Let me begin with I am looking for an RP server. With that I have now tried quite a few of the currently listed servers and from them have grown a list of questions perhaps the community at large can answer. First question is regarding the common mods that I see on RP servers. I have read REH’s books and seen the original films. I never got into the comics but generally considered them to be non-canonical anyway. Did I miss the part where the Hyborian Age was mostly BDSM and fetishes? I mean sure he did not shy away from ‘barbarian life’ but why is this so prevalent? It’s like being on a Conan themed Second Life island. Along the same lines is the inclusion of mods that provide anything from Lord of the Rings gear and lightsabers to the ability to become a werewolf or pixie. Over the years I have run into a fair share of those who enjoy roleplaying all sorts of things. What interested me was that so many of the RP servers feature these mods.
My second question regards multipliers. I also have noticed that private servers love XP, harvest, and other various multipliers. No real issue with that. It does beg the question of why are these still just as common on RP servers? How exactly does one roleplay the fact that they just got cut down from a cross half-dead and suddenly they are level 60 with in a couple of hours? What is the RP for I can harvest several tons of fiber or ore with just a couple swings and then somehow players can walk around with thousands of pounds stuffed in their loin cloth? (yeah I threw that one in their on purpose for the cheap seats)
Everyone has the right to their own style of roleplay of course. I just got to the point after my umpteenth “RP server” why I kept running into the same generally oversexed Comic Con gathering where the laws of physics don’t exist.
Stranger: Who are you?
Me: I am Shadex, of Aquilonia.
Stranger: I am Kongdong69 and you are in my kingdom and are now my ■■■ slave. Put this gag in your mouth or I will have my half-Trex friend destroy you!
*Kongdong69 begins to cast magic missile
The contradiction really gives me a good giggle. They will include a mod where you have to go the bathroom but not be bothered by the fact that you can walk around with 100 sandstone foundations in your pocket. Advertisements are made that it is an RP server only to find that half the people have internet handles for character names and global chat might as well be called Barrens.
So… aside from hopefully getting some others to share their experiences and insight into Conan RP servers perhaps someone out there knows of a simple roleplay focused, REH lore specific, physics adhering, normal progression server where people won’t be running around in a leather thong with 1,000+ armor because they ‘fashioned’ their Silent Legion plate. Danko!