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Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:09 AM
WARNING: This thread has been recreated in light of the server merger, and can now be located here: A Guide To Picking Your Server(s) Redux (http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=115531)

A Guide To The Servers: Picking Your Home Plane(s)

(want to discuss this guide? Visit this alternate thread) (http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?p=1209500#post1209500)

This guide is designed to assist you in selecting a ‘home server’ – or ‘servers’ as the case may be – in relation to what you desire to get out of your DDO experience. It is intended to help you learn about the unique culture that exists on each sever of the DDO community. Contrary to popular belief, the servers are not ‘all the same,’ nor do they offer the same experiences, based on a several weeks study of all of them. Within this body of work, you will find information as related to







Traits common amongst all servers
Specific features found on each server (as provided by the players)
Information concerning demographics of the play-style on each server
A plane-by-plane guide to each server with an overall review of that server



It is recommended that you read all caveats that appear below the Glossary before moving through sections of the guide.

Glossary


NEW - Concerning Mergers & Character Transfer
CAVEATS & How the Study Was Conducted
Introduction: Why Was This Created? (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208887&postcount=2)
What All Servers Have In Common (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208889&postcount=3)
Understanding Server Review/Profiles (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208892&postcount=4)
- Server Trait Definitions (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208895&postcount=5)
- About the Swimming Index (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)
Finding a Server Based on Your Interests (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208922&postcount=22)
Alphabetical Listing of All Server Profiles (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208927&postcount=23)
An FAQ about the Guide (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1211211&postcount=68)


CAVEATS & HOW THE STUDY WAS CONDUCTED

Merlask conducted this study over the course of several weeks, from 5-16-07 to 6-20-07, prior to server merger. It entailed studies that were done with the players aware, as well as without their knowledge. Merlask observed the players and collected data via the following means, looking for patterns:
- In game incognito as an observer to their respective habits and interaction
- One on one interviews with volunteer players
- Open discussions in game and on the ddo.com forums
- ddo.com forum observations
- Observations of guild websites
- Observations of related non-ddo websites
- At various times of day - morning, noon, and night
- On different days of the week
- Weeks before, and during the weekend of, Turbine’s special +1 Welcome Back Weekend
- Brief incognito census studies
- In game as an announced visitor to their respective servers
- At length interviews and conversations with well known ddo player personalities when available

Note that ALL servers CAN provide you with ANY experience, however what Merlask was watching for was a repeated pattern of certain traits, as demonstrated by behavior across the board of all the different studies and samples.

However, despite the effort invested in making the study very thorough, there are aspects that cannot be accounted for. In light of this, please remember that several factors play into the study, and you should use this as a guide, not as a definition, of the servers.
For example, the portion of the study that consisted of direct player feedback (roughly a minimum of 1300 trait listings, involving hundreds of players, to sort and analyze, be it in writing or verbal form coming from both in game and the forums) ... is comprised of those players who offered their input. That is only a fraction of the actual game population. While it is considered courtesy to hear from the players themselves about their servers, this means that those results are coming from only the most vocal portion of the population.

Of data collected in total, the servers each comprised the following portion of that data (These percentages do NOT include the portion of data collected by direct observations without player awareness or input):

Adar 7%, Aerenal 9%, Argonnessen 10%, Aundair 6%, Fernia 5%, Ghallanda 6%, Khyber 4%, Lhazaar 8%, Mabar 5%, Risia N/A, Riedra 8%, Sarlona 9%, Tharashk 5%, Thelanis 10%, Xoriat 8%

NOTE: These figures reflect data gathered prior to server merger.

No server comprised more than a 10% quantity of the total feedback received directly from players, thus the study does not show exceeding favor for one server over another. No one server was the focus of all data. Only one server was excluded from player feedback – Risia, commonly referred to as the test server. A special guide to Risia has been created independent of the study, due to lack of data.

Also note that many players play on multiple servers (more than you might suspect.) While this was in consideration, it has ALSO been demonstrated that players often log on to different servers for different reasons in the same week or even day. When they are in the mood for one type of play, it determines what server they load into at that time.

The entire review of individual servers consists of information directly from player feedback, and also those times when Merlask was observing while players were unaware. It was not a quantity that Merlask was looking for; it was a demonstrated pattern across all facets of that server’s interactions. To name a few:

Forums
Guilds
Individuals
Well known and little known players
/Who information
LFM information
General chat amongst players in populated zones
Times when numbers are low or high
Times when the player base was extremely happy or extremely irritated


Existing players may read the guide, and perhaps disagree based on their personal experiences. But as stated before, ANY activity can be found across all the servers... for the purpose of the guide, it was a concentration of those qualities Merlask looked for. Additionally, with the server merger, these results are going to evolve based on sects of players now playing readily together, who otherwise may not have had exposure to one another before merger.

Players enjoy the best gaming experience when like-minded people surround them. Hence the guide is designed to help you find people of like-mind to yourself. If you would like contrast, simply find a server that focuses on the opposite of your normal enjoyments, and see what comes of it.

Ultimately, the decision to stay, to try, or to move to and from any server is your own to make. Also consider that it is perfectly reasonable to play upon multiple servers, and many players do so. This is a guide, not an ultimatum.

Lastly know that with the merger of the servers, you can use this guide to see what demographics of players were grouped together, but that will NOT tell you how those players will adapt / adapted to one another, and what that means for the newly formed communities.


Know that at the time this guide was written, ‘transfer’ between servers of existing characters was NOT available to the players, and server merger was also not on the horizon.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:11 AM
INTRODUCTION: WHY WAS THIS GUIDE CREATED?

Until now, there has never been any organized indication of why a player should select one server over another. Despite intent to have an even distribution of players, that method has whole-heartedly failed. But not only are server populations not consistent, but also the player base within each server is different. Much like a person growing up in a given region of a city or town, those they are surrounded by have great influence on what sorts of behavior they exhibit as they grow up... or in this case, as they level.

For a new and unaware player arriving to the game, the decision of what server to select often comes down to things like coin tosses; or what server their real life friends are on; or who ever posted fastest/most often to their thread in whatever portion of the forums they chose to make their presence known. Very often, they don’t bother asking, and simply lurk, trying to find buzzwords to point them in a direction. That time is past. The time of existing players spouting to new players that their server is ‘the best’ is also past. This guide was created as an indication to players of what they can expect from the given servers, thus helping them to locate where they may enjoy themselves most, based on their needs.

Additionally, this study had long ago been prompted by the repeated mention of ‘merger.’ Too often, the solution for players not having a good time where they are is to ‘merge.’ What this does is force portions of a population to suddenly cohabitate. The servers of DDO are very similar to states or provinces... sure, they are within the same country, but you would notice a vast difference traveling from say New York to California in the United States. To ask for a merge is rather like asking New Hampshire to combine with Maine simply on the grounds that ‘they’re both small states.’

However, the difference in the scenario of states and servers is... those living in a state have the option to move away from that state and take their worldly possessions. The most rational solution is to offer server transfers (perhaps for a premium service fee), rather than forcing together communities simply because people didn’t manage to click with where they were.

For my part, I would abhor playing on a server with a population as large as the largest server at present. I enjoy a more compact community. Still other servers are perfectly content being ‘mid sized’ and neither small nor large. The point is, we each have our own likes, dislikes, and ways of being, and to suggest that population is a strict reason to pick a server over another is no more correct than suggesting a class should be played simply because it offers the greatest Damage Per Second. Is DPS a good reason to play a class? Well yes... but it is not the only... nor is it always the favorite. The same is true of server populations. So as you read this guide, keep in mind what it is you are seeking from the game experience, and you will be far more content with your choice.

When the time came that the servers were merged, and character transfer became an option, the guide needed to be rewritten to account for this. Initially folks saw this as the demise of this guide. However, these events will impact game play on many levels for players, and the communities are going to shift and settle in new ways in some cases, or not change much at all in others.

The guide now servers as a unique opportunity for old and new players alike to get a sense for who their new neighbors are going to be, and also to give new arrivals a sort of window into the past to learn the deep 'history' of the DDO community as it has evolved in the course of the game's existance.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:13 AM
WHAT ALL SERVERS HAVE IN COMMON

The servers as they existed were different. However, it is important to consider what the servers had in common, before focusing on their differences. The following is a collection of statistics and experiences in regards to the servers pre-merger, with the exception of Risia, which was excluded from these portions of the study:


All servers, even large population servers, had ‘peak times.’ These were when they experience an upsurge of activity.

Of 14 servers, 80% of servers responded that they were most busy on weekends... those servers who did not indicate this, didn’t respond to the survey in the first place. Activity/population studies conducted also correspond with this across all servers. There are many weekend DDO players.

Of 14 servers, 71% of servers had responses from players stating that they ‘love the people’ or love their guild, on that server.

Of 14 servers, 92% of servers had responses describing server mates to be ‘helpful’ and/or ‘friendly’... some mentioned this more frequently than others, but ALL servers had positive mention on this trait.

Guilds with members numbering above 50 were found on 100% of the 14 servers

Of players interviewed and surveyed, 100% of the 14 servers received marks for the closeness of their community. Some expressed this more frequently than others.

100% of the servers have some level of forum activity on the ddo.com forums, even Risia

Players denoted 0% of servers as a distinctive haven of PVP focus. No server gave indication – via interview or observation – of any more heavy PVP activity than any other server, other than organized player events on an individual basis. All servers, when randomly sampled, had activity within the PVP arena of the Lobster, as well as players who fine-tuned their character to PVP prowess.

Players of 11 out of 14 servers stated that their server had ‘experienced’ players on them in their eyes.

Servers were measured for ‘aggression’ essentially. No server scored the maximum on this study, and most were at or below half. (Specifics on this aspect of the study can be found on the Swimming Index)

All 14 servers visited responded in a productive manner to Merlask when she made her presence known, and indicated she was seeking feedback. This publicized visit (all other in game visits were incognito) was conducted during the height of Welcome Back Weekend, as well as after difficulty with the servers being down – thus the population was the most irritated and most focused on loot and XP. Despite this, all servers still responded in game.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:18 AM
UNDERSTANDING SERVER REVIEWS/PROFILES


Read this explanation of Reviews and Profiles to understand how to best apply the information as you search for a server to call home! Remember that these profiles are for the servers as they existed prior to the merge. This will help to to understand what demographics of players were combined together. You can read about each of the servers and denote the cultural differences. In time, these differences will meld, but for the moment, here is the way life was, which will influence the future of what life will become

Sample Server Profile

Server Name: The name of the server prior to merge
Server Slogan Players on each server were asked to cast suggestions for a motto for their server between 6-22-07 and 7-7-07 on their server's forums prior to merge.
Peak Activity Levels (in addition to weekends):
All servers have demonstrated a history of having higher levels of activity on weekends. However, not all people are weekend players. Use this to find servers that have additional activity comparable with your own availability, such as particular time zones or weekdays. Keep in mind that this will shift as players are now able to transfer across servers, and for a period of time, there will be an 'adjustment' happening.
Resident Celebrities:
Scattered within the DDO community are players denoted for special contributions to their fellow DDO players to unite the community. Not all DDO ‘celebrities’ can be found in this listing, but those who felt like indicating what server they played on are listed here.

Population Style:
Like states and provinces, some servers were larger than others. Each server had been defined by: Urban, Suburban, and Rural.
- Urban servers are those where activity bustles constantly morning noon and night. Think of New York City or the capital of a country in terms of the amount of players you will find there.
- Suburban are servers where there are peaks and falls in the level of activity, but who still have a fairly large amount of traffic. Still filled with people, but not nearly to the level of an Urban server.
- Rural are those servers where the player base is much smaller and more intimate. Players on Rural servers often are very familiar with who the locals are. The term rural does NOT refer to the amount of resources of the server, simply to the demonstrated quantity of the player base.
And just like real urban, suburban, and rural cities, the experience varies along these same lines. However, in terms of the study, Urban servers were on par with data collected/received, and their size proved immaterial in the study in terms of how MUCH was learned about them.

Focus Graph:

A visual demonstration of what the focus of that server’s community leans towards. A different type of play-style drives each community. For some, it is the ability to quickly form groups. For others, it is the amount of focus put on guilds. Still other players enjoy roleplaying or other non-traditional styles of playing the game, such as perma-death. Then there are servers where the primary focus is on high end content, or strictly looting. The Focus Graph demonstrates what areas each server had the highest responsiveness to. You will see very quickly that not all servers are built with the same profiles in the least. Each graph consists of Traits that the compiled data indicated more than a 2% ratio of pattern. Those traits with less than 2% pattern are excluded from that server’s Focus Graph. For definitions of what each trait is, see the Server Trait Definition List (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208895&postcount=5)

Swimming Index: See the specifics about the Swimming Index (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review:
Here you will find a very specific write up concerning the individual server. This will help you to understand life on that server prior to merge. The review will not tell you that you were more likely to have a good time on one server over another, it simply related specific features of that server community, overall impressions, and interesting facts about the server related to the study.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:22 AM
SERVER TRAIT DEFINITIONS


It is important to read the following definitions to know WHAT each trait means, before weighing the Focus Graph in your considerations:

Broad Level Range:
Servers with a repeatedly demonstrated ‘even spread’ of high, mid, and low level characters.

Casual Drive:
The focus of these players is on having fun, more so than being the best, or even being good, at any aspect of the game. So long as everyone is having a good time, that is what is important to servers with a great Casual Drive index. A laid back attitude is a must for Casual Drive communities. Players here are often only ‘part time gamers,’ who have limited playtime.

Economy Driven:
On these servers, there is an extremely active and bustling trade and sale community. This does NOT refer to plat farmers. It refers to the portion of players interested in trading, selling, and bartering their items via the forums, auction houses, and so forth.

Events:
The focus of these communities has been invested in providing player-created events on a large scale. While you can find activities run by players of all servers, servers with high marks here have a consistent drive to involve great volumes of their players in games, contests, and parties strictly for the fun of it.

Forum Presence:
Those servers with marks here have a very active presence on the ddo.com forums, in particular as related to the individual server forums provided by Turbine.

Guild Driven:
Servers with high marks in this category are those where a higher portion of their feedback revolving around guild activity. Here you will find that more players enjoy being a part of a guild. In some cases, this means very large guilds

Min/Maxing:
Often confused with power-gaming (but in a related family of traits), this consists of players optimizing their character’s for specializations. The term is derived from sacrificing effort put in one skill or attribute, in order to specialize in another. Players who enjoy this sort of activity are those most concerned with optimization of their character’s stats, or building a character for a certain end goal.

Older Crowd:
A high mark in Adult Crowd indicates a strong number of older players and family players. Family players often game with their spouses and children, but usually along side their respective spouse/children. Hence scores here do not necessarily mean you are more likely to find children playing on these servers verses any other server. In fact... very often younger players play on a different server than their parents to free up character slots, or to be out from under the parental thumb.

Overseas:
Time and time again, servers in this category had an indication of a heavier over-seas or foreign player base than usual. The only certain way to know if a server has other players from your country is to... well... ask. Many servers had Australian, Canadian, and even British players... some simply had a heavier reading of this than others. High Overseas scores frequently feature players on at the off-peak US times.

Power gaming:
Quite simply put, players of this play-style seek to be ‘the best.’ Their primary concern is with excelling at the game itself. They seek to level the fastest... to do the most damage... to quickly reach the XP cap... to complete quests the quickest... to have the best gear...there is only one drive: to be the best.

PUGs:
Servers with high marks here are those who readily form pick-up-groups with strangers, rather than strictly mingling with their friends and guild mates.

Raid Driven:
These communities strive to put specific effort into completing raid content, keeping their members flagged, and being immersed in raid related material

Roleplaying:
Pockets of Roleplaying can be found on every server... very often this consists of real life friends forming static groups to roleplay with. Servers with high marks for Roleplaying, however, are those were players frequently roleplay with ANYONE on server, have multiple roleplaying guilds, form Rping PUGs, and have players who detour from their regular play style to roleplay spontaneously.

Server Camaraderie:
The focus of these servers is in knowing your fellow servermates. Sharing and bonding with others on server is the predominant focus.

Specialty Guilds:
Servers showing repeated data here are those that have a high portion of non-traditional guilds. The focus of each guild can be very unique, such as guilds of all one race, or all one class... all one type of real life hobby common among their members... all perma-death... all roleplaying... and a host of other exotic requirements for membership.

Veteran Players:
High marks here indicate a large portion of players who are considered to be very experienced with the game, and make experience their focus. Learning the ins and outs of quests, the little nuances, the tricks of the trade... this is the life of the veteran servers. Some veterans are very open to passing on their knowledge to less experienced players, while others might shun newcomers. It is important to read the entire profile of servers with high veteran marks.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:31 AM
ABOUT THE SWIMMING INDEX

In the sea of players that is DDO, if you were to jump into water containing these server fish, with an open wound on you, how likely would you be to make it back out in one piece?

This index is one of the most controversial factors of the Server profiles. It relates specifically to new comers, and refers more or less to how rough and tumble the population of that server is. Servers are given a sign of a particular fish. Less harmful types of fish denote a population where newcomers or people new to an MMO experience might have an easier time adjusting. The more dangerous the fish, the more one should tread the waters with care. It does NOT mean how ‘friendly’ a server is – make no mistake that ALL servers have their nasty and nice people.

The index does NOT factor in the following features:

Platfarmers
Random ‘cybering’ propositions
Cross-server spats (i.e. one server’s hostility towards another)
How shy a server was in regards to the study


The index factored in the following features:

How often hostility was exhibited towards surveys
How often hostility was exhibited towards Merlask as a visitor
How often hostility was exhibited in public between the server residents
A repeatedly demonstrated disdain for community bonding activities
A reoccurrence of elitist or ostracizing attitudes
Frequency of locked threads on the ddo.com forums within their respective server sections (only threads closed for reason of flaming/rudeness were factored into this aspect of the index, and the content of the thread was reviewed)
Quantity of random tells and unprompted propositions during the course of the study
Repeated disregard for instructions as related to LFM messages, /who messages, and survey instructions


Just because a server has a more dangerous swimming index does not mean it is not a good server to be on. It just means that you may be in for a bit of a surprise if you’re unaccustomed to a player base that will keep you on your toes. I will reiterate that if I had the chance, I would play a character on EVERY server, because on the whole, the people of all the servers are great people to be around. I will not sugar coat your experience by excluding the negativity you’re bound to come upon at some point in time, hence the Swimming Index was created.

The following descriptions are metaphorical in terms of how ‘guarded’ you should be, as you swim in the waters among the servers.


The Fish of the Swimming Index (a scale of 1 to 10)

Minnows (1)

The atmosphere here is very open and casual, and is the most harmless of the climates. There's little fear of these players doing much to you.

Koi (2)

A playful nip from these players can be expected from time to time, but the atmosphere is still largely relaxed and easy going.

Siamese Fighting Fish (3)

A little more assertive, but still relatively harmless, they may flair up their colors at you, but don’t expect too much to come of it.

Catfish (4)

Generally docile, but watch out for the spines on these, which may prod you from time to time. They may inadvertently try to devour you, but their efforts are typically not going to leave a lasting mark.

Jellyfish (5)

Knowing where not to swim will keep you safe in the waters here... but if you happen to be so misfortunate as to bump into trouble, you might find the experience quite stinging. But if you leave them be, they’ll not come for you.

Pike (6)

I wouldn’t stick my fingers out for these... they have teeth, and they’re not afraid to use them! The atmosphere here is a little less peaceful than the quiet ponds of the minnows and koi, but they will keep their distance so long as you don’t give them a reason not to.

Stingrays (7)

They know where to aim to hurt you... swim carefully among them and try not to provoke them into lashing out! Watch where you step to avoid a big barb in your leg! Sure you can pet them, but just don’t try to hang onto their tails.

Electric Eels (8)

You may be in for a shock if you swim here unaware. Everything about this atmosphere says ‘handle with care,’ and only the heartier and more experienced swimmers can feel at ease.

Barracudas (9)

That open wound of yours is likely to bring their attention, and you had better think fast once they narrow in upon you. Inexperienced swimmers may well not make it out with all their limbs unmarred. However... it is POSSIBLE to swim here without harm no matter how much blood is in the water.

Sharks (10)

Attacking and swallowing anything they bump into, the very scent of your wound will drive them to a feeding frenzy! Thankfully, the waters of no servers were found to have sharks swimming in them.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:33 AM
Server Name: Adar
"Adar: In Gold We Trust"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Thursdays, Prime-time Eastern, Weekend Afternoons

Resident Celebrities: Buzzsaw of Forgotten Tales
Population Style: Urban

Focus Graph


== (Broad levels)
======= (Economy Driven)
= (Forum Presence)
==== (Guild Driven)
== (Min/Maxing)
====== (Older Crowd)
= (Overseas)
=== (Power gaming)
=== (PUGs)
======= (Server Camaraderie)
== (Veteran Players)
Swimming Index: Jellyfish (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review:

With a population second only to the largest server, the people of Adar enjoy a thriving economic focus. In comparison with their neighboring servers, Adarians put a heavy amount of emphasis on trade over other things they could be focusing on in the game. Despite their large quantity of residents, the Adarians tend to express an extremely close sense of community. This is not to say they don’t spat with one another, but overlapping social circles on a broad range are not uncommon here. On the whole, the people of Adar are reserved, and content to maintain their focus on the tasks at hand, rather than detouring to entertain more casual pursuits. They also display strong results concerning the adult population located here. It has been said that despite the large number of people, you’re liable to bump into a familiar face very frequently here. The guild drive is also somewhat above the normal, and I was approached numerous times during my stay to join various guilds, or seek out the assistance of various guilds, should I need it. This server also performed well in the PUG findings, as well as the proportion of lower level characters vs higher level, making it a very hospitable start-up for newcomers. Adar also benefits from being the first server listed alphabetically, hence very often in the early days, players loaded into the first server on the list as a place to dive right in and experience the game. This resulted in the corner stone of Adar’s population strength. Despite their large size, they ranked low in the amount of voluntary player feedback received in person and in other sections of the forums ... but responded very frequently to the study conducted directly in their specific server forum. There is a strong running vein of power gaming and mix/max to suit anyone’s need. It has also been said of the Adarians that they are made of layers, with some portions very game driven, and others more person-to-person driven. This seems to be largely responsible for the ‘familiar face’ phenomenon for their size. Each layer tends to associate with those of that personality – much like the ‘gangs’ of a large urban city – and thus repeatedly you find yourself among folk you swear you’ve seen before.

Some interesting Facts about Adar from the study


Adar’s most popular/active server thread relates to how skilled/elite players are

Adar was the first server visited on the +1 weekend during ‘peak’ hours on a Saturday night... and yet the responsiveness of the community was equal to - or often less than - the data collected on smaller servers that were visited on ‘off peak’ hours.

Adar was the only server that did not have the express mention of ‘helpful/friendly’ in the voluntary feedback. Players responded with other traits, or indicated that they ‘love their server,’ rather than commenting on the friendly nature of their servermates. Indeed the people of Adar are here to play the game.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:34 AM
Server Name: Aerenal
"I'm not twinked - just really lucky!"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
East Coast Prime time

Resident Celebrities: Jerry Snook of DDOCast
Population Style: Suburban

Focus Graph


== (Economy Driven)
== (Events)
== (Forum Presence)
==== (Guild Driven)
== (Older Crowd)
== (Overseas)
======== (Power gaming)
== (PUGs)
== (Roleplaying)
============== (Server Camaraderie)
== (Veteran Players)

Swimming Index: Siamese Fighting Fish (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review:

Want to get down to business? The Aerenalites are right behind you. A close-knit community with a very blue-collar no-nonsense persona, the residents of Aerenal play hard, and play to win. Their power gaming readings were second to only one other server. This is not to say that all that work doesn’t leave them the time to socialize. On the contrary, Aerenalites had the highest proportion of server camaraderie of any server studied. They frequently define their experience in their home server as ‘small town’ and are quick to socialize... for the right reason. Indeed, the people of Aerenal seem to lurk somewhat, unless they find your reasoning to be worth interrupting their playtime. There is a strong and thriving community of DDOCast listeners located here, as it is the home server of the show’s host. However, all of this podcast listening has instilled a desire for travel, as many Aerenalites were found to vacation on other servers. I suppose one does need a break from all that power gaming once in a while. The Aerenal server exhibits a broad diversity in the types of players that dwell here, but they all seem to be of like mindset: Get the job done. Aerenalites love to converse, and will open up to you readily, so long as you show good intent to them. However, don’t expect them to hold your hand if you are a newcomer. The people of Aerenal expect a certain amount of self-sufficiency out of their fellow players, and if you can’t keep up, well you might be left behind. It’s nothing personal... there is just business at hand that needs tended.

Some interesting Facts about Aerenal from the study:


To my great surprise, despite having the 2nd highest power gaming faction, there lurks among this community an underground sect of roleplayers as well.

Aerenal displayed the highest percentage of direct cross-server player evidence.

The most active Aerenal forum thread is a Roleplaying thread

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:34 AM
Server Name: Fernia
"Kill something ... or reroll"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Late nights

Resident Celebrities: Unknown
Population Style: Rural

Focus Graph


==== (Broad Level Range)
===== (Casual Drive)
=== (Economy Driven)
= (Events)
==== (Min/Maxing)
======= (Older Crowd)
======== (PUGs)
=== (Raid Driven)
======= (Server Camaraderie)
Swimming Index: Minnow (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

If you are seeking a laid back and friendly small town feel, Fernia is an excellent place to find that. Players here are not driven by power, but by an easy going play style. The faction that specializes in anything close to power gaming enjoys character optimization. This can probably be attributed to the high portion of feedback concerning older players being present on Fernia. With families, full time jobs, and tight schedules, the availability to invest huge amounts of time to playing in a week is more limited. Hence, pick-up-groups are the staple of Fernians. With a low level of competitiveness, the people of Fernia are friendly, relaxed, and here to have fun when they can.

Some interesting Facts about Fernia from the study:


The most active forum post of Fernia is a ‘hi how are you’ thread, which has more activity than threads of servers larger than Fernia.

Despite their smaller population, interesting economic activity was detected in Fernia, where complaints of the high price of items was frequently mentioned

Fernians repeated referred to themselves as ‘non-power gamers’

Fernia was one of only 3 servers to display a higher proportion of mid-level players than low or high level.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:34 AM
Server Name: Argonnessen
"Can't post... questing"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
East Coast Prime Time, and Wednesdays & Thursday activity spikes

Resident Celebrities: Cupcake of Forum Fame, Shecky of Forum Fame, and on occassion... Chuck Norris

Population Style: Urban

Focus Graph


=== (Broad Level Range)
= (Economy Driven)
======== (Guild Driven)
=== (Min/Maxing)
=== (Overseas)
======== (Power gaming)
== (PUGs)
== (Raid Driven)
== (Veteran Players)

Swimming Index: Stingrays (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

Meet the Metropolis of DDO. Boasting the handily largest population of all servers, Argonnessen is a thriving haven of players. At the most awkward of hours, the visible population count of Argonnessen reads as high as the highest head count during peak times of smaller servers. A wealth of activity can be found here, which comes from having a large player base. PUGs, Raids, players of many nationalities and play-hours, many people to cater your wears to, low and high level players... Argo seems to have it all. Not all things can be found on Argonnessen however – for more often than not, residents of Argonnessen not only indicated a low level of interest in player bred events and roleplaying, but an actual aversion to it. Those with the interest often vacation on other servers to sate their need. Despite being the largest population server, they also do not boast the most active forum presence in relation to other servers half their size. Instead, power gaming is the bread and butter of Argonnessen. Power in general really. Argonauts strive to be ‘best’ at as much as they can. Their received the highest marks of any server for power gaming, and their drive for accomplished guiding is prevalent. Players spoke frequently of their love for having ideal stats and character builds. They are even quick to use the term ‘best’ in relation to their homeland. They even have the most syllables in their name, of any server in DDO. However, with a large concentration of people also come the same problems that large cities have. Argonnessen has the 2nd highest Swimming Index of any server, as well as the lowest readings for ‘sense of community.’ This of course comes from having so many people all in one place. Argonauts have more of a ‘national’ pride than a sense of community. They are quick to fly their colors, if they suspect that anyone is talking of their server in a light they don’t fancy. In recent times, Argonnessen has seen an influx of refugees seeking a quantity of residents, and Argonnessens welcome them with open arms. The high Swimming index is more in relation to competition than outright hostility. For activity levels that bustle at all hours of the day, Argonnessen is Mecca.

Some interesting Facts about Argonnessen from the study:


Argonauts prefer the term ‘best’ when asked what they think of their home server.

Despite having the single largest population flow, Argonauts were also the least receptive to the study if told up front, and were quick to becoming hostile about being ‘labeled,’ regardless of the fact that they have the least to fear in terms of a threat of merger.

The people of Argonnessen were the only server that used color in their general chat channels as a regular means of communication during the study

The vocal Roleplayers of Argo were found to do their roleplaying on other servers often times.

During the study Argonnessen displayed higher marks for low-level and mid-level characters than their high-level population.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:35 AM
Server Name: Aundair
"Lead.... follow.... or get out of our RAID!!!"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Mondays & Tuesdays

Resident Celebrities: Riot of forum fame, Maldini of forum fame
Population Style: Suburban

Focus Graph


= (Casual Drive)
==== (Forum Presence)
==== (Guild Driven)
==== (Older Crowd)
===== (Power gaming)
=== (PUGs)
========= (Raid Driven)
=== (Server Camaraderie)
===== (Veteran Players)

Swimming Index: Pike (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

Raiding is on the menu for your stay in Aundair. Guilded or unguilded, the desire to participate in raid content is strong and well among Aundairians. The people of Aundair enjoy a close sense of community, and a mellow attitude in regards to their love for power gaming. After all, one must be skilled in order to complete raids, no? Aundair has a high ratio of guilded players, and yet, there is a frequent camaraderie cross-guild here. Most of Aundair’s Swimming Index revolves around personality conflicts, and the normal trouble associated with being a heavy raiding/power gaming server. With their love of the game comes a degree of interest in seeing that things are accomplished smoothly. Aundairians have an active forum presence, and yet a distinctive lurking about them. Once they warm to you, they are eager to help, to make you feel at home, and share information and stories with you.

Some interesting Facts about Aundair from the study:


Aundair is one of only two servers that showed high activity readings in the early part of the week in comparison to the rest of their week

Aundairians most active thread is a sharing / fun activity thread

Of servers visited, the Aundairians were one of only 3 servers to give offerings of Tasty Ham to Merlask

The people of Aundair expressed a repeated enjoyment of helping newbie players

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:36 AM
Server Name: Khyber
"Nos moris dico vos nostrum motto"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Unknown

Resident Celebrities: It is rumored that cast members of D&D Radio inhabit the server, as well as Dane Mcardy of Forum fame

Population Style: Urban

Focus Graph


===== (Economy Driven)
== (Forum Presence)
==== (Guild Driven)
==== (Overseas)
====== (Power gaming)
=== (PUGs)
=== (Raid Driven)
== (Roleplaying)
== (Specialty Guilds)

Swimming Index: Koi (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

Welcome to the mysterious realm of Khyber. Residents of this server proved most illusive despite their numbers. What data came in from them directly pointed towards a strong fondness for exotic and varied interests. The data made by direct observations also proved broad ranging. On the whole, Khyber has its high marks for traditional interests – power gaming and economic activity. However they also display a fondness for less traditional activities, such as roleplaying and unique style guilds. For their size, they also display an extremely low Swimming Index. The range of activities enjoyed by Khyberians is a wonder all its own. While they have a high portion of Guild Drive, they also exhibit a healthy PUG drive. They can enjoy roleplaying, and yet their have readings for raiding and power gaming as well. The Khyberians are also known to pop in on other servers. Khyber seems to be a very well rounded collective of players in terms of the sorts of the diversity of activities they enjoy. However Khyberians also seem to have an acute awareness to when they are being watched... and are more often than not, watching you and lurking, speaking only when they feel inclined to.

Some interesting Facts about Khyber from the study:


One of the larger servers, Khyber was the least talkative, placing dead last in voluntaryplayer feedback

Additionally, Khyber had the longest visit by Merlask of all the servers, 4 hours, and yet were among the least responsive of servers.

They did maintain the third lowest Swimming Index of all the servers, despite their size

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:36 AM
Server Name: Ghallanda
"'Ohhh.. a chest!' - a Ghallanda explorer's last words."

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Mondays

Resident Celebrities: Rowanheal of DDOCast, Brianius the player event host
Population Style: Suburban

Focus Graph


==== (Broad Level Range)
== (Events)
== (Min/Maxing)
== (Older Crowd)
==== (Overseas)
======= (Power gaming)
==== (Specialty Guilds)

Swimming Index: Siamese Fighting Fish (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review:

Interestingly enough, Ghallanda, despite having two resident player forum/event personalities, has a great interest in power gaming. Fortunately a diverse player base (including a high ratio of over seas players and a fair amount of family players) permits more variety in the sorts of gaming experience you’ll find here than in other power game focused servers. Ghallanda is also a relatively peaceful server, in comparison to many of their power gaming neighbors. Ghallandan’s are not afraid to walk off the beaten path, and seek out adventure in ways beyond the traditional quest. They do not exhibit overwhelming notions of server unity openly, but they do display a high level of guilding. Hence their friendships and fondness for one another are shown on a less public level than other servers often times. One must seek out their sense of community pride by less obvious means. For example, in recent weeks, Ghallanda’s local personalities have taken to giving a sort of ‘town cryer’ style update thread, where local happenings are compiled, and then submitted to the DDOCast. The residents of this server are also no strangers to taking visits to other servers to explore; but predominantly their hearts remain with what they consider to be their home server - Ghallanda.

Some interesting Facts about Ghallanda from the study:


Ghallanda was one of only two servers to demonstrate activity spikes on Mondays

Despite having a frequent event host, very few Ghallandans reported interest in participating in events, and Ghallanda also had a hostility towards events on par with readings from larger servers / power game servers.

Many Ghallandans don’t seem to regard population as a factor in their game play. Many described their home server has having more than enough people occupying it.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:39 AM
Server Name: Lhazaar
"Where size really doesn't matter"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Wednesdays & Thursdays, as well as Pacific Coast Prime time

Resident Celebrities: Rhebus the Rogue of DDOCast, Dr. Boutrous of DDOCast

Population Style: Suburban

Focus Graph


=== (Broad Level Range)
== (Forum Presence)
========= (Guild Driven)
== (Min/Maxing)
=== (Older Crowd)
====== (Overseas)
===== (Power gaming)
== (Server Camaraderie)
======== (Veteran Players)
Swimming Index: Catfish (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

The atmosphere of Lhazaar is fierce... and friendly. Elite... but well humored. The Lhazaares pride themselves in their knowledge of the game, and ban together in guild collectives to accomplish their goals. They are also denoted as being some what of a night-owl population, with a heavy amount of over seas traffic making up their number, as well as players from the states staying up far into the night. This server is talkative and interactive with one another, but on the whole seem to lean towards being guilded as they spend their time in game. They regard themselves as players, of any age, with finely honed working knowledge of the game content. Lhazaares are not quick to refer to themselves openly as elitists, but they do have a different mentality as their players level. In early phases of game play, the environment is friendly, helpful, and social. As they come closer to high end content, a much more ‘it’s go time’ attitude seems to immerge. Lhazaares focus more on knowing their stuff, than on any other prospect of the game.

Some interesting Facts about Lhazaar from the study:


Lhazaar had the highest marks for over seas players

One Lhazaar event featured a routine gathering of the players for an enconomy night called ‘Lhazaar Bazaar’

The guilds of Lhazaar frequently and openly exhibited the highest amount of guild pride

Lhazaar is one of the few servers to repeatedly indicate a Pacific Coast friendly peak play time

Oddly enough, the most active forum thread for Lhazaar is a pseudo flame war

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:39 AM
Server Name: Mabar
"Min/Max or DELETE!"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Unknown

Resident Celebrities: Unknown
Population Style: Rural

Focus Graph


== (Broad Level Range)
===== (Forum Presence)
===== (Guild Driven)
======= (Min/Maxing)
== (PUGs)
===== (Raid Driven)
== (Roleplaying)
====== (Server Camaraderie)
== (Veteran Players)

Swimming Index: Jellyfish (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

I fondly refer to this server as ‘Min/Max Mabar.’ They have the greatest devotion visible in all the study toward the idea of character optimization and specialization, compared to other things they could be doing. Don’t discount them as stat-mongers however, for the people of Mabar are also exceedingly social, and enjoy their small-town feel. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name... so to speak. The residents of Mabar work together frequently, talk together, and bicker together. Many residents seem to indicate that they are a product of nesting syndrome... they randomly landed themselves there at onset, and never left. It is the life of the gated community. Make no mistake that Mabarans are interested in the meat and potatoes of the game – the loot, the XP, and the character stats; but they enjoy these things on a very communal level. They also are not beyond delving into perma-death or roleplaying experiences. For those interested in a small-town closeness with their server mates, this may well be a place to find that. To quote one of the residents “we’re small...and we like it that way.”

Some interesting Facts about Mabar from the study:


Mabar had the fastest response time, immediately sending tells to Merlask within a few seconds of her loading in for her publicized visit, as well as offered the highest response to the in-game survey.

Mabar demonstrated a mostly even spread of levels, but their highest number was low level characters at the time of the study

The Mabarans repeatedly and adamantly indicated they want nothing to do with a merger, without being prompted to bring the topic up.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:40 AM
Server Name: Sarlona
"Where Tasty Ham Began"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Wednesdays & activity spikes on Sundays

Resident Celebrities: Kargon, Ron - creator of the DDO Character Planner
Population Style: Suburban

Focus Graph


=== (Broad Level Range)
= (Economy Driven)
=== (Guild Driven)
====== (Older Crowd)
=== (Overseas)
==== (PUGs)
=========== (Roleplaying)
=== (Server Camaraderie)
===== (Specialty Guilds)
===== (Veteran Players)

Swimming Index: Pike (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

Sarlona has long been regarded as a haven for roleplaying, and to date, all signs still point to this. Additionally, Sarlona shows a high portion of focus on unique guild types for their players. An older and experienced crowd, the Sarlonese enjoy playing, but power gaming and min / maxing is rather low on their priority list. Perhaps it is the intrigue of roleplaying, but Sarlona is a surprisingly gated style community, quickly suspicious of tourists to their region. Any signs of an abnormal presence in their community seems to set them on edge, and rightly so. For in Sarlona, it is commonplace to see roleplaying PUGs and open roleplaying, with not nearly the harassment one would find on a server where that was not a communal focus. They are very protective of their home, and very guarded with information related to it. They do maintain a working relationship with other servers, but on their terms. From dedicated play nights, to perma-death, to active and public roleplaying guilds, Sarlona has much to offer to those who seek to break outside the normal routine of MMO life.

Some interesting Facts about Sarlona from the study:


Sarlona’s ‘designated rp night’ is Sundays. On these nights they encourage folk who are new to roleplaying, or wish to take a rest from ‘normal’ questing, to come try out rping in game.

While Sarlona is regarded as an unofficial roleplaying server, the most active Sarlona forum thread at the time of the study related to power gaming

Sarlona was the only server to come in with a less than 1% indicator for both power gaming and min / maxing. All other servers had at least a 1% indicator for one or both of these traits.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:40 AM
Server Name: Risia

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Around the time of new content introduction

Resident Celebrities: Unknown
Population Style: Rural

Focus Graph Not Available

Swimming Index: Not Available

Review:

Once upon a time, Risia was the server denoted as being a ‘test server’ – active only for short periods of time when the developers wanted the players to try out new game features before they went live in the game - a sort of beta playground if you will. Existing player characters were copied from all the servers onto this server. To access this server, a second copy of DDO needed to be installed. Eventually, Risia was left up and running as a permanently functional server, rather than sporadically accessible.

The population found on Risia is unusual in that it is comprised of a mingling of ALL the servers. Additionally, content not yet found on the other servers can be found and tried out here. The advantage of playing on Risia is a low amount of ‘spoilers,’ as very often the players are all equally clueless as to what is happening in the new content quests. The disadvantage is that at present, most players tend not to stop in on the server unless they are particularly uncertain about a game feature that is being added or changed – usually related to the UI or direct character interaction with the world.

There is a growing movement among select players to try and bolster the activity levels of Risia by making it as a no-rush, easy going, investigative atmosphere, with the added bonus of new content to explore.

Some interesting Facts about Risia from the study:


Despite low in-game activity, Risia still has an active forum population

Risia is the only server with two forums devoted to it

While the Risians expressed an interest in being included in the study, they offered no insight into their community for it.

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:40 AM
Server Name: Riedra
"Just like Mayberry, but with vorapls and drow."

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Thursday afternoons, and heavy activity on Sundays

Resident Celebrities: Chris Molsbee of "Beckett's Massive Online Gamer" Magazine
Population Style: Suburban

Focus Graph


=== (Broad Level Range)
= (Casual Drive)
== (Economy Driven)
= (Events)
= (Forum Presence)
= (Older Crowd)
====== (Overseas)
==== (Power gaming)
============ (Server Camaraderie)
======= (Veteran Players)

Swimming Index: Siamese Fighting Fish (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review:

A close community with a casual atmosphere, Riedra is seldom seen to put any focus into rushing through things. Power is an interest, as is skill, but having good time with their fellow server mates also factors into the equation. The people of Riedra also placed highest in indication of over-seas players. They were second to only one other server in camaraderie. Riedra has also been known to spontaneously hold events, in relation to thinks they care about or are interested in. As a mid-sized server, the people of Riedra are accepting of new comers, who soon become one with the close-knit way of life on server. They are very evenly distributed in terms of their desires, and even their power gaming and veteran faction is somewhat laid back. This is a safe haven for power gamers who don’t quite want to power that hard; or who wish to get to know the server locals and become close.

Some interesting Facts about Riedra from the study:


Of all the servers visited on +1 weekend, Riedra was the only server to have 3 instances of Giant Hold for the duration of Merlask’s visit

The frequency of /who messages seen on Riedra also seemed abnormally low compared to other servers.

For their size, Riedra had an extremely large quantity of volunteered player data for the survey

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:41 AM
Server Name: Thelanis
"Come for the events, stay for the community."

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Wednesdays & Thursdays, Eastern Prime time

Resident Celebrities: Merlask, Xiloscent of DDOCast, tihocan of Forum fame
Population Style: Suburban

Focus Graph


== (Broad Level Range)
========= (Events)
=== (Forum Presence)
== (Older Crowd)
== (PUGs)
======== (Roleplaying)
=== (Server Camaraderie)
===== (Specialty Guilds)

Swimming Index: Minnows (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review:

It is difficult to write a review about your ‘home’ server, but it is necessary. Despite the fact Thelanis is my home server, I studied, analyzed, and sorted them the same as any other server. I also did not devote any more (or less) visiting time/play time with them than any other server for the study portions.

Thelanis is hands down known as a player event server. The second strongest running feature of the server is roleplaying. Thelanis is interesting in that there is a low to non-existent level of aggression between roleplayers and non roleplayers. Even among avid power gamers and non-roleplayers, when asked of Thelanis, the two words that leapt forth the most often were events and roleplaying, despite the fact that they themselves were not partaking. Thelanis is a frequent vacationing spot for players of other servers, who come to drop in and eye the local events. The players of Thelanis frankly care little for the game itself... their focus is in goofing around with their fellow players. The most common activity on Thelanis is dancing. At any given time, when at least one person is dancing, several more will join in, no matter what the situation or familiarity with the other players. Questing, looting, and xping frequently take a back seat for zany antics.

Some interesting Facts about Thelanis from the study:


Of players who used the words ‘friendly’ or ‘I love the people here’ in regards to their server- without being prompted - 21% of these comments received were in relation to Thelanis. The next closest server to have this type of mention was 12%, followed by 9% of the responses, and lower.

Thelanis had the largest percentage of unguilded players visible at the time of the study

Thelanians stopped most often from their +1 weekend to dance in Giant Hold

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:41 AM
Server Name: Tharashk
"Tharashk, the small big server"

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Thursdays

Resident Celebrities: Cupcake of Forum fame
Population Style: Rural

Focus Graph


==== (Broad Level Range)
=== (Forum Presence)
==== (Guild Driven)
==== (Older Crowd)
=== (Overseas)
==== (Power gaming)
==== (Raid Driven)
============= (Server Camaraderie)
==== (Specialty Guilds)
=== (Veteran Players)

Swimming Index: Catfish (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

Never again will you find such an evenly distributed portion of interests on a server. The only overwhelmingly domineering trait of Tharashk is their sense of community, which comes from being a smaller server and knowing one another. Tharashk is an exeedingly well rounded batch of players. Their desire for power gaming, raids, and specialty guilds is evenly matched. The Tharashkians are also quite interactive with one another, frequently emoting and making use of their /who messages. You will also frequently find very open cross-guilding on Tharashk, where players maintain a presence in multiple guilds on server. Tharashk might not be the most hopping ddo.com forum community, but they don’t have to be, since their players created their own private forum just for Tharashkians. Many residents of Tharashk speak of a nesting syndrome, where they loaded into the server, and stayed. This has resulted in a very broad range of interests. Tharashk did not dominate any trait category, but was one of the few servers that performed evenly well in many areas. Many other servers lean toward one type of focus or another, but on Tharashk, players experience a full range of interaction in a server environment teeming with familiarity among the players.

Some interesting Facts about Tharashk from the study:


Tharashk was one of only three servers where their portion of lower level characters out numbered the high level characters visible

Compared to other servers, Tharashk had the highest indication of animosity towards the notion of server events.

Tharashk was the only server to have such an evenly pitted proportion of such a variety of traits, in both player feedback and observations

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:43 AM
Server Name: Xoriat
"It was fate that brought me to Xoriat, but it is hate that makes me stay."

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Fridays in particular

Resident Celebrities: Steeltoe
Population Style: Rural

Focus Graph


== (Economy Driven)
===== (Forum Presence)
== (Guild Driven)
== (Min/Maxing)
=== (Overseas)
===== (Power gaming)
===== (Server Camaraderie)
======= (Veteran Players)

Swimming Index: Barracudas (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

In the Eberron setting, Xoriat is the plane of madness. In the DDO Community, it would seem to an outsider that this holds true. Xoriat has developed a reputation as the ‘mean’ server, and indeed, they do have the highest Swimming Index of any server; there is good reason for this.

Xoriat is the Sparta of DDO. A rough and tumble place where only the strongest, most thick-skinned, and loyal survive. The people of Xoriat, despite having the highest Swimming Index, also had the 2nd highest marks for the fondness of their community. Among the servers, they have the highest portion of forum activity, and for having an abysmally small population compared to that of the largest server, they match them for forum activity. The famous hostility of the Xoriatans is actually something more of a sibling rivalry. They bicker and argue with one another over one thing or another... and yet should an outside server talk smack about one of their own, they would readily attack – even if the one they were defending had previously been their worst enemy on server. The Xoraitans have an uncanny awareness of what one another are doing, and word of mouth about your reputation flies like fire among the inhabitants. The public eye of Xoriat is ever watchful. Their longest running, most active thread (and incidentally, the 2nd most viewed thread of any of the servers) is entitled ‘Least friendly server.’ Participating in this has come to be a ritualistic past-time for the Xoriatans. If you are prepaired to go through a little hazing, you will find a community that for, all intents and purposes, behaves very much like a real family of brothers and sisters. With a drive for power and experience, a fully competitive nature, and a reputation for aggression, Xoriatans truly are the Spartans among the players.

Madness? THIS IS XORIAT!

Some interesting Facts about Xoriat from the study:


Xoriatans have an extremely high level of server pride and love of their people, and will READILY speak to outsiders about their home server and just how proud they are of it.

12% of all commentary received relating to ‘friendly’ and ‘helpful’ and ‘love the people’ was used in reference to Xoriat. This was the 2nd highest percentage.

Several of the respondents of Xoriat took open and great pride in their general disregard for a need to spell or punctuate their interactions properly

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:45 AM
FINDING A SERVER BASED ON YOUR INTERESTS

Looking for a particular quality in your server? Here you will find the top recommendations for different types of activities/interests in gaming. Each lists servers that had a high portion of their population devoted to the activity. They are listed in order of their concentration levels. Remember that servers seen in these lists placed the highest in the given category in terms of what their communities are focused on. Remember that ALL of these activities can be found on ALL servers, but servers listed here have a particular devotion / concentration of players interested in the trait:


Population: Argonnessen (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208903&postcount=10), Adar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208899&postcount=7), Khyber (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208908&postcount=12)
PVP: All servers show equal levels of interest
Broad Level Range: Fernia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208905&postcount=9), Tharashk (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208918&postcount=20), Ghallanda (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208906&postcount=13)
Casual Drive: Fernia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208906&postcount=9), Aundair (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208904&postcount=11), Riedra (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208913&postcount=18)
Economy Driven: Adar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208899&postcount=7), Khyber (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208908&postcount=12), Fernia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208905&postcount=9)
Events: Thelanis (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208919&postcount=19), Ghallanda (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208906&postcount=13), Aerenal (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208902&postcount=8)
Forum Presence: Xoriat (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208920&postcount=21), Mabar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208910&postcount=15), Aundair (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208904&postcount=11)
Guild Driven: Lhazaar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208909&postcount=14), Argonnessen (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208903&postcount=10), Mabar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208910&postcount=15)
Min/Maxing: Mabar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208910&postcount=15), Fernia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208905&postcount=9), Argonnessen (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208903&postcount=10)
New Game Content: Risia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208911&postcount=17)
Older Crowd: Fernia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208905&postcount=9), Adar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208899&postcount=7), Sarlona (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208916&postcount=16)
Overseas: Lhazaar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208909&postcount=14), Riedra (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208913&postcount=18), Argonnessen (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208903&postcount=10), Ghallanda (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208906&postcount=13), Khyber (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208908&postcount=12)
Power gaming: Aerenal (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208902&postcount=8), Argonnessen (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208903&postcount=10), Ghallanda (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208906&postcount=13)
PUGs: Fernia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208905&postcount=9), Khyber (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208908&postcount=12), Sarlona (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208916&postcount=16), Adar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208899&postcount=7), Aundar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208904&postcount=11), Argonnessen (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208903&postcount=10)
Raid Driven: Aundair (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208904&postcount=11), Mabar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208910&postcount=15), Tharashk (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208918&postcount=20)
Roleplaying: Sarlona (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208916&postcount=16), Thelanis (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208919&postcount=19), Khyber (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208908&postcount=12), Mabar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208910&postcount=15)
Server Camaraderie: Aerenal (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208902&postcount=8), Tharashk (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208918&postcount=20), Riedra (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208913&postcount=18), Mabar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208910&postcount=15) (though all servers express a strong love of their players)
Specialty Guilds: Sarlona (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208916&postcount=16), Thelanis (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208919&postcount=19), Ghallanda (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208906&postcount=13), Tharashk (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208918&postcount=20)
Veteran Players: Lhazaar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208909&postcount=14), Riedra (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208913&postcount=18), Xoriat (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208920&postcount=21), Aundair (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208904&postcount=11)
XP Grinding: All servers show equal levels of interest

Merlask
06-22-2007, 03:53 AM
ALPHABETICAL SERVER PROFILES


Adar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208899&postcount=7)
Aerenal (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208902&postcount=8)
Argonnessen (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208903&postcount=10)
Aundair (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208904&postcount=11)
Fernia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208905&postcount=9)
Ghallanda (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208906&postcount=13)
Khyber (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208908&postcount=12)
Lhazaar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208909&postcount=14)
Mabar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208910&postcount=15)
Riedra (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208913&postcount=18)
Risia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208911&postcount=17)
Sarlona (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208916&postcount=16)
Tharashk (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208918&postcount=20)
Thelanis (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208919&postcount=19)
Xoriat (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208920&postcount=21)

Katrina
06-22-2007, 10:35 AM
Very interesting!
Good work!

Yvonne_Blacksword
06-22-2007, 11:31 AM
lol! I love you Merlask! :p
Thank you for coloring my favorite server in such a pretty hue!:)
:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
I am a siameese fighting fish!
Watch as I flash my colorful fins at you!
Be frightened...Be very frightened...

Merlask
06-22-2007, 11:37 AM
lol! I love you Merlask! :p
Thank you for coloring my favorite server in such a pretty hue!:)
:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
I am a siameese fighting fish!
Watch as I flash my colorful fins at you!
Be frightened...Be very frightened...

Yes I anticipated a certain level of ... oh how shall I say ... displeasure?... from the swimming index listings

It could be worse, I could have listed you as a clown fish ;)

Zenako
06-22-2007, 12:11 PM
You know, I almost felt like I was reading one of Volo's Guides to XXXX while going through the thread. Nicely done.

It is also time for you to step outside and see the Sun again...take a break, this labor of love has clearly consumed a GREAT deal of your time this past month. I can fully understand the passion you have for this, having done something of that nature for another game / hobby myself.

Would it be possible to have one chart or entry with the Focus Graphs of each server all together, and to see all the traits (even those below the cut line).


_________Server X______Server Y_____Server etc
Trait 1____xxxx_________xxxxxxx_______xxx
Trait 2____xx___________xxxx__________xxxxxx
Trait 3____-____________xxxxx_________xxx
etc

might do the trick if the formating holds up.

RazorrX
06-22-2007, 12:11 PM
Pretty cool study there Merlask.

Out of curiosity, as someone who has visited all the servers, do you see a big problem with some fo them as far as population goes? (asked because of the repeated server merge threads) Or did it seem that, while some did not have the large populations, they were far from a 'dead' server as sometimes has been eluded at.

A Minnow! I am a Minnow! Watch me . . . get eaten by bigger fish? *runs and hides*

5footStep
06-22-2007, 12:12 PM
This has got to be the best thread I have EVER read on the forums!
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Merlask gets the Gold Star for this one!

Being a server hopping Aerenalite this is right down my alley! Hrm.. so many servers to visit and so little time!!!:rolleyes:

Cap_Man
06-22-2007, 12:15 PM
Well done.

[tips his hat then fades back into the mysterious realm of Khyber......]

Ransacked
06-22-2007, 12:30 PM
Oddly enough, the most active forum thread for Lhazaar is a pseudo flame war


Lol... so true.

Nicely done. :)

Redweaver
06-22-2007, 12:40 PM
Nominated for Thread of the Week! Awesome guide. :D

Crowwe
06-22-2007, 12:42 PM
edited

Let me just say the results should taken as entertainment and I disagree with the results.

Yaga_Nub
06-22-2007, 12:48 PM
Great thread and I'm glad that some did this.

I'm on the Mabar server and other than the fact that RP was mentioned (we DONT rp on Mabar), I think she hit the nail on the head.

I like our jellyfish rating as well because I know more than a few people that have been stung by older characters because of their questions or actions in a quest.

MABAR - Home of the "best of the best" and the "worst of the worst"! (to quote Sabo)

Yvonne_Blacksword
06-22-2007, 12:53 PM
Actually...the fighting fish reference...

Was right on for me... personally...I often posture and run away.
Mostly harmless.

Aerenal.

I do surf/try out builds on other servers...
I love my server and it would be game wrecking for me if I was forced to leave...permanantly...
WE KNOW EvRyOnE...for better or worse.
New people to the server...usually don't get us. roleplay there...hack and slash here...
I have been in 7 guilds...4 of which still exist...so. um. there are aome...um...
OOOPS...
I have finally found a guild that is right for me. yay!


I like it. informative...impartial...based on forum residents response...Nice...needs to be stickied!
do it! do it now!

ToeTank
06-22-2007, 12:54 PM
Great work Merlask. Not everyone will agree with what you stated but you definitely give a general feel of each server which is what many newbie's always are asking for.

binnsr
06-22-2007, 12:59 PM
Seconded for TotW.

Great job and kudos to you, Merlask, for putting this together.

I think that Tharashk has such a varied population because it was on the top of the 'new players should make a character on these worlds' list for most of last year.

PurdueDave
06-22-2007, 01:01 PM
Wow. Lot of work.

Count my nomination for thread-o-da-week.

WolfSpirit
06-22-2007, 01:19 PM
Simply a great work. TotW material for sure!

Suggestion?
After getting some sun, continue your study to improve accuracy to the higher percent.

With luck, this guide will be locked tight by the powers that be and put somewhere with high visibility for our new & existing players alike.

Merlask, your dedication to D&D as well as DDO is astounding.
Kudos woman, you deserve it!

:)(PS How long before I can be considered famous?):D

Heathen_Child
06-22-2007, 02:11 PM
WOW!.

Very Spify.

Great work.

mocat
06-22-2007, 02:12 PM
I'm disappointed actually. :cool:

Where is the 'Kobold Friendliness Index'? :confused:

How are we supposed to know which server is safest? :(



Oh well, my home server of Lhazaar is good. That's where I keep my den. :cool:

Of course, it could have something to do with a steady supply of cupcakes! :D

Bombalo
06-22-2007, 02:16 PM
Your my hero :) TOtW nominee.

Reichpapers
06-22-2007, 02:29 PM
Geez, I've been on Thelanis since almost the beginning and haven't even heard of any of the Thelanis celebrities (you listed). Though I do know one or two really bad players that stand out. :)

Sleepy
06-22-2007, 02:35 PM
Good job! Looks helpful for the new players. Too bad it won't help me (Been playing since beta and still can't stick to a server for more then a month).

Maldini
06-22-2007, 02:57 PM
Server Name: Aundair

Peak Activity (in addition to weekends):
Mondays & Tuesdays

Resident Celebrities: Unknown
Population Style: Suburban

Focus Graph


= (Casual Drive)
==== (Forum Presence)
==== (Guild Driven)
==== (Older Crowd)
===== (Power gaming)
=== (PUGs)
========= (Raid Driven)
=== (Server Camaraderie)
===== (Veteran Players)Swimming Index: Pike (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208898&postcount=6)

Review

Raiding is on the menu for your stay in Aundair. Guilded or unguilded, the desire to participate in raid content is strong and well among Aundairians. The people of Aundair enjoy a close sense of community, and a mellow attitude in regards to their love for power gaming. After all, one must be skilled in order to complete raids, no? Aundair has a high ratio of guilded players, and yet, there is a frequent camaraderie cross-guild here. Most of Aundair’s Swimming Index revolves around personality conflicts, and the normal trouble associated with being a heavy raiding/power gaming server. With their love of the game comes a degree of interest in seeing that things are accomplished smoothly. Aundairians have an active forum presence, and yet a distinctive lurking about them. Once they warm to you, they are eager to help, to make you feel at home, and share information and stories with you.

Some interesting Facts about Aundair from the study:

Aundair is one of only two servers that showed high activity readings in the early part of the week in comparison to the rest of their week
Aundairians most active thread is a sharing / fun activity thread
Of servers visited, the Aundairians were one of only 3 servers to give offerings of Tasty Ham to Merlask
The people of Aundair expressed a repeated enjoyment of helping newbie players


Nicely done. But don't forget, Aundair is where the fist guild beat the Titan post patch.

Also, it's where the original min-max builders are still located ;) a.k.a. me and Riott

Citymorg
06-22-2007, 03:30 PM
Very cool, Merlask. Well done, you obviously did a lot of work putting this together and it seems as scientific as possible. As far as I can tell (from the two servers I play on, Khyber and Xoriat) you hit it pretty well.

Thank you for all the work you have done for community, from this survey to your live server events to DDO videos.

Mockduck
06-22-2007, 03:47 PM
Excellent work, no doubt about it.


A close-knit community with a very blue-collar no-nonsense persona, the residents of Aerenal play hard, and play to win.

Aerenal's a blue collar, no-nonsense, kinda 'get the job done' sort of place.....smaller population than the "New York City" of Argonnessen....a place where people like to socialize.....

....WAIT A SECOND?!?! Are you calling us the "New Jersey" of servers!?!? :)

And I play music, too. Does that mean I'm DDO's equivalent of Bruce Springsteen? ARGH! "I. was. BOOOORN, to loot and play-ay-a." On second thought, maybe not...

Can you guess I'm getting ready to leave work on a Friday? Awesome job, Merlask.

gelgoog
06-22-2007, 03:48 PM
well turbine........offer her a job!
merlask does what players like to see.
she does it very well and deserves a job there.
if no job then offer her some special rewards in game then.

i don't see any turbine employee doing what merlask does for the game.
she is very socially aware of the players in the game and the game itself.


hire her....it will help this game get better.

Darkwolf
06-22-2007, 04:33 PM
Wow! Very nicely done. I can't imagine the time you must have put into this. :cheers:
Yes I anticipated a certain level of ... oh how shall I say ... displeasure?... from the swimming index listings


Willing to bet the most displeasure comes from those ranked highest, which will ironically reinforce the rating even more. :D

Gareth27
06-22-2007, 05:35 PM
Way kool Merlask, excellent job and thanks for taking the time to assist everyone. I am a Ghallandan 1st and foremost and I have to say you hit the nail on the head there. I also make occasional trips to Argonesson, but I don't spend enough time there have an opinion of their population, as I find myself drawn back home to Ghallanda. Anyways, nice job and keep up the good work....I definitely expect to see this as the next TotW.

Shecky
06-22-2007, 06:34 PM
Wow! Very nicely done. I can't imagine the time you must have put into this. :cheers:

Willing to bet the most displeasure comes from those ranked highest, which will ironically reinforce the rating even more. :D

Nah. We Stingrays pretty much earned our reputation - as Jerry put it, we're the NYC of the servers. Cranky and insular smart-alecks, that's us. Lots of tight-knit neighborhoods, people always in a hurry even to relax, crosstown fans living to snipe at each other, a little bit of everybody... yep, it's NYC.

Just don't even THINK about turning me into the Don Imus of DDO. :eek:

Bloodmech
06-22-2007, 07:03 PM
Wow I am quite impressed, I can see you put a ton of effert in to this...thank you very much, I havebeen concidering expanding my presence to another server and I think this will belp very much, I aplaud you fine sir.:)




P.S. for Fernia you have listed no celeberties, but you may want to note that the writer of the chests and loot guide, Cataclysm is a Fernian....dont know if that counts as a celebrety...

Merlask
06-22-2007, 07:14 PM
Thank you all for your kind words regarding the study, and in particular, thanks to those of you who maintained a very high level of civility in terms of your disagreements with the findings. I can never ever say it enough that I would love to play on every server in the game, and that I would regard no server as a place that 'you shouldn't go'

I much prefer to present things from a 'if you like this...you might like this place' approach. Even WITH a guide such as this, it is not set in stone that you will enjoy a server. All this intends to do is point you in a direction in a meaningful way beyond your coin tossing or other server-picking rituals.

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Re: Zenako - The idea of compiling the graphs all in one place

I debated long and hard about doing that, showing the graphs alongside one another, but I really felt that was kind of an unfair way to present the servers. After all, just looking at those graphs really doesn't give you a fair understanding of what the place is like. Numbers are a poor way to strictly judge something.

The closest thing that comes to this is the 'recommendations by your interests' and even there I list multiple servers, and yet I still provide a direct link to each profile of that server. Just because a server received high marks in say roleplaying, doesn't mean that the atmosphere there is all the same. To show all the graphs bunched together would give a false impression to new players as to what life is like on that server, if they went strictly by the graphs. The graphs are strictly off the numbers, but do not provide you with a more intimate and personalized approach. It'd be like picking a restaraunt just based on how many stars they have, and not knowing what the couisine was, or where it was located, or if they are a fancy place vs a family eat in etc.

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Re: Maldini - your comment about Aundair and the titan...

did you notice that Aundair's raiding index was off the chart? ;) Something tells me that is not a coincidence.

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Re: RazorrX - Population study results

Actually, what I have noticed is that on some servers, there was a very high portion of new characters.. and not just the larger servers, I'm talking smaller ones too.

Additionally, one of the ironic advantages of me getting laid off this month was being home during the most awkward hours of the day to study you all. In addition to eastern prime time, I logged in at times like
6am
1pm
4pm
1am
3am

I logged in on saturday afternoons, and sundays at 1am, on mondays at the crack of dawn, or weds middle of the day... all sorts of bizarro time slots that in the past I would have NEVER been able to do.

and there was always actvitiy on all the servers, some in larger portion than others of course. Even on my own server, I would spot familiar faces and guild mates loaded in at these odd ball times. What I DID notice is that all the servers have sort of come to have their more and less active periods based on who is playing there. Is there a high level of over seas or west coast players? A largly eastern time zone driven community? Weekday folks (like myself, who only gets to play on weekends if hubby is out with the boys). On the whole the only definitively common observation is that there were more visible players on every server every single time I took a reading was: weekends.

The hardest part about population head counts is that you have to factor in:
How many players are anon
How many players are actually the same player popping in on 5 different servers in a week
How many players I just baaaarely missed as I was taking the head count because they logged off moments ago, or were in the loading screen coming in

Because of these factors, it is pretty much silly to try and get a realistic 'head count.' Consider that I have a character on every server, and was visiting every server... and if someone were conducting their population study during the time when I was hopping about the planes, my head would show up on every one of their server readings. That's hardly accurate. So what I was watching for was activity levels, not bodies.

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Re: Reichpapers - I have no clue who these celebrities are

See that's my point about the study is that just because there is a high level of feedback for one thing or another, it doesnt mean that EVERYBODY there is of that mindset, so it's just a guide, NOT a set in stone deal. Thank you for your feedback on this btw, as it kinda re enforces the challenge of listing 'well known' DDO personalities by server. I can try my best to be fair, but I am only human ^^

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Re: Crowwe - take with a grain of salt

That is very very true Crowwe. I would say that this is an offering as just some motivation for people who might otherwise rely on the old trusty ee-nee-mee-nee-mi-nee-mo method of server selection. Not everyone is going to agree.

I thank you abundantly for your politeness in regards to your outlook on it.

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Re: Yaga Nub - we dont rp

I think you have a strong case of closet rpers on Mabar. Repeatedly those who pounced me on my visits who recognized me spoke of how interesting they found my weekly segment of the ddo cast related to rping, in addition to the other findings.

I wouldnt say that Mabar is an exceedingly rpy place, but there definately seems to be some underground rping. If I had to guess, the rpers are just more guarded and private because they're afraid of getting hastled by non-rpers. That is a very common theme among those who like to RP...but dont.

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Re: Binnsr - varied population on Tharashk

I think I agree with you on that one that people who came by the guidance of the 'hey play over here cuz we...uh...said so' message that popped up are a product of nesting syndrome. It had to be the most evenly spread bunch of people ive ever seen in terms of the stuff that was coming back. As if they had no overwhelming focus for one thing or another.

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Re: Wolfspirit - continue to add to the guide

I will say that this was a LOT of work to do all by my lonesome. Especially for a month and on top of every other project I do around here. I also realize that there is such a thing as population 'shift' and 'migration' and in time, this study will become out dated, and need revamped. But I'll give it some time before I fuss with that ^^

As for getting famouse well............... get out there and give back to the community!!!!

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Re: mocat - the Kobolds are coming!

Yes perhaps a more D&D related Swimming Index could have been fun, but then I'd have to worry about people nit picking over the creatures ^^. Plus, in keeping true to my 'sharks and minnows' as it was the first DDO video I did, I had to run with it heh.

How hospitible could any server be to kobolds when you have +Sir running around telling us to neuter them!!?? :eek:

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Re: Bloodmech - unknown resident celebrities

Remember that some infamous DDO personalities were approached already, and not all of them WANTED you to know where they play. In fact, in some cases, you'll note these people don't even list their server in their sig, or any other potentially identifying factor that might help paint out where it is they dwell. People are free to nominate celebrities as they feel fit, so long as they are someone who repeatedly makes meaningful contributions to the DDO community, or to their respective server. I'd rather not start getting flooded with
'Hey put so-n-so on, they're the best PVPer'
or
'So and so was the first guild to beat the reaver'
or
'So and so is the meanest'

Try to select individuals that you constantly find immersed in the community, trying to make it a better place to be :)

sigtrent
06-22-2007, 07:29 PM
I think we need to add some things here, as great as this guide is.

Each server needs the following

A server slogan
A patron monster

Example
Thelanis Slogan: Lets do something stupid!
Thelanis Monster: Umber Hulks! <umm because they cause confusion.. ya thats it..)

Merlask
06-22-2007, 07:31 PM
I think we need to add some things here, as great as this guide is.

Each server needs the following

A server slogan
A patron monster

Example
Thelanis Slogan: Lets do something stupid!
Thelanis Monster: Umber Hulks! <umm because they cause confusion.. ya thats it..)

There is still time to add this in, but it requires the servers to actually, y'know, speak up hehe. I am not opposed to this in the least. For me Thelanis would have been

"2nd to last in the Alphabet, 2nd to none in Events"

and eh monster uh...... yeah umber hulks sounds fine by me lol

Tell you what... since the thread will likely be getting a lot of attention this week, I'll go ahead and create a thread on each of the home servers, much like the 'speak for yourself' thread, and let them pick their own slogans ^^

I'll give ya a week to get your votes in.

Post Script: Hmm, do you suppose Sarlona's monster will be: Kargon!?

Post Post Script: I know some of you Sarlonans might regard my review of your home as a bit odd... but time and time again I was confronted with 'why are you asking? who are you? where were you on the night of April 14th?????' 'get out of the LFM' 'defect from your server!!' and other odd types of hostility that I really wasnt expecting. And yet... all of it seemed to revolve around varifying my intentions more or less. So on the whole, Sarlonans seemed to want to be well... left alone lol. Perhaps having a Kargon roaming your home makes you on edge?

Shecky
06-22-2007, 07:41 PM
Argonnessen Slogan: Mrh?
Argonnessen Monster: Mind flayers. Always messin' with your head.

:D

Bradik_Losdar
06-22-2007, 08:01 PM
Absolutely phenomenal amount of work there Merlask!

A terriffic guide for both new and old players! Thank you for doing this. :D

After it is made Thread of the Week (another vote here forum mods!) - it really should be stickied.

(BTW - I certainly hope Turbine sends you a check for the work you did. They would have ended up paying a HUGE sum to get this info through focus group studies!)

Merlask
06-22-2007, 08:03 PM
Argonnessen Slogan: Mrh?
Argonnessen Monster: Mind flayers. Always messin' with your head.

:D

here go toss that in your server's slogan thread Sheck ^^

Uska
06-22-2007, 08:56 PM
I love this was happy to see nice things about both my servers lhazaar and riedra this needs to be stickied as it would be very nice for newcomers and vets alike.

gorloch
06-22-2007, 08:59 PM
All I have to say is "YES XORIAT IS THE MEANEST!!!!!!!" We work hard to keep our rep up. :D

PIXA

cryptic
06-22-2007, 11:25 PM
Fantastic Job

Thank You for all of the time you spent doing it.

Sokar6000
06-22-2007, 11:59 PM
Wow! Very nicely done. I can't imagine the time you must have put into this. :cheers:

Willing to bet the most displeasure comes from those ranked highest, which will ironically reinforce the rating even more. :D

Nonsense. You ever check out our forums? We Xoriatese are proud of our high rating.


:D


and yet should an outside server talk smack about one of their own, they would readily attack – even if the one they were defending had previously been their worst enemy on server.

That's because we know that the worst player on Xoriat is better than the best player on any other server.

1. We are the best.
2. Statement one is true.
3. Therefore, because of statement 1 and 2, no other server has the right to insult us.


:D

On a side note, Xoriatese? I always thought we were Xoriatians.

Cowdenicus
06-23-2007, 12:27 AM
Now we all know that there is no way that those on Xoriat could ever hang with those of us from Fernia. We are on fire, baby. It's Madness to think otherwise. :eek: :D

valreesio
06-23-2007, 12:34 AM
Merlask, as a new player to DDO, I have been all over these forums lately. I picked up on your "Speak for yourself" forums at the end of the +1 loot weekend. As soon as I had read all your threads and the replies in them, I decided on Sarlona. I gave it a try and have been thoroughly pleased this last week. I was on Argonessen (or however you spell it) originally because it was the first on the list. I was not happy there. Now with Sarlona, its great. Now that I have read this guide of yours, I am doubly sure of my choice. Thank you for your contributions to the game (from what I have seen, they are tremendous) and to all of us newbies.

PS. Dont get the Pike reference...I seem to have been welcomed with open arms, even with the worst lag in the history of DDO I am sure. LOL

Hvymetal
06-23-2007, 06:29 AM
Bravo

Kalanth
06-23-2007, 06:31 AM
I still disagree that Sarlona has a higher RP population than anything. I even tried getting back into it just to end up horribly dissapointed..

Merlask
06-23-2007, 10:57 AM
I still disagree that Sarlona has a higher RP population than anything. I even tried getting back into it just to end up horribly dissapointed..

A little insite on the findings for the Sarlonians...

Remember that the graphs there show what things kept popping up. How often I saw 'rp' in LFM messages, or in /who messages, or in character's bio's walking around town... it was also the first word upon the lips of many respondants who were interviewered. I would say for those curious about the rping, it does not measure that there are more rpers on Sarlona, but that there is a more accepting/driven community there pertaining to it

In raw data collected, the quantity of positive mention of Roleplaying on Thelanis outnumbers Sarlona HOWEVER, the number of total responses from the Thelanians also outnumbers the Sarlonians, so that'd hardly be fair to say that there is 'more rping on thelanis' simply by virtue of that... percentage wise, the thing the Thelanians spoke more of was the events, roleplaying was right up there, but events trumped the RPing... especially since many non-rpers attend those events (being a host, and frequent helper, I can first handedly attest to that fact).
The Roleplaying readings on Sarlona are especially strong in comparison with neighboring servers - on which I was lucky to rustle up even one rping guild that made themselves publicly known, or had any sort of visibility for a newcomer.

I have been getting questions about Sarlona's somewhat high Swimming Index, and I must be the first to admit, I was shocked. I thought for sure that they'd be around a Minnow or Koi, considering I regard them as a sister server to my home, and Sarlona was the other server in my original coin-toss choice before settling on Thelanis back in the day. I have always tried to maintain a friendly disposition towards the Sarlonians, as in my eyes - anyone who's willing to roleplay is family.

When it comes to the swimming indexes, I was very careful to note what TYPES of data was coming back there. There is a big difference between hostility displayed towards one another, and hostility displayed towards a survey taker. I found that most of the hostility on Sarlona was the same sort of hostility that a door-to-door census worker endures. Hence the description of the 'gated community.' On no other server was I given the Spanish Inquisition for what I was doing/why... and considering I visited 14 of them, that's exceedingly interesting to me. Remember that the index doesn't strictly relate to how 'mean' people are. It also encompasses how often I was confronted by elitist attitudes and other qualities that are very intimidating to a newbie player. Does it mean that you are going to have a terrible time on Sarlona? Of course not! Heck it doesn't even mean you'd have a terrible time on Xoriat, which had the highest Swimming Index of any server. I say it yet again: If given the opportunity, I would play on every server of the game, because I love them all.

The Swimming Index simply means that experienced MMOers will have an easier time in the higher end of the Index, than people who are brand spanking new. Remember that there are MANY newcomers to DDO who have never ever EVER played in an MMO before. Being a part of an MMO is a worlds different experience often times than simply playing Quake or Starcraft, or sitting infront of the Xbox/Playstation. Even worse is that there are newcomers to DDO who haven't even done that much - the closest they've ever been to this is...quite frankly... sitting around the table for PnP.

Merlask
06-23-2007, 03:55 PM
Frequently Asked Questions about the Guide

Q: Why was this created?
A: To help new (or returning) players find a server that will best suit their interests/needs, thus helping them to have a good time.

Q: How accurate is the study?
A: As accurate as human error. So in other words, take things that you read with a grain of salt. Even though I received feedback from hundreds of players, and studied the servers for a full month (both by watching the forums as well as logging onto each server and watching/interacting with them), that doesn't mean that my word is law on this subject. I am only one person. While this means I had ultimate control over the study, and didn't have to worry about error on the part of workers/helpers... I am only one person.

Q: Why isn't there a list of the servers by day of the week / time that they're busy?
A: Because some servers have no data in that regard. It would hardly be fair for me to list them by that, considering there are some of the servers where the 'peak time' description states 'unknown.' What that means is: the data I collected did not conclusively demonstrate a disposition to one time frame/day more so than any other. If you're thinking about a server, but not sure about the time frame, the best thing to do is to
1) Visit their server forum and state that you're playing at a certain time of day/day of the week and see who anwers
2) Try it. It doesn't take much effort to whip up a new character on a server simply for the purpose of loading in to see how much is going on.

Q: Why isn't there a definitive study shown of the size of the populations?
A: The closest thing you'll find is the Population Style, where the servers are sorted by if they are Urban, Suburban, or Rural. I am not here to tell you 'this server is the biggest, followed by this one, then this one.' That's exceedingly inaccurate first off, because so many players play on multiple servers. Second off, there are more players out there than you might suspect on a server - as to avoid random tells, folks go anonymous. Just to demonstrated how volatile population studies are, here is something from the study:

On a Thursday, at 2pm, I logged in to do a visible population, LFM window, and guild count. Argo, regarded as the largest server, had 230 visible players. Sarlona had 102. Argo had only 2 groups listed in the LFM window at that time. Sarlona had 6.
On a Thursday at 1am, Argo had the same exact number of groups in the LFM as Riedra. Riedra had only 1/3 the number of visible players on compaired with the Argo head count.
So just because you have a quantity of people doesn't mean those people are interested in doing what you are. Hence the study focuses on what people like doing, not how many there are of them. What's the use of having all the people in the world, if they're not interested in playing the game the way you like to play it?

Q: How can I get on the celebrity list, or how do I get someone there?
A: This section is for those players who consistantly make a meaningful contribution to the DDO Community. In some cases, notoriety is their contribution, but on the whole, the point is, they do something that brings the community (or their server) together. If you think you know someone who does these things, and you don't see them listed, you are welcome to let me know, but I can't promise you that you'll see the name pop up. Remember that not all the well-known DDO personalities WANT you to know what server they play on, because they don't want you to know that that is where they play.

Q: Do the bar graphs mean that there are more players who like to do a thing on that server?
A: No. It means that a higher portion of their population enjoys doing that, not that there are physically more of them than another server. For example, if you see that one server shows a really high roleplaying bar, but the roleplaying bar on another server isn't as much, it doesn't mean that there are physically more roleplayers on the server. What it means is that of the people who play on that server, roleplaying was one of their strongest interests.

Q: Does the Swimming Index mean that that server is mean or not a nice place to play?
A: Of course not. What it means is that a server with a higher swimming index might be more intimidating to a newbie totally unfamiliar with MMOs. Experienced gamers will probably have no more or less trouble on any server, no matter what the Swimming Index says. Does it mean that they're going to beat you up and take your lunch money from you? Well...they might. But the point is, if you are made aware of it before going in, you won't be nearily as shocked or surprised, and you'll be less likely to have a personality clash with them, knowing what the aggression drive is like. Look at it this way, if you think about the types of fish listed in the Swimming Index, even the more dangerous ones you can swim with if you just mind what you're doing, and take certain precautions before you get in the water.

Q: Do you have a life?
A: I used to.

Q: Is this study constantly updated?
A: Certain aspects of the guide will be updated and changed as I see fit. It should be noted that it was conducted for one month between May and June. Eventually it will become outdated as people migrate and shift between the servers, or their interests change in the game, or new features are added by developers... so EVENTUALLY, a full revision will have to be done. For now, considering that the players have been more or less left to their own devices for over a year now, this is how they have 'settled' on their own. All I did was take a snapshot of that. If players continue to hold to these trends, the guide will still serve for a very long time.

Q: I read somewhere that you only actively play on one server. What gives you the right to write about other people's servers?
A: The fact that I only play on one server does two things:
- I am exceedingly impartial, having no particular attachment to the rest of the servers per say in that regard.
- I am seeing your server in the same way an outsider does... for new arrivals to your server are just that - outsiders - until they blend with the population.

My very public presence with the community also means that I constantly have been the recipiant of feedback, stories, comments, and a plethora of other information for quite some time, thus giving me a very ready window into your lives that I otherwise would not have.

So yes, all of that I would say accords me somewhat of a notion that I can objectively speak about the servers. I will say it yet again: I love ALL the servers, and I would play on each and every one of them if the time in my days made that possible!!!! For now, I have to be content with visiting from time to time. To give you an idea of what my lifestyle here and time alots me at present: I have only 2 'main' characters that I play with any frequency. I have never reached a level cap with either of them, and my highest character to date is a mere level 12, followed by a level 10, and somewhere a 3rd alt who has been level 3 for about a year. Can you imagine the progress I would make trying to seriously play a character on each of the other servers as well? :eek:

Q: Why is the FAQ so short?
A: You all haven't asked very many questions yet.

Harbinder
06-23-2007, 04:36 PM
Why doesn't Turbine recommend servers to new players anymore? Or do they still?

Merlask
06-23-2007, 04:42 PM
Why doesn't Turbine recommend servers to new players anymore? Or do they still?

In all honesty, if I had to guess.... because a lot of people weren't taking their advice lol. People kinda have an aversion to 'hey go over here because......uh........well just do it'

I think to new players, they got the impression from the message 'go here because these servers need help/people, the tumbleweeds are out numbering the live bodies'

But I could be COMPLETELY wrong on that. Maybe they stopped doing it because of other reasons, who knows.

My very basic observation is that Turbine was attempting to evenly distribute the players across the board, and that has not happened. Hence why try to force the even spread of players if they're just going to buck you on it?


This was why I opted to write the guide. If you're gonna pick a server for a random reason, at least let it be in relation to something you're interested in. :D

Drak
06-23-2007, 05:46 PM
Wow! Very nicely done. I can't imagine the time you must have put into this. :cheers:

Willing to bet the most displeasure comes from those ranked highest, which will ironically reinforce the rating even more. :D

On the contrary Dark, Proud as heck of our barracuda rating :)
Glad she noticed it, and good job indeed.

LastNameRage
06-23-2007, 06:28 PM
Very nice Merlask, I found it to be accurate. But who's this Steeltoe guy you talk of? Never heard of him, sounds like a wanker :) (He's my GM)

Krow
06-24-2007, 12:49 AM
Merlask,

I am in awe of your analytical approach and insight!....
Very creative and well said. Not to mention the dedication!

I look forward to your analysis on any subject(please keep it coming!)

Gonna go back and read it again!......THX!


/sidenote.......Tankk should be listed as a Xoriat celeb..

Merlask
06-24-2007, 12:35 PM
Merlask,

I am in awe of your analytical approach and insight!....
Very creative and well said. Not to mention the dedication!

I look forward to your analysis on any subject(please keep it coming!)

Gonna go back and read it again!......THX!


/sidenote.......Tankk should be listed as a Xoriat celeb..

Yes I'm hearing a lot of positive mention on Tankk, but what I HAVENT heard is... does Tankk still play?

Skaves
06-24-2007, 03:20 PM
I must have some demented split personality.

I play on Argo, the uber city with a static near RP like group.

I also play on Thelenis as a non-rp powergaming PUGer.

Aspenor
06-24-2007, 03:59 PM
Regretfully, I must say you missed many Argonnessan celebs, and there is an important reason for this....

As you mention, players from Argonnessan are not exactly hugely active on the forums. Honestly, the most popular and widely known players are not highly active on the forums, or are known by different names.

We do have Cupcake :) But there are many well known names around the server that you will not find very much on these forums.

Merlask
06-24-2007, 06:12 PM
Remember that those you do not see are not always because I dont know about them, but because they declined an offer to be listed.

The_Cataclysm
06-24-2007, 06:37 PM
Minor note: You have a little goof on the Fernia entry.



Some interesting Facts about [server] from the study:

Memnir
06-24-2007, 10:39 PM
Merlask, once again I am in awe of what you do for this community and the game we all love.

Also, you summed up my server quite well - and that's a hard thing to do. You got past the hyperbole (much of it self-induced) and ge to the essance of Xoriat. :)

It was an honor to meet you, and a pleasure to help in whatever small way I could.

GAULSTON
06-25-2007, 12:24 AM
Great work M! Always knew Tharashk would score high in terms of comradery. Looks like our priorities are in order. We pride ourselves on puttin good times w/friends before the quests and loot. Keep up the good work Tharashkians.

Kisaragi
06-25-2007, 01:40 PM
ALPHABETICAL SERVER PROFILES


Adar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208899&postcount=7)
Aerenal (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208902&postcount=8)
Argonnessen (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208903&postcount=10)
Aundair (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208904&postcount=11)
Fernia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208905&postcount=9)
Ghallanda (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208906&postcount=13)
Khyber (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208908&postcount=12)
Lhazaar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208909&postcount=14)
Mabar (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208910&postcount=15)
Risia (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208911&postcount=17)
Riedra (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208913&postcount=18)
Sarlona (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208916&postcount=16)
Tharashk (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208918&postcount=20)
Thelanis (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208919&postcount=19)
Xoriat (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=1208920&postcount=21)


Excellent work Merlask, definately deserve your own forum title for this. Now I finally have a resource to figure out which server to play on. Been playing Xoriat since the beginning of beta, and I look forward to testing out some of the other servers for roleplaying.

Keep up the good work and as always, good luck and safe travels to you.

cdbd3rd
06-25-2007, 01:43 PM
Had to drop in and offer a much gratz on the TotW honors. From Lhazaar to Tharashk, and a few other occasional vacation spots around the servers, I see few folks as actively dedicated to the community as you have been. everything from the work here, to you sharing with us a stroll along the shoreline...

Oh, by the way, that kinda blurs when printed at poster size.... 'Course, that's prolly a little TMI, eh?

j/k ;) I didn't really print it out at poster size.

(It was fine at 8x10...):D

:p
...from one of your passing visitors to Thelanis, Fyne Wuttevvr.
:)

Kaboose
06-25-2007, 02:04 PM
good job! :)

aerenal is the best of course (but we all knew that)

BurnerD
06-25-2007, 02:33 PM
I've only played on Argo since I started, but if I were to create some charcters on another server this will give me great insight as to where I amy want to go.

Great Job

Lilith-Darkmoon
06-25-2007, 03:57 PM
Very nice work - I applaud your dedication!

Now go outside and enjoy the sunshine! :cool: :D

Merlask
06-25-2007, 04:40 PM
Had to drop in and offer a much gratz on the TotW honors. From Lhazaar to Tharashk, and a few other occasional vacation spots around the servers, I see few folks as actively dedicated to the community as you have been. everything from the work here, to you sharing with us a stroll along the shoreline...

Oh, by the way, that kinda blurs when printed at poster size.... 'Course, that's prolly a little TMI, eh?

j/k ;) I didn't really print it out at poster size.

(It was fine at 8x10...):D

:p
...from one of your passing visitors to Thelanis, Fyne Wuttevvr.
:)

It's DDO the swimsuit edition! :eek:

And eh... you know it is kinda apparent in that shot that I really DO need some sunshine Lilith, so your suggestion prolly is a good idea ^^

hennebux
06-25-2007, 06:02 PM
Great work.You have once again raised the standard in devotion and love for the ddo community.I salute you.You are truly an asset to all servers...

(p.s. it's Xorians not xoriatese ;) )

Vinos
06-25-2007, 11:57 PM
What makes someone a "celebrity" on a server anyway? Except Kargon of course

Maldini
06-26-2007, 12:55 AM
What makes someone a "celebrity" on a server anyway? Except Kargon of course


Notoriety I would guess. The higher the probability someone random would recognize your name makes you more of a celebrity I would think. That could either come from in game or the forums. But since this guide is on the forums and not in-game, I would assume, that most of the people listed are forum personalities.

Riot
06-26-2007, 07:54 AM
Server Name: Aundair

Resident Celebrities: Unknown

really?

Deragoth
06-26-2007, 08:12 AM
really?

Don't worry, Riot. I know you're famous :D.

binnsr
06-26-2007, 09:05 AM
Who is this riot of whom you speak?

Maldini
06-26-2007, 02:01 PM
Who is this riot of whom you speak?

I don't know any Riot. I do know a Riott though.

Vinos
06-26-2007, 02:44 PM
Notoriety I would guess. The higher the probability someone random would recognize your name makes you more of a celebrity I would think. That could either come from in game or the forums. But since this guide is on the forums and not in-game, I would assume, that most of the people listed are forum personalities.


Then I would nomintate Grenfell(build guru) and The Cataclysm(rewards thread)

Maldini
06-26-2007, 02:59 PM
Then I would nomintate Grenfell(build guru) and The Cataclysm(rewards thread)

I would as well.

tihocan
06-26-2007, 03:18 PM
Just wanted to say, great job Merlask.

Guildmaster_Kadish
06-27-2007, 09:56 AM
XP Grinding: All servers show equal levels of disinterest


Fixed. :D

Merlask
06-27-2007, 10:46 AM
Fixed. :D

Heh well 'matters of taste are not for dispute' ;)

dakkon75
06-27-2007, 10:55 AM
Uhhhhhhmmmmm. I don't have anything to say.


Wanders off mysteriously.

Merlask
06-27-2007, 11:03 AM
Uhhhhhhmmmmm. I don't have anything to say.


Wanders off mysteriously.

*had set a snare trap for illusive Kyberians wandering through... however you make your reflex save, and once again, avoid capture*

Varro: I KNEW I should have put more ranks into use rope...

dakkon75
06-27-2007, 11:35 AM
Rope doesn't work on Khyberians but I can't tell you why, ancient Khyberian secret.

Steps back into shadows, chuckling.

CaptainChunk
06-28-2007, 05:28 PM
Well, looks like I HAVE succeeded in driving our server population down and keeping it that way!

legonares
06-28-2007, 09:47 PM
The Mabarans repeatedly and adamantly indicated they want nothing to do with a merger, without being prompted to bring the topic up.


This top part is a quote...
I find this not be true everyone from this server including me... want a server merge

Tavok
06-28-2007, 09:54 PM
The Mabarans repeatedly and adamantly indicated they want nothing to do with a merger, without being prompted to bring the topic up.


This top part is a quote...
I find this not be true everyone from this server including me... want a server merge

Same. Not sure which mabarians don't want a server merge :\. Even though I am in 3 HIGHLY active guilds it sucks to PUG lowbies up, and I don't see the problem with it. I think the problem everyone has with server merge is "more lag". But they are missing the point that Turbine will obviously do things that allow for more players on the server. I also look forward to meeting the new people on the other servers, and trading with them, I don't mind changing my name to accomadate.

query
06-29-2007, 07:01 AM
great Job Mer! Now, what will it take to sticky this thread? If they do, consider youself offered an aide in updating that guide...aww heck, I'll help even if they don't.


Amazing. I knew this was coming out for weeks. Your guild knew this was coming out for weeks. Many other people knew about this for a while too.

Yet when I saw the highly detailed and well researched guide, my jaw *still* dropped. I'm sure many others even knowing your skill in these things had theirs too.

Quite bluntly (back off KK, not THAT bluntly,) your work equals or even excels what has been released by Turbine itself. If somebody didn't know better, they'd think you were already working for Turbine from such the level of skill in your events coupled with the high number of them....a notable number of other places offer either a high number of events with average quality or low number of events with high quality (not that I will confirm or deny having current or prior NomDePlumes unnlisted publicly on other servers.)

Adding to the chorus, please Turbine, consider making Merlask a "respectable poster" by wedding her to a posistion with your company. Experience is important, but so are results. I personally have now seen both from her, so if there's no opening, do create one for a woman of her...position.

[Yes, having medical leave, I the player too can attest for the interesting trends you see at all hours and days on DDO. The events listed were only a sampling and your results may vary. As for a certain comment regarding that this guide should be used for entertainment purposes only: Until she's hired by Turbine, this was done as an entertainment review, not a profesionly paid one (of which this should immediately be rectified and she should lavishly be showered in reimbursment and freelance salary payments....)]


As for Sarlona's....protective state. I've done my best to ask why the densiens are so close-ranked..so far nobody is tal....


[a thump is heard and Query crumples to the ground unconsciously. Seen standing behind (and now above) him is a halfling who just jumped up and butted him with the wood shaft of a meanacing looking Greataxe. His features seem average for a unruly melee being...down to the scar that cuts a diagnol line across his face. It's clear of his class when he speaks...and yes, he appers to be a halfling not a dwarf]


"A git d' intruder! He didn' git no secrets frm us dis tim'!"

[Looks] "So ye b' Merlask, t' metal ri-port-r? I be knon as FearFace, ye' kin s' why!" [Laughs heartily]

"I be tld ye be wid honor in yer askin' but w' diunt knew ya yet. We ain' ginna just cry lik' a riv'r t the first 'Servey' person. E'en to Sarlona ye be new. Di patrons didn' trust ya 'till ye proved ya wurf, eh? Same t' us. Ye git t' shew ya wurf t' us, be-fur we thin ya fine. T'many of us be dragged muddy...and not ragin mad to kill t last kobold!" [roaring laugh]

"Ye shew ye one of us, we spek t' ya as a brother...sister...forger...[growls] watev'r ye call it! One o' us! Ye kinna treat us as 'f i' be da In...Qua...sits...shun....."

[Query moans and begins to rise, but suddenly several Silver Flame black-Inquisition-wearing priests burst on the scene all but trampling him sending him back to stun-land...Fearface instinctually jumps out of the way.]

"NOBODY EXPECTS THE SILVER FLAME INQUISITION!..."

[A kobold wearing a vest carring a clipboard pointing to his watch whispers to the head priest.]

"The barbarian took almost ALL our ti...fine, we'll get to the important part...GET...THE COMFY CHAIR!" [Dramatic theme music plays on cue.]

[A very comfortable chair is placed and has a bronze plating in back with the word "Merlask" etched into it. The priest flourishes and withdraws with a yell of "CUT, SET UP THE NEXT THREAD SCENE!" Heard as Query is dragged off and Fearface is lured back into the server with a Kobold raspberrying him and running back inside.]


(Special thanks to Ninja Hijacking this thread to....absolutely nobody seen whatsoever.....)

Merlask
06-29-2007, 12:25 PM
Same. Not sure which mabarians don't want a server merge :\. Even though I am in 3 HIGHLY active guilds it sucks to PUG lowbies up, and I don't see the problem with it. I think the problem everyone has with server merge is "more lag". But they are missing the point that Turbine will obviously do things that allow for more players on the server. I also look forward to meeting the new people on the other servers, and trading with them, I don't mind changing my name to accomadate.

Remember guys.. that was just an observation of what the folks were saying to me... and it does NOT mean that ALL Mabarians feel that way any more than saying that ALL Thelanians love events and dancing

Merlask
06-29-2007, 12:30 PM
(Special thanks to Ninja Hijacking this thread to....absolutely nobody seen whatsoever.....)

THE COMFY CHAIR!!?? :eek:

Alas, you've found my weakness.... Monty Python scripts! *then is reduced to a quivering pile of narration of scripts from memory*

jaitee
07-02-2007, 10:08 AM
fernia seems wrong :/, then again we prolly gave u poor feedback....poor as in VERY poor

Zorlinta
07-05-2007, 04:16 PM
Same. Not sure which mabarians don't want a server merge :\. Even though I am in 3 HIGHLY active guilds it sucks to PUG lowbies up, and I don't see the problem with it. I think the problem everyone has with server merge is "more lag". But they are missing the point that Turbine will obviously do things that allow for more players on the server. I also look forward to meeting the new people on the other servers, and trading with them, I don't mind changing my name to accomadate.

I am at least against server merge. So lag is just one of the troubles that will bring it, about new players on our server surely will be good have more PUG's but too this doenst means that all players that came will be good, so too may come players with bad attitudes or gameplay style much diferent than what we get used with our server mates, and so since a server merge will bring players from many diferent levels we will have troubles adapting and meeting them instead of the natural process of level up, so with normal level up we meet the players, we growth together with them and we know them in the process. And too Im against to change the name or surname of my characters, they already have a good and meaningfull name that is part of my character and define it personality.

Boldrin
07-05-2007, 05:11 PM
As a Riedran I remember you conducting this survey. Glad we could help you feel at hone, and I agree, the cameraderie there is the main reason for staying. I like to have Fun when when I Play. After all, it's just a game.

Ziggy
07-05-2007, 07:13 PM
Server Name: Xoriat
Resident Celebrities: Steeltoe

Im kinda bummed i wasnt mentioned. Is this forum celeb's or ingame celebs?
:D

The_Cataclysm
07-05-2007, 09:04 PM
Im kinda bummed i wasnt mentioned. Is this forum celeb's or ingame celebs?
:D

Both

Ziggy
07-06-2007, 07:46 AM
Both
so you need to be both? or one or the other or both?:cool:

The_Cataclysm
07-06-2007, 07:48 AM
so you need to be both? or one or the other or both?:cool:

One or the other.

Riot
07-09-2007, 01:44 PM
"Lead.... follow.... or get out of our RAID!!!"**It must be noted...
Aundairians have been Censored!!!!!!!!!

The Motto which won, was,,,,
===========================================

"Lead.... follow.... or get the HELL out of our RAID!!!"

===========================================

Merlask
07-09-2007, 02:26 PM
**It must be noted...
Aundairians have been Censored!!!!!!!!!

The Motto which won, was,,,,
===========================================

"Lead.... follow.... or get the HELL out of our RAID!!!"

===========================================


That is correct.

cardmj1
07-10-2007, 12:50 PM
As a Aundairian, I was a little bristled when I saw the Pike reference. Then I remembered last night's raid flagging, we had a newbie in the group. Oops! We are more than happy to teach you the raid, the flagging, and provide the clerics with anything they need. And we love to learn new strategies to beat the raid boss. It's a group effort but the final decision is the party leader's call. It's his raid and his rep. As for socializing, most higher level players like to mix it up with other guilds because everyone quests differently, but don't be surprised if you hear those two little words.."guild call". As a cleric and a rogue, raids happen. If newcomers to the server understand these things, they will have alot of fun on Aundair.

Great work, Merlask.

Brianius
07-13-2007, 01:29 AM
ok pokeing my head in finnaly read it all uggg havent played alllllllll week did hide n seek late and my pack is still full, mabye lila will be distraced now that she just got a psp a few hours ago so i cn get back inside and escape sunlight. outside you can die but inside with the soft glow of a good montor you live forever lol great job and we a a few younger people on ghallanda most is mid 20's up to 40's as avrage ages and have a i beilve 2 guild for 60+ (vintage is the only one i can think of right now), i have met a nucular dismantleing tech and a repoter that interviewed....ummm late .....(does mazing feat of kicking himself in the head).....charles manson a few times and a 80 year old great granny a while back and great job this reminded me i still have work to do on "how to play a ranger- an guide for players who have never ever played a ranger but thought about it"

Zack77
07-13-2007, 02:44 AM
Oddly enough, the most active forum thread for Lhazaar is a pseudo flame war


I take it your referring to the "Adios Royo and Crew" thread. *sigh* good friends, the Last Hero's. Except they got stupid, if you pardon the language, and got themselves banned. Tho, if I had a choice on the fate of that thread, I would have shut it down already, and all those that are referring to that event. People dont know when to let thread's like that DIE!!!!!!!! I mean, who wants to read a post like that, full of bashing and flaming of each other, in a never ending cycle?!?! I mean, Fudgebud(brother to Royo, friend of Jubai) was a good friend of mine, even before the game. To find out he did something of that magnitude as to get themselves banned after a couple week's vacation, makes you wonder that if you hadent, you mighta shared their fate, or coulda stopped them if you could.

Great:eek: I rambled again!! Anyway, my point is, well, actually, I dont have a point lmao!!!:rolleyes:

What I'm trying to say is, forget what I wrote up top:D Also, good job, Merlask, on this thread. makes me wanna give some of the other server's a taste of the Holy Warrior of the Short Order (a.k.a. My halfling Paladin) lmao!
Wait, I mean Short Warrior of the Order Holy, i mean Short Order of the Holy..... ok, nm!!:D

shiffd
07-19-2007, 10:50 PM
I play on Aundair. THere was no mention of our overseas rating. I am in Japan most of the time and play with Australians, most of the guys I run with are Aussies, or Americans with strange hours.

The raiting were Right no though i find with your study. Characterized as a Raid driven Pike is accurate from my experiences. There is though a strong Casual gaming drive in off hours, mostly because we don't at those times have the population for many raids. But it works out nice, raids during peek hours and casual gaming and goofing off in the off hours. Gives a good opportunity for seeing the full range of the game.

Sokar6000
07-23-2007, 02:56 PM
Now how is this:...


Thelanis is hands down known as a player event server. The second strongest running feature of the server is roleplaying. Thelanis is interesting in that there is a low to non-existent level of aggression between roleplayers and non roleplayers. Even among avid power gamers and non-roleplayers, when asked of Thelanis, the two words that leapt forth the most often were events and roleplaying, despite the fact that they themselves were not partaking. Thelanis is a frequent vacationing spot for players of other servers, who come to drop in and eye the local events. The players of Thelanis frankly care little for the game itself... their focus is in goofing around with their fellow players. The most common activity on Thelanis is dancing. At any given time, when at least one person is dancing, several more will join in, no matter what the situation or familiarity with the other players. Questing, looting, and xping frequently take a back seat for zany antics.

...Supposed to be combined with this?






In the Eberron setting, Xoriat is the plane of madness. In the DDO Community, it would seem to an outsider that this holds true. Xoriat has developed a reputation as the ‘mean’ server, and indeed, they do have the highest Swimming Index of any server; there is good reason for this.

Xoriat is the Sparta of DDO. A rough and tumble place where only the strongest, most thick-skinned, and loyal survive. The people of Xoriat, despite having the highest Swimming Index, also had the 2nd highest marks for the fondness of their community. Among the servers, they have the highest portion of forum activity, and for having an abysmally small population compared to that of the largest server, they match them for forum activity. The famous hostility of the Xoriatans is actually something more of a sibling rivalry. They bicker and argue with one another over one thing or another... and yet should an outside server talk smack about one of their own, they would readily attack – even if the one they were defending had previously been their worst enemy on server. The Xoraitans have an uncanny awareness of what one another are doing, and word of mouth about your reputation flies like fire among the inhabitants. The public eye of Xoriat is ever watchful. Their longest running, most active thread (and incidentally, the 2nd most viewed thread of any of the servers) is entitled ‘Least friendly server.’ Participating in this has come to be a ritualistic past-time for the Xoriatans. If you are prepaired to go through a little hazing, you will find a community that for, all intents and purposes, behaves very much like a real family of brothers and sisters. With a drive for power and experience, a fully competitive nature, and a reputation for aggression, Xoriatans truly are the Spartans among the players.

Madness? THIS IS XORIAT!

Some interesting Facts about Xoriat from the study:


Xoriatans have an extremely high level of server pride and love of their people, and will READILY speak to outsiders about their home server and just how proud they are of it.

12% of all commentary received relating to ‘friendly’ and ‘helpful’ and ‘love the people’ was used in reference to Xoriat. This was the 2nd highest percentage.

Several of the respondents of Xoriat took open and great pride in their general disregard for a need to spell or punctuate their interactions properly

Conejo
07-23-2007, 03:55 PM
it's so nice to see all this hard work torn to shreds. :mad:

i guess we need to start thinking twice about providing user-guides to the forums...

DagazUlf
07-23-2007, 05:32 PM
Now how is this:...

...Supposed to be combined with this?

Exactly what many of us on Thelanis are wondering as well. ;)

I'm thinking the proposed mergers must have been solely based on net population after merge, and this guide was not even a blip on the dev's radar. Very sad.

Cidolfas
07-23-2007, 08:17 PM
According to Samera, they looked at more than population. It looks to me like they decided to support an even mix of server styles instead of consolidating them.

edit: and by even mix I mean every server has a little of everything.

Vaarsuvius
07-24-2007, 01:15 AM
According to Samera, they looked at more than population. It looks to me like they decided to support an even mix of server styles instead of consolidating them.

edit: and by even mix I mean every server has a little of everything.

I have to agree, when i read the merge announcments the first place i went was here to ......... size up my soon to be server mates. after looking over the guide it looks like turbine is doing exactly that mixing economy driven adar with aerenal powergamers and sarlona roleplayers. Honestly i had hoped we would be merged with thelanis tho, I like events.

Maldini
07-24-2007, 01:31 AM
Haha, poor Merlask. I think we might need a new study done in a couple of months once the dust settles!

binnsr
07-24-2007, 08:22 PM
Of data collected in total, the servers each comprised the following portion of that data (These percentages do NOT include the portion of data collected by direct observations without player awareness or input):

Adar 7%, Aerenal 9%, Argonnessen 10%, Aundair 6%, Fernia 5%, Ghallanda 6%, Khyber 4%, Lhazaar 8%, Mabar 5%, Risia N/A, Riedra 8%, Sarlona 9%, Thelanis 10%, Xoriat 8%

So, I suppose Tharashk (should we be called the invisible server?) accounts for the other 5% in your results?

Tanka
07-25-2007, 06:16 AM
Haha, poor Merlask. I think we might need a new study done in a couple of months once the dust settles!
Unfortunate for new players, but agreed. Maybe come October or November, just in time for holiday sales and hopefully a slew of new accounts (and Half-Orcs!) that get given gifts for Christmas.

Until then... We shall see.

Hvymetal
07-25-2007, 07:48 AM
Merlask, first off I just want to say sorry that the merge had to happen pretty much right after you put in all the hard work and effort to create this. It was appreciated.

Maybe we can all try and help out to make a new guide when the dust settles?

Merlask
07-25-2007, 10:42 AM
I know you all see this as a total wreck to the guide coming down the way... but look at it in this light:

Now you know who's coming to where.

The guide does offer you the chance to see what sort of population is being mixed with what. I note that many of you have in particular picked out that Xoriat, the highest Swimming index, will be mixing with the lowest Swimming index, Thelanis. Note the reaction from those two respective servers lol. I suppose that says something about the guide in terms of the representation of servers.

And yes thank you for pointing out the 'invisible' server there, that was my mistake, and I'll fix that. Additionally the guide will be revised with a section to address the merger issue. Just give me a moment, I haven't been online for a few days :o

Kisaragi
07-26-2007, 05:14 PM
Wanted to ask you Merlask, what do you think will be the result?

Will servers merge and share similiarities of each?
Will the clash cause new elements to arise?
Will this cause massive terrible fighting among the people?

I'd like to hear your thoughts. Especially given your work on compling the data of each server, this basically makes you the resident expert on the DDO social systems.

Will we see you write a book on 'Sociological research of a online community.' (Aka Named Chicken Soup for a Dragon's Soul) ^-~

So far I have yet to put my comments in on what I think the server merger will be. Even when it comes to my own guild. Thought I'd ask an expert first.

Merlask
07-26-2007, 05:22 PM
Wanted to ask you Merlask, what do you think will be the result?

Will servers merge and share similiarities of each?
Will the clash cause new elements to arise?
Will this cause massive terrible fighting among the people?

I'd like to hear your thoughts. Especially given your work on compling the data of each server, this basically makes you the resident expert on the DDO social systems.

Will we see you write a book on 'Sociological research of a online community.' (Aka Named Chicken Soup for a Dragon's Soul) ^-~

So far I have yet to put my comments in on what I think the server merger will be. Even when it comes to my own guild. Thought I'd ask an expert first.

In the process of reworking the guide as we speak. When I've finished with the revamp, I'll be sure to let you know, if that is something you're interested in.

Kisaragi
08-01-2007, 08:27 PM
Always open to useful information, especially when I can use such information to expl...er...I mean...help communities with their weaknesses.

Not that I have anything against War, war is always a good time for the Necromancers. Battlefields become the necromancer's version of K-mart having a 90% off, buy one get one free, twelve hour everything must go sale.

Perhaps I've said too much though...

Merlask
08-01-2007, 08:46 PM
Hehehe well the reworked version of this is available (as well as with projections) on the sticky version "A Guide To Picking Your Server(s) Redux"