Daily Archives: March 8, 2007

The Pain of Server Splits

I think that all of the Burning Crusade free server transfers are over at this point.  They certainly are on the servers where I have characters.  The results are a bit depressing.  While Blizzard has done many things right, population management isn’t one I’m willing to grant them at the moment.

On the server where I play the most, Eldre’Thalas, I had to make a tough choice.  Two friends from the EQ2 days (one of whom I have been gaming with since the mid-90s) were going to make the move to the new server, Trollbane, to go with their raiding guild.  Most of the other people I knew on the server were planning to stay, including the four people with whom I regularly group for instance night.

So I had to make a choice, and I chose to stay on Eldre’Thalas.

Later, after the choice was made, a few more people in my friends list suddenly disappeared.  I assume they went to Trollbane as well.  You log on and get this message:

Friend removed because the character no longer exists

When character creation opened up on Trollbane I made a character over there, a Dranei hunter.  (Another hunter.  WoW needs some new character classes.)  People I know on Trollbane sent me some bags and a bit of cash to get me started, but I have not really played too much over there.  I really do not have the time for yet another alt on yet another server.

Meanwhile, free character transfers on the other server on which I have played, Hyjal, were also open.  I got a note from a friend of mine on Hyjal that everybody I knew there, all part of one guild, was moving to the new server choice.  I have two level 40 characters on Hyjal and no other reason to stick around there, so I figured I would transfer as well.

Only when got to the transfer page, it turned out that Hyjal had already met its quota and free transfers were closed.  Oops.  I missed the boat!

Of course, I could still transfer for a mere $25 per character.  While that is half of what SOE charges, it is still a bit too steep for me.

The pain of a popular game I suppose, but given that I generally play with a fairly small group of people, losing any of them from a server hurts.