September 1, 2009 – 2:37 pm
Most of the time on this site, I tackle the subject of bringing RP out of it’s “closet” (so to speak) and making it more prevalent. Several times, the subject of how to bring RP into raids has come up. But what about the other way around?
Can raiding actually improve and inspire RP?
I say yes.
Why? Well, because of Aelflaed. And, more specifically, because of Feliche (I think this is his first spotlight on the blog, so if you’re reading, Hi Fel!). Feliche is one of TRI’s main tanks, a massive Night Elf warrior with a penchant for getting hit in the face. Back when I was spending most of my time with Annorah as a healer, I didn’t have a lot of interaction with him ICly or OOCly – though I did get quite a protective streak for Group 2 (stupid rogues).
All that changed with Lich King – Aely and Feliche both joined the Wildfire Riders, and I changed from being a chain healing raid healer to a Holy Light spamming tank healer. (Oh, and Feliche became Feliche and not Felite (who was female) anymore.)
Around that time, a very cool thing started to happen.
For whatever reason, Feliche is my heal target 90% of the time these days (didn’t always start that way, but has kinda become the norm now.) which works out pretty well. As with any tank-healer relationship, you get used to each other, you learn what kind of damage to expect and what kind of healing you’ll get. In Fel’s case, you learn to expect him to pull like his ass is on fire all the time – which is fine when you’re expecting it, but scary for the first few weeks!
As I got used to healing Feliche and he got used to me being “his” healer – an IC friendship started to form.
Out of that very OOC situation, Feliche and Aelflaed are now good friends – the kind of friends that banter with each other constantly and have come up with a myriad of ways to suggest letting the other one die. But Fel also will call Aely if something bad happens and he needs patching up, because he knows she’ll put him back together and not be a jerk about it. And if you asked her, Aely would tell you that she trusts Feliche more than just about any of the other Riders these days – because she regularly puts her life in his safekeeping (and vice versa).
It’s a lot of fun, and has some really cool RP consequences (especially when one of them ends up driving a siege engine for the other).
So I’m curious – has this kind of thing happened to other people, where raid roles bled into character interactions in a way that created RP opportunities? What dimensions of RP do you think work well in that kind of crossover, and how do they affect your characters?
*image credit pixelstar
August 31, 2009 – 9:32 am
I’m fighting with the “I have too much I want to do and not enough time to do it” problem with WoW lately. I’ve got four – maybe even FIVE – characters I’m in the process of leveling, and I can’t seem to stick with one for any extended amount of time.
Add to that the fact that I’m somehow busier without a job than I was when I was writing part-time so I’m not in game as much… and I end up a somewhat frustrated Anna!
Here’s what’s been going on though:
- Annie Mae is level 55, completely done with Un’Goro, and will be finishing up Burning Steppes (only 2 quests now, no more Onyxia questline ) before heading up to Felwood –> Winterspring (hooray Timbermaw Rep) and the Plaguelands. I’m going to try to hit 59, if not 60 in the old world before heading to Outland, since that speeds things along nicely once I get there.
- Anaje is working her way through the Southern Barrens. I may detour back to do some starting zones for rep/loremaster reasons, but for now she’s chugging along nicely.
- Anaelle is still 75, Angoleth is still juuuuust shy of 71, and Annylais is still 63. I guess that means I’ve got my current alts picked out!
- Thanks to some happy coincidences, Annie Mae has a story in progress, as well as a drawing commission that will probably be up in the next month or so. Woo!
- I’m <thisclose> to having my new Argent Crusade tabard – at which point I get to start working towards the Pony Up achievement.
- Aely had good fun at the Rose Ball on Friday, though the idea of “dressing up” finally wigged her out to the point that she just wore her shiny purple dress armor instead of an actual, you know, /dress/. She did wear her hair down though!
- It’s really weird to log into a character that’s had a major hairstyle change!
- I’m off to get my house ready to be invaded by crazy people with sewing machines tonight. I’m feeding them lasagna. I’m not sure if that’s the appropriate food for crazy people with sewing machines, but I figure it’ll do.
August 29, 2009 – 9:41 am
Gryphonheart, over at The Lion Guard, has a hilarious post up on how to make Heroic Deadmines more heroic.
August 28, 2009 – 9:16 am
Other weeks, you’re the statue.
TRI logged in last night, ready to pwn some nubs in the Coliseum and face down some Twin Valkyr.
Everyone groups up, we take out Northrend Beasts… and anyone in the raid living in Washington or Oregon crashes. And can’t get back online. 7 people down, including three healers and two raid officers.
Wait 20 minutes? Still no dice.
In a raid that only works 2 nights a week, for a total of 7 hours, getting your night ruined by a login server crash is a major setback. We won’t see the new boss in ToC this week – and not for anything we can have done about it.
So! In an attempt to cheer myself up about it, I’m accepting suggestions for tonight’s server-wide RP event, the 6th (ish) Annual Rose Ball!
Should I bring Aely? Or Annie Mae? And what should she wear?