Go check out this post by Falconesse over at WTT:RP – it pretty accurately sums up what I have been doing in the Cataclysm beta. Or at least, what I used to do in the beta (still can’t get this new launcher to actually download without erroring, crashing, and telling me to reinstall. :/)
(Dangerous, I know)
I got to thinking about burnout and doldrums, expansions and story lines, end bosses and drama and all that kind of stuff that’s been floating around.
And it seems to me that maybe what we all need right now is what I’m going to call “Little RP”. Not Epic RP, or Major RP, or Big Storyline RP, or even Extended RP.
Just Little RP.
No pressure, every-day-interaction kind of RP that lets us connect with our characters again. Maybe (gasp) not even our “main” characters. (Everyone needs a rest sometimes, even characters.)
Perhaps even SILLY RP.
Nothing with kings, nothing with crowns;
Bring on the lovers, liars and clowns!
Nothing portentous or polite;
Nothing with gods, nothing with fate;
Weighty affairs will just have to wait!
Nothing that’s formal,
Nothing that’s normal,
No recitations to recite;
Open up the curtain:
-Steven Sondheim, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Of course, I’m not advocating for comedy just for its own sake. Not all Little RP is funny, even if a little comedy can truly be a relief.
But when people are burned out and tired, when things are winding down and real life is intruding, the big, dramatic, epic storylines often just don’t fly. People want RP to relax, RP to have fun and enjoy, RP that doesn’t come with writing responsibilities or emotional turmoil – for them OR their characters.
A few examples:
- I was on my banker, doing bankery things. On my way past the Gilded Rose in Stormwind, I saw a few people having a conversation. It seemed innocuous enough, something about one of the innkeepers and about auctioneering in general. So Berylla popped in and said hello. She’s a proper Gnomish Financier, and of course had her own opinions on selling things. They had a short, pleasant conversation and then I went on my way.
- In Dalaran, I was enjoying some Little RP with a friend who isn’t really sure she’s ready for major storylines yet. As we sat there having a conversation about Pebbles the Devilsaur, we were joined by another Draenei Hunter, resulting in a pleasant 10 minute conversation about pets, hunters, and whatever else came up.
Pub RP, little meetings, the usual kinds of things that friends do – that’s Little RP. But so is random RP with a stranger or someone you don’t usually see – a conversation in a pub, something that brings you back into your character while you’re waiting for your daily heroic queue to pop. It doesn’t have to take long, and it certainly doesn’t need to have any kind of further implications, twists, responsibilities, or even expectations that you’ll ever see the other character again.
So I think I’m going to issue a Little RP challenge. (Strictly optional, of course)
Engage in some Little RP sometime this week or next, either with people you already know or with random people on your (or another) server. If you can, do so in public, and see if other people join in.
If you opt for the “Random” route, you might not turn up anything – Random RP is subject to the “right place at the right time” clause, which can make it tricky, but either way, give it a try. Use a chat channel if you need to. If you see a guildmate or friend in Dalaran, /wave and say hello. Maybe nothing will happen, maybe something will.
But don’t let the pressure of huge stories get in the way of enjoying whatever RP happens to come along. Sometimes all it takes is a “little roleplay” to get you feeling connected to a character and to their friends again.
Progress towards Cataclysm Goals (level 80, 425 in all crafting skills, 450 in gathering, banks cleaned out, epic flying):
- Aelflaed - level 80, 450 Herbalism, 450 Alchemy. Bank … kind of a mess, but that’s all RP clothes, otherwise, good to go. Epic Flying obtained.
- Aely!Priest – level 80, 439 Tailoring, 441 Enchanting. Bank clean out in progress. Epic Flying obtained.
- Annorah – level 80, 425 Engineering, 450 Mining. Bank is a disaster. Epic Flying obtained.
- Annie Mae – level 80, 423 Blacksmithing, 450 Mining. Bank is mostly reorganized, still have a few things to get rid of. Epic Flying obtained.
- Angoleth – level 80, 428 Leatherworking, 450 Skinning. Bank is a disaster. Epic Flying obtained.
- Annylais – level 70, 380 Inscription, 405 Herbalism. Bank needs work. Epic Flying obtained. Revered with both Cenarion Circle and Cenarion Expedition – but most rep farming is on hold for leveling. (at least in theory)
- Annata doesn’t really have any major goals, as she’s level 21; she’s likely to not see too many more levels until Annylais hits 80.
Overall, banking is… slow. Seems that most of the “quick and dirty tricks” that you see advertised on the Auctioneer guides don’t work on old servers with weird Auction House trends and most of the population running at least bank alts, if not also running Auctioneer with the same quick tricks. Cleaning out the assorted crafting materials in various banks has helped some. I’ve got myself a goal, though, and am slowly inching towards it.
I wish I had any awesome tips for making money, but honestly, the way that’s always worked for me is the addon Routes, a gathering skill (I use Annorah for all my mining, since she can pick up motes/primals as well), a couple of good podcasts, and a tasty beverage. It’s not ideal, and yeah, there are “faster” ways to do it, but I’ve gotten burned a number of times trying to be cute with the market, and crafting materials seem to sell really well on my server. Rather than specialize in one area, I do a little bit of everything – which seems to work well enough, but it won’t make you a headline on the front page of a gold making guide.
I’ve not yet decided which of my six characters will be “mains” in Cataclysm, other than that Aelflaed (in her Paladin incarnation, most likely) is definitely on the list. I’m not done with her yet, and I love her RP. Depending on how things go, I may be a ret paladin instead of a holy pally primarily, but that’s all VERY much up in the air. If I were to guess, right now, my votes are on Aely, Angoleth, and Annie Mae. I’d really like to put more time in with Annorah though, so we’ll see. (I like all my characters a LOT. This makes it hard to pick one sometimes.)
RP is definitely in a holding pattern – between Arrens’ crazy job, everyone’s general burn-out, and Gnomeregan taking its own sweet time, things are pretty slow. Even, perhaps, in the Doldrums.
I’m currently one of the lucky few that can’t get the current Beta client to work. I’ve posted on the Tech forums, but to no avail. So my collecting of screenshots has come to a bit of a halt. And before someone suggests it, yes, I’ve tried running it as Administrator, both the installer and the launcher. I spent many hours on Friday evening trying to get it to work, to no avail (in between trying to troubleshoot my OTHER computer issues, which are now fixed).
Around the Internet are several awesome posts that I really liked…
- 5 ways to make your PUG healer like you – from I Sheep Things – which really should just be “5 ways to be a good PUG member”, as it talks to healers too.
- Under the Sea – Mana Obscura – totally fun and not-even-a-little-bit spoilery Cataclysm post. I giggled.
- How to Spice Up a Boring Heroic Run – from Der Panzercow – d’awwwwww.
Posts are likely to be pretty scarce this week around here again – though for happy and fun reasons. My brother is getting married this weekend, so I’ve gotta be The Big Sister and help take care of things. (And have lots of fun.) I’ll be leaving mid-week and won’t be back until next week.
Hope you all had wonderful weekends and may the Loot-Fu be with you!
Blizzard announced yesterday in a Blue Post on the Customer Service forums that it would be policing certain ERP hotspots to actively enforce the RP server rules about OOC comments (specifically sexual, racist, and otherwise generally socially inappropriate ones) in /say, /general, /whisper, and /yell.
To which I say – YAY! Go them!
When is the team showing up in Feathermoon and all the other RP servers that have been dealing with this kind of shit since release?
Wait… they’re not?
Nothing so far says any of this will extend beyond Moon Guard. And truthfully, this is pretty great for Moon Guard, which has, rather sadly, seen an /increase/ in that kind of behavior, because some people on the internet are dicks. As someone who saw Feathermoon’s own public debacle (yar yar hump hump), it WILL calm down, give it a little time.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t make this some kind of great decision to patrol ERP hotspots and enforce the server rules on RP servers.
It means someone made a big loud fuss on on the forums, and the developers will now be “policing” Goldshire in Moon Guard.
It has nothing to do with the number of reports, the horrible emotes, racist comments, inane and mind bendingly inappropriate babble in /general, or the inappropriate and propositioning whispers that happen in Goldshire (and Silvermoon City) on all of the other RP realms.
There are currently six RP-PVP realms (Emerald Dream, Lightning Hoof, Ravenholdt, Maelstrom, Venture Co and Twisting Nether) and seventeen RP-PVE servers (Feathermoon, Argent Dawn, The Scryers, Blackwater Raiders, Cenarion Circle, Moon Guard, Sentinels, Sisters of Elune, Steamwheedle Cartel, Wyrmrest Accord, Earthen Ring, Farstriders, Kirin Tor, Scarlet Crusade, Shadow Council, Silver Hand and Thorium Brotherhood). Of those realms, five have been around since release – Argent Dawn, Feathermoon, Cenarion Circle, Earthen Ring, and Silver Hand, with Scarlet Crusade and Shadow Council releasing shortly after.
I’ve played on Feathermoon since shortly after release… and Goldshire has been a place I’ve actively avoided for RP since I started playing. It had a reputation back in the spring of 2005, before Moon Guard even existed. I’m sure other players on other RP realms can speak to the various dens of publicly aired sexual perversion and flagrant rule-breaking that happen on their servers as well.
RP griefing, ERP, and people flagrantly violating RP server rules have all been a problem since the beginning of the game.
I’ve reported countless players for inappropriate emotes, for names I can’t repeat in polite company, for standing naked on the table and dancing, for actively interrupting RP and being jerks about it, for saying and doing things that made me sick to my stomach. I’ve seen countless posts on the Feathermoon forums about inappropriate RP, about people emoting their particular flavors of sexy funtiems in public places, all of that.
So call me a naysayer (and I’ll accept the title this time) but I see this as a calculated move on Blizzard’s part to stem the tide of outcry (and also increased stupidity and harassment) that’s happened since the original post. Until this applies to more than just one area on just one realm, this isn’t some great victory for the RP servers to finally get the server rules enforced.
There are server rulesets for a reason.
Blizzard’s policy is that if someone is breaking those server rules, you submit a GM ticket.
It has become our job to police our own realms, by Blizzard’s own admission and, to some extent, rightly so – they can’t have GM’s everywhere all the time. Unfortunately, it seems that if someone makes a fuss and it goes viral, that’s enough to get a couple of GM’s to police one cesspool – even though similar cesspools (often in the same location!) exist on other servers, have existed on other servers for years, and have been reported, repeatedly and by countless people, for years as well.
This new revelation from Blizzard? Doesn’t change much of anything.
There’s not much other RP that happens in Feathermoon in Goldshire anymore. In fact, I think a good percent of the people who DO hang around in Goldshire are there to watch the train wreck, much as the original poster’s son and his friends were doing, and possibly to join in the “fun”. There’s not much consequence for a level 1 alt in a situation where there’s so much bad that one more voice makes little/no difference.
The rest of the RP just happens elsewhere.
Submitting a ticket is like using a teaspoon to stem a tidal wave.
It’s a good thing to do, as it’s really our only voice, and I still do it (as do most RPers I know), but ultimately tickets are not that effective against harassment. A GM report and an /ignore doesn’t remove the character who is naked and teabagging me from my screen, and it doesn’t prevent them from following me as I leave to go somewhere else to get away from them.
So forgive me if I’m not all that excited about this great new development from the Blizzard team regarding RP servers and harassment. I honestly don’t see that it’ll make much difference for anyone who doesn’t hang around Goldshire on Moon Guard.
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