WoW Roleplay Gear was first conceived in December 2009, as The Visual Roleplay Gear List, although not officially released until Autumn 2010 due to the large amount of preparation building up a database of item sets. Since these early days, the site has grown to encompass in excess of 1500 different articles, gear sets and roleplay related items, although the work is far from complete!
Roleplay Gear is the brainchild of Ironyca and Noelani, a couple living in Denmark in reality, and Argent Dawn EU in virtuality. The aim of the project is to present an easily navigable compilation of gear sets in WoW.
Ironyca is responsible for all of the pictures and graphical additions to the site, as well as being the creative driving force behind most of the set building process (the one who puts the items together in a neat, aesthetically pleasing package). Formerly a raiding shadow priest and elemental shaman, Ironyca now takes a more relaxed approach to WoW, enjoying the experience of levelling alts through revamped Azeroth, and blogging about the social side of gaming @ Ironyca Stood in the Fire. She studies Computer Game Analysis.
The articles, coding and texts on the site are written by Noelani, who also does some of the research to put item sets together, namely those from dungeons/raids. Noelani has played WoW since late 2004 in the EU Beta as a shadow/holy priest, and has been a guild and raid leader for the majority of that time. The character Noelani is actually a hunter, and an alt of the aforementioned priest. Noelani has 600 Archaeology skill both in-game and in reality, although sadly only holds the Professor title in one of those planes of existence.
If you have any questions or comments, you are welcome to post in the Guestbook or specific articles.
Alternatively, you can contact us by the following means:
• Facebook: WoWRoleplayGear
Site Info & FAQ
When making articles and compiling item sets, there are a few things we have to take into consideration. Here’s a small explanation of our reasoning.
• Model Choice
We do our best to present gear on characters of all WoW races and genders, however, as most players are probably aware, certain models distort armor in ways that are not necessarily optimal for display. For example, hooven races notoriously distort boots and smaller characters can make it challenging to even see the clothing. As such, you’re likely to find that the most represented models on the site are those with the most straight postures and medium body sizes.
• Gear Choice
When selecting outfits to post, we pick items from a wide variety of sources, although we do have a couple of general rules that we try to stick to. We avoid using quest items, as often players will have already completed the quests and will find themselves unable to acquire the items retroactively. Exceptions to this are from after The Shattering of Patch 4.0.3a, which acted as a reset for quests and introduced a whole new wave of item rewards. We also avoid the use of class-specific items in compiled sets, so they are usable by as broad a number of characters as possible.
In some circumstances, we will picture a character with an incomplete gear set for aesthetic reasons (sometimes one piece doesn’t match the others, sometimes a headpiece detracts from the impact of the set etc.), but we do our best to link the missing pieces anyway!
Q. Will there be a weapon/shield section on the site?
A. Not in the near future at least. Although it may be something we consider at a later time, our primary focus for now is armor.
Q. Do you take set submissions?
A. We accept in-game screenshots of sets, which we incorporate into image galleries in each of our articles. You can read more and send your own screenshots on our Outfit Submissions page. However, we don’t accept article submissions at this point in time.
Q. Why have you not included <x> set/item?
A. The site is a constant work in progress. It takes huge amounts of time to compile, create pictures and write an article for each set, so whilst we’re continuously adding new content, it would take a long time for us to feature everything. Remember, the site is a hobby, not our jobs!
Q. You often refer to “BoE world drops” in your articles. What does this mean?
A. BoE world drops are bind-on-equip items which do not have a very specific source. Instead, they may drop from almost any creature within the appropriate level range, and typically have very low (sub 1%) drop rates. If we simply say an item is a “BoE world drop”, that means that it drops from creatures from classic WoW. Those dropping from expansions will be specified, e.g. BoE world drop from Cataclysm zones/instances.
Q. Why has my comment not shown up on the site?
A. All comments have to be approved by us before they show up, so they won’t appear immediately after you’ve posted. If the comment never appears, we probably declined it for one of the following reasons: abusive, has no relevance to the article, not in English (sorry, we realise we have viewers from many nations, but the primary language of the site and the tongue of the majority of our audience is English).
Q. Why haven’t you replied to my comment?!
A. Yeah okay, we’ve never actually been asked this one, so consider it a disclaimer instead. We do our best to reply to everyone seeking our assistance, but we do get a lot of comments so it’s not always easy to respond to them all. Some of the requests for matching items can easily take us more than 30 minutes of research per comment. Don’t get us wrong, we love to receive comments and do our best to help out, but please forgive us if we don’t get around to it!
Q. How did you take the pictures on the site?
A. We use a program called WoW Model Viewer with our own custom gradient background to take the screenshots. We then use Adobe Photoshop to edit them.
Q. How can I format links in my comments?
A. Our comments use HTML language for formatting. If you would like to add a tidy link to your comment you can do so by entering the following piece of code into the comment box, replacing our web address and name with the ones you want:
<a href=”http://www.wowroleplaygear.com/”>WoW Roleplay Gear</a>
This code creates a link that looks like: WoW Roleplay Gear
You are free to use our pictures non-commercially, under the requirement that you either link to WoWRoleplayGear.com or to the respective article, specifically stating the source. Direct copying of our text, on the other hand, will make us very sad indeed!
World of Warcraft and the characters depicted here remain the intellectual property of Blizzard Entertainment.
Thanks for visiting!