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City advice?

TestarusTestarus Member Posts: 1
hey everyone,

i've made a handful of characters in cities over the past few rl years (this is a temp one) and would like to make a 'permanent' character now. i've been thinking about what i'm looking for quite a bit and was wondering if anyone could provide some advice as to which city may suit me best

here's what i'm looking for:

1) activity. i'm located in gmt-8 (gmt-7 now for dst) and would like people to be around in the evenings (5-12 or so) when i'm free! over the years i've seen cities where it gets super dead and nobody is around at all. i really like interacting with people!

2) rp availability. i would prefer for people to not be borderline (or entirely) ooc around the city. it gets really distracting and i'd like to build an actual fleshed out character here -- something i've had trouble doing in the past. 

3) combat opportunities. i'd like to really dive deep into combat and be involved in raids, city disputes and the like once i get some experience.

looking for any at all advice, even if it's just to vouch for the city you're in now. i have no idea which class i'm going to be yet, either...but that's probably another post.



  • SobriquetSobriquet Member Posts: 2,286 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Targ and Mhaldor certainly for # 2 . Those two plus the Village People for #3. Hashan has more of a combat scene these days too. I can't really comment on #1 other than my alt in Mhaldor saw the place rather empty at times, but I'm in a very different time zone to you. Ultimately just try your hand at each one for a month and see which sticks.
  • SarathaiSarathai Member Posts: 2,139 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    There's a reason Mhaldor is also known as AFKdor.

    But yeah, Eleusis has decent combat opportunity nowadays. RP will, er, vary depending on who you speak with. Vary a lot, even (and rule #1 is avoid Atop). It's a bit time-zone specific, but generally has a decent number of people around in most timezones except for evenings of mine (GMT +10).
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  • AesiAesi Member Posts: 1,222 @ - Epic Achaean
    edited May 2016
    Decent number of people around = 25
    Eleusis does seem to be the most populated!
  • AhmetAhmet Wherever I wanna beMember Posts: 3,370 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Aesi said:
    Decent number of people around = 25
    Eleusis does seem to be the most populated!
    Says the non-Cyrenian.
    Huh. Neat.
  • TahquilTahquil Member Posts: 4,204 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Cyrene breaks the combat, borderline OOC and deep role play opportunities criteria. It was never a contender in this specific thread.
  • KietKiet Member Posts: 3,142 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Targ and Mhaldor definitely are going to be the most rp-intensive. Targ is going to be more light-hearted and Mhaldor's going to be more hardcore (in tone). Which of them is more active seems to go back and forth, though, other than Cyrene no city's been super big forever.
  • KelaraKelara Member Posts: 15 ✭✭ - Stalwart
    Ashtan has far more RP than Mhaldor in my opinion.
  • KietKiet Member Posts: 3,142 @@ - Legendary Achaean
  • TahquilTahquil Member Posts: 4,204 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited May 2016
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  • SzanthaxSzanthax San DiegoMember Posts: 1,906 @ - Epic Achaean
    I'll comment...that my rp is worse than my PvP... And that says alot :(

  • CooperCooper IowaMember Posts: 5,000 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Ashtan has more people to RP with because of population, but Mhaldor will have a much larger % of people willing to RP heavily.

  • AtalkezAtalkez Member Posts: 4,918 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Like has been said a few times, Targossas and Mhaldor will offer you the most RP/combat balance. Ashtan has combat, but fairly selective in timing and dead otherwise - RP reputation notwithstanding.

    Not sure what's going on in Mhaldor, but Targossas has a lot of really active people willing to RP and combat, and several that do both. Having active Divine is a big difference in the cities, right now, as well.

    Good luck choosing!

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  • SkyeSkye The Duchess BellatereMember, Seafaring Liason Posts: 2,912 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Every city has its pockets of RPers, some larger and more intensive than others, so it also does depend on whom you choose to make friends. But RP doesn't necessarily require grandiose gestures and stuff, if you're only looking for overall consistency in character and not having to encounter thinly veiled pop culture references, then I'm gonna say from my own experiences, I'm still with Mhaldor on full on RP. 

    On wanting cities with 'big populations': the irony of this is that if everyone goes to the big populated city then said city will just get more populous while the already small cities (no matter how great their premise) will just get smaller. Admittedly it sucks when you're all alone in the city, and I sympathise, but realistically at the moment, we more or less peak at an average of 150 players at the most active and there are times when nearly every city's just gonna be flat out nearly empty. 

    You will however, have plenty of opportunity for actual combat action in Targossas, Mhaldor and Eleusis though. 

  • LalaLala Member Posts: 277 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Based on your criteria your choices are Targossas, Eleusis and Hashan.

    There are some very obvious OOC people in Targossas that I've heard people complain about. Of those three Eleusis and Targossas definitely have an RP, fervent identity of what they fight for, where Hashan is more free to believe in what you want.

    Eleusis defends a ton, but only has a specific core of raiders, but they aren't super willing to allow new people to join in on from what I see, it's always the same raiders.

    In Targ anyone can raid and does (including their novices which I find awesome), where in Hashan I'm working on getting a solid group of raiders, but we defend our face off. 
  • SzanthaxSzanthax San DiegoMember Posts: 1,906 @ - Epic Achaean
    Odd that you'd see dead spots playing in Pac coast primetime. 

  • AeshAesh Member Posts: 83 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    No matter what city you choose or even if you decide to go rogue, quality always trumps quantity.
  • ExelethrilExelethril Member Posts: 3,350 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Just go with whatever RP flavor suits you the most. Don't try and fit in with a RP crowd if the flavor doesn't suit you.

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  • GarinGarin Member Posts: 1
    Thank you, all. I've decided to go with Mhaldor. The note on RP flavor really struck me and I think I'll find what I'm looking for there.
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