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My server's population went from heavy to light within one month..

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My server's population went from heavy to light within one month..

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AGSThomas
02.20.2012 , 10:43 AM | #1
I play Imperial on the server Rwookrorro. I was one of those people who, during early access followed the developer's and community manager's advice to alleviate full servers and re-roll on one of the new ones. I and my few friends left our characters and started over on this new Server. Rwookrorro filled up fast and we started our own guild and had a blast leveling up and interacting with players, meeting new friends, etc..

Over the last few weeks I have noticed that there are less and less people online during peak hours. Rwookrorro is an eastern server and we peak around 8 and 9 pm. Over the weekend I hadn't noticed more then 45 people on the fleet. People from my guild have not signed as much too. People that were playing 3 or 4 times a week now play once or twice.

Then last night, I logged on to do my hard mode pvp dailes. I queued up for pvp while flying to Ilum to kill Reps. There was 2 people on Ilum, me and another Imperial. So driving around central picking up 30 armaments I realized that my queue never popped. That was strange because it was 8:30 PM and usually I only have to wait 5-10 mins, if that.

I went back to the fleet to do my hard mode daily. I am a tank, by necessity. Its by far the shortest role on our server. I don't mind it, and I'm pretty good at it, although respecing every day kinda sucks but that should be taken care of 1.2 So I ask a healer from my guild and he agrees to go immediately. Nice! Then I spam General LF2M DPS Any Hard Mode. After several minutes of no replies, I started to politely ask random 50s on the fleet. I got 1 DPS from that but I spend another 20 minutes looking for one more and I couldnt find it.

This was sorely disappointing, not in a QQ kinda way, but all I wanted to do was play the game and I couldn't because my server is dying/dead. I sat there contemplating what to do next when I realized my pvp queue still hadnt popped! I disbanded the "group", logged off and watched TV for the rest of the night.

i just wanted to share my story and see if anyone else is running into the same problems? I really enjoy this game but at 50 there really are only two things to do. PvP and flashpoints/ops. Both of which I enjoy doing, but now if this continues I wont even have that. What to do? Reroll again? I really really dont want to do that being I've put a months worth of work into this characters endgame equipment. Bioware has not stated if and more importantly when they will implement server transfers or at least some way to combat the lack of population.

TL'DR Bioware please release some sort of information about how to increase populations on light servers. Not being able to do Flashpoints or Warzones is NOT fun.
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D´omedes - Vengeance Juggernaut (PvP DPS)
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Quip
02.20.2012 , 10:45 AM | #2
I feel for you, OP. Seeing a server shrinking and croaking is miserable; I went through it in Rift before they started with free server moves (hint hint, Bioware).

Now someone is about to hop into this thread and tell you you're lying about all of it.
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Jett-Rinn
02.20.2012 , 10:48 AM | #3
Have you ever considered that it went from heavy to light because the raised the population caps twice?

Servers like mine that were listed as full have just as many if not more people then they had at launch the server just can handle the population better.


Yes the Doomcryers will tell you it's "Mass exodus!!!111eleven!eatatjoes" but the guys who actually run the game say it's the server cap increase and they would know.

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StellaRossa
02.20.2012 , 10:50 AM | #4
Same thing on my server. Went from full to light - standard ( at prime time ). Before on the fleet there was 100+ people, now barely 40-50.

Would change servers but already meet a lot of nice people there, and not interested in moving by myself. Bioware should merge servers or just give an server transfer option.

Before i would get in a warzone in like a minute or two, now i need to wait 15+ minutes. Can't find a group for Hard Modes for a few days already, and i am a healer.

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Lethality
02.20.2012 , 10:51 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Jett-Rinn View Post
Have you ever considered that it went from heavy to light because the raised the population caps twice?

Servers like mine that were listed as full have just as many if not more people then they had at launch the server just can handle the population better.


Yes the Doomcryers will tell you it's "Mass exodus!!!111eleven!eatatjoes" but the guys who actually run the game say it's the server cap increase and they would know.

in b4 /tinfoilhat
The population is not relative to the cap. At least, it shouldn't be, because then you never get an accurate reading of truth.

Which is just as bad.
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renegadeimp
02.20.2012 , 10:51 AM | #6
I think youll find that a lot of people have rerolled to the higher pop/more well known servers. I know on EU side, the 2 top servers regular have queues during peak times again.
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AGSThomas
02.20.2012 , 10:54 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Jett-Rinn View Post
Have you ever considered that it went from heavy to light because the raised the population caps twice?

Servers like mine that were listed as full have just as many if not more people then they had at launch the server just can handle the population better.


Yes the Doomcryers will tell you it's "Mass exodus!!!111eleven!eatatjoes" but the guys who actually run the game say it's the server cap increase and they would know.

in b4 /tinfoilhat
I honestly don't think its mass exodus from the game, just from my server. People are going to play less as the newness from the game wears off, I understand that. But when there are only 45 people on the fleet on prime time, there is a problem.

eatatjoes.. was that a MST3K shoutout?
Med´vh - Deception Assassin (PvP DPS)
D´omedes - Vengeance Juggernaut (PvP DPS)
Server: 5 Prophecies

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Ereint
02.20.2012 , 10:55 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Jett-Rinn View Post
Have you ever considered that it went from heavy to light because the raised the population caps twice?

Servers like mine that were listed as full have just as many if not more people then they had at launch the server just can handle the population better.


Yes the Doomcryers will tell you it's "Mass exodus!!!111eleven!eatatjoes" but the guys who actually run the game say it's the server cap increase and they would know.

in b4 /tinfoilhat
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Did you even read what he said?

This has nothing to do with "Light" or "Heavy" wording... READ HIS POST.

He cannot find people ingame to group with for content.

I had the same thing on my server. The last night I played, 3 of the servers that were in my range of content to play (quests, heroics, etc) had less than 10 people each. THAT IS THE ISSUE.

God, I hate people that misinterpret the point.

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Sirsri
02.20.2012 , 10:56 AM | #9
Now that people are 50 they're only logging in to raid once or twice a week. This is especially true if you hate the pvp in game (or hate pvp in general) which could consume a couple of hours a day. Or if you've capped on pvp (level 65).

None of this is significantly different than how any other MMO behaves. You need to have something for people to do everyday, and once they've done that enough they'll only log in when they have something specific to do. There are things to do, but they aren't particularly accessible, or don't reward anything really worth having.

Obviously the lack of dual spec significantly limits what you can do with a single character.

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xSighKo
02.20.2012 , 10:57 AM | #10
I kind of like being on a small pop server "Cho Mai".. everyone knows each other xD
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