GW2: Not Quite Weatherstock, But There’s Potential

I’ve written about Weatherstock in LOTRO before – a huge concert gathering of bands, a player-created social event made possible through the emergent property of having a really good music system in an MMO.

Ever since the choir bells made an appearance in GW2’s Wintersday celebrations, I’ve been hoping to see or hear a small echo of that in the MMO where my heart is.

Evidently, I fail to walk the same circles as those who have been sneaking it in under the radar – wrong server, wrong forums, wrong timezones, wrong hang-out locales (I’m still uncomfortable in Divinity’s Reach, I’m a Charr, dangit… and who the hell goes to the Ruins of Rin on purpose?) perhaps.

But courtesy of a guildmate who did catch a glimpse of a production by the guild Harlots and Harlequins [HaHa] and recorded it, I am thrilled to say that there is hope.

We apologize for the quality of the stream, which is not great, but you can catch the Lady Fularr’s three songs, beginning at 0:12, 8:40 and 24:12.

The Charr skit at 2:14 is really somewhat pointless so feel free to skip it over, but the Silence of the Dolyaks starring Dr Lekktor (I knew which race he was going to be right off! Mwahaha!) at 13:47 is moderately amusing.

These guys are amazing in working with what limited tools they have in GW2 so far. It’s pretty much RP walk, a few emotes, jump and one measly choir bell…

I especially like the use of the mesmer blink by the presenter / introduction person / I can’t think of the proper word for him right now (I shall blame the lingering flu.) It gives a magician’s showman quality to the performance.

Here’s their guild’s recruitment page that Google-fu brought up when trying to learn more about them and what they do.

Now what we need in general are:

  • MORE INSTRUMENTS
  • MORE EMOTES

And we might actually be able to match what LOTRO has been doing for ages…

I would really love to hear bands in GW2.

Please, ArenaNet, make it happen one day.

P.S. While you’re at it, please fix Ebonhawke pipe organ. I was sad when I was map exploring Fields of Ruins, found the pipe organ, tried to play the song and got no open door.

Googled to find out it apparently broke a long time ago and never got better. Very very sad. Sad sick charr has awful snuffles.

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4 thoughts on “GW2: Not Quite Weatherstock, But There’s Potential

  1. João Carlos says:

    I think they will implement more instruments, but no soon. Anet know players want them, but it is not at the top of priorities for now.

  2. I remain surprised to this day that nobody has gone after what LOTRO has… and has for years now… when it comes to player music.

    I figure it is a liability/licensing issue or just general fear of the RIAA. But that doesn’t explain how LOTRO manages to get away with it.

  3. Oh please YES more instruments!! 😀
    Never seen this in the game, that’s actually quite cool. thanks for sharing it!

  4. I know this post is old, but I wanted to comment to say how glad I was to discover that there’s a recording of Fularr’s music somewhere online! That performance was largely unrehearsed, and we were test-running some new material there, so it was interesting to see how it read from the audience. If you’re still in touch with your guildmate who recorded it, please thank them for us! We now have a couple more instruments in game now (flute, horn) and a couple more musicians, but four months later it’s still not Weatherstock, I’m afraid. Hopefully our fall skits (“It’s the Horrible and Menacing Pumpkin Creature, Charleen Brown,” “Night of the Living Quaggans,” “Asuran Were-Beast in Lion’s Arch,” and Eggar’s “The Moa”) play out better than “No Country For Old Charr” did back in May. (I knew I should have put “Dances With Skritt” in that medley, instead… Ah, well, live and learn.)

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