I have said many times that I do not roleplay, though I totally respect those that do, but I do tend to role on RP servers. The community always seems more mature and there are a whole lot less ridiculous names running about. I rolled on Phoenix Throne in WAR, on Cimmeria in AoC and on many other RP servers over the years. All of them were light years ahead of other servers in terms of community and I loved all of them, even if I ended up disliking the game itself.
Now we come to Aion. Every phase of closed beta there was a long, long thread and petition on the Beta Forums to create a RP server. The overwhelming response from the community, RP’ers and non-RP’ers alike, was positive. Ayase or Liv posted in all the threads that they were asking around and would get back to us when a decision was made.
It was. And they did.
“No official Aion RP server” was the answer.
The RP community took the blow well and started organizing to create an “Unofficial” RP server. Websites were created. Forum posts grew. If NCSoft wouldn’t create a RP server, by God, the players would do it themselves! A poll appeared on Aion Roleplayers and the Lumiel server won by a fairly wide margin. Pretty clear cut, right?
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A large contingent of RP’ers from Phoenix Throne all got together on vent and decided that Lumiel would be a dead
server. They voted for themselves and decided that Zikel should really be the Unofficial Aion RP server. Breaking totally away from Aion Roleplayers and the previous server decision.
The confusion gets even worse. Now NCSoft has released their Official RP server poll. The intent was good, to allow everyone in the community to vote for what they thought would be the best server. However, in reality, it’s not helping matters any. Now there are posts on both sides of the debate asking for the other side to rethink their server decision. No one on either side knows who they should vote for and the RP community is fragmented. To further confuse matters, anti-RP’ers and griefers now have a vote into something they hate and ridicule. More than likely votes are being placed to place the RP’ers all over the place, just because the voter doesn’t like RP. It’s a very sad way to do it.
Additionally, the “Official” server poll is coming very late in the game. By the time the poll is over Headstart will nearly be upon us. This will make it difficult to make final arrangements and coordinate Legions and friends.
It has really gotten to the point of the ridiculous. The whole thing is a debacle and getting worse. A once potentially strong community is fracturing and splitting up. Intense arguments are now taking place over what should be an easy decision.
So, who is to blame? The Aion Roleplayers website for not waiting for an official poll? The Phoenix Throne community for breaking away from the other RP’ers?
No. Absolutely not.
Quite simply it’s NCSoft’s fault. Completely and totally. The whole thing could have been averted had they just named one single server as the RP server. Barring that they could have announced the RP server vote much earlier so that plans could have been made, instead of the mad rush and confusion that is now happening. Because they did not do either a potential strong and loyal community is now fractured, maybe beyond repair.
NCSoft has made few mistakes with the Western launch of Aion. This, in my humble opinion, has been the biggest.