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Edit: 12/29/2013 - If you need to get ahold of me for realm questions, I play a Priest named Psyfriend; shoot me some mail or a friend request if you need answers!
11/14/2013 - I feel compelled to emphasize that ED is an RP-PvP server. Pay close attention to those first two letters, "RP", please! Add one of us on Btag or something to get a taste of the Dream before coming over!
That being said, welcome to The Dream!
There have been lots of player-made threads both recently and not-so-recently that have asked questions of the Emerald Dream community prior to them making the decision to come over. So, before you find yourself $27.23 poorer than you were yesterday, take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions we see.
A thread like this already exists, but it's been sitting, neglected, at the top of our page since December 2010. In hopes to get a little more current information in a format that's a bit more pleasing to the eye, please let me know if any of this information isn't correct, is outdated, or simply needs to be added, and I'll edit it accordingly.
Lets answer the more difficult questions first:
"Is Emerald Dream right for me?":
This question really should be, "Am I right for Emerald Dream?". Emerald Dream has its own unique flavor in that we are both an RP server and a PvP server. That doesn't mean that we are mainly RP with a little bit of PvP thrown in or vice-versa. We are as much an RP realm as we are a PvP realm.
How you fit in to that description is entirely up to you.
"How is the RP here?":
It depends how you look at it - if you're coming from a PvP or PvE server, it'll be everywhere to you in comparison. If you're coming from a dedicated RP server, it probably won't be as prevalent. But regardless, it's still here, and it's alive and well.
Admittedly, most of the true RP is guild-centric (moreso on Horde, I've found, than Alliance); but not exclusive to anyone. In other words, you may not just up and stumble across 10 random players RPing together. Instead, you're more likely to envelope yourself in an RP group if you start introducing yourselves to well-known RP guilds, so you can tag along when they host events. Or better yet, become a part of their guild so you can host your own.
Emerald Dream RP is what you make it.
Side note: Hop into the RP channels on Horde/Alliance and give it a spin (/join RP).
"How is the PvP here?":
Keep in mind, that what follows is still true (now that it's MoP) - so for the people adding my battletag only to ask me how the PvP is, READ THIS!:
Emerald Dream is no Tichondrius. However, we have plenty of players here - and by proxy - guilds that have 2200+ and/or Gladiator-level players in large quantities. If you're an upper-echelon player that wants to find a home and can respect the fact that Emerald Dream is - at its core - an RP realm, then you'll find a home pretty quickly here.
If you're looking primarily for small-scale RP-PvP or WPvP, Emerald Dream is almost unrivaled. Though it's simmered down a bit since the advent of cross-realm zones (BOOOOO), we still have multiple guild v.s. guild conflicts, several areas where WPvP tends to flare up, and we have an amazingly responsive community. Join the WPvP and WorldDefense channels, and more often than not, something will need defending.
Keep in mind, though, that Emerald Dream isn't your only choice for a realm that's strong in WPvP. Bleeding Hollow is another excellent realm with an abundance of WPvP, and if you're not down with the whole RP aspect of Emerald Dream, you may want to give them a shot.
Allow me to repeat that last sentence:
If you are not okay with RP, give Bleeding Hollow a shot. Don't transfer here and regret it!
"How is the PvE here?":
Generally pretty decent. Long-time PvE'ers will tell you that "PvE comes to Emerald Dream to die", but we have countless guilds clearing normal-mode raids on both Horde and Alliance and quite a few conquering several bosses in Heroic and a handful have X/14 Heroic SoO on farm status.
If you're a hardcore dragonslayer, please take a look at where other guilds are and decide for yourself, in comparison to your server, where we're at:
10-Man Guild Progression Sticky:
No longer exists! Will update if written.
25-Man Guild Progression Sticky:
Edited by Congelado on 3/8/2014 4:12 AM PST
(OP's note: Blizzard has decided to slay my posting abilities. Words of wisdom: don't name your battle pets in an obscene fashion and tell a forum MVP to come at you over it. Thank you Liv for taking place in my absence - both I and the realm thank you!)
"What's the population like?":
Anecdotally, it's pretty even - it seems to change all the time, but at the moment, it's currently favoring the Alliance slightly. So Horde, get on your game!
(( Liv's note: Keep in mind that ED just experienced a slight re-shuffling of bigger players, since we have many people in the community who take it upon themselves to help balance the population. ))
Realm stats according to RealmPop (for level 90s on Emerald Dream-US): UPDATED 10/7/13
- Alliance: 72,956 (51.7%)
- Horde: 68,217 (48.3%)
As you can see, we're pretty damn close. And we like it that way - it fosters a sense of competition, of community, and, of course, a sense that you can be killed anywhere and everywhere at any time of the day. And we would like to keep it that way.
"What is community like?":
In as few words as possible: tightly knit.
We know who one another are; our characters and guilds have rivalries, Kill-On-Sight lists, and there's even bits of hatred held between certain players. In other words, if you're a great person, and give back to the community, people will know who you are.
Likewise, if you spam Trade chat with an arena rating you bought, make cat-calls at women over Vent/Skype, and are an unwarranted elitist, people will know who you are. And (especially with these folks) we don't often forgive, and we don't forget.
Know it, expect it, embrace it.
Still have more questions and don't know who to ask? Try adding a few of us on BattleTag:
Anagram#1743 (This is OP)
In addition, feel free to come join our own moderated forums at:
Please come check it out, I promise you won't regret it! Come be a part of the community!
For a brief (albeit outdated) History on Emerald Dream:
Maralah's Roleplaying Guide:
Maralah's RP-PvP FAQ Thread:
Drambouie's RP Character Profiles:
Zappie's List of Roleplaying Guilds:
Final note from OP:
I'm sorry I couldn't make myself available for updating this given my forum situation; that was the entire premise of me making this to begin with (our other sticky is outdated by 2 years, and desperately needed to be updated). Hopefully, when this is outdated enough, another poster who's kind enough will come along to update it. Until then, happy hunting and most importantly, welcome to Emerald ____ing Dream!
Edited by Livyani on 12/30/2013 2:27 PM PST
Not on the public forums, baby. *wink*
(( I was so determined to be included! Everyone was like "we won't be healing you because you're only level __" and I was like BRING IT ON YEAH WPVP!
I'm a glutton for punishment. ))
Thanks for the link, i'll check it out
(( Look up the Gor'watha Warband, Blackmoon Tribe, or Blacktooth Grin Clan. They're all fond of trolls, if I recall correctly. ))
Like you don't know where to find me.
Unfortunately, Vodoo, this is going to happen with many guilds, especially when they are just going for numbers, achievements, levels, etc. Try finding a closer-knit guild that's very social and friendly.
Fantastic post, Congelado, I voted for sticky.
I'm not confident enough to put out my BattleTag, but for anyone who's looking at ED Alliance, I am on a lot, just look me up, and I'll see what I can do for you!
Edited by Chery on 9/14/2012 11:21 PM PDT
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