I'm a NA RPer first started out in Crickhollow (joined many Second Breakfast in front of The Baby and the Bird Inn, that was some good time).
Crickhollow taught be the basics of RPing on my hobbit, and showed me just how in-depth, structured and immersive heavy RPing can be on my elf after I joined a heavy elf RP kin.
But in retrospect, my experience on Crickhollow, which back then was only a 5 months old server, was plagued with griefers during RP event, immersion breaking names, or sometime being mocked for speaking in a more proper form of speech... (apparently some kids are easily bothered by the proper use of punctuation and capitalization of the first letter of each sentence).
On Crickhollow, RPing in public sometimes feel like (what I imagine) holding hand with your same-sex lover in a conservative small-town. While you might be free to do so without all that many harassment, you would always feel the need to be ready to defend your right to be there.
SO I left Crickhollow, and I tried Landroval, and then I tried Laurelin right after the EU/NA server merges. I ended up picking Laurelin for one very simple reason which I'll get to in the next paragraph. Both RP-communities are excellent, and both server have lore-rich, in-depth, and highly immersive RPs (if you know where to look), but the real difference, beside time zone difference, is in how the Non-RP community and the RP community intereacts.
On Laurelin, non-RPers have the curtesey to not interrupt RPs with OOC talk in /say or /emote. On Landroval, it is more acknowledged that /say and /emote are shared by the two groups. On Laurelin, more often than not if you act in-character in a random pick-up instance/skirmish or in the wilderness, other folks would be inclined to do the same and at least light RP can generally be expected. Landroval not so much. On Laurelin, it'd be rare to to hear non-RPer bemoaning the presence of RPers because RPers are the majority. On Landroval, the constant struggle and mutual annoyance between the two group would rear its head every so often in the forum and in-game.
To me, Landroval is like a better, bigger, older Crickhollow; you still need to be ready defend your right to RP. But on Laurelin, you don't have to, because you are protected but the extra set of server RP policy as well as the relatively larger RPer/non-RPer ratio.
Not to mention the all the lore breaking character name and kinship name on Landroval. Some people, myself included, just can't get pass that.
I agree with Laurefinde that both server have excellent people and many good RP to be had, and it's prudent to judge for yourself which one is better for you. What is a deal-breaker for some people is a non-issue for others and vice-versa.
What bothers me about Landroval might not bother you, but then again, what doesn't bother him might.
p.s. But then again, once you make a couple of good people and have some fun on either server, it is unlikely that you would regret your choice irregardless of which one you chose.
[b]Razo Mossyfoot[/b], Swine herder of Willowbottom, in The Marish of East-Farthing.
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