(Events) Welcome to Blackwater Raiders!

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  • Overview
  • (Events begin at Post #3)

    "The thing about BWR RP is, once you find it, it's usually very good stuff."
    - Grywennon Windhaven of the Third Infantry


    Online since October 5, 2006, Blackwater Raiders is a US-based RP server with a population of approximately 5189 players (April 2011). There is an Alliance to Horde ratio of 1.8 : 1 according to present figures, but an activity ratio closer to 1.2 : 1 with peak times reaching approximately 1800 players. The server maintains US Pacific Time, or UTC -8:00 (-7:00 during Daylight Savings). Updated lists of the Alliance, Horde and the specific listing of Roleplay Guilds are maintained on the World of Warcraft Community Site and updated frequently.

    Guilds advertise according to their primary goal - Player Versus Player (PvP), Player Versus Environment (PvE) or Roleplay (RP).


  • Origins


  • "I would have mentioned you, but you're no longer with us."
    - Bathori


    Blackwater Raiders is a roleplay server that went live two years after Warcraft's release in November, 2004. The original Roleplay servers are Argent Dawn, Cenarion Circle, Earthen Ring, Feathermoon, and Silver Hand. BwR initially faced unique challenges after it was mistakenly listed as "Recommended" on both the Roleplay and PvE/Normal server lists.


  • Community


  • "He may be under the impression that just cuz Garrosh talks to him that means he's in good with him."
    - Tender of The Company


    BwR has a server population the size of a small city, just under 5200 players. With peak player populations of just 1800 in the evenings, there has not been a queue to log into the server, since the launch of Wrath of the Lich King. Because of the confusion encountered after launch, many players joined to locate friends already playing on the server, but had little if any interest in roleplay. The roleplaying atmosphere tends to be very low as a result, though many players remain respectful of roleplayers. Roleplay in major cities and across the realm can be easy to find--with some larger guilds developing exhaustive histories and lore.

    There are some benefits to the server's size. There are several large guilds boasting populations above three hundred, though the majority focus on raiding; many are also active in their support of world PvP, while some of the oldest continually reinforce the roleplaying environment, using the forums to supplement in-game activity and organize storylines and events.


  • Realm Firsts


  • "We earned our 310s, we didn't buy them."
    - War of Business Casual


    Blakdynamite was the first Illustrious Grand Master Herbalist and Alchemist, while Taraniki and Bonasus were the first to master Inscription and Engineering respectively. The first Level 85 was the warlock Aakarshan, with Heffalumps, Baldok, Nyarlathotëp and Rylden following closely as Druid, Priest, Death Knight and Rogue, respectively. In April 2011, Ascension Asylum became the first Level 25 guild.


  • Those Who Came Before


  • "Because I'm so shrouded in mystery, if you didn't know..."
    - Fifii


    In the youngest days of the Blackwater Raiders, the Phalanx of Perdition started the call to honor with the challenge, "Strength and honor, warriors; hold fast, and give no quarter!" Though the call of the Phalanx has gone silent from their base in Theramore, those who remember, continue forward with honor.

    No one can agree with any certainty the first guild on the Blackwater Raiders, but the Ronin League and Turus Thalanaar are the oldest surviving guilds on a server whose general survivability is historically poor. And while the Ronin League did depart to Sen'jin to complete end-game raiding goals not available to them on our realm at the time, they returned and reactivated their guild after a three month hiatus.

    While raiding guilds have come and gone, the guild Silence remains one of the most venerable, with successes spanning Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm, and a firm place as one of our top three guilds rated for overall progression in dungeons or raids.


  • Those Who will Follow


  • "How we going to handle this? Should we set up a Blackwater Social for everyone to mingle?
    - Joynal of Ascension Asylum


    Since the launch of Wrath of the Lich King, the Roleplay community has suffered losses, with three of the largest hordeside guilds and one of the larger alliance guilds transferring to join communities on other roleplaying servers. At least three heavy raiding guilds have also exited the server in search of servers with greater progression success. The server is therefore not as competitive when compared to PvP or PvE servers in endgame content. However, small pockets of Roleplaying activity can still be found, mostly in the form of guild led weekly events.
    Edited by Gwydíon on 5/10/2011 7:15 PM PDT
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    Big Thanks to Joynal for providing this wealth of information


  • What you need to know about Blackwater Raiders (BwR)


  • Blackwater Raiders is a Role Play server, regardless of what Wowprogress and other sites might list it as. This doesn't mean that players are always going around "thee"ing and "thou"ing each other - in fact, they're going to wonder what's wrong with you if they hear you doing it. Most of the BWR community treats this like a Normal server but for those who enjoy role play, it can be a good place to find others with the same interest. More information about role play on BWR can be learned from the RP-focused guilds listed in the stickied thread in this forum.


  • Population and Faction Ratio


  • BwR is a medium population server (much closer to low than to high). Last census I saw put the population ratio at 1.2 Alliance to 1 Horde. This might have changed due to the new races but I doubt the change is significant.

    If you're looking for hardcore raid progression or PvP, this isn't the place for you. We rank in the bottom 10% of all servers for raid progression. We have few arena teams that get their titles at season end. The BwR community just doesn't value those things as highly as those on other servers and so those who want to play with the best in those areas tend to migrate to other realms. We've had some players transfer here planning to become top dog but most quickly became dissatisfied because no one cared and they went away (thankfully). If you're just looking to be a big fish in a shallow pond, don't waste your money on a transfer here. There are realms that will be impressed by you but BwR is not one of them.

    Our BG and RDF queue times are meaningless now that Blizzard has merged multiple battlegroups into the same queues. If it's long for you here, it's probably going to be long everywhere else. If you're DPS, expect a much longer RDF queue time than you'll have as a tank or healer. For normal BGs, queue times seem to be almost instant for Alliance but up to 10 minutes for Horde. I've been told that rated BG queue times for Horde are hideously long due to a general lack of participation in rated BGs by Alliance.

    If you're into world PvP, Horde is the better faction to choose since they have a more active PvP community. They controlled Wintergrasp roughly twice as often as Alliance during the last year of the Lich King expansion. At this point, it's really hard to say which way Tol Barad will fall considering the current balance problems with that battle. General world PvP does happen but there are very few organized events planned and announced.


  • What guilds are the best guilds?


  • That depends on what makes a guild "best" to you. Some are looking for role play, some for help with leveling, others for raiding or PvP. If you want to know who's on top for raid progression or guild ranks/achievements, try checking out Guildox. Their website is tracking those and will give you better up to date information since the "top" can change at any time. If there are other things that make a guild the "best" to you, please ask around in one of the chat channels (though avoiding Elwynn General is recommended due to the ERP community based there unless you're into that sort of thing).

    The people here overall are awesome. Truly. I can't tell you how many players I know who left BwR because they were dissatisfied with the progression and the PvP just to come back because they missed the people, or rolled new alts to keep in touch with the community here while they continued to raid or PvP on other servers. We have our fair share of trolls and "Barrens Chat" but there are a lot of generous, caring and downright fun people as well that do their best to make BwR a place you'd want to call home.

    Oh, can't forget. Thelanoob is CEO of BwR ("You'll look good in it. I guarantee it." is his motto) though we wanted to elect Koriq as Warchief (low voter turn out forced him to concede to Hellscream).

    If you really want to know what BwR is like, roll a toon and come see for yourself. We do try to keep our trolls well fed and docile so you shouldn't be in too much danger of getting bitten. Ok, *I* try to keep them well fed. Someone has to do it.
    Edited by Gwydíon on 5/10/2011 6:24 PM PDT
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    Regular Recurring Events

  • DAILY


  • The Dark Demense
    Where: The Slaughtered Lamb, Stormwind
    When: 9pm server time
    The followers of the Twilight Hammer meet nearly every evening now, right under Wrynn's nose, even as the rotting fruits of their labor wreak havoc in the city above. The cries of guards and their families taken in the night rise through the sewer grates to the streets above, but no one is there when the guards finally come--if they come at all.

    The Smelting Pot
    Where: Ironforge, across from the flight master
    When: 5pm server time.
    If the world is going to end, we're not going to meet it with an empty stomach and a beard not festooned with beer and smoke! Join us for a song, a tale of the way things used to be, or those rare heroic tales of a brighter future that some poor daft fool always tries to bring to brighten our moods. Lords of the earth only know they need their words more than we. More ale!

    Meditations
    Where: Cathedral of Light, Stormwind
    When: 3:30pm server time.
    These are the days of our greatest trials and tribulations. These are the days of dark clouds, and darker deeds. These may well be the end of days, brothers. If we must meet our Makers, let it be with their praise upon our lips, for it is said: the Light does not forget its champions.

  • WEEKLY


  • Monday

    A Light on in the Kitchen
    What: Ratchet Tavern (Neutral Ground)
    Who: All are welcome.
    When: 6:30pm server time
    Where: Ratchet Inn, Barrens

    The Gumdrop Social
    What: Gathering Event (Different Objective each Week)
    Who: Primarily Alliance (friendly Horde welcome)
    When: 5pm server time
    Where: Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas

    Tuesday

    Backing up Peace, with War
    What: Open dueling practice (Sanctuary Ground)
    Who: All are welcome.
    When: 4pm-7pm server time
    Where: The Argent Tourney, Icecrown

    Weekly Raid
    What: Whatever the raid, we do it in our own way, walking, and lighting our campfires
    Who: All are welcome, as many teams as we can build
    When: 6pm server time
    Where: Violet Citadel, Dalaran

    Feral Hunt
    What: A game of wins. The one who brings back the best tale, or the most exciting meal is the victor of the day.
    Who: All are welcome, as many as will join the hunt
    When: 7pm server time
    Where: Twin Colossals, Feralas

    Wednesday

    A Lively Stroll
    What: Zone exploration, a different area each Week
    Who: Any friendly party interested in seeing a new area and hearing its lore
    When: 5pm server time
    Where: Changes constantly. Please contact Lanuaneia for the weekly destination

    Thursday

    Scuffle in the Bay!
    What: Bar brawl in Booty Bay's Inn.
    Who: Any aspiring Bloodsail Admirals
    When: 6pm server time
    Where: Booty Bar, Stranglethorn

    Sunday

    Elune's Verdict
    What: Temple of the Moon, regular services
    Who: Alliance
    When: 1pm server time
    Where: Temple of the Moon, Darnassus

  • MONTHLY


  • Meeting of the Lariss Plenary
    What: Thalanaar monthly meeting
    Who: Any interested
    When: 13th of each month, at 5pm server time
    Where: Lariss Pavilion, Feralas
    Edited by Gwydíon on 5/10/2011 6:32 PM PDT
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    Special Events!
    June 2011 - December 2011


    Assault on the Temple
    When: July 16, 2011, 2pm server time
    Where: Ahn'Qiraj Temple
    Contact: Jadelyn

    The Raid Begins
    When: July 16, 2011, 12pm server time
    Where: Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj
    Contact: Jadelyn

    Magitha Revealed
    When: July 15, 2011, 4pm server time
    Where: Thousand Needles
    Contact: Crestfall

    My Enemy, My Ally
    When: July 15, 2011, 3pm server time
    Where: Thousand Needles
    Contact: Crestfall

    Meeting of the Lariss Plenary
    When: July 13, 2011, 5pm server time
    Where: Feathermoon Stronghold
    Contact: Jadelyn

    RP 101
    When: July 12 & 14, 2011, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm server time
    Where: Various Instances
    Contact: Gwydion

    Vessel of Ragnaros
    When: July 8, 2011, 4pm server time
    Where: New Thalanaar
    Contact: Sharliomi

    Debriefing
    When: July 6, 2011, 7pm server time
    Where: Feathermoon Stronghold
    Contact: Plumb

    End of Innocence
    When: July 6, 2011, 3pm server time
    Where: Grim Batol
    Contact: Jurojin

    Cast the First Stone
    When: July 5, 2011, 4pm server time
    Where: Feathermoon Stronghold, Shandris' Hall
    Contact: Gwydion

    A World at War
    When: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 3pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    We Stand with You
    When: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 2pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    A Call to Action
    When: Monday, June 27, 2011, 1pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    Containing Death
    When: Friday, June 25, 2011, 5:30pm server time
    Where: Hearthglen
    Contacts: Werdnna

    Said the Joker to the Thief
    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 2pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    There Must be Some Way Out of Here
    When: Monday, June 20, 2011, 5pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    All Around the Watchtowers
    When: Wednesday, June 14, 2011, 3pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    Patrolling the Coast
    When: Tuesday, June 13, 2011, 2pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    The Lariss Plenary
    When: Monday, June 13, 2011, 5pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    Sardor Isle
    When: Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 12pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    Regular Patrols
    When: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 12pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    Reporting In
    When: Monday, June 6, 2011, 2pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contacts: Gwydíon

    Lair of the Damned
    When: Saturday, June 4, 2011, 4:30pm server time
    Where: Lights Hope Chapel
    Contacts: Werdnna

    Highsun in Isildien
    When: Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 12pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    ________________________________________________

    "Event" (Special Event Notes)
    When:
    Where:
    Contacts:
    Edited by Gwydíon on 7/4/2011 11:50 AM PDT
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    Special Events!
    November 2010 - May 2011


    Those Opposed?
    When: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 6pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    From the Mists to the Sky
    When: Monday, May 30, 2011, 4pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    Into Thalanaar
    When: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 1pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    "Not Yet-i"
    When: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 4pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    Hail, King of the Dire Maul
    When: Monday, May 23, 2011, 12pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    Lair of the Damned
    When: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 4:30pm server time
    Where: Lights Hope Chapel, Plaguelands
    Contact: Werdnna

    Estulan Ascendant
    When: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 5pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    Dreambough
    When: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 5pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    Ruins of Ravenwind
    When: Monday, May 16, 2011, 3pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    The Ruins Uncovered
    When: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 12pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    To Save Feathermoon
    When: Monday, May 9, 2011, 2pm server time
    Where: Feralas
    Contact: Gwydíon

    Path of Death
    When: Friday, March 26, 2011, 5pm server time
    Where: Ice Crown
    Contact: Werdnna

    Path of Death
    When: Friday, March 4, 2011, 4:30pm server time
    Where: Grizzly Hills
    Contact: Werdnna

    Wedded Bliss
    When: Friday, April 1, 2011, 5pm server time
    Where: Stormwind Cathedral
    Contacts: Korami, Maishona

    Shadows of Northrend
    When: Friday, February 25, 2011, 4pm server time
    Where: Valgarde
    Contact: Werdnna

    Westfall Relief Drive
    When: Friday, February 11, 2011, 5:30pm server time
    Where: Westbrook Garrison
    Contacts: Zepiä

    Battle in the Scar
    When: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 7pm server time
    Where: Mountains between the Badlands and the Burning Steppes
    Contacts: Gwydion

    Stormwind Trade Festival
    When: Friday February 4th, 2011, 4pm server time
    Where: Dwarven District, Stormwind
    Contacts: Werdnna

    Take All You Can! (Give nothing back!)
    When: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 9am server time
    Where: Karazhan, Deadwind Pass
    Contacts: Gwydion

    New Year Celebration
    When: Friday, December 31, 2010, 11pm server time
    Where: Darnassus, at the Pavilion
    Contacts: Gwydion, Jadelyn

    Feast at Feathermoon
    When: Friday, December 17, 2010, 6:30pm server time
    Where: Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas
    Contacts: Ellyndra, Jhaelle

    "Is All Lost?"
    When: Sunday, December 5, 2010, 5:30pm server time
    Where: Lor'danil, Darkshore
    Contacts: Merdon, Solverus

    "Campaign Speech"
    When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 5:30pm server time
    Where: SI:7, Stormwind
    Contacts: Merdon, Valyn

    "Costume Party!"
    When: Saturday December 4, 2010, 1pm server time
    Where: Ironforge
    Contacts: Bubbles, Relsea

    "Charge!"
    When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 5:30pm server time
    Where: Mortewake's Tower
    Contacts: Merdon

    "Free Booze!"
    When: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 5:30pm server time
    Where: Blue Recluse, Stormwind
    Contacts: Merdon, Hold

    "Back to the Mines"
    When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 5:30pm server time
    Where: Lor Danil
    Contacts: Merdon, Valyn

    "The Elven Way"
    When: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 5:30pm server time
    Where: Darnassus, at the Bank
    Contacts: Arliah, Amallae

    "Bring Your Swimsuits!" (Party)
    When: Monday November 22nd, 5:30pm, server time
    Where: We will meet in Winterspring just outside Timbermaw Hold
    Contacts: Ellyndra, Zepiä, Jhaelle

    "/Look" (Zone Exploration)
    When: November 17, 5:30pm server time
    Where:Ashenvale, near the Barrens
    Contacts: Ellyndra

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    "Event" (Special Event Notes)
    When:
    Where:
    Contacts:
    Edited by Gwydíon on 5/10/2011 6:52 PM PDT
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    Edited by Gwydíon on 5/10/2011 6:35 PM PDT
    85 Undead Warrior
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    Couple Impisi events I thought I'd put up. Mainly Forsaken oriented but as always any RPer is welcome.

    December 11-12, 2010: Impisi recruitment drive. We will have a recruiter stationed out in Tirisfal Glades seeking any who wish to join or be put under a paycheck in the Impisi. Fliers, a sign-on bonus, and even life insurance for living and undead! Time: 5:30 server

    December 18-19, 2010: The Impisi stage an assault into Gilneas in an effort to retake the capital city for the Forsaken. Open to any able bodied-Horde that wishes to help out (And any ambitious Alliance that thinks they can keep us out! I will keep myself flagged in the interest of adding some surprise to the story). Time: 5:30 server.

    January 1-2, 2011: The Alliance are walking freely around the Plaguelands like they think they own it or something. That land belongs to the Banshee Queen! Come to Andorhal with the Impisi and show these clowns what it means to trespass in Horde land.

    More incoming. Keep looking out. I'm posting this in both my own Impisi thread and here to help spread awareness. Yay for spamming!
    85 Human Warlock
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    I havn't done any rp in along time......i miss rping :*(
    85 Human Priest
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    Well, as it happens, you're invited!
    85 Undead Warrior
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    To help improve RP and on the server, I have gone ahead and created two new channels, BlackwaterOOC and BlackwaterRP.


    BlackwaterOOC is for out of character chat for RPers on the server. This channel serves as a neutral ground for any RPer on the server.

    BlackwaterRP is for in character RP for any RPer. RP rules apply and all chat must remain in character.

    Rules for the channels are simple. No flaming, drama, or chat above PG-PG13 range in the channel. Members must stay in character and follow RP rules in the BlackwaterRP channel. Moderators will have the right to kick or bad as see fit.

    Officers or Guild Masters for RP guild can be put on the list of Moderators for the channel and will be listed here. Please ask in game or in this thread to gain Moderator rights (once again RP-guild Officers only for the most part, though others may be given Moderator status) The moderator status is only to deal with people causing major disruptions; no one group has ownership of the channels.


    This is for Alliance side only. And interested parties contact Werdna to let him know you're signing in. This is open to EVERY roleplayer on the Blackwater Raiders server.
    excellent thread!
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    Stormwind Trade Festival

    Come one, come all to the annual Stormwind Trade Festival. From across Azeroth the craftsmen of the Alliance will be selling their work to any who wish to partake in this event. Any are welcome to buy or sell anything they wish for the one day that the Festival runs


    When: Friday February 4th: 4:00-6:00pm Sever Time (Pacific Time)

    Where: The Dwarven District, and the lake behind the Cathedral


    See the main thread for this event for more info

    http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1869224247#1
    85 Human Priest
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    Added, and thank you!
    85 Undead Warrior
    5120
    Basic Training

    Do you get frequent knee-bruises from gnomes and dwarves? Having trouble reaching draenei faces with your mace? Whether you're a rookie or an old dog looking for new tricks, everyone can benefit from some quick lessons. Come join the Impisi in Silverpine Forest for some sparring and combatives practice.

    Free beer afterward!

    When: January 28-29, at 5:00 ST. Contact Malles or Thelysta for further details.
    85 Human Priest
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    Let the Black Scales be Weighed
    When: Thursday, February 3, 2011, 5:30pm server time
    Where: Obsidian Sanctum
    Contacts: Ellyndra

    This will be a roleplay walk-through of the Obsidian Sanctum.
    85 Human Priest
    5850
    Westfall Relief Drive
    When: Friday, February 11, 2011, 5:30pm server time
    Where: Westbrook Garrison
    Contacts: Zepiä

    We will proceed into Westfall, leading a caravan of relief supplies to Sentinel Hill.
    85 Human Paladin
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    First event in a new plotline I am starting

    Event 1: Shadows of Northrend

    After the defeat of the Lich King, the remainder of the scourge forces reached a slow decline in their power. Recently rumors of increased aggression from the remaining Vrykul has spread throughout the Alliance, with heroes dispatched to investigate this rumor. Something has incited the Vrykul into restarting their aggressive assault, something that the world had hoped would be nothing more then a memory.

    Date: 2/25/2011

    Time: Starts 4:00pm Server time. (7pm EST, 4pm Pacific.)

    Location: Starts off at Valgarde in Howling Fjord
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