Lately I've been seeing a lot of arguments on the Thorium Brotherhood General Chat channels about Roleplaying. The gist of it is, there is a small corps of highly vocal players who don't seem to realize what playing on an RP server means.
Now, I'm not a GM, obviously. I'm also obviously not a Blizzard representative. What this means is that I'm just like you, a paying customer who is trying to make his server better. It also probably means I'm going to be roundly ignored or even told to shut up by people who don't seem to think it's necessary to listen to anyone not wearing a Blizzard badge. Regardless, I think what I'm about to say needs to be said, so here goes:
The Blizzard Roleplaying Policy Guidelines
say the following things in clear, unambiguous language:
Creating an immersive world that holds true to the "Base Storyline" of the World of Warcraft is the driving motivation behind our Role-Play Servers. While other servers allow you to play World of Warcraft, these servers are intended to let you live World of Warcraft. Within this environment you will embark on long-lasting adventures, foster enduring comradeships, and wage epic wars. Cultivating an environment that allows this level of immersion rests largely upon the shoulders of you, the player.
To assist you in this endeavor, we have laid out rules of conduct more stringent than those of other servers.
Do you see that last sentence? They are making it very, very clear that the rules of an RP server are more restrictive than rules on other servers. They are also making it clear, in the paragraph above, that the purpose of an RP server is to Role-play
The RP servers do NOT exist so you can load your character "Ieattaurens" and play in a server with less population/queue times. They exist so those of us who like to play characters as opposed to just running around killing mobs can do so.
As to those of you who have been harassing RPers, let me remind you of this rule:
Players that specifically target role-players for verbal/physical abuse (not limited to offensive language)... May be temporarily suspended from the game.
Also banned from the game on RP servers:
Any Non-Medieval or Non-Fantasy names (i.e. Slipnslide, Robotman, Technotron).
A lot of you non-roleplayers have been complaining about people roleplaying. When anyone asks you to stop your behavior, a lot of you start bitching about how you're paying for the game, and we should just leave you alone since we're not GMs.
Well, get this into your heads: Not only are YOU violating the rules of the RP server, WE are, BY THE RULES, asked to inform you of this and ask you to cease before doing anything official about it. So when we say "Hey, this is an RP server, we're RPing, please stop complaining about it," we're not being whiny players -- we're following the rules of the server.
If you don't want to RP, you frankly should have created a character on a non-RP server. There are, as of this moment, 152 servers. Seventy-seven of those are PvP servers. Sixty-five are Normal servers. That leaves only 10 RP servers, which means you could have found a server more to your liking.
That said, by all means stay -- but stop giving us crap because we're actually having conversations in-character. Stop whining on the General Chat about how we're all nazis because we want you to follow the rules of the server. You don't want to RP? Fine. I don't know why you'd bother to create a character on an RP server, but ok -- just do your thing, and we'll do ours.