I did attend a date auction the other month, and there is a Love is in the Air event scheduled for the 22’nd that will include one- for obvious reasons.
The most frequently recurring and publicized server events are indeed of a less combat oriented nature: open air markets, performances, parties, pub nights, scholarly symposiums, story circles, and the like…
But they aren’t the only RP going on. They’re just the widely publicized server events. Because all you need to really coordinate and oversee are the people on your end. Five people could show up, or fifty, and they still last 2 or so hours and go off without a hitch.
Compare that to say a plot driven adventure/combat event. Those require so much more effort and time.
My guild hosts plenty of adventures and a monthly duelists tournament. Even if only 10 people show up, between rolls, emotes, and everyone waiting their turn, it means events can last 3+ hours EASY. For this reason, we don’t advertise these as server wide events. They’re invite only. Even then, we had over 20 attendees at our last tournament.
Our last guild storyline event had over 30 people and lasted nearly 6 hours. We’re never doing anything like that again, and I’ll be darned if we’d ever think of doing something like that as a server event. Meanwhile, our market had nearly 50 attendees last month and we’d love more in that regard!
And right now, Tam is involved in a number of ongoing plots. A friend of hers suffered severe injuries after exposure to Azerite and Void energies and is now in need of long term medical treatment and possible surgery. Another friend of hers was bitten by a snake spirit inhabiting an ancient Zandalari artifact, which has afflicted her with a curse that her amulet is only able to stave off for so long. Another one of her friends lost his airship to pirates and is assembling a crew to go and get it back.
That’s not tavern RP. But it’s also not the kind of RP that I’m going to just pull someone off the street to resolve in a single session. It arose organically. The first people to get invited are people the characters involved already know and trust. It’s not going to be broadcast publically. And while it’ll take place in the open world, the odds of you randomly stumbling upon it are slim to nil.
So yeah, other kinds of RP are definitely out there. I also just mentioned the Horde War Council, who had a meeting the other week and engage in PvP. I didn’t even know they were a thing until the other year, and apparently lots of others didn’t either because the last time I mentioned them here on the forums, I got like a dozen whispers from people wanting to know more.
There’s also the Kosh’harg, which is a seasonal meeting of Orc Clans- which has expanded to include the clans/tribes/warbands/spiritual circles of other races. I played a small part in the two that occured last fall, and there’s another being planned for Spring. I’m on the Discord if anyone wants an invite.
Heck, if anyone is looking for any kind of RP at all, add me on Discord. Tamani#2391. I may not have what you need, but chances are I can at least point you in the right direction. Or if you’re interested, hit me up in game, and I can have Tamani make some in character introductions.