Many players have applied to the Mournlands preview program, but none have ever said they were in the program. Many players say that it doesn’t exist on those facts alone. Well, I assure you that it does exist, but because Mournlanders past and present are not allowed to reveal who they are, it is difficult to prove.
Many of them are guild members, forum friends, silent soloers or in-game idols, and they are encouraged to participate in both the live community and the Mournlands community. They do this so they do not lose touch with what brought them to Mournlands in the first place, while still bringing a “useable” set of feedback. Today, we will go over what the preview program is, why it is secret, and how to get into it.
Some people seem to think that the Mournlands Preview Server is just : “some private test server”, but in truth, the Mournlands Preview Server exists to look at new content and systems in order to help make things more fun, balanced, and playable. The QA and Dev teams will occasionally be found in groups with the players on Mournlands. They go there not to test, but to learn more about the possible strategies in a new quest from the player’s perspective. Sure, bugs are found and fixed in the process, but the core purpose is not that, and they are not a requirement of the Mournlanders.
The Mournlands Preview Server and its players are shrouded in secret in mystery for many reasons. One reason is to keep them from being pressured into revealing information before it is ready to be released. Another is to allow them to actually continue their DDO lives without the Mournlands program changing how the rest of the community views them. It would be difficult to look at someone who is marked as a Mournlander and not want to know what the future holds. So for the safety of their own entertainment, the Mournlanders are kept hidden.
In addition, much of what finds its way onto Mournlands is not finished, still in development, and simply not ready to see the light of the world yet. As such, the Mournlands Preview Program has a gated access, which might be one of the most well known aspects of it. Operated by the QA department, this process exists in order to choose those who would give the sort of feedback that is desired for development. Applicants are reviewed with a variety of qualities in mind. Posting history, quality of application, infraction/ban history, need of player type, and referral are some of the many different ways that each applicant is reviewed. One of the highest priorities is previous posting history. Knowing what sort of feedback has been given before is a good indication of what feedback will be given in the future. However, don’t let a low posting count deter you from applying! Having a good explanation as to why you do not post often, or even at all, can and will be accepted just as much as a post count over 9000.
In the end, having an opinion and a reason behind that opinion is the strongest thing that can be used to get access to the Mournlands Preview Program.
So the next time you hear someone say that the Mournlands Preview Server is a myth… You can tell them the truth. Yes. It does exist but only the acceptance email will ever prove that fact and by then, it’s too late.
The Link to how to apply to the preview program