The Tea Party in Pictures

January 31, 2005 by at 8:27 am • Filed Under Noteworthy, World of Warcraft Journal 
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Before I throw up some of the shots I took from last Friday’s warrior protest on the Warcraft Argent Dawn server, let me summarize.

I made a dwarf character on Thursday, just in case a queue stood between me and anarchy the next day. I logged into Argent Dawn approximately 15 – 20 minutes before the scheduled time with no queue in evidence. So I don’t know if they raised the server cap that night or the queue was inoperative or there were less people playing than normally — I understand AD regularly has queues.

Anyhow, I saw one server announcement when I first logged in that The Powers That Be would prefer if we went away … the server was forcibly reset at one point (with an accompanying Server Will Reset in XX Minutes countdown) … I, personally, was booted out of the game, (whether from server load or a /kick — who knows), three times and one more time with a rollback … at the Ironforge bridge, the protest’s targeted gathering area, a GM ordered protesters off the server, in General channel once and in /say once. Threats could have been issued more than those times — that’s all I saw after arriving and when I wasn’t offline for whatever reason.

Beyond the obvious show of solidarity among warriors, I took away the impression that these server loads are iffy. There were 200? 300? protesting gnomes and various hangers-on and the server was coughing up black stuff. PvE raids shouldn’t be that large (at that point it’s not a raid, it’s zergage), but PvP wars can easily grow to that size.

And let’s not even think about the delicious possibilities of intentionally crashing servers to ice your guild competition OUT of desirable loot areas. Because that would be wrong. In theory.

On to the visual coverage. The Cesspit has some great panorama-type shots, and he got a suspension! *snicker* My visuals focus on all the text that was flying by.


WTF, that guy is stealing my material. He continued to rejoke with it, too. It was funny once (if that), not 56 times.



First GM threat I saw. Many (not me) were hoping that Xanan was a hot lesbian night elf and that the disciplinary action might involve spanking, but she was all business that night! mmmm, all businessssss ….


Other neo-press in attendance or a devoted n3rfed fan?


Aha! So there was other neo-press, and that guy was doing a live feed or some shit. He probably wasn’t drunk either. What a pro.


This guy was begging to be interviewed. He was like the Tara Reid of Warcraft.


The pro press needs to learn a little showmanship. Always leaving ’em wanting more, not less.


That Qu-dude kept talking about penises. This seemed unrelated to the protest and extremely personal. Thanks for sharing tho, penis-dude.


The Argent Dawn residents are obviously big fans of irony.


Heh. See what I mean about that irony thing? A suitable “punishment” would be to force the protesters to level up warriors.


(Well, I am.) Gnome protesters and dwarven press. This is our future. Think about it.


The scariest sight of the evening is not a GM threat, but a gnome conga line. In their gnomish underwear. *shiver*

In all, it was a humorous gathering and was entertaining, even if nothing ever comes of it. Besides a very long Blizzard post, that is.

I’d recommend the Blackrock server for the future warlock protest.


12 Responses to “The Tea Party in Pictures”

  1. uruloki's lair » Warrior luvin’ on January 31st, 2005 6:35 pm

    […] luvin’

    So, after the huge kerfluffle that was the warrior protest (now with pictures!), there was movement and visible thought from a dev instead of a CSR […]

  2. uruloki on January 31st, 2005 11:21 am

    Great pictures and writeup, but can you please the blog banner? It’s freakin’ me out man…

  3. Nerfbat on January 31st, 2005 12:45 pm

    WoW Warriors Unite!
    Blizzard recently took the nerfbat and smashed Warriors in the face with it. Will World of Warcraft fans stand for it? Apparently not. In one of the greatest protests in recent MMOG history, WoW Warrior fans logged on to the Argent Dawn server and foug…

  4. Cosmik on January 31st, 2005 11:13 pm

    No, it wasn’t me.

    If I had attended this event I would have created a name to fit right in with the crowd. Like Koolgnome1. Or Assgoblin.

  5. Abalieno on February 2nd, 2005 8:51 pm

    You’ve been slashdotted to death 🙂

  6. Foton of AFKGamer on February 3rd, 2005 6:22 am

    Gonna have to pad my expense report to cover the bandwidth. Or, start ebaying WoW gold.

  7. space ace on April 2nd, 2005 11:49 pm

    hiya guys , you got a kewl review in this months pc gamer magazine about your protest which i have to admit put a evil little grin my face , nice going

    space ace
    contact me through eve-onlne char name phantommenace

  8. MMREVIEWS - Massive Multiplayer Reviews on January 11th, 2006 10:49 am

    World of Warcraft Warrior Protest…

    Recently there was a huge protest by warrirors and Blizzards response was to ban everyone for 3 days.Check out the article there are a ton of pictures of the event….

  9. Nerfbat » WoW Warriors Unite! on March 8th, 2006 8:07 pm

    […] AFK Gamer: The Tea Party In Pictures – Clips of screenshots from the protest, including a decent amount of conversation that went on in-game. […]

  10. drk_ghost: on August 29th, 2006 2:12 am

    […] Dark Ghost (drk_ghost) wrote,@ 2005-02-03 09:58:00 million naked gnome march. it was started because the Warrior class got nurfed..they took down a thats funny…time to switch from a warrior class.. (sighs)dunno what too though.. gonna keep the name kavasis though../me sighs.(Post a new comment) martinhesselius 2005-02-03 04:28 pm UTC (link) Thoughts – Take a coiple of the beginning Quests?They give extra XP for finishing them.(Reply to this) shadrone 2005-02-03 05:14 pm UTC (link) How exactly is the warrior nerfed? If you think the warrior is nerfed, try playing a hunter.(Reply to this) hearthwitch 2005-02-03 05:45 pm UTC (link) When did this happen?(Reply to this) xreeedactionx 2005-02-03 06:18 pm UTC (link) Eh, nurfed? Gotta crappy ‘puter so no WoW for me.Is the warrior class too weak or too strong? Or are people just being asses?Just wondering…(Reply to this) drk_ghost 2005-02-03 09:53 pm UTC (link) 1) i quest.. i quest LOTS.. 2) if an entire server was angry enough to protest, it’s prolly nerfed in a bad way.. i dunno actually how, bit i myself didn’t like the warrior, it didn’t feel ballanced to me.3) i felt the warrior class was rather boring.. […]

  11. To Thunderlord! at AFK Gamer on December 5th, 2006 11:46 am

    […] WoW Forums: “THIS is why warriors are whining so much” WoW Forums: A zippy poem to commemorate Patch 2.0.1 — I hope my guild’s warriors don’t catch wind of this. We might need them for loot farms on Wednesday, although from the looks of the patch changes and all the discussions, heh, maybe we won’t. WoW Forums: “Million warrior march” General forum thread discussion. Oh and by the way, the title “Million Gnome March” was for the LAST warrior protest in January 2005. We’ll need a new catchy title for THIS protest. Gnome Tea party was also taken for the LAST protest. (My stuff about the LAST protest: They Will Overcome, The Gnome Tea Party and The Tea Party in Pictures.) […]

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