I do agree the new server rules on loot and xp hamper a lot of underdark RP, or at least give no incentive to explore outside of it and meet new players.
Conflict=RP, it’s hard to believe a motion was passed to hamper RP and exploration on both sides, the pvp rules were already enough. It definitely hurts the underdark more than the surface, due simply, to the options either side has, and the surface having a great deal more options.
///Not to mention the surface already has much better zones, updates, variety, money making places, RP, DM events, and players, while the underdark is ignored and then they sit there wondering why, or how to increase traffic really strikes me, as if an odd intent, cheeky even, is at play by a congregation of jealous 12 year olds spiteful for no real reason I can ascertain.///
Plus the underdark, on average, RPs the setting more accurately than most of the surface ones do.
I bet corm orp has seen more DM activity than the underdark in the last given year as well, is a very good grinding place also, and leads to several other maps that are commonly visited also, and has a travel hub connected to it by a player base that is 10x as active(possibly more) than the entirety of the underdark.
I log into my surface characters often, there is more to do up there. It’s entertainment value is higher when there are more players I can RP with.
The best RP I’ve had on this server is with my underdark characters, the surface feels shallower, like there are less risks involved. More players in the underdark take RP more seriously, evidence, many characters I’ve played with. Are permadead. They are not coming back, ever.
Recently for the underdark, pretty much only log in to loot a familiar and nerfed path(upperdark that surfaces can loot too) or say hello to people I’ve not seen in a long while.
No matter what you do, people are going to bitch and complain though. Unfortunately the loudest whiners drown out the rest of us. (Major repetitive problem in most games today that see huge traffic lost and they WONDER why)
I have a feeling this will not stop with the underdark though, and will soon target evil characters, killing most conflict, ruining Rp on the server for most people who aren’t Care Bears that want to just sip tea and share crackers. And soon everyone will be abondoning it for greener pastures. Then there will be no one left in BGTSCC. Let alone the underdark.