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  1. Mortica drifted on her raft off the west coast of Zandalar, sprawled out under an umbrella with a fishing pole braced to the side of her, her finger laying on the line to feel the fate of her bait in the water below. She could hear nothing but the white noise of the ocean and a few sea birds cawing in the air high above. Life, or whatever undead were supposed to do, was pretty good. Her thoughts drifted slower than the fluffy clouds above her, and the sound of the approaching drone somehow mixed into the sound of the waves lapping against the raft. It was nearly directly overhead before its existence filtered into her consciousness. She sat up and peered up at the mechanical contraption. It whirred above for a moment, a small camera lens rotating on a gimble below the craft, and an iris adjusted slightly as it focused on her face. At the rear, a latch released nosily and a hatch sprung open, releasing a small box. Mortica caught it, just as the little camera snapped a picture of her with the box. The hatch closed and the drone took off rapidly. She frowned at the package with no return address, and a simple “Champion of the Horde” addressee. She shook it next to her ear gently, but didn’t hear any ticking so she shrugged and sliced her filleting knife along the seams. The top flap sprung open, and she was instantly showered with glitter. Inside the box a single poster was rolled up. Unrolling it showed a nice looking orc posing in front of a Horde banner. “Re-enlist now! The fate of Azeroth depends on YOU!” Mortica blew out her lips, in part to blow off the glitter stuck to them, and in part exasperation. She was retired. Leave the saving of worlds to the young folk. She had holes to find, fishes to catch, recipes to create. The noisy craft apparently scared off the fish as well, and she didn’t get a single bit for the rest of the afternoon. The next day she picked a spot farther north, a place she’d had some success earlier in the week. She was still paddling lazily up the coast when she heard the buzzing. She craned her neck around, glaring at the two improbably engineering constructs jostling each other trying to get to her first. The first dived toward her, a package dropping out of the bottom and whistling towards her with the forward momentum of the craft, which had briskly pulled up into a nearly vertical climb, doing a looping turn in the air to head back the way it came, the package thudding into Mortica’s stomach as she stared in amazement as the other craft slowed, then began circling her location. Mortica pulled out the small gun she had brought with her, and shot at the craft, snarling as she saw a spark as the bullet bounced off some sort of invisible magic shield around the craft. Stupid gnomes. Stupid goblins. Always inventing stupid contraptions that always seemed to work for other people but never for her. There was a shrill feedback whine then a cheap speaker came on. What sounded like a mechanical goblin voice spoke: “Dear hiss former hiss champion hiss of the hiss Horde hiss your presence is requested in hiss Orgrimmar hiss AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The fate of Azeroth is in your hands! She took another aimed shot at the drone, but that bullet bounced off harmlessly as well. Having delivered the message, the drone headed off back the way it had came. Mortica had successfully dodged the Horde recruitment people for several years. Sure, she let them give her a “free tour of Dazar’alor” to get her onto this choice little island full of fish, but she’d ditched them right after the tour. Sure, she might have had to knife a few pesky Alliance who were zoning in on HER fishing spot, but hey, a girl’s gotta fish. Heck, the last real mailbox she’d used was back in Undercity, before it had been sacked. Shortly after that she’d lost contact with her former guild, The Grim. She wasn’t sure what happened to them. She supposed she should have gone looking for them, but you know, Live to fish, Fish to live. Her life -had- been noticeably less hectic since her com device stopped working. She dosed the box the first drone had dropped in the water, opening it carefully pointed away from her. The water seemed to have short-circuited the glitter-bomb, leaving just a messy red and gold glob. The poster was the same as yesterday’s. She growled and paddled her way back to shore. Another day of fishing ruined.
  2. Hi there and welcome :) Happy story writing!
  3. The Grim are on Grobbulus (horde). There are other TNGers there, but I'll leave it to others to say who their names are. Many TNGers are on Bloodsail Buccaneers with a bunch of them conglomerating into the guild Intrepid (alliance). My main is a troll priest named Tisk on Grobbulus, and I have a little gnome warlock named Ghrinn on BB. Your best bet is to get on Discord (link at the top of the right sidebar, click the "Join Us" button) and ask around there. The forums are kinda dead :(
  4. Hey there. I think a bunch of us are on Grobbulus, and a bunch of others are on Bloodsail. Have fun!
  5. Finally got unbanned and posted: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/rp-pvp-a-love-letter-and-a-few-stats/194121
  6. I was auto-banned on the official blizzard forums when I tried to post there. I'm guessing because it was my first post in years and it had a link?. It was instant, so not because of them disagreeing with my post's content. Dunno. I typed it out, so here it is: Hi, most people know me as Mortica. I’ve run a RP-PVP fansite for the Twisting Nether server (and later the combined Ravenholdt server) since late November of 2005, a few months after the first three RP-PVP servers opened up. It’s called the Twisting Nether Gazette. It was featured on the WoW Community Spotlight a couple of times back in the day (prior to the great worldofwarcraft website purge many years back). While I am now only a “casual” player, over the years I have invested much time, money, and tears in promoting my favorite type of realm in the past, until I, too, had to give in to Blizzard’s disinterest and recognize that TN is now, and forever will be a ghost town. I don’t do Reddit unless someone links me there. These days, I only come to the official forums on rare occasions, usually because someone has linked something here. I may not be the vocal majority, but I kinda like to think I represent a decent-sized chunk of the WoW population that plays RP-PVP who may not be social media banshees. We are adults, with jobs, who like to log in and play for a few hours with friends a few times a week. If I had never played RP-PVP, and as a data-minded person, I looked at the population of the retail RP-PVP servers now, I might be inclined to agree with this Ion person who I hear thinks RP-PVP is a niche too small for Blizzard to cater to. I miss Bashiok, who always seemed a good soul back when I came to these forums more often. With the exception of Emerald Dream, The RP-PVP servers probably do look like a failed experiment. I could probably write a novelette on why they failed, but in the end, the people who wanted 24-7 RP had to move to high-pop servers. Those who wanted to kill dragons FIRST went to competitive PVE servers. And with all of the changes over the years that broke open-world PVP, those who loved that aspect most moved on as well. Don’t even get me started about Blizzard NOT opening up fresh non-RP PVP servers on the same day to filter out the people who just wanted to level race on a brand new shiny server and could give two hoots about RP. I still want to bonk whoever made that decision’s head. Gently, of course. Classic could/should/might alleviate most of these problems, -->IF<-- you make a single RP-PVP server from the get-go. Let people pick the server type that is best for them. Don’t make people re-roll a few months down the line. Don’t make people have to check forums and Reddits and Ouji boards to figure out which server is going to give them the best approximation of the RP-PVP experience. Label things properly, and the people who want RP-PVP can settle on the correct one. If Classic, as a whole, succeeds, RP-PVP may actually be one of the more stable versions, as the kind of people who’d want to play Classic probably venn-diagram well with the kind of people who like RP-PVP servers. The unique thing I can add to this discussion is numbers about RP. The number of stories created on the Twisting Nether server on the Gazette fansite are as follows: Counting only threads started in the written RP section of the forums (so no journals, biographies, art posts, or general chit-chat) we had 828 stories written between 11/29/2005 and 1/17/2007 (when BC started) with an average of 11 posts per story. Which works out to roughly 2 stories started every day during Classic. Which may not sound like much, but that’s just people who bothered to write out their RP onto a forum. This doesn’t count in-game only RP, or RP that happened on guild forums, blogs, or other format. These were created by 576 active members (accounts created who posted at least once). That’s just on TN. There were 5 other North American RP-PVP servers, and even if you assume that TN was the most prolific RPing realm of the group (humble*brag), that’s a lot of RP. People play the game for different reasons. People have nostalgia about Classic for different reasons. For some of us, writing stories about conflict with the enemy out in the world gives the game meaning. Here is a link to just ONE of the many stories that couldn’t have happened as emersively on a PVE server (alas, none of the image or video links in the story work anymore). You are welcome to browse around. Yes, the forum, like the server, is a bit of a ghost-town now. https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/191-oh-dam/
  7. Hey all, I did a fairly major upgrade to the site this morning. One of things you might want to do is update your bookmarks so they link to https:// instead of http://. The site will auto-redirect you, but it might save you a fraction of a second in loading the site if you change your bookmark. The site should run a bit faster now, and I've got some options for speeding it up more that I might test. The forum software that this site runs on, https://invisioncommunity.com/ is leased for a fee every 6 months. The next renewal day is in late May. The one after that is in November. I will likely be going with a newer, cheaper forum option in November. Why? You might ask? Because Invision forums are like sports cars, and TNG is being used by grandma to drive herself to church and back home once or twice a week. The lease renewal fee is pretty reasonable for a sports car, but more than I want to pay for only a few posts per week level of activity. This isn't a cry for money, by the way. It's just a recognition that, while TN RP isn't completely dead, what RP that is happening has mostly moved to Discord. This isn't a TN specific probably either. I've checked around and where I used to find a few other servers that had something similar, I can't find anything anymore. But Discord servers? They are everywhere. And the truth of the matter is it's a better interactive medium than forums are. But forums are still better for permanence and stability. The purpose of this site was always to preserve the fanfiction of RPers on the Twisting Nether server (and later for Ravenholdt too!). That isn't going away. Things the *might* be going away: the front "news" page, private messages, old discussion posts, leaderboards, clubs, and profile public messages. But November would be the earliest that that would happen. Hey, who knows, maybe they'll merge TN with another RP server and life here will get crazy again and make that sports car lease worthwhile. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns or if you find a bug with the new version of the forum. --Mortica
  8. Hello old friend!  I hope you're doing very well.

    I'm getting excited about Classic WoW and figured I'd stop by and see how things are going here.  I'll take a look around.

    How have you been?  I spent 8 years in Australia with terrible lag; eventually quit WoW.  Haven't played BFA or Legion.  

    Sowell/Dobzahnsky

    1. Mortica

      Mortica

      Hey there!

      Things are going pretty well.  Twisting Nether is pretty quiet these days.  I heard today they will have RP servers in Classic, but they haven't said whether they will have RP-PVP servers yet.

      We were just talking about the "good old days" the other day and your name came up.

      Glad to hear you are doing well. :)

  9. Welcome back Most of the out-of-game activity has moved to the Discord server, so if you are feeling lonely, click the JOIN US link on the top right side of the forums page
  10. Welcome back Check out our Discord server, as that has some good activity (link in upper right of forums area).
  11. There is a permanent link to the Discord at the top of the forums in the right column, where it says "Join Us". Welcome to the server
  12. Hey all, I've added two new themes to the boards. I have arbitrarily made the Horde one the default, but there is an Alliance version also. I am leaving the green Legion and default White there for others who either don't like change or dark colored forums. Let me know (screenshot if you can) if you find an area where the text on background doesn't have enough contrast to be able to read it. I've gone through a bunch of the pages and I've fixed the things I've found so far. Happy new expansion! To change your theme, go to the bottom center of the page --> Theme --> pick one.
  13. Update: I've enabled the clubs feature. You can see the features and some example screenshots here. These can be created by anyone right now. Some potential things people might use them for is maybe a class specific group where you can post useful information (spec guides, PVE or PVP builds, etc). Lore guides/discussions? Spoiler discussions? Guild chat areas? RP story line discussions? Up to you. I will be removing the collaboration area as soon as I can make sure that the posts and stories that were posted there aren't deleted. Discord widget is prettier, and the join link is easier to see (I haven't tested it to see if it works though, let me know if it's spitting out an expired link). Removed the old World of Warcraft RSS feed, which hasn't worked for almost a year now. Replaced it with Warcraft Twitter feed. I might implement the WoWhead news feed also, but I need to make sure it doesn't bog THIS site down if WoWHead is having problems (this used to be a problem back when we let people easily direct link to items on WoWhead).