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Being a Good WoW Neighbor

August 31, 2010

….means not keying your neighbor’s car just because they have a Horde decal in the window. But the thought did briefly cross my mind.

With a constant influx of expansion news, sort of like a battering ram, a lot of folks are trickling off and suspending their accounts until there are new and shiny things to play with. It leaves those that linger feeling a little sour. But it’s also drawing new people in, bringing old players back, and encouraging current players to try out alts on different servers. It’s the lull where players can do things they wouldn’t normally try.

Emmet has been spending quite a bit of time in Goldshire mingling with low level alts and first-timers. He’s a bit of a Mister Moneybags right now and sitting on a pile of gold that he has nothing to spend on. We’re holding out for the expansion and, if nothing piques our interest there, then Domni gets a new mammoth! In the meantime, he’s donating to charities. He’s looking to fund A.R.M.S. Tournaments and RP events on the server. He tends to make generous donations to low level characters who engage him in conversation.

The response has been very positive. Who wouldn’t be grateful when someone just walks up and hands you a week’s earnings? The donation scales based on player level, need, and cause. A level 20 player will ride out 20g for a long time.

Sometimes it isn’t gold that he offers. If he’s just hanging out, he’ll give groups rides on his traveling tundra mammoth and help them through rough territory.

No matter what, whoever runs into him when he’s in a gracious mood is going to be helped and their experience with Twisting Nether will have improved because of the interaction.

I picked up the torch last night when I dusted off my paladin and smashed level 44 mobs for a few hours. A few runs through Maraudon in the dungeon finder and I realized that my tank was from Twisting Nether as well. We started talking and I discovered that he was new to the server and had started from scratch. I rarely play my alt, but I’ve had a bit of gold sitting on her for a while now. Needless to say, her pockets are now a bit lighter, and there’s a new player that has a rosy view of TN. I even directed him over to the TN Gazette, with silent prayers that the trolls were dormant for the day and he would actually find a few good people and discussions.

When I have free time, I like to perch on the fenceposts in starting zones and interact with new arrivals. I try to encourage roleplaying so that they see it right from the start. In slightly higher zones, I’ll usually reward a player that interacts positively with my character with a bag or a little bit of gold. It’s quirky, but it’s a surprising bit of fun to meet strangers and just be a part of Azeroth.

Being a good WoW neighbor doesn’t mean just handing out hard-earned gold or standing around in your passenger mount waiting for someone to ask for a lift. It just means keeping your head up while you’re in the community and reaching out to those who seem new. A little encouragement now will go a long way in the months to come and it’s something that every player remembers, no matter how long they are in the game.

With your day-to-day actions, you are forming the foundation for your server community. Make sure you’re doing something positive.

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