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.