When I started playing World of Warcraft, back before any of the expansions were released, I was looking for the realm that my friends played on. Overwhelmed by the number of available servers and knowing only that the one I was looking for was a PvE server beginning with the letter T, I luckily chose the corrrect realm (Tanaris). Now that I know a whole lot more about Warcraft and its characters, organizations, and locations, most server names will stick with me pretty well.
For example, my current home, Executus, is named after the Majordomo located in Molten Core who summons Ragnaros far too soon. My old server is named after the desert zone where the Caverns of Time are located, and some of my friends are on a server named after a group of Shaman. Sure, knowing a bit of lore can help you remember realm names, but what can a realm’s name tell you about the server?
One of the lesser known facts of Blizzard’s server names is that each type of realm (PvE, PvP, RP, and RP-PVP) has naming conventions that can shed some light on the type of realm it is. Straight from the World of Warcraft game guide:
- Normal realms are named after heroes, neutral characters or known places.
- Player vs. Player (PvP) realms are named after demons and warmongers.
- Normal Roleplaying (RP) realms are named after beneficial organizations.
- Player vs. Player Roleplaying (RP-PvP) realms are named after evil organizations or cults.
Go through your realm list and see how much these four simple rules can blow your mind. Combine them with some basic knowledge of the Warcraft universe and you can figure out with high likelyhood what type of realm your buddies play on without even asking them. Talk about a way to impress your friends!
Of course, other games have other conventions for naming their servers, be they from their own lore, simple numbers, or just areas of the world in which they are located. What is your realm’s namesake, WoW or otherwise?