Friday, October 5, 2007

Born and Raised on an RP Server.

I've made a post before concerning my personal experiences with PvP servers, and I've been thinking I'd like to revisit that subject, as well as discuss another one. So, without further ado...

I play on a roleplaying server.

I play on a roleplaying server because my boyfriend picked that server, and he picked that server because it's where one of his friends plays-- as far as I know, that particular friend does not RP in WoW, so it's sort of ironic that the three of us wound up on an RP server.

RP servers are interesting places and they have their own little "culture". They have defined WoW for me and, I believe, sort of spoiled me because I was born and raised on one.

Now don't get me wrong-- for the most part, RP servers are really a lot like other servers. Not everybody is "in-character" 24/7, in fact the vast majority aren't. And contrary to what you see on the WoW website about RP servers, I have seen people "in-character" on the general channels maybe... once or twice. We have hardcore PvPers and hardcore raiders, and we have lots of casual players, just like most other servers. I do, on rare occasion it seems, see people roleplaying. I do see a lot of people with the FlagRSP or MyRoleplay addons, though not everybody with those addons roleplays. Perhaps my favorite part, off the top of my head, is that you don't get as many people named stuff like "Lolpwnsyou" or whatnot as you seem to get on non-RP servers. I don't want to chalk this up to something like "maturity" as much as I want to chalk it up to how I think a lot of people on RP servers, whether or not they actually roleplay, sort of see their character as a real character in a story and thus want to bestow their character with an interesting name.

Now I have to admit, when I first began playing I didn't see an RP server as a particularly viable choice to me, and I ended up on one mostly because I wanted to play with my boyfriend. But as time has gone on... I've discovered that RP servers fit my style perfectly. I do have a personality for my character. I do have a backstory for her. I do think about her life and adventures in Azeroth and how she would react to them. And, as I've mentioned before-- pretending like I'm actually in a fantasy world is one of my favorite aspects of this game. (Yes I'm a nerd.)

My boyfriend, who has roleplayed via message boards and forums in the past, really jumped onto the WoW roleplaying thing and even though I was a bit wary at first I've started to roleplay myself as well. I don't do it very often, but I have fun when I do and I've started to do it more frequently.

All of this has actually made it hard for me to play on non-RP servers. I miss being able to read so many interesting RP addon descriptions that make characters more than just pixels and polygons. I miss those random bits of good roleplay that I occasionally stumble across on my home server that make the game seem more real to me. And I miss the general attitude... it's hard to describe without exaggerating, but RP servers are like the bright yet clumsy and picked-on kid in the back of the class who has loads of personality if you get to know him. We're a bit different, and we know we're a bit different, and we're the brunt of jokes on occasion, but we like it that way.

And now back to my opening sentence-- PvP servers. As much as I hate to say it, it's true, I'm a carebear. =P My poor level 26 tauren hunter, who I love dearly, hasn't been getting any playtime at all recently and it's because she's on a PvP server and I just can't get into PvP servers. I've kept her on that server for so long because she is in a ridiculously awesome guild. But, sadly, a lot of important people have been leaving that guild and I think it's on the verge of disbanding. If that's what it comes to, I'll be transfering her. To an RP server of course!

4 comments:

Peashooter said...

Hate to break your bubble, but you can only transfer within the same type of server, RPPvP to RPPvP, RP to RP, Normal to Normal, PvP to PvP

-P

Peashooter said...

Wait, my mistake, you can't go from PvP to Normal or RP, so you can't switch from PvP to RP

-P

Pike said...

You can't transfer from a RP or PvE server to a PvP or RP-PvP server.

You can, however, transfer from a PvP server to a PvE/RP server. Which is what I'm planning on doing =D

pelides said...

Man, I played AD&D way back in the day. Makin myself feel old here! I always enjoyed playing it with the more casual players where story was more important than anything else. Might explain why I'm a video editor now.

Now, the dudes who spoke in character... well, Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons is not that much of a carriacature as he was grabbed straight out of a gaming store in 1985! I knew way too many guys just like him. In their 30's and 40's. Living at home in their parent's basement. The stories are true kids!

I simply can't get that into the game. I prefer the time spent with friends destroying baddies and overcoming challenging obstacles.

RP servers scare me.