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piggybacking a bit: i'd love to see more RP events that have nothing to do with more/changed mechanics, honestly. the major events that have occurred during my time as a player have all been related to new mechanical things: the Wayfarer release, the Bloom/new cures release, the Wereraven release, changes to vamps, and so on. some of these have been neat (i'm thinking Wayfarer and Wereraven releases) because they were relatively snappy and no one (afaik) really knew what the endgame was for them. others, though, felt like a huge slog. most everyone knew what was happening with the Bloom. for myself and a number of other players i know, this knowledge just made the event feel disruptive -- not as welcome punctuation adding to the rhythm of life IG, but as a total halt. bashing and pvp were a pain because spreading the goop had repercussions and cures were randomly failing, etc. knowing we were just waiting for what, from my perspective, seemed to be the arbitrary moment when new cures would finally be unveiled was... well, frustrating and boring. i felt somewhat similarly about the more recent vamp event. just like with the bloom, there were fun moments, little bursts of activity, but when they ended, it wasn't apparent anything had really happened. we raided the invaders' ship, saved some slaves, and then we waited. we argued with the whackjob trying to get Abhorash's blood and then we waited. for me, those moments were (mostly) fun, but their end, apparent lack of immediate consequence, and the semi-known endgame of the events just made their drawn-out nature feel tiresome.
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With regards to what @Kodaza said, I think there are currently classes that DO have those nice little fluff skills -- Corpus, for example, has at least three skills whose only benefit is RP (and that's fine!). It would be nice to see, or perhaps have things pointed out to us that we're missing, more of that in other classes.
For questions related to the Town Hall, I was speaking with someone recently about wanting to see more RP events. Since you've taken over, we've had the vampire stuff (which was cool!) and the cooking things (which I didn't partake of). I'd really like to see you stretching your limbs with some more frequent events, though, however minor or major. I realize, of course, these things take exorbitant amounts of time to plan and to prepare and even then no plan survives contact with the players, but I think with your transparency and the general goodwill you've shown towards players, things could go well.
so, I guess my question/comment is, do you have plans for more frequent RP events, even ones that lead into more/changed mechanics? Or, in general, could we talk about RP and its importance to Aetolia, and where you stand on the matter?