PVE servers are… interesting. I've considered trying out PVP servers as the lower population on those server might reduce quest competition. I don't have a lot of time to play the game right now though, so spending a lot of my time corpse running just doesn’t' seem very appealing. I've considered rolling on an RP server in the past. If nothing else just to see what they're like. For the most part quite a bit of my server and faction choices have been made by friends of mine who started playing WOW well before I downloaded the trial. While it's kind of annoying that you have to play on your friend's server and in your friend's faction if you want to spend any time around them, it's a small limitation. Since those friends have all rolled on PVE servers, I've followed them. But for a few distinct reasons I think I'd like to mix things up and at least check out the culture on an RP server or two.
No I don't like generalizations, they're like used cars, they tend break down on you at the most annoying times. So I don't think that all PVE servers contain what I'm about to describe, but this is what it's been like on the three or four PVE servers I've rolled on. I've noticed some very annoying behaviors on these servers. The most annoying behaviors revolve around Duel Flags, Guild Invites, and abuse of the Trade Channel.
The MOST annoying part about PVE servers would be the Duel Flag. You're probably going to say “what a wuss, just hit accept.” Right well when I'm waiting for a zepplin, 'Accept or Decline', checking my mail in Crossroads, 'Accept or Decline', waiting for an instance 'Accept or Decline.' It's pretty freaking annoying. I wouldn't be so annoyed if the characters were throwing down a Duel Flag because they actually wanted to see how they stack up against other classes. Usually a lot of the folks that throw down a duel flag are at least 2 levels higher, have at least one weapon enchant (for which they are usually at the minimum level to qualify), and choose to duel classes with lower armor ratings. Picking a fight with someone when the odds are in your favor is behavior usually associated with school yard bullying, not sparring trials. It's like the master of the dojo sparring with a kindergartner.
And I feel fine…..
The event is over and only Zombie corpses remain. Mum and I danced in
Orgrimmar, where we could actually go and Trick or Treat for the first time in
days! We danced in Crossroads, which had been nothing but a Zombie infested
mess. We completed so many quests that Tanzengeist not only hit level 20 (YAY!
Ghost Wolf), but even sustained the achievement 100 Quests!
OK so with the ZOMBIE INVASION in full force me and Mum decided to abandon all major cities and do a little fishing instead. That is since all major cities were totally overrun with the ZOMBIES. Just outside of Thunder Bluff I saw the Argent Dawn quest to Investigate the portal and picked it up. By that point I was bound and determined to get AT LEAST SOME CREDIT for battling the ZOMBIE onlaught. Since it took forever for the undead here to repop (unlike the ZOMBIES around the rest of the server) we decided to get in a little interpretive dancing to show Arthas just what we think about the whole thing.
I'm really torn on the whole Zombie issue. They were recently
added to the game temporarily as a WOTLK (Wrath of the Lich King) in game
promotional event. I'm a big fan of events. To me the events are part of what
make WOW more interesting by breaking up the kill/quest grind.
At first I liked the idea
of the Zombies in game. It's a great way to add some lore to the game while giving those who started playing before WOTLK the ability to say “I was there
when the Lich King released a Plague on Azeroth”. But if you're leveling a Horde character in the Barrens, you're totally screwed.
I'll have to preface this by saying that I've only leveled
Horde characters in game (all of my friends play Horde). So unfortunately I
have a one sided view of the Barrens which for the most part consists of “pain in the ass”. It's a HUGE zone with quests spread
out all over the place and it's a bugger to run from one place to the next. Now let me turn
your attention to a happy little hovel called Crossroads. Evidently this is the
Alliance level 70 playground for those who think it's absolutely hilarious to
kill off all the Horde NPC's and watch as the funny little Horde players QQ and whine while waiting for the NPC to repop. Yes, yes, great fun. Most of the time this can be
ignored on PVE servers as really you just /rude to the Alliance dork and wait (on PVP server, I can just imagine).
Due to the happy little Zombies event the Crossroads had entered a whole new ring of leveling hell. Now it seems like everyone (Horde and Alliance alike) goes
to Crossroads to become a Zombie. Then they proceed to kill anything and everything while furthering the chaos by turning the attacked into Zombies
as well. It's enough to make me want to scream. In the past at least I could
get off the bat without a tinge of mortal fear.
For folks not attempting to
level a toon it's a blast! I mean it's not every day that asshattery of this caliber
is sanctioned and encouraged. I wish them all the best. As for myself, I can't
wait until the Zombie mess is over. It's a really cool idea and I thought it
was pretty fun the first day or so. Now however I'll be quite happy to dance on
the Lich King's severed head in retribution for his epic Zombie epidemic.
Has a really good freakin' time together. Recently my Mum
and my brother have started playing WOW too. I've enjoyed it. We all live in
different parts of the country so this is a good way for us to keep in touch
and spend time together. My Mum has really taken to the game. It's so cool to
just watch her go. Since I'm slacking with Tanzengeist (so embarrassing) she's
already surpassing me pretty well and having a hugely fun time while she's
going along. My brother looks like he's going to be a pretty useful AOE tank
and with two healers following behind him we might actually be able to keep him
alive. If he behaves himself (insert muffled laugher here).