Every time the Aion Beta Boards are up the discussion grows. Supporters are many, detractors are few but seem to be vocal. What discussion is this, you may ask?
Will there be a Roleplaying server in Aion?
NCWest has been fairly quiet about the issue, only saying that they are in discussion about having one. Other than that we have heard no official word on the issue.
Full disclosure: I am not a RP’er. Though I played my fair share of Dungeons and Dragons and the like as a teenager, I have never been able to get past the mechanics of an MMO and allow myself to Roleplay. Its a very difficult thing to do and I have respect for anyone who can. With that being said, I have a tendency to role on RP servers. For one, they tend to have a higher level of maturity and respect than other servers. Secondly, they have less “immersion breaking” names than other servers. Very few things in an MMO annoys me more than seeing “Ipwndyou” and the like as a character name. It grates on my nerves something fierce.
The other thing I really enjoy on RP servers is the PvP. For some reason PvP seems to be fiercer on the RP servers. Maybe its because most are actually RP’ing their characters and treat the other faction with the hatred that the lore dictates. Or maybe its because RP’ers are maddened by the unfair and totally untrue stereotype of carebears. More than likely it is both. Either way, PvP has been a lot of intense fun on every RP server I have ever rolled.
For these reasons and many more, I fully support there being RP servers available at launch. Its more work for NCWest, as RP servers require more name moderation and the like, but in the long run I think it helps build a very strong community. In other words, its worth it.