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Character Transfer, Server Populations and You

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Character Transfer, Server Populations and You
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Scotland
06.07.2012 , 05:18 AM | #761
Quote: Originally Posted by Bloodstealer View Post
Gees x34 lvl 50 toons... have you actually sl;ept since launch.. lolz..i see your forum name is Scotland but I am guessing you maybe Chinese by your gaming habits...... or is Scotland really got nothing else to offer in life
34? lol

read it again :P and yes im scottish.
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06.07.2012 , 05:20 AM | #762
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hehe, it happens to the best of us, do not worry
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06.07.2012 , 05:27 AM | #763
Quote: Originally Posted by Scotland View Post
hehe, it happens to the best of us, do not worry
What happens to most of us.
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Lord_Ravenhurst
06.07.2012 , 05:28 AM | #764
Quote: Originally Posted by OmegaMayhem View Post
Why don't you people try actually reading the blog.

They said the first waves will be restricted, but later transfers will have more freedom.

So instead of stomping your feet and whining, why not wait until next week and see how it goes.
^ this!

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MadBlue
06.07.2012 , 05:31 AM | #765
Quote: Originally Posted by theoffspringlp View Post
As far as population numbers, I'm not sure if I'm understanding you correctly. I'm not saying there should only be 6 servers total, I'm saying that a lot of servers (maybe between 30-40 of them) should be merged. But instead of doing a traditional merge, where say servers 1-9 go to server 10, servers 11-19 go to server 20, etc., this would be where servers 1-30 are all closed, 5 or 6 new servers are created, and the people of the affected servers get to sign up for one of the new servers in the order in which they joined the game, or give them the option to transfer to an already existing server. The catch being that it couldn't be one of the top 10 populated servers, to avoid them getting over-populated. Of course these numbers aren't exact, without knowing the exact numbers for each server it's hard to know how many servers need to be shut down and how many new ones created. The main point of my plan was that it would allow more people to keep their character and legacy names.
Ah, Yeah, sorry, I misunderstood what you were saying. That's a good idea.

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BJWyler
06.07.2012 , 05:36 AM | #766
Quote: Originally Posted by JovethGonzalez View Post
Many guild leaders have contacted us with their concerns about coordinating their guild members in preparation for the free character transfer service and I wanted to take some time to explain how this process will work.

In order to ensure an optimal playing experience for every server, well be offering direct transfers from one origin server to a pre-selected destination server. This means that the destination server will already be selected for the origin server. As mentioned in our blog post, all server types and languages will be respected. You will not find your PvE characters transferred to a PvP server, or vice versa.

Therefore, all guild members on the origin server will be eligible to transfer to the same destination server, ensuring that the guild has the opportunity to stay together.

As we mentioned in our blog, the character transfer service will be made available gradually, starting with a small number of origin servers and adding more until all servers eligible for transfer are available in the service. We know everyone is excited for the opportunity to transfer their characters, but it is critical that we do this gradually to ensure both a smooth transfer as well as a great player experience on the destination servers.

Eligible servers will be listed as they become available for transfers at www.swtor.com/transfer, which will go live on Tuesday. This is to prevent potential server load issues.

Please note that we will not be dividing the population of an origin server onto multiple destination servers for this free character transfer process.

Additionally, players need not worry about rushing to transfer as free character transfers between selected servers will remain available for as long as it is needed to help balance server populations naturally. Rest assured that if we ever decide to stop this free character transfer service, players will be given plenty of advanced notice.

We hope that this clarifies any confusion.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tuscad View Post
And what if a family emergency cropped up or they are on vacation, this is something that we should have had at least a months notice not like 6 days notice.
The initial information is coming on the 12th they have stated that players will have as long as necessary to transfer off the server if that is what they want.

Quote: Originally Posted by Sykotica View Post
Also, if i already own a name on the destination server will i be able to xfer a toon and keep that name by deleting one i have there, or how does that work?
Sykotica
That seemed to be what they were suggesting could be done during the APAC transfers.

Quote: Originally Posted by Stalinwolf View Post
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I share ur pain this is the whole reason y i might actually un-sub cause they wont do from PVE to PVP. Stupid move Bioware. Real Stupid. not happy at all i dont care if i have to pay to get my characters moved i just want them moved to my current server which is a PVP and my starting server was a PVE. im tired or re-rolling and dealing with Korriban & DK over and over. getting real boring
Theres nothing wrong with the plans from that point of view. It is not BWs problem that you now want to play on a different server type than you initially picked. You will just have to wait until the Paid Transfers are rolled out, or just do what everyone else would have to do if transfers were not needed for this game anyway re-roll. PvP to PvP, etc. should take precedence over anyone wanting to change play mode servers.

All in all, the initial plan is probably the best that could be done having a free for all will not solve the population problem on the majority of the servers, and forcing server mergers without player choice is just bad. The only issue I have with it is that at this point, the orign/destination servers are 1-1. I have tested out several servers in the past to see if all my current names are available on different servers, and kept running into at least one of them being unavailable. With a 1-1 system, if I am not lucky enough to have all my names available on the destination server, I am pretty much stuck on the origin server until the paid transfers come I do not want to change any character names. The origin servers should be given a choice of 2-3 destination servers to hopefully alleviate name collisions as much as possible, or the system needs to give precedence to active accounts over inactive accounts in the process.

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danpen
06.07.2012 , 05:37 AM | #767
Quote: Originally Posted by BJWyler View Post
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The initial information is coming on the 12th they have stated that players will have as long as necessary to transfer off the server if that is what they want.


That seemed to be what they were suggesting could be done during the APAC transfers.


Theres nothing wrong with the plans from that point of view. It is not BWs problem that you now want to play on a different server type than you initially picked. You will just have to wait until the Paid Transfers are rolled out, or just do what everyone else would have to do if transfers were not needed for this game anyway re-roll. PvP to PvP, etc. should take precedence over anyone wanting to change play mode servers.

All in all, the initial plan is probably the best that could be done having a free for all will not solve the population problem on the majority of the servers, and forcing server mergers without player choice is just bad. The only issue I have with it is that at this point, the orign/destination servers are 1-1. I have tested out several servers in the past to see if all my current names are available on different servers, and kept running into at least one of them being unavailable. With a 1-1 system, if I am not lucky enough to have all my names available on the destination server, I am pretty much stuck on the origin server until the paid transfers come I do not want to change any character names. The origin servers should be given a choice of 2-3 destination servers to hopefully alleviate name collisions as much as possible, or the system needs to give precedence to active accounts over inactive accounts in the process.

BJ
Hello i am so so sorry can you tell me more about what you mean thank you.
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The_Real_Che
06.07.2012 , 05:42 AM | #768
On the one hand Im VERY excited that transfers are happening but I'm a little iffy about it based on what we know so far.

I am on a low population server Helm of Graush (PVP) and I rerolled to Canderous Ordo (PVE). So when the time comes for the initial transfers I can only transfer to another PVP (where I have no desire to transfer since my other characters are on a PVE server). So...does this mean that although I am on a low population server I now have to wait until a later phase of the transfer process and possibly pay to transfer to the PVE server where I am now playing? What about the people on HoG who rerolled to The Fatman and want to transfer their other characters there? Do they also have to now wait for a paid transfer?
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danpen
06.07.2012 , 05:43 AM | #769
Quote: Originally Posted by The_Real_Che View Post
On the one hand Im VERY excited that transfers are happening but I'm a little iffy about it based on what we know so far.

I am on a low population server Helm of Graush (PVP) and I rerolled to Canderous Ordo (PVE). So when the time comes for the initial transfers I can only transfer to another PVP (where I have no desire to transfer since my other characters are on a PVE server). So...does this mean that although I am on a low population server I now have to wait until a later phase of the transfer process and possibly pay to transfer to the PVE server where I am now playing? What about the people on HoG who rerolled to The Fatman and want to transfer their other characters there? Do they also have to now wait for a paid transfer?
We all can not wait till the come out you will just have to wait till they come out.
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Celwinn
06.07.2012 , 05:45 AM | #770
Quote: Originally Posted by darthyrag View Post
Anyone know if you have to move every character or just a few? I mean if you decide to move and you only want to move a few cause your guild decides they don't want too; can you leave one?
I would like to know this as well
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