There are two Dungeons where part of the pace of the instance is set by talking to an NPC, Bran in Halls of Stone, and Arathas in the Culling of Stratholme.
If the Npc doesn’t get spoken to at particular intervals then the instance cannot be continued. It requires someone to be aware that this needs to be done, and someone to do it.
As much as I may complain at the breakneck speeds some tanks in randoms pull at, I’m still a fan of the Tank determining the pace of the run. So my vote is for the Tank to talk to the NPC most of the time – Once you talk to the NPC there is no turning back – the next part of the run is activated.
The tank is usually there anyway, at the front of the action, just by the natural act of the proximity they are to the mobs.
Who talks to the NPC in your runs? – Do you ever? Usually I find it’s the same person that takes responsibility for such things every time. They are the ones that do the boxes at the start of culling, they talk to chromie to start the RP. They talk to Arthas.
It used to takes me a couple of seconds to realise no one has spoken to them – I had been lulled into this assumption that it happens by magic – well more that someone else does it. Doesn’t complain about doing it, and all is well. It’s not my concern I just do my own thing. However as much as I like to criticize people for not performing in a role, the role of a party member is still to be part of that party. Running with someone who was that person who took responsibility, and initiative – and hear him complain that no one else did, woke me up out of my reverie.
I would much rather a run where people are fighting to talk to Arthas or Chromie – then standing there like a stunned mullet going ” Doh.. Isn’t something supposed to be happening about now?”
So because of that – It doesn’t always have to be the Tank – he can be just as clueless as a coddled dps. If no one has done it, and it follows the natural pace of the run then take the initiative by all means, but be aware of the ‘readiness’ of the party. Have a look at your party frame, and check to see that nothing needs attention – Eg is everyone there, no one is dead, and if in doubt ask.