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Q: What is the Harbor Market?
The Harbor Market is an Allianceside merchant's market that began June 27, 2010. It has been hosted bi-weekly since, and is now a monthly event that visits each Alliance capital city on a rotating schedule.
Roleplayers are encouraged to come as vendors or buyers to sell/buy ingame professions, roleplay items, recruit new members to their guild, or entertain. The market also includes a raffle, and fireworks shows and parades for special occasions.
Q: When does the Harbor Market occur?
The Harbor Market currently occurs on the first Sunday of each month in a different Alliance capital city. This thread on the community Earthen Ring RP Network (earthenring.net) will update regularly to let folks know when and where the next market is in town.
Q: How do I get involved?
There are many ways!
- Sponsor: a sponsor is generally a roleplay guild that helps advertise for the market, chooses a theme, and provides entertainment for market-goers. Past examples include weapon demonstrations, cook-off contests, and charity drives.
- Manager: market managers are alts in the <Council of Merchants> who dedicate their time to networking, advertising, and organizing the market. It's a busy position and the work they put in is much appreciated!
- Vendor: vendors set up booths at each market to sell items, ranging from ingame mats, craftables, food/drink, or roleplay items such as those made by addons. Vendors are encouraged to be innovative with their wares and sales pitch and can sell their items for gold should they wish.
- Shopper: a shopper is a market participant who comes to meet roleplayers, buy items at the market, and participate in the raffles and contests. All are invited and are encouraged to help along the ingame roleplay economy.
Q: What does a Harbor Market look like?
Here are some screenshots!
Here are folks gathered for the end-of-night market raffle: http://bit.ly/YCFrvz
And here's an aerial shot for the second anniversary celebration: http://bit.ly/11Xx8bO
Q: I'm not a roleplayer but I want to sell things. Can I get involved?
Yes, but with a catch! If you'd like to participate, please roleplay your transactions. This can be done with a few /says and /emotes. If you have any questions, give Annalynda, myself, or another CoM member a ring.
Q: I'm not from Earthen Ring, but can I get involved?
Yes! Roleplayers from other realms are invited to join us by rolling an alt on Earthen Ring or using cross-realm zoning. Just note that if you take the latter method, you won't be able to trade with ER players or join us when the market visit Stormwind due to CR limitations. However, cross zoning is an ever-changing feature and we'll keep you all updated.
If you'd like bring your own local realm vendors, go for it! Just give Annalynda, myself, or other CoM folks a ring so we can organize the vendor booths. We like to keep things spaced out and mitigate chat spam so folks can keep up with roleplay.
Q: I have another question.
No problem, just sound it off here and it will be answered. This thread will be updated regularly.