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Character Transfer, Server Populations and You

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Character Transfer, Server Populations and You
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cipher_nemo's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 12:56 PM | #131
Yeah, not liking the comment from that update:

"If your transferred character’s name conflicts with an existing name on a destination server, you will be asked to rename your character."

Will we know if our characters names conflict before we do the move? I certainly don't want to change servers if I have to rename my characters. I got in at zero hour on early access last year to reserve the names I wanted. Not going to throw that away when Bioware can't figure out how to make account names the unique factor with open character naming like Blizzard did with both D3 and WoW.

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06.06.2012 , 12:57 PM | #132
Quote: Originally Posted by Alxandria View Post
Um, that's me. I have a small circle of friends who play, I play with then and only with them. We have our guild, I have my name, I'm having fun and not feeling like I am missing out on content. I'd stay on a 'dead' server and avoid the hassle, or risk losing my favorite names which is part of how I enjoy the game.
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grucho's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 12:58 PM | #133
Sorry but this is ********. There is no point in transfering to other server than Tomb of Freedon, what are they thinking. And to get there I will have to pay and no idea when that would happen. ********, hear me now, this won't fix anything in the long run.

Eanelinea's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 12:59 PM | #134
Oo, I hope my main server is a destination server! I have all my toons I play the most there and my legacy is 32 and I have 8 toons I play. Plus, the other servers I play on (all toons below 20) was just to try new class/race combos.

Plus my husband has his 7 toons and legacy on our main server. If we have to move, will we be able to move ALL of our toons? I can't split up my characters. While others may not care, I do. I roleplay all of my characters and they're all related in the legacy tree. I need to know if we'll be allowed to move all of our toons or if it's only 1 or 2.

As a few others have said, I'd rather stay on a ghost town server than lose my 8 characters, who are all tied in to one another, or lose my entire legacy than to transfer to an active server and lose my characters.

We DO need a list soon, bioware and thanks for being so quick! Something to look forward to on Tuesday!

Qronus's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 01:00 PM | #135
Will there be a limit on how many characters you can move from an origin server to a destination server? I have 4 characters on my origin server (2 of them level 50), that have different professions so that I can share items throughout my legacy. I'd hate to be limited to only being able to move 1 or 2 characters, leaving others (along with professions), behind!

Phill's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 01:02 PM | #136
What I did find interesting is this..

"We still believe that you will enjoy playing on a higher population server and hope you'll take advantage of the service, but you won't be forced to transfer."

Many servers are ghost some point BW will need to start consolidating servers, shutting ones down that have exteremly low some point BW is going to have to force character transfers...or have characters deleted
"General, surely there must be SOMEBODY left who needs some killing, or some killing done for them."......."Sorry, Major. There's nobody left. You've killed them all. "

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06.06.2012 , 01:04 PM | #137
Courtney / All:

Right now, I have half my characters on Firaxan Shark (PvE), but switched over to Lord Adraas (RP-PvE) with my other half as the community was more vibrant (read: more people).

1. When you say that your transfer will be "respected", can you move from a non-roleplay server to a RP server as above?

2. I realize this may be a dumb question that has already been addressed in this thread (it's my first MMO, so I get one, right? ), but, assuming the stars line up, and Firaxan Shark is designated as a server that can move characters over to Lord Adraas, can I move all four characters I have there at one time, or do I have to request each individual character to go over and hope for the best?

Thanks for your time.

Dezzi's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 01:05 PM | #138
Quote: Originally Posted by Grammarye View Post
You seem bent on complaining at any sort of fee being charged for anything. As I said, plenty of other MMOs not only do this, but it's not the cause of a small nuclear outcry when they do (and note that TOR hasn't yet stated as to what will be charged for, so not only is it an outcry but an unfounded one). I am intrigued at the odd standards being applied. They have indicated they're providing transfers to sort out population (note: population, not 'I rolled on the wrong server') for free.

Even WoW charges $25 for a transfer. Why should TOR do differently? What is in their interests to do so? They're doing these ones for free as it is. Why should every transfer be free? What sort of carnage might that inflict?
I don't know where you get that I'm "bent on complaining at any sort of fee" because I've only lamented one. This one. Hypothetical for you:

I paid $60 for a box and $75 for five months of play. I've been active in the game, but the population on my server has declined rapidly as subscriptions dropped off. My in-game experience is very much suffering because of this. As it turns out, some of the most populated servers in the game--the servers people rushed to in the face of the population decline--happen to be cross-typed to my own. Despite that those other servers (PvE) aren't of the same type as my home server (PvP), I rolled characters on one because the added population made my own play style significantly more enjoyable--just because of the booming population. Now on this new server I'm finding groups easier, queues are much shorter, and I'm just generally happier as I wait for the opportunity to move the rest of my leveled toons over.

The population woes are not my fault. My home server was rated "Heavy" during early access. There was no indication that I would someday suffer my way through population decline to the levels the game is currently facing.

Given all of this, am I supposed to be happy that I can't do this type of transfer? Am I supposed to be excited for an uncertain future where I might be allowed to make this cross-type transfer or that I may be charged for the privilege? Am I supposed to be pleased that the effort I spent on my new characters, which are considerably lower-leveled and geared than my original toons, was for naught?

It's arbitrary and it's a money grab.
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Namesis's Avatar

06.06.2012 , 01:05 PM | #139
No thank you Bioware.

Your screw ups caused this mess and you want me to sacrifice for your mistakes i think i will sit and think a while.

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06.06.2012 , 01:06 PM | #140
This concerns me a LOT:

"Depending on the number of characters transferred, the destination and origin servers eligible for transfer may be altered during the process"

So if I transfer and my guild-mate transfers 2 days later, he or she may be ineligible to transfer to the same destination server. That is NOT COOL.