Being part of an RP group includes “group timelines” – making decisions about basic “when and where” for the greater story that will affect your entire group. When those big events are tied to raids and bosses, things become more and more difficult, especially in an RP group like the one I’m part of on Feathermoon, where there are a number of people who participate in a variety of different raids (both 10 and 25 man) of various levels of progression.
Things can get VERY confusing when you start to try to figure out the end boss timeline for an RP group like the Wildfire Riders, since we don’t raid as a guild, but many members of WFR are part of other raids.
Saying “Whenever any member of the Wildfire Riders kills Arthas, Arthas has died” isn’t really fair to the in character raids that don’t really push for progression but are made up of mostly WFR guild members. Saying “Whenever everyone in the Riders has killed Arthas, Arthas has died” isn’t fair to /anyone/, since then he’d never die at all, due to a number of guildmates that don’t raid! Saying “Whenever someone on Feathermoon kills Arthas, Arthas has died” dismisses the work done by raiders in the group who stand a good shot at actually killing him. Saying “When TRI kills Arthas in the 25 man raid” ties guild storyline to a raid group that’s made up of mostly people who AREN’T in the Wildfire Riders (even if Tarquin is “The Boss” of both groups).
It’s kind of a mess! But, of course, at some point Arthas has to die. There are a lot of Lordaeron exiles that will want to celebrate his death.
The WFR officers, in conjunction with some of the other RP groups that we associate with (The Order of the Rose, Stormwind University, The Boomstick Gang), decided to use Blizzard as their go-to on the timeline decision.
Arthas will officially be dead (to us) when the next patch hits, with the early stages of changes that would happen from his death and the new raid instance launching. It’s the least personal decision – it doesn’t tie a major event to how successful a raid is (anyone’s raid), and it gives plenty of time for the lead up “planning” for what will happen after his fall.
So, even though I have a Kingslayer title, to Aely and Arrens and all the rest of my particular RP group, Arthas is still alive, and we’re in the final push to victory.
And I’m OK with that.
I’ve got a big story to write about it, and I’ve been so busy with other things that it’s sat on the back burner for the last two months almost!
How have your RP groups handled the “is he dead yet?” issue? Has it just been kind of assumed at some point, or do you have a plan for his death to occur at a specific time?
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