Maybe you’re new to the whole MMO scene. Maybe you’ve never done PVP in an MMO. Maybe you’ve never heard of Dark Age of Camelot (DAOC), or stopped to think about the implications of the planned “Alliance War” end game for the Elder Scrolls Online. Never fear, I’ve experienced plenty and have been wracking my brain over the implications for many a month now; I’ll share what I’ve concluded!
What is the difference between RvR or AvA and regular PvP?
PvP simply means “player vs. player” – RvR and AvA fall under the umbrella of PvP, but they are more specialized and focused. If you hate PvP, it’s probably because you played in an MMO or other type game where there was something called free for all or FFA PvP, and didn’t like the chaos. That’s okay – it takes a special breed to enjoy that sort of mayhem. RvR is a term coined by the devs of Dark Age of Camelot and it stands for Realm versus Realm. The people behind DAOC, Matt Firor included, decided that it was more enjoyable for MOST people if you didn’t have to worry about PvP in your adventuring area and only had meaningful conflict with enemy realms in a “frontier.” In my, not so humble, opinion, they were right. I migrated to DAOC from Everquest and knew nothing of the RvR aspect of that game. I blithely went about, engaging in the PVE escapades until I was somewhere near top level and a friend I had made sent me a /tell, “Hey, Mids are at our milegate and our guild is rallying to defend. Do you want to come?” I had no idea what he was talking about, but I said, “Sure!” I made the horse ride over the to the portal keep, jumped into the frontiers and joined his group. I still had no idea what was going on, but I had the vague notion that enemy players were attacking our realm. Thus commenced some of the most entertaining 2 hours of my gaming history. I won’t bore you with a play by play (if my memory even could call that detail up), but I’ll say that the unknown of enemy players was what kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole time; you never knew when you were going to engage or be engaged, and the thrill of winning our first couple engagements vs. other players gave me a rush like I never felt in PVE. Fast forward to today and ESO’s planned implementation of Alliance versus Alliance (AvA) warfare; I’ll outline the similarities of the two systems in the next section.