The 7x XP event started this weekend, and as expected it's drawn attention to the server and brought an influx of new players. So far, so good, though I'm still doubtful about the long-term benefits of this kind of thing... not to mention that more players are not a good thing if they all act like a bunch of idiots.
The conversation in world chat is rarely of high quality, but everyone's in it anyway for the LFG requests. This weekend though, the level of non-stop stupidity in there was just too much for me, to the point that I chose to leave and forfeit any opportunities to form groups just to be spared the inanity. From the quality of the talk (along the lines of "I have a girlfriend, I'm sure you nerds don't have a girlfriend"), you'd think that all the new characters were created by badly socialised thirteen-year-old boys. Which is all the weirder on a nostalgia-driven server like this because these guys had barely been born when we were playing original Vanilla WoW! Are they really only showing up to troll?
At least there was still guild chat, though even that suffered at least a little, mostly from people constantly playing Captain Obvious and going: "Wow, after setting my experience rate to x7, I'm getting so much XP for everything!" You. Don't. Say.
I haven't touched any of it of course, as the whole point of this project has been to re-experience the joys of Vanilla levelling. So I spent my entire playtime this weekend grinding mobs in Azshara and Felwood. Yay! On the plus side, the auction house immediately became a lot more lively, as all the noobs were very eager to buy bags and gear while flooding the market with low-level mats. Can't complain about that.