has seemed interested enough that we have pushed ahead in laying the groundwork.

The change everything commandment meant doing as much differently as we could.

  • We rolled horde characters.
  • We vowed not to re-roll our main class from alliance
  • We chose a PvP server.  Actually, we chose an RP-PvP server, just to be as different as possible.

In some ways this is a last tour of Azeroth before the Cataclysm comes and changes it all.  What will life be like, for example, with the Barrens split in two?  Can we take two versions of Barrens chat?

So we’ve formed up a guild on Lightninghoof, which seems to have a decent population, an active auction house, and a lively version of Barrens chat.  And when it isn’t lively I’ll ask when I get to meet Gandalf or make some obscure Devo reference to find the one other person who will get it. (And at this late date, all Devo references are obscure.)

Much role play though?  A bit.  Not too many people walking rather than running through Orgimmar, but some passable fist shaking at the alliance.

So there we are.

Crossroads - We stand on guard for thee

Crossroads - We stand on guard for thee

We’ll see how it plays out and if it lasts.  We are not planning to do the instance route again, though I wouldn’t mind doing Ragefire Chasm at level.

12 thoughts on “And Now For Something Completely Different – RP-PvP

  1. unwize

    I’d love to know what you guys found so grindy about LotRO that the prospect of levelling yet another WoW character, this time on a PvP server, is more appealing! ;)


  2. Akura Kawanaka

    I found guild wars to be very fun if you ever decide to switch – I’d pick factions or prophecies to start on. There’s something of a challenge in the agro mechanics and how tanks actually have to physically block rather than the way it works in WoW. and when everyone is at max level for most of the game, the quests can be far more interesting and challenging.

    just my 2cents.


  3. Vok

    I’ve always been interested in RP servers, but have never been brave enough to did my toes in. Will be interested to read what you think


  4. Jalann

    Ragefire Chasm is a fun run. It’s fast too.
    I know you all want to play together, but I’m surprised you haven’t tried 5 DeathKnights. I’ve heard of some groups doing that.


  5. syncaine

    Yea why not try DDO? Seems somewhat perfect in the setup, all instances and all very manageable in the timeframe you have on Saturday. Plus at a ‘Saturday only’ pace, the content will last for a bit. The combat is a little more ‘twitchy’ than WoW, but it’s not exactly DF (you can still tab-target, you don’t ‘really’ aim, and overall with a balanced group everything is very doable on at least Normal).


  6. bluelinebasher

    Why didn’t Eve low-sec/0.0 pvp make the list? Would be interesting to read about a gang of 5 frig noobs and see the havoc they can cause out of the gate.


  7. *vlad*

    Blizzard makes little attempt to police RP servers, so they pretty much resemble normal servers with the odd group of RPers trying to avoid griefers spoiling their fun.
    Try holding a wedding or a similar event without Lolhunta dancing naked on the altar, spamming aoe, or having their oversized pet sit on top of you. Complain to Blizzard that your RP is being spoiled and wait for the /shrug from the GM.

    Can a PvP server have decent RP when you are getting ganked every 5 minutes?


  8. Vok

    Myself and a friend are trying out DDO at the moment (and I will now shamelessly point out that we are blogging about it too =D). I certainly recommend to anyone to try it – it is free after all.


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