Leaderboard: Have you ever failed MMO events on purpose – like for roleplaying’s sake?

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Earlier this week, MOP’s Sam Kash came into the MOP writing room cracking up over a thread on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit and the shenanigans some players can get up to when they’re bored or having a laugh. According to the Redditor in question, people in Guild Wars 2 are intermittently roleplaying that they’ve been corrupted by the ice dragon Jormag – to the point that the event fails.

“[E]very so often I join a map where 10-20 people are sitting in Jora’s Keep and doing /em emotes about falling asleep or feeling numb and not wanting to fight, or hearing voices, and everybody else fails to do enough damage to kill the Icebrood Construct before it reaches the keep. It doesn’t happen too often, but it’s frustrating when it does. And hilarious. I don’t even know how to feel about this. This is maybe the biggest memery yet. Jormag wins, folks. Show’s over. The dragon has successfully corrupted the player character.”

Now, Sam dutifully went to this map for a while and tried to experience this hilarity for himself but was unsuccessful. But we’re assuming for the sake of discussion that it happened, and let’s be honest, you’ve probably seen something like this yourself. One person in the replies mentions the Asheron’s Call Defenders of the Shard, an ancient but epic roleplaying/griefing incident we’ve covered in depth ourselves. Heck, maybe you’ve even done something like this yourselves. That’s what this Leaderboard is leading up to.

On Reddit, the discussion went in a bunch of different directions. The event is so boring, they’re roleplaying to keep themselves awake. This should be considered griefing under ArenaNet’s TOS and everyone should be punished. Stop dunking on roleplayers for playing differently from you. At least the game is teaching people about the free rider problem. But I’m mostly just curious whether you’d do this – or have done it before. Have you ever failed MMO events or other in-game tasks on purpose – like for roleplaying’s sake? And did they affect other people?

Leaderboard: Have you ever failed MMO events on purpose - like for roleplaying's sake?

  • I've done this before. I'm a rebel. I do what I want. (9%, 9 Votes)
  • I've never done this, but now I kinda want to try it? (8%, 8 Votes)
  • I would never ever do this. Win first, roleplay later. (12%, 12 Votes)
  • Endless respect to these absolute madmen! (18%, 17 Votes)
  • Seriously though what is wrong with these people, do the damn event. (9%, 9 Votes)
  • I'd only do it on a lesser scale, like wearing pretty but inferior gear. (6%, 6 Votes)
  • I'd do it if it affected only me, but not if it hindered other players. (35%, 34 Votes)
  • Something else - tell us in the comments! (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 78

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Does non-attendance count? lol


If so then I am the most amazing roleplayer… EVAR.

Robert Mann

Ruining anyone else’s experience, even if for a day, with these things is not cool. I’m 100% for creativity and fun role playing in games. Heck, I helped organize a few plays (in universe story sourced as well) for those interested in doing those things.

Something that affects other people beyond just having to ignore you doing your thing? Nope. Not unless they opt in. That’s the rough equivalent of PvE style PKing people who just want to mind their own business. Not something I would ever endorse.


The OP describes not actually being at the fight, and only joining the map. It is possible that the players at the fight have recognized the battle as lost (due to not enough player damage or whatever), and resorted to goofing off for the remainder of the encounter. Probably many of those players have done this particular fight enough times to recognize the situation without actually needing to play it through to the end.

I haven’t seen the goofing off personally, but I’ve joined a few lost gw2 open boss fights, and what is really amusing is how salty some players get about a loss. Smh such entitlement to expect every boss to die consistently.


Somethign else: That’s something I never thought about…hmmm. O.o

Toy Clown

I have fond memories of my RP groups “losing” events in the destruction of Lion’s Arch and events in the Straights of Devastation in GW2. So yes, it’s something I’d be a part of again.

Hikari Kenzaki

I generally only do something like this when everyone is in on it as part of an RP event.
If not, I’ll finish the mechanics of the event and RP how I feel after.
Mechanics should never dictate RP.

Arnold Hendrick

I agree with HK. :)


Sincerely, with very few exceptions, if you intentionally cause other players to fail without a very good reason you are a jerk that doesn’t deserve to play MMOs. And if I’m aware of it happening you will get kicked out of every group I have power over, or else I will leave if I can’t get the group to kick you out (meaning the group will have to find a new tank, which for the most part means I will have already found another group and finished the content by the time the original group gets to start).

And no, roleplaying is no excuse.


If we’re talking S&M Roleplay then I’m sure there are some sexual sadists out there that get off on causing this kind of pain and misery on others; remember folks it’s supposed to be SAFE-SANE-(and this part is important!)CONSENSUAL.

I mean don’t get me wrong I’m a bit of a masochist but as Meatloaf said “I would do anything for love but I won’t do that” (meaning subject my self to sadistic trolls that purposely fail events).

Joseph Meyer

Back in the early days of EQ, nearly everything was in RP, so events were not played in order to be ‘won’ or ‘completed’ but simply as another way to develop your character.

However, the immediate example that comes to mind here –which may not entirely be the same kind of event– is that in GW2, there are ‘event paths,’ so sometimes you do want to purposely fail an event in order to access the content you need.

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Damn, voted wrong! Meant to vote for “only if it affects me”, because I do that shit all the time.

Kitty needs attention? Sorry, event.
Hungry/thirsty? Sorry, event.
Got distracted on my second monitor? Sorry, event.
Event is preventing me from doing something I want? Not sorry, event.