Every server has its own culture. Some of this culture is documented on WoW Wiki’s Realms List or on Blizzards Official Realm Forum. Most of the culture will be documented on the Raid and Guild forums–the semi-private places where guildies gather and talk about the game we obsesses over. Over time, part of this guild culture becomes “server specific lore.”
By, “Server Specific” I mean those incidents/sessions/RP Events that are ingrained in the memory of a number of individuals and guilds. These are the events that get mentioned over and over again. The ones that old timers remember and that new players may feel resentful toward.
On Feathermoon, we’ve had the Tri-City Raid, Uthas’ Storyline and Fells’ Sham Trial to name a few (only two of which I participated in). WoW Wiki doesn’t have a single entry on any of these events, but they’re talked about with some regularity on the forums I frequent. These additions to our server’s lore, which occurred yeasr ago, have fleshed out my RP experience. The stories we’re currently working on a still impacted by these events.
In short, they are Loretastic (all credit goes to Falconesse for this new word).
Loretastic events are brilliant in that they help define our servers. They provide a degree of structure for future RP Events. They set the bar for RP on a sever.
The problems of Loretastic, however, are just as powerful People use the Loretastic events as excuses and reasons to bemoan the current state of RP on a server. A few of the more common statements are:
Why can’t RP be like it was in the good old days?
Remember when the server was awesome and we did…
RP Is dead because no one runs a story like SO and SO.
Worse still are the attempts to recreate a Loretastic event. Botched RP Events–ones where everyone walks away feeling like they wasted their time and energy–scare people away from RP as fast as anything else.*
Loretastic events do not just happen people. They are meticulously and carefully planned. They are long term commitments to planning, storytelling and working with people. Loretastic events typically don’t start as efforts to beat other RP experiences. They are events, or a series of events, that are designed to evoke as much participation as possible while staying withing the plot.
Before WTT:RP can delve deeply into this topic, we need to hear from you. What are the Loretastic events from your server’s history? What, in your opinion, makes an RP event Loretastic?
*One day, I’ll talk about the “psychic battle” RP session I attended in my first few months of WoW. I damn near canceled my account then…