I rolled a toon on Wayfinder last night and played for 4 hours. 6-10 CDT. 2 LFM's in that time in my level range 1-4. 34-52 players online as I was checking and counting after quests.
While I'll agree it may not a good idea to direct new players to Wayfinder do to it's less cosmopolitan nature. Why do so many that don't play there even care if the server stays around for those of use that do enjoy it's more laid back small town feel?
The Wayfinder community does have a narrower time window of activity due to such low numbers of players outside of EU time zones. This may be due in part to the (DE) appended to the server name, but I think it more likely due to the launcher showing only 6 of 8 server names without scrolling and Wayfinder being last in the list, unseen by most.
Honestly, how many new players even knew that (DE) meant German? If I were to guess, I would say that most new American players that saw it thought it meant something like Developer's Environment until they learned about Lamma land. lol
This is the complaint.While I'll agree it may not a good idea to direct new players to Wayfinder
Clearly the situation requires more watching. As it happens, the Oracle likes to watch.
Their are no such things as timezones in the Americas because time cease to exist. The sun has lost it's grip on the canadian Rockies and twilight is forever! That said in the dead of night it's still as deadening as the morning. Which would be about afternoon evening over the the cabbage patch.
Now then about that gas... mm can yall donate some petrol? I'm a lil short on my end.
Through avarice, evil smiles; through insanity, it sings.
Mmmm... nice metaphors?
Diversifying the playerbase on Wayfinder with respect to time zones would liven things up.
Fortunately Turbine has metrics for these things and they should be able to reverse the decision to direct new players to a dead server within a few months and the unnecessary loss of several thousand new players.
Once again, the way to turn this positive is for motivated "mentor" types and people who like fresh starts or low level content a lot, to go make some characters on wayfinder and be there for new players.*
*I have it on good authority** that I stole this idea from "forumuseonly" despite the fact that he or she never posted anything resembling this idea so I am putting this footnote in to avoid their creepy thread derailing accusations
** which would be forumuseonly
They should direct everyone newly joining to the most populated server and allow free transfers from other servers to the first and second most populated servers (in case one gets to full, what I dont think, they could direct new players to the second one then) as well. Maybe use a combination of color coding and letters (player X is from Wayfinder, so his name is green, so /tell GX) bound to it for chat purposes etc. instead of weird suffixes so people dont get their names all screwed up.
People that are happy with the populations seem to mostly group by other means than lfm, so none of those would have a problem either since total server pop does not matter for that. And if they ever get a problem with it, it will be good that there are two populated servers where you can play without limitations and perhaps even find people for a specific non most-popular-tier quest.
As it is the only time this game really flourishes and is playable almost unrestricted by a lack of options is (US) prime time on weekends.
Last edited by OwenMay; 07-02-2013 at 11:23 AM.
Or it's a golden opportunity for the players to create an unofficial VIP-only server by all the VIPs transferring to Wayfinder.
I think it would be cool if they could somehow merge servers it would make ddo life more active and exciting and might help keep the game alive.
You lack the conviction to ignore some undead threads
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