When the announcement came out last week that TOR was going to be doing server mergers, I was actually pretty happy. After taking a look at some of the relevant stats and research, I figured that in the pool of six East Coast RP-PVE servers, we would be moving to two or three, depending on how crowded BW wanted the servers to be, and how many actual players were left on each of the servers. And when what was arguably the number five or six server got merged with the most active one when transfers opened on Tuesday, this only server to bolster my conclusions.
But boy was I wrong.
Not three, not two, but one. Six servers squished onto one. You think people get mad about losing their name when two servers get squished together, think about jamming six of them together. Its a wonder any of our names were not taken by the time we got in. And in lovely EA/BW fashion, the process was not based on any sort of fairness about time invested or anything like that – it was purely first come, first serve. When I heard it, the first thing I posted on our guild forums was a question of how long it would be before we had to queue up to get into the game. My guess was by the end of the week, but it turns out, it was by the end of the night…
We’re still surveying the damage done. Personally, because of the poor optimization of the client, it takes me an upwards of 7-8 minutes to log into a character. I didn’t have that kind of time for 11 characters across 3 servers, so I lost any and all mail on my characters. Including bonus credits for missions, and in several cases, Legacy and Collector’s Edition items for some of my alts. I will have to rename all but one of my characters. I haven’t heard how the rest of my leveling group did, but initial reports were not good their either. The same can be said for my Republic characters. You know, all the ones that I created and leveled before the Legacy announcements were made? That I can’t transfer onto my server because these are one-way, limited mergers? That BW couldn’t figure out the logistics of a full transfer system is mind-boggling. Also mind-boggling is the realization that Legacy names, like character names, are unique. Some people woke up this morning, on an RP server, with completely different characters than they went to bed with last night.
I’m not sure why there wasn’t a move to consolidate to two instead of one. And I’m sure as hell not happy about having my legacy become something other than. Quite honestly, it deflated what little energy I have left to play what has been, to my experienced MMO eye, a mediocre game.
I guess the only question left is: where do they go from here?