A little while back I asked the questions “what’s in a title”; the discussion that followed was regarding people’s feelings on selling Kingslayer titles. There was a lot of good conversation as people shared their opinions on how they felt about “selling” a title. I had brought the topic up because as a guild, we were discussing whether or not we wanted to offer Lich King kills. We had been approached several times from players outside of the guild asking if we were ever going to do this.
Ultimately, we decided that we didn’t want to sell titles, but we liked the idea of offering experiences for those who may not have an opportunity to have them. So, ultimately, we decided to do this (copied from my post on our realm forums):
“Arthas and the Lich King have been a pinnacle of Warcraft lore long before Blizzard introduced WoW, the lore rich and intriguing. It’s my belief that part of what made this expansion work so well were how the stories wove together and immersed the player into their history. Every action had a reason (we will just forget about ToC…), and you were part of the story. The end of this expansion includes an epic battle with one of Warcraft’s most notorious, and loved, villains.
We are also aware, based on the number of people that have spoken to us, that even after all of the story, all of the lore, not everyone has the opportunity to experience the final showdown with Arthas.
Because we recognize the importance that Arthas plays in WoW lore, and because we’d like to offer something back to the server community that we have been part of for going on six years now, we have decided to offer the experience of facing Arthas in his final days.
Now, to be clear, we aren’t going to “sell” Lich King titles. We aren’t particularly interested in your gold. We are freely offering the opportunity to meet Arthas in his final playground.
If you don’t want our gold, what’s the catch? (I can hear you thinking it!)
Well…you will have to tell us why you want to kill the Lich King. You can do this in any number of ways: a short essay, a piece of fan fiction, a short comic, or a role play story are all acceptable submissions! Regardless of your method, what you need to convey to us is what makes killing the Lich King important for you.
We don’t care about your gear, your gear score, or how amazing a player you are. What we do care about is why it is important for you to kill the Lich King. Creativity is encouraged!
Each week, we will look at our current, and past, submissions and select up to two people to join us to kill The Lich King.
(hint: because you want a Kingslayer title isn’t going to get you a raid invite!).
There are a few things that you will need to know should you be selected to join us:
Vent will be required, this is non-negotiable. You will not need to speak, but will be required to listen.
We will give you one opportunity to truly experience and be an active participant in the encounter (do your research!), however should you cause a wipe, (defile us to death!) we will suicide you on any subsequent pulls where you can still see the fight in its entirety, but you will not be an active participant in the kill.
Ok, sounds great! Where do I sign up?!?!
There are two ways to enter submissions for a chance to join us: send a PM to Beruthiel on the Monolith forums (monolithllane . Be sure that you include your character’s name and a way for us to contact you, along with your submission.
Please note that making a submission does not guarantee that you will be selected to join us. We will contact you should you be selected to arrange a time. Hounding us will only ensure that your submission is not selected.”
We thought it would be cool to offer the opportunity to kill the Lich King to someone who really wants to see him dead, not just for a title, but for a more compelling reason. The guild is largely very excited about it, and thinks it’s very cool. I think everyone is looking forward to seeing some submissions. (Hopefully we get some!).
But, then that got me thinking, well I wonder what the Lich King means to others? I certainly know that for me it was some closure to one of my all time favorite story lines in the Warcraft Universe. And while I loved this expansion for the lore, and certainly the Lich King was a part of that, his demise was more than that too. It was another statement of survival for my guild. We came, we survived, and we kicked some ass. It was a statement to our tenacity. Well, at least I felt that way!
I am happy about our decision to offer experiences to others. While they may not have to suffer through the 100+ pulls it takes to learn to deal with defile, they will have to “earn” the kill in another way: proving to us that it’s important to them. And you know, that’s OK. Personally, I’m happy to offer what I would hope is a very memorable experience for someone. And it’s my hope that when they look back on their WoW adventure and they’d remember this experience fondly, and that it would be something that stuck in their mind as part of their WoW memories.
So, how about all of you? What does killing the Lich King mean to you? If you were on my server, would you participate in our little contest? How would you enter your submission?