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Dear Ascended, First of all we, gamigo, want to apologize for the long response delay and the resulting frustration that you all felt. We understand that the Shard merger announcement was not communicated optimally, and for this we are sincerely sorry. We took your feedback to heart and wanted to make sure we got clear and concise answers on it; this is why we were unable to relay information to you sooner. Furthermore, all such future announcements will be handled differently. You will get more information before we start collecting additional questions, as you guys already requested previously. Now to the FAQ: Question 1: With fewer shards, will the artifact/material node respawn rate be changed? Answer: Super nodes (artifacts and harvest material use these) should scale automatically. They have a minimum percentage of nodes that can be active at a given time, so if it ever falls below that percentage, it skips the delay, instantly spawning a new one. Question 2: Will the zone event spawn rate be changed? Answer: Zone event spawn rates are based on the populations per shard. Rates will automatically scale with the merged population. Question 3: What if people have more characters than character slots after the transfer? Answer: The existing cap of 12 characters per shard (13 for those who purchased the Wilds Pack) will not be increased. If 12/13 characters already exist on the shard, some will need to be deleted before the transferred characters will become visible. Question 4: As Typhiria will inhabit the majority of the players, will further cross-shard features be developed, i.e. mail and auction house? Answer: Additional cross-shard functionality might be revisited in the future, but there are no current plans. Question 5: What happens to everyone's dimensions that get merged over? Answer: Dimensions will transfer with each character to their new home shard. Question 6: Will the move be fully automated or do players need to transfer their character themselves- If not, what will happen to players who will not be in the game in that short time until the merge? Answer: The transfers will all be automatic. Question 7: How can players prepare for the move? Answer: No preparation is required. Though if players are concerned about name conflicts, the RIFT team does offer a free weekly character transfer if players would like to move their character earlier. Question 8: Do players need to clear the shared vaults of the shards that are being closed down before the merge? Answer: No, every item in shared vaults from transferred shards will be available on the new destination shard. Players will only be able to store items in the shared vault for their new home shard. Shared vaults from all other shards will be available in an overflow shared vault, but only a single shard's shared vault will be available. The overflow shared vault is removed only, and no new items can be added to it. In instances where multiple shards are being transferred, any overflow shard beyond the first will not be visible until the first overflow shard has been emptied. For example, if you had characters on a shard that transfers, you will see one shared vault for your new home shard, and one overflow shared vault. If more than one shard was transferred, the second shard's shared vault will not appear as the overflow shared vault until the first overflow shared vault has been emptied. Question 9: Will players need to empty their auctions/mail to move their characters across? Answer: No, they do not. Question 10: Will guild banks need to be emptied prior to the move? Answer: No, they do not. Question 11: What is going to happen if there are character and guild name conflicts? Answer: One of the options, still subject to change, is transferred characters will be required to change their name (for free) before logging into their new home shard if a conflict exists. If a guild name conflict occurs, the transferred guild name will receive an appended "!" to their name, and the guild leader will receive a free guild rename scroll. Question 12: Are there any plans on making resources instanced per player? Answer: No, there arenít any current plans. Question 13: What will happen with characters below a level that can transfer? Answer: There are no level limits for the merge. All characters from the merging shards will be transferred regardless of level.
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