Server Consolidation That Still Totally Isn’t A Merger
Tsk tsk Bioware. You know, I’m trying to be positive and not like the gloom-and-doom hollerers out there, but you’re making it fucking HARD to be nice right now with this newest wave of mergers, I mean transfers, I mean consolidation, that still totally isn’t a merger.
I’m picking my ass off the floor right now with having fallen out of my chair at the awesomeness of the communication with the community on this point. Or maybe laughing about the not-awesomeness.
First, a few months ago, “We’re going to lock the origin servers and transfer all your toons to the destination servers at the end of the summer.” No big shock there when they said on Monday “hey we’re finally going to do that thing we said with the origin servers…”
Right until the point where they said “And, LOL, some of your destination servers are now origin servers and we’re dumping you guys onto brand spanking new servers. TOMORROW.”
Are you fucking kidding me? Really?
Look, pulling this shit is exactly the reason I get pings from my guildies over the weekend going “holy fuck, they are testing higher pop servers, they are going to cram us all together” and I’m thinking… nah, that’s totally paranoid, they haven’t mentioned a thing about it. And then it fucking happens. Now, we are damn well RIGHT to be fucking panicked when you say something chipper about just testing some random feature because hell, you might cram a surprise down our throats 2 days later. Awesome.
Making people move twice is pretty sadistic. Let me demonstrate:
Day 1. I log in and name my toon “Njessirules”. Woot.
Now you make me transfer. My toon is flagged for a name change because some jackhole on Canderous Ordo (who may or may not even be a subscriber anymore) made a throwaway alt named “Njessirules.” So I get to change my name to “Njessirools.” Not my favorite, but the Canderous Ordo guy was there first and it was a “totally optional transfer” so it’s on me to make the change.
And THEN we do this merger thing. “Njessirools” is lvl 50 and gets total priority on the name “Njessirools”. Gee, thanks, I get to KEEP my craptastic 3rd choice name. I don’t even get to TRY for “Njessirules”, even though probably nobody has it anymore.
I could put in a CSR ticket. HAR HAR HAR. I might as well not sit in my chair anymore since I just keep falling out of it.
Fail. Just fail.
As my 4-year-old is fond of saying “BUT WHY?” I don’t have a good answer. The destination server of Canderous Ordo was already plenty damn populated. It was easy to get a group. There were 2-3 instances of the fleet on most nights. How many more roommates do I need for a good “population?”
Also, I should point out, that I did not find any additional synthweaving or armormech recipes on the GTN in this move, so there was nothing in it for me.
To Add Insult To Injury
Several guildies who had high level mains (before they joined our guild) have been hoping since FOREVER to transfer those damn 50’s onto the same server as their new mains. NOPE. The former mains are STILL elsewhere, even after we’ve all been squished into essentially a handful of servers. Don’t even get me started (again) on when we are getting “real” server transfers (never).