In Which Kia Reconnoiters

So in light of this blue post regarding changes to PvP, <Stands in Bad> has started talking about the possibility of moving to another server.

Currently we live on Azgalor, a medium-pop PvP server out in the middle of nowhere.  From what I’ve gathered, nobody can actually remember how we ended up on a PvP server, because, well, almost none of us actually LIKE it.  Being on a PvP server, I mean.  We have a few people who do PvP a little bit, but they only want to do it intentionally, in BGs or Tol Barad or what-have-you.  We have a couple of people who love love LOVE PvP and will quite happily gank the ever-living daylights out of any hapless Hordies who happen to pop up on their mini-maps.  More power to them, I say, and send them off with my blessing to go forth and conquer in whatever way seems best to them.

Based on the responses in the forum thread, though, most of us are not thrilled about living on a server where you get to enjoy paranoid-looking-over-your-shoulder all the time.  The blue post sort of brought it to a head, specifically the mentions about guards getting nerfed and even more specifically the idea of an item that will dismount flying players.

There haven’t been any decisions made yet, but I think we mostly recognize that if we’re going to move, NOW is the best time to do it.  My best guess still puts us at getting Mists somewhere mid-August, which leaves two months, give or take, to reestablish ourselves on new server.  Since most of us (myself being a notable exception) are major altoholics, we have a little bit of time to spread out the notoriously-expensive (in my opinion) cost of moving characters, or alternatively, level up new alts to replace the ones left behind.

I am ALL FOR this plan.  I’d love to see it happen, like, tomorrow.

But in the meantime, we’ve started the conversation of “where do we go, if we go?” and it got me pondering about the process of selecting a server.  It’s not a choice that you very frequently have to make, not nearly as often as the eternal and ongoing what-class-what-race-what-spec discussion.  I remember when I first started playing WoW and was presented with the GINORMOUSLY LONG OMG list of servers to choose.  I went O.O and looked at my friend Krista, who was guiding me along in the process.

“Don’t worry about it.  We’re on [Server Name].  Go there.”

/collapse in relief

And for the new beginner, it is almost always that easy.  You are going to play where the friends who got you into the game are playing.  Or you’re going to randomly pick one out of the air.  You might pay attention to Blizz’s intro of “Pick PvE if you want x, pick PvP if you want y”, but mostly, if you’re new, it’s just a crap shoot.

It’s when you have some experience under your belt that you realize, hey, the server actually matters.  It may even weigh into a choice as to whether to change guilds, if you’re considering it, especially if you are thinking about moving to a guild on a PvP realm and you really, really hate PvP.

Things like “is it in my timezone?” and “what’s the Horde-Alliance ratio?” are honestly important questions.  Even more so if you’re moving not just yourself, but an entire guild.  What about the economy?  How big is the population?  Do we want to RP?  What’s the server’s raiding progression?  And so on and so on and so on.

It is also a startlingly awkward question to even approach.  There really isn’t even a good way to go about trying to answer it.  Sites like warcraftrealms.com and wowprogress.com can be helpful in a limited way, but in the end can’t really give you a good idea of what a server is like.  I’ve rolled many baby Kias and barring the big-name high-pop servers like WyA and Kil’jaeden and Moonguard… most WoW servers don’t have a lot of distinction between them.  So it can be really hard to know whether you’re going to end up on a server where you can’t get a random to save your soul or the AH is dominated by one particular individual or the Alliance is completely incapable of winning Warsong Gulch or whatever. Nothing really can, short of rolling an alt…

O.O

>.>

<.<

Kia’s Brain:  So.  How many Baby Kialesses have you rolled?

Kia:  Just two, so far.  One on Medivh, because a number of us are Twitter-friends with people from Waypoint.  But then there’s also the Effers on Azuremyst, and Nymphy, the darling, invited us, so I’ll rolled another Baby Kia there, too.  Plus, of course, the Baby Kia I rolled on Wyrmrest Accord a couple of weeks ago, but I don’t really see us moving to RP server.  There’s not enough interest.

Kia’s Brain: And you’re doing… what, exactly?

Kia:  Just… poking around.  Looking at the AH prices on raider-y stuff like gems and Lavascale Catfish and Dragonscale Leg Armor.  Looking at the people standing around the Dwarven District bank and the Trade District AH in SW.  Watching trade chat to see if there’s lots of stupid anal jokes, how many PuGs are being advertised.  Waiting to see how many guild invites just randomly pop up on my screen unannounced.

Kia’s Brain: I HATE those.

Kia:  I know, right?  Seriously rude.

Kia’s Brain:  Seriously.

Kia:  I think I’m rather glad that I’m ultimately not going to be at all responsible for making this decision.  I’ve rolled Kias on many servers…

Kia’s Brain: …pretty sure this new one makes seven servers that Kialesse the nelf hunter exists on…

Kia:  …eight, but who’s counting?  Anyway, it’s still a crap shoot no matter how you go about it.  There should be a better system.

Kia’s Brain: You say that about life in general.

Kia:  Well, am I wrong?

Kia’s Brain:  No.

Kia:  So there you go.

Kia’s Brain:  So what you’re saying is… you have no helpful information to aid others in this quest for Server Nirvana.

Kia: >.>

Kia:  Yeah, that’s probably about accurate.

Kia’s Brain:  You go, girl.

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5 Responses to In Which Kia Reconnoiters

  1. Laeleiweyn says:

    I don’t know much about US realms I’m afraid. :) But I stalk hunters, so I can tell you that if you go Drenden, you’ll be in the company of Darkbrew and Euripides, if you go Ner’zhul you can stumble upon Morynne and Zanbon, and if you go Icecrown you can meet Frostheim and the enitre WHU guild! (http://laeleiweyn.blogspot.no/2012/03/update-of-hunterstalker-march-2012.html)
    I’ve always been on a PVE-server. It’s nice really. Although I’m not sure there are horde on this server. I kind of miss Dalaran as the main city, where we would actually meet them from time to time. Tauren are so cute when they die, so I liked to hug them whenever I saw them in town.

  2. Hooves says:

    Hey, this is Lynn from the random dungeon earlier. This post cracks me up, because I actually have abandoned alts that were in Stands in Bad– one was a baby mage I worked my ass off to get the Ambassador title on. Not sure if she’s still there or not. What are the odds, really?

    Anyway.

    As far as servers go, Dalaran is a nice PVE server. Arathor is a pretty decent one, too. But I prefer Wyrmrest Accord because the douchebag to nice person ratio is a lot more favorable toward “nice people”. Even though I can’t see many raiding guilds going OOHHHH WYRMREST ACCORD! Still. It’s a nice server with nice people. And we could always use PVPers to help us win Tol’Barad. Haaaah.

    After playing with jerks on PVP servers, I just honestly prefer a nice, quiet, mostly-friendly environment. And we have Ephie, who hangs out in Stormwind, gets beaten down, but keeps. Coming. Back. Gotta love it. And our “trade chat trolls” are pretty tame.

    But that’s really one of the only advantages to WrA. Usually there isn’t a mad rush for raid materials, but there are always people bored enough to farm, and prices listed in trade are generally picked up on by other people: I think one guy said he’d buy all the netherweave ever at 5g/stack. Cheap? Yeah. But that’s pretty fair if you have tons of it to get rid of. I guess another advantage is: There are always tons of people around. All hours. I like that the server dies off at certain times, even WrA being “dead” is still people being around.

    Disadvantage? RP server, and people in raid groups tend to go :/ at RP. Or even troll it. Which can get them banned and get your guild a bad name.

    Also, it’s a western server, so for those of us nooblets on the east coast…well… -_- But that’s okay. Sometimes it’s worth it. I think WrA is worth it.

    Either way, I hope SiB figures out the perfect server to move to!

    • Kialesse says:

      Wow, what are the odds? That’s awesome! I’m sorry I couldn’t stick around to run with you guys some more. I was enjoying our little group! But I’ll be hanging out on WrA with Kitten Armada when I can, so I’ll still be around!

      • Hooves says:

        I know, right? The odds are slim, but they were real! That’s pretty awesome.

        At any rate, hopefully Val and I will run into you again soon. We’re always pleased to have good DPS hanging around, and tbh the hunters (yes, hunterS) that replaced you weren’t half as good!

  3. Cainman says:

    Check out Staghelm. That’s the server I’m on. So I’d love for a group of people that love to achievement hunt and run old content to come to it. The economy seems pretty active, and the raiding is OK. This was my original server, and I left it to join a guild on a pvp server. When I came back I wanted to go back to where I started and get away from the PVP server. Good luck with your search.

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