I am in a bit of a mental pickle.
My home server that I have always played on is Windfola. I love Windfola. I have many friends there and it’s a smaller community so that nothing is ever too crowded, however I never feel as if the server is deserted. The only problem with Windfola is the role-playing, of which there is little to none.
I never really had an interest in role-playing until the past few months. I had always kind of had a backstory for Cithryth and Herefara in the back of my mind, but I never really did anything with it. I always tried to dress my characters realistically and always tried to make them seem like they really were from Rohan.
As many of you know, I then began a crusade of sorts to bring role-play to Windfola. It has been going well enough. There is a small group of us that meet every Saturday night at the Pony. The only problem is that we often get overrun by griefers. We don’t have the kind of numbers that Landroval has. I know if griefers show up at Ales and Tales, they are told in no uncertain terms that that kind of behavior is unwelcome and they usually leave because they are outnumbered. It seems the reverse for poor Windolfa, however. But we are making do.
The biggest point of frustration, for me, is that I feel like I can only ever do anything on Cithryth. Everyone knows me as Cithryth and I am well known on the server as being very helpful, so people are generally nice to me (generally anyway). After having a short stint on Landroval recently, I now really know what I am missing, in terms of RP. I want to be able to RP with all my characters, not just Cithryth (who I personally find the most boring of my characters. She’s very goody-two-shoes, but that’s how she is because she is a captain!). I want to RP with Sagewood, a hunter from Bree who is very much in the grey and is easily swayed towards darker things. She has good in her heart though, at least enough to take in two wandering warriors from Rohan. Or my new dwarf minstrel, Strumskald, the rich and very eccentric merchant from the Iron Hills who dresses in the most extravagant clothes he can find.
I guess what I am saying is, I really wish that Windfola had the wide variety of RPers that Landroval has, so that I could interact with all sorts of people with my different characters, instead of being confined to the small group we have now.
Of course I am not knocking the role-playing community of Windfola. I appreciate everything they do and their dedication to the cause. Without them, I’d be even further from my goal: Windfola being included as one of the ‘unoffical RP servers’, like Landroval and Crickhollow.