Most players who’ve been around for a significant period of time know Moon Guard’s reputation as a server, most specifically as it pertains to Goldshire. If by some chance you’re not familiar with it, Goldshire is the first main town of the human start area. If you’re not familiar with Moon Guard, it’s recognized as an RP server. The combination in this case has resulted in it commonly referred to as Pornshire.
I actually didn’t know this when I rolled Estheriot on said server. I had a Troll Priest as well, but she was recently deleted. Now in the case of Estheriot, she never went to Goldshire because she’s a Death Knight. Well, she’s also a Worgen, but either way I wasn’t going to be passing through there as I leveled. Sure, I went by when I headed to the Darkmoon Faire, but I never stopped long enough to know if anything of any nature was going on, much less the Pornshire reputation.
However, even before I took my hiatus this year, I wanted to see for myself. Not because it was something I wanted to take part in, but really just to see what it was all about and literally to provide this post. Basically a “what you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.” Let’s face it, many people wouldn’t want to be caught in a place like that. So, last night I sauntered on in. For a Friday night, around midnight Eastern, I was told the place wasn’t very busy. One of the people I spoke to wondered if it was a result of CRZ’s, but couldn’t say for sure. Having said that, I went into the inn and sure enough it was fairly busy.
I decided to check out the whole place and was surprised by what I saw upstairs. The Horde are quite present. They basically have their room upstairs where they trigger the least amount of NPC aggro. Still, I watched them dispatch any who came in and no Alliance took to attacking them. There were plenty of Alliance in the room to begin with, so part of me thinks it would have to be Real ID in some cases as one certainly wouldn’t be able to translate the language of the opposing faction all that easily.
Not surprisingly, because I was a female toon, I drew attention. No, I didn’t dress the part, nor did I pretend to be anything other than m’self. With some, I was actually able to do a little bit of normal RP’ing, which it’s been a long time since I had (always enjoyed it, never caught on to the right circle). However, there were a few private whispers that were fun to respond with “I’m a male blogger here to write a story on the reputation of this place.” More than once, they went silent.
After spending nearly an hour in the inn, I learned a lot about the whole atmosphere and reputation. Is there Erotic Roleplay present? Very much so. However, you really have to keep an eye out to even realize it. Well, there’s times where it’s incredibly obvious what folk are doing, but most of the time it just seems to be normal conversation. The occasional emote suggests otherwise. For the most part, though, it almost seems like a brothel mixed with a rave club.
But what I think surprised me most (besides having to look up futa…and trust me, don’t do that unless you really want to know), was just the friendly atmosphere. Conversation was casual. It didn’t necessarily jump to the ERP type of discussion In fact, most of the RP advertised was for standard roleplaying and it was people trying to form a group to do so. Of course, like any social location or channel in the game, you had your flagbearers of idiocy, but they could be easily ignored.
Over time I’ve seen many calls for Blizzard to do something about this place. Some are just disgusted by the idea and others paint the argument of what if a young person coming out of the human start zone happens to come upon this kind of environment? Valid question. However, let’s say they roll on any other server and just get to a city where they can be subject to Trade chat. To me, that’s going to raise far more concerns than what I saw and read tonight. To me, Blizzard has no grounds for concern. If RP servers were this active in general, they would be an even better batch of servers. Again, not necessarily the full content of Goldshire, but the general sense that this is a group and a friendly one at that. Now, should Blizzard keep an eye on it? I think so. I wouldn’t want to see something happen that would make certain goings on more open and attention drawing. Or worse, players put in very uncomfortable positions whether through harassment or otherwise.
In the end, it would seem that Goldshire lives up to its reputation on this server. There is a lot of RP’ing going on. But I want to be clear about that. There’s a lot of roleplaying. Is there Erotic Roleplay? Yes. However it’s not as predominant as the WoW community would have you believe. You can almost always find someone to chat with in that nature, if it’s what you are looking for, but you’re not going to be bombarded with it in text and visuals. Basically I expected to walk into the inn and see a sea of nearly nakedness, if rumours were to be believed. Instead, like I said, it seemed like a brothel/rave location. People went there to be their character. The ones who sought something could find it and the ones who just wanted to relax could do so. They were surrounded by like folk, in a way that all RPers would probably like to be. Just, perhaps, not quite in this particular scenario or reputed location.