Topic Hello, Farstriders!
I'm considering a move, and you're on my list of prospective new homes. But, before I make a decision, I need to first gather some information. If you would be so kind, I would greatly appreciate your input on the following brief questionnaire.
First, what is the role-play like on your server? I'm used to a more casual and spontaneous approach, but I understand that some servers favor a more structured, guild-based approach to role-play. Some such servers could be described as "cliquey" in a sense. Also, when I say spontaneous, I mean that I'm used to standing around in Stormwind or Orgrimmar and striking up a conversation in character with a perfect stranger - I'm not talking about "out in the world" RP.
Second, is your server "well rounded?" Do you focus primarily on role-play, PVP, raiding, or a combination of the three? I enjoy raiding and PVP as much as I enjoy role-playing. If I can find a server that somehow manages to balance even two, I'd be elated.
Last, just to provide you with some context, let me tell you a few things about myself.
As I had said, I'm mostly casual in my approach to role-play. That being said, I have years of experience over a multitude of outlets, and I know the ins and outs. I tend to prefer role-playing within the confines of the Warcraft continuity, but, again, that being said, I'm not a Lore stickler. If I find someone utilizing a form or theme I dislike, I'm more apt to simply let them know I'm not interested in playing and move on my merry way - I'm anything but confrontational when it comes to role-play.
On the raiding and PVP side, I'd describe myself as competent. I've dabbled in arenas with minimal success, but I haven't really committed myself to that venture yet. I expect that I'll be successful once I apply myself.
I have heroic experience in a number of raids. And, although I don't want to seem pretentious, I've come to the conclusion that my greatest hinderance has been other raiders. That being said, if I am critical, I am anything but vocal. The most I ever say is always on the positive side of things - I don't want to give the impression that I'm some sort of elitist. I certainly put in the time and effort to research and min-max my performance, but I don't begrudge anyone for not living up to my standards - I understand this is just a game at the end of the day.
Well, that was a lot more long-winded than I had originally intended, but if you've made it this far, I thank you. If you can stand another minute or two to answer my questions, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Thank you again for your time and patience.
Farstriders is and always has been fairly backwards. We're the forgotten child of RP realms, low on progression, on the losing end of BGs and absolutely vicious when it comes to defending our home. Many of us have been here since the server opened and wouldn't trade it for the world. We also rarely visit the forums except a select handful of us. (Hi Bloody! I know you are lurking!)
I can't speak for the Raiding or PVP world, but I tend to know my fair share of the RP one.
We are a Quality over Quantity group. Finding Mary Sues is genuinely hard, but we don't have the numbers other servers have. You won't find RP crawling all over Stormwind, but the RP we have is quality and generally very enjoyable. We tend to, as a whole, follow lore. You won't find Illidan's child chatting with the new King of Lordaeron in our streets. It's almost required that you join one of the RP guilds to get RP but the guilds are very good at working together and many of us - GMs included - have alts scattered across the various guilds. The Shadow Hall, The Silver Legion, The Northern Watch, Burasadare, The Red Raven and Halls of Dust are currently the RP guilds worth mentioning - That I can think of off the top of my head. I know there are others but they escape me.
Now, while I said that we don't always just sit around in Stormwind RPing, it's usually because we're out playing the game. Or meeting up with friends, guildies or other people looking for RP in out of the way locations to work on personal plots or whatever we feel like doing. Darnassus has been a popular spot for Nelf RP, for example, and it often branches out into a field trip to, say, a pond in Teldrassil. We're hard to catch because we move about and utilize the world to RP in.
We have at least one public event a month, though it was nearing two or three before the holidays delivered a swift punch to the face. We've plans for next year, once real world settles down long enough to begin to get them rolling. The holidays always make things difficult. /sigh Everything from item auctions, pet battle and dual tournies, date auctions, The Dating Game, Speed Dating (There's a character obsessed with these events and finding people's 'One True Love' and he hosts them all) and we're always open to scheduling more if people/guilds want to schedule them.
We have an OOC channel, though it's fairly quiet right now as people are busy and that whole holiday thing. Getting chatter going in it isn't usually fairly difficult, though.
What I do know of raiding is that Farstriders is, once more, kind of an oddity. We double dip our chips a lot. RP guilds sometimes have raid groups. There are RPers involved in progression raids, and we hang out with the progression raid guilds every now and then. Aegis has some pretty cool cats and Heaven and Earth and Seven Kingdoms have always been kind.
All that said, Farstriders is pretty awesome if you are willing to put forth a little effort. I know I love it. If you do decide Farstriders is the server for you, give me a shout (Anyone in The Shadow Hall can tell you which alt I'm lurking on) and I'll throw the channel information your way. If you decide to look elsewhere, I wish you the best of luck finding a server to call home.
tl;dr This server isn't meant to xfer your main here and have a good experience in high-tier raiding, but it is absolutely a wonderful experience to start an alt and getting to just casually enjoy the other side of what WoW has to offer (and I meant casually in both good and bad way).
I've been here since mid-TBC and I can tell you that there are a far fewer number of idiots compared to other servers. I'm working on my characters to raid high-end again but I can always come back here and enjoy everything else.