The problem isn't the population - its the less than optimal hardware design and the apparent difficulty to running proper maintenance that would minimize the lag.
How about we ask them to update the game into the 21st century instead with a load balancing virtual server farm that can scale up to any size population? It is absurd that the playing population is even split-up in the first place when it should be one contiguous game where you can group with anybody or effortlessly change instances to find them.
The fact that they charge people to switch servers, if that service is even available, is a joke. I have played a few other MMO's and this is the only one I have found that purposely divides it's playing population.
As I said I hardly ever lag. I have a good machine, but be realistic. This is an 8 year old game that may have already seen its best days long ago so I doubt that they are interested in putting that much money into a game where there may not be a tomorrow.
Despite the Opportunity for Dooooom! A Server Merge could be the best thing to happen to DDO since F2P!
The Devs take the Opportunity to Buy FOUR NEW SERVERS!
Then transfer 2 Old Servers to each New Server!
They could then go over the Old Servers and maybe use them for Minority Pastimes like PvP, Permadeath, Roleplay etc. etc.
Step 1 - Add a new field to the Character Record behind the Scenes (P_SERV)
Step 2 - Add current server name into that field (i.e. P_SERV = Sarlona)
Step 3 - Bypass character duplicate name not allowed code if new P_Serve field /=
Step 4 - Guild names updated to .. [Guild name] of <Current Server>)
Step 5 - Merge all "active" (been played once in last 18 months) characters from all servers to one New server
Step 6 - Introduce Server Guild Wars
Step 7 - Merge all "inactive" characters to a different server where all they can do is transfer if they come back to DDO
Step 8 - Give all Inactive player accounts 2 free transfers from the inactive to active server
Step 9 - Charge $9.99/or TP to transfer additional characters from inactive to active servers
Step 10a - PUGies have groups to join
Step 10b - The pattern in the Shroud will never be correct
Step 10c - I stop seeing server merge threads
Step 10d - Profit /less Turbine resources needed because they spend less time doing updates and maintaining 10 different servers
Last edited by Zzevel; 01-14-2014 at 05:13 PM.
There were already server merges and they havent used any of the old servers for niche playstyles.
Plus a server merge is basically an admission of loss of headcount, usually reserved as a last resort when all else has failed to generate more long term users. Is DDO at that point yet? Seems like they are still trying to turn it around.
Advocating repeated nerfs in the name of "balancing the game" then complaining about how DDO is moving away from D&D, is a direct contradiction in logic - D&D 3.5 (what DDO is based on) is not a balanced game. We can either have a balanced clone MMO with homogenized classes, or we can have a D&D game. We cant have both.
Sounds like your grouping problems are self inflicted
You are still stuck to the concept that Fighter and Barbs can't self heal themselves and therefor MUST have a group
You just sound like you want everyone to group with you so that they can carry you through the quests
There are not that many LFMs also because, players join Guilds, make Friends, and use Channels to run static they rarely need to PUG.
I PUG since my playtimes have changed and I am no longer able to run static with my guild.
I have no problems with my groups filling and generally I can put up the LFM buff and have 1 join by the time I am done buffing. Then I change the LFM to IP and start the quest by the time we are though the quest the group is full. From there people come and go I just put the LFM back up for IP whatever the next quest is.
Thelanis is fine, dont need more people.
A new server,
With a new economy,
With no transfers to it allowed,
Will be so awesome!
~Miahoo all around!~
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