Extended Maintenance, oh my!

By | June 7, 2010

There’s a big ol’ chunk of realms that will be down for 24 hours on Tuesday.  Feathermoon is one of them, and the maintenance means that the server is offline for our weekly, officially unofficial RP night. I can see a few other RP realms on the list as well, which means there are plenty of us wondering what’s a roleplayer to do?

Well, if you’re missing your pixellated Hero’s Welcome or The Filthy Animal, here are a few ways you can get your RP on!

  • Explore a new realm.  Gather up a few friends, pick a faction/race, and roll lowbie characters for an evening.  Maybe you’re a band of dwarven siblings making your way to Ironforge, or a group of Tauren going to seek an audience with Cairne about the Venture Company encroaching on the water wells.
  • Create a new channel on IRC for RP. If your realm already has an IC IRC channel, it might be busy tonight.  Poke your head in and see who’s around, maybe join in the conversation.  Or, if there’s already some lively discussion happening there, but you’d like to have your own corner of the Beer Garden, create a new channel you and your friends can join and RP away in!
  • Take your instant messenger program IC for a bit. Use gtalk, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, or <insert your favorite chat program here> for RP.  Some of the programs have a group-chat option if you have several players, but it’s great for one-on-one RP.
  • RP by email. Hey, the servers are down for 24 hours.  You’ve got plenty of time to ping some RP back and forth.  (Bonus: since email lends itself well to prose for scene-setting, you can turn it into a fic afterwards!)
  • Fic it up! Is there some writing you’ve been meaning to catch up on?  Some future plotting you’ve been meaning to work out?  Now’s a good time to sit down and get brainstorming.

Are you intending to RP despite server downtime?  (Or, if you’re unaffected by it this time around, have you ever been thwarted by an unstable server on patch day?  What did you do?)


Kouki on June 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm.

Another suggestion, which could go in along the lines of messenger, but if you’re a busy person and all, you could just whip up something with some people on Google Wave. It’s actually quite handy for RPs.

I’ve been thwarted on server down days but I didn’t let it get to me, we just made a group up on Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN) and started something from there or continued where we left off.

Thyanel on June 8, 2010 at 11:52 am.

Personally, the RP shall continue as I plan to fic it up and figure out how to bring Adaret back into play. She got shelved once she left her guild and while I was leveling Jinaki, so I lost track of her story. I know it isn’t over as there’s more I can do with her, so today will be spent figuring how what can be done and how to bring her back. (I have an idea that will mostly be an excuse to check out shadow PvP while I’m at it, so we’ll see how that turns out.)

How about you guys? What are you going to be doing tonight?

Sarai on June 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm.

This is why I’m glad I play on multiple servers. I will most likely be on Wyrmrest Accord or Gilneas, leveling my long-neglected toons there. Also, this is a great time to catch up on writing stuffs. So while I know I’ll miss Feathermoon like crazy, at least I shouldn’t be bored.