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The Emerald Dream server (US) is a Role-play – Player vs. Player (RPPvP) Central time zone realm. It opened in September of 2005 as one of three pioneering servers to combine role-play with a PvP rule set. (There is also a European Emerald Dream PvE server of the same name.)
RP-PvP servers were opened at subscribers’ request. Prior to the opening of this type, players had to choose between Role-play PvE servers or straight PvP servers, often splitting time between realm types to satisfy both areas of interest.
The Emerald Dream moniker (abbreviated as ED) is a reference to the idyllic natural paradise and alternate reality as envisioned and created by the dragon Ysera and thus has strong druidic connotations.
Perhaps due to the original limited release of the realm type, the Emerald Dream server has attracted, and continues to attract, players from well outside its local time zone (or the United States for that matter).
The realm has gathered to it a multitude of players with varied concentrations and emphases of interest between role-play, environmental content progression, and player verse player challenges.
The more loathed types of players are those with insufficient respect for the role play requirements of the server and have simply come because they (often erroneously) believe role players to be “easy pickins”; additionally, the elitists who believe themselves (just as erroneous) privileged and bemoan the fact that someone dared kill them while they were enacting some self aggrandizing plot line. While these players are thankfully in the minority, they tend to be noticed more as their play is conspicuously poor and also tend to be quite mouthy.
Of the more positive and preferred ends of the spectrum are the role-players that forgo content progression or PvP accolades and simply prefer to adventure in an environment where there is more random peril than the AI presents; and the PvPers and PvEers, while not actively participating in role play themselves, favor and respect the more immersive environment that the role play provides. These types coexist quite well. As such, the majority of players lay somewhere between these ends, and are often found cooperating as shifting interests coincide.
The denizens of the server are referred to as “Emerald Dreamers”, “Dreamers”, or simply and more commonly “EDers”.
For more information on specific inhabitants of the realm, you can visit the Emerald Dream Character Directory.
Role-Playing Community & The Gazette
Emerald Dream has a very diverse role-playing community. Roughly half of the role-players are a part of the RP guilds. The other half are either unguilded or members of non-RP guilds. It may be discouraging for new players looking to fall into a role-playing environment on Emerald Dream. There are very few, if any, "hotspots" that people can expect to always find role-playing happening, but there is much more spontaneous role-play opportunities. On occasion, one of the several role-play guilds will publicly announce and hold an event for all to join, but much more often a player will simple stumble onto a meeting out in the world.
The Emerald Dream role-playing community has seen many ups and downs over the years but continues to be a solid part of the server. Of course there are varying degrees of involvement amongst the community; some players role-play all the time, while others will rarely partake and different styles of role-playing exist here as well. The most essential trait a new player can have is that of an open mind.
The Emerald Dream Gazette was created to help foster the already existing server community, with the major focus being the role-playing community. The Gazette offers more organization than the official Realm Forums and allows for stories, biographies and events to get more attention. Guilds can also enjoy a better system of listing themselves among the many guilds on Emerald Dream. The most important goal is to offer a more mature and focused place for discussion.
Supplemental to in-game activity, the Emerald Dream Realm Forum also enjoys lively participation and is often viewed as an extension of the game if not a game unto itself.
Due to a mix of interests, creativity, and strong personalities, the forum is a volatile brew of smack talk, game mechanic discussion, mindless banter, playing tips, laments, citations of good play, jibes, song and movie quotes, jingoism, bon mots, insults, role play and creative writing.
Naturally, with a server emphasis on role play, the more popular posts tend to be of the role playing and creative writing ilk. Styles and subject matter range considerably from complete game inspired fantasy fiction, to role play re-tellings of in-game events, to satiric interpretations of real life expressed in game terms.
Guilds on Emerald Dream are as diverse as its characters, with different levels of interest in Role-play, PvE and PvP.
For descriptions of active and defunct guilds and their interests, see the
For guild progression, see the
Battle Ground Queue Times
- Note: these times can vary depending on the PvP Daily, what BG weekend it is, and if you are joining as a group or by yourself. The times and ratios given are an average.
|Warsong Gulch||1 min||3-9 mins||1:2|
|Arathi Basin||1 min||4-7 mins||1:4|
|Alterac Valley||< 1 min||1-3 mins||1:1|
|Eye of the Storm||< 1 min||8-12 mins||2:1|
- Note: The minimum level for Eye of the Storm is 61
|Warsong Gulch||1-3 mins||-||:|
|Arathi Basin||1-2 mins||-||:|
|Alterac Valley||< 1 min||-||:|
|Eye of the Storm||1-2 mins||-||:|
- Note: The minimum level for Alterac Valley is 51
Arena Queue Times
- Note: these times can vary, especially throughout the day. The times given are an average.
|2v2||2-3 mins||~12+ mins||< 1 min||< 1 min||< 1 min||< 1 min||< 1 min|
|3v3||~2-3 mins||~12 mins||~1 min||-||-||-||-|
Major events in the realm’s past including server firsts, faction boss kills, significant RP-PvP events, and earth shattering conflicts can be viewed on the Realm History page.