Some of you have probably (or not) been wondering when my third class role post about healers will come. Since I’ve suffered “raid burnout” lately and really don’t feel like healing I’ve decided to postpone it. Meanwhile, simce I’m not raiding, I decided to venture outside the safe borders of my beloved RP realm and see how life is on a PvE and a PvP realm. The very first thing I noticed were peoples names. Seeing names like “Hotbabe”, “Crazyeyedjoe” and “Superpala” got me thinking of how differently we must relate to our characters. I don’t exactly identify myself with my character, but calling my own characters (and seeing others for that matter) names that don’t fit in with Warcraft lore ruins some of the “immersion” Zero Punctuation always love to talk about.
Back before TBC launched I used to RP tons. I eventually grew bored with it, but I still remember the extra dimension it added to the game. To see your character as a part of the world instead of just an extension of your self. It’s mainly because of this that my two old mains haven’t been deleted to make room for alts, I’ve actually grown attached to them somehow, even though I find them incredibly boring to play. And yes, I’m aware of how incredibly cheesy that sounds.
For those of you who don’t play on RP realms the basic idea of an RP realm is that your character should have a name that fits with Warcraft lore, not just general fantasy, so you won’t (shouldn’t) see any Legolaz’s or Giimli’s on an RP realm. In addition everything said in /say and /yell should be “in character” in other words, something your character would say. If you ever were to overhear my troll hunter he would probably say something along the lines of “I got me self anotha’ five shineye ears while huntin’ in Ashenvale, mon!”, and not “lulz, did u see that movie on TV last night?”. Even though I don’t RP anymore, I find that if people around are RPing, it improves the atmosphere of the game. Now, I know that a few of those reading this blog are non-RPers on an RP realm, so why would they roll on an RP realm if they don’t intend to RP? Is what mentioned above enough to make them having better experience in game? I don’t think so. Rather I think it’s because the average player on a RP realm is more mature. There. I said it. So I better follow up on it.
My experience so far on a PvE server is limited to about a weeks play at levels between 74 and 79. In addition to names, the first thing I noticed was how poor some peoples writing was. This may sound like a petty thing to complain about, but after getting used to people using few abbrevations, proper punctuation and spelling, reading sentences like “y did u do tht 2 me??????” and similar becomes an annoying factor. It’s hard to explain why I dislike it so much, I just like too see some effort in making your self understoud (feel free to point out spelling errors *points at Vorla*).
I’m a social player. When joining a guild the social aspect of it is as important, if not more, as how good the players in it are. I’m in a guild that’s had it’s highs and lows like any other, but never really thought about leaving because I really enjoy playing with the people in it. A couple of days after transfering my alt to the PvE server I join a friends guid. I can’t really say much about the social aspect of a guild on PvE servers after just a few days, however I do have a few thoughts on people in general on the server. While leveling I did quite a few instances with pugs. During several of those runs I caught my self thinking “Wow, this lot is really quiet”. Most pugs I’ve done on AD have been quite chatty, talking about this and that. While the ones I’ve been in on this other server have been very focused on completing the instance and little else. Of course, not every PUG on AD are this way, but they do seem to be a bit more chatty and perhaps a bit more friendly and helpful. We do have plenty of jerkwads like any other server, though. I’m not saying it’s heaven on earth.
At first this post was intended to be focused on characters and how people relate to them, but branched out to talk about the differences between RP and non-RP realms. This kind of makes sense since people probably do relate differently to their characters depending on the type of server (and mindset) they play on. I might have, or more than likely, completely missed how different people relate to their characters and their realms. So as always, feel free to share thoughts and experiences.