Mists of Blandaria
So. Blizzcon, hm?
Believe it or not, the announcement of a big old missing island-turtle of Pandas, or whatever – I’ve skimmed – has some big implications here at RPL.
For one, it cements my not renewing my WoW account any time soon. Not sure how Lan feels about that.
Two, it marks a big old shift in lore and perspective on Blizzard’s part. You might argue that X in the Emerald Dream doesn’t fit, or that a redone Outland and renewed battle against the Legion would feel like Cataclysm 2 on a different continent. Those concerns may be valid. However, by centering everything on Pandaria and wholly internal conflicts there, this simply doesn’t feel like World of Warcraft anymore. Mantis and koi people aren’t the Legion, they’re not even the Old Gods. From a roleplay standpoint, it’s utter crap. Every paladin who has studied a lifetime to defeat undead, or draenei who has worked tirelessly to combat the Burning Legion, needs to drop everything and hoist themselves over to Pandaria. Metzen’s stated that there’s 15,000 years of lore built up in Pandaria. That’s great, but it’s not Azeroth. It has nothing to do with Azeroth. It’s an entirely different thing dropped onto, not even into, the existing continuity and treated like it’s always been there. I’m sure that for monks and pandaren it’ll be great. Lots of personal vengeances to deal with. As for everyone else? Why the fuck should my human/dwarf/gnome/orc/troll/tauren care about leaving their work with the Circle or Argents or Hand of Argus or whatever else and going to help fuzzy people deal with their problems?
Sure, there’ll be token demons and likely servants of Old Gods. But everything Pandaria related feels like an entirely separate game. Imagine if Aragorn, on his way to Gondor, went into a cave and came out on Athas. And I haven’t yet mentioned my extreme dubiosity (it’s a word to me, dammit!) toward the changes to the mechanical side of things.
Anyway. Back to RPL. We’re not playing World of Warcraft at the moment, and we’re starting to get that feeling that there are only so many lessons to teach when it comes to not doing intensely stupid shit in one’s roleplay. There’re many occasions when we receive a submission that’s terrible, but we just want to ‘prescribe’ an old post instead of writing a new one. We’re just so lazy!
We’re certainly not shutting things down. But content may slow a bit. We still love submissions, though we’re still terrible at getting back to everyone that sends us an email. Please, keep sending it! Especially gold star characters! And most of all, we’re still around, even if it’s not in newspost form here. The Roleplayer’s Lament Facebook page is typically quite active with discussions of Warcraft-related stuff, and we ask the same questions and make the same remarks on @RPersLament, our Twitter account. For personal stuff from either of us, check @tpvincent and @lanuria.
We don’t know how much anyone else might want to hear “Hey, just bugging you to let you know we won’t be bugging you as often!” But we had to say something. Without all of you, I don’t know how to value myself!