Penny Arcade and PvP Go to Warcraft!
World of Warcraft is the popular massive multi-player online RPG that consumes all who play it with obsessiveness and leveling-up. PA and PvP, as well as other top comics like Ctrl-Alt-Del have committed their remaining mortal hours to leveling up their characters and ignored the normal summer slew of games. Many webcomics have begun jokes or story-lines based solely around the characters and mechanisms for WoW, as it is known on the street. PA was even hired to do illustrations for the official strategy guide, garnishing further envy from their independent-web-comic critics.
When Kurtz created a PvP-fan-based Horde guild on the WoW server “Dark Iron”, called Panda Attacks, PA responded by starting their own guild “Knights of Arcadia” as Alliance. Both guilds filled up very quickly due to the popularity of these web-comic giants, and had to cut non-active members to stay below their 500 player maximum. Soon that was not enough as the players continued to join, PA created a secondary guild “The Fancy Lads” which filled quickly, and PvP and PA claimed the server entire as their own. From now on, every combat and raid on the Dark Iron server will be for the honor of these dueling web-comic-communities. Blizzard has only responded with amusement and tacit endorsement.
Since WoW has already had imbalance issues in the Alliance-Horde ratio, the extra popularity of Penny Arcade is expected to only contribute to the problem. Already it is difficult for new characters to complete their quests because of how many previous characters have already caused “mass extinction events” as they compete for monsters to kill. As well, the overwhelming populations on these PvP servers make any lone character likely to be massacred by marauding bands from the opposing teams. Lag in the capital cities where teams try to find refuge, is reported to be “catastrophic”. It’s a war zone out there.