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6-20-2010 @ 8:08PM
I don't know. "It gets silly" is awfully relative in a comic-fantasy universe. At what point are gnomes or goblins silly, as an example?Also, genre crossing is something WoW itself does! The draenei are loaded with Star Trek references. The gnomes venture solidly into steampunk. You can venture happily into a detective story in WoW without a hitch.Even reusing plots, while universally a bad thing, is often less a sign for a need to restart as a sign that there's not enough OOC co-ordination. If you see everyone leaping for the same hook, it's time to pull out the RP Guild forums and ask where people are planning to take their characters.I dunno, man. I wouldn't use these metrics for something as drastic as a reboot.
6-20-2010 @ 8:46PM
Yes, I thought the picture of the Elf with a Motorcycle was particularly fitting in that sense, although I don't think that's what Michael intended it to illustrate. Of course, this has been explained away by the idea that the world of Warcraft has always included Steampunk, but for me and a lot of people it comes pretty close to crossing the line when we can ride _motorcycles_ around. But that's the way they went with it, and it makes it a bit hard to accuse someone else of mixing genres. Although I'm pretty sure bringing Godzilla into the picture is going overboard.
6-20-2010 @ 8:48PM
Forgot to say, reminds me of an animated "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" that I watched as a kid. Due to the Yankee's meddling, his present-day history book showed pictures of Knights riding motorcycles ;)
6-20-2010 @ 11:08PM
This, oh, this. In a world that includes Wilfred Fizzlebang, for cryin' out loud -- or the whole freakin' gnome race, for that matter, including the bubblegum-haired pigtailed chicks as DKs -- what counts as "silly" in RP? This has been my huge gripe with almost all RP I've ever seen -- so serious and angsty, overloaded with grief and dire motives and tragic backgrounds. Personally, I'll stick to my ale-swilling dwarf female pally who spreads her brand of "redemption" three foot deep in the Plaguelands & Northrend and loves to squish any dragon that moves, thank you. And my Megalomaniacal Warlock Babe Out To Take Over The World. Oh, and my Sparkly Cute Pink Haired Pigtailed Fists of Fury Warrior who screams about ripping kneecaps off whenever she charges in to battle.
6-21-2010 @ 7:48AM
Aruhgulah, your characters may be "silly," but they're still in-genre. The article's examples are things that go way outside genre.
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