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    Default Free Character Transfer FAQ

    Hi all,

    As announced, Free Character Transfers will be released in RIFT Update 1.3. These Free Character Transfers will be available to players on select shards via a new in-game feature. We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our players and hope you find it to be a great way to further enrich your experience and connect with others, we have provided a brief FAQ outlining this new feature below.

    We’ll continue to release additional details as we get closer to the release of 1.3 and we encourage you to ask any questions you might have, we’ll do our best to answer all we can – thanks!

    What are Free Character Transfers?
    • Free Character Transfers will allow you to move your characters to select shards through an easy to use, in-game feature.
    How often can I transfer my character?
    • We’re allowing one free transfer, per character, to a select shard every 7 days. Please note this is subject to change while we continue to develop and test the new service.
    What do you mean “select shards”?
    • We want the shard you select to provide the best experience possible. It is important that there remains a balance between Guardian and Defiant players and to that available shards do not become too over populated or unbalanced. For this reason you will only be able to move to specific shards we’ve selected to accept new transfers, please note the shards available for transfer may change over time.
    Can I move from a PvP shard to a PvE shard or vice-versa?
    • Of course! The rule set of your current shard will not prevent you from moving to a shard of a different type. So PvP, RP, PvE, or RPPvP to your heart’s content - Just remember, you’re subject to the rules of your new home! (For example, non-consensual PvP on PvP shards and stricter naming policies on RP shards.)
    What about my stuff?
    • We’ll have specific details later, but have no fear! You’ll be able to take your items, currencies, achievements, titles, pets, collections, and heck, maybe even the kitchen sink!
    Can I transfer from a North American Shard to a European Shard?
    • Not right now, currently transfers will be restricted to select shards in your territory.
    I’m a guild leader, can I transfer my guild?
    • Absolutely, we know you and your members work hard to level your guild and make it your own. We’ll announce more details about this feature closer to its release, stay tuned!
    Will these transfers always be free for everyone?
    • For the forseeable future – yes! They could even become a permanent addition to the RIFT experience. This is very much an experiment we want to try and we feel this feature will add a unique way to play RIFT unlike other MMO’s. We’ll see how it goes and keep an eye out for any issues that arise.
    So, when will 1.3 be released?
    • 1.3 is the next major installment for RIFT and will arrive early this summer. Keep an eye on www.riftgame.com and here on the forums for more details as we get closer to its release!

    Updated - 05/23/11 @ 12:13PM PDT

    What if my character or guild's name is already taken on the shard I want to transfer to?
    • You'll be warned in the event of a naming conflict, should you decide to continue with the transfer you will be forced to re-name your character or guild before playing.
    Will I be able to change my characters faction (from Defiant to Guardian for example) when I transfer or transfer my Character to another active account?
    • Not at this time, while these options are something we might look into in the future they will not be available for the initial release of the Free Character Transfer feature.
    Last edited by Elrar; 05-23-2011 at 11:25 AM.

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    Amazing. +1

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    The more I read your posts, the more I doubt that you guys have any previous experience running MMOs.

    1. Transfers are not supposed to be free. They are a way for you to make money. If you start letting people transfer for free, you are passing up income. MMO companies do not do this.
    2. You said last week that there would be updates "soon". This announcement is about a month too early for that.
    3. You refer to faction balance. MMO developers do not trouble themselves with such irrelevancies.

    That said, I suppose we'll just have to live with the much better service you insist on providing because you don't know enough to treat us badly.

    One question: One free transfer every seven days per... account? Character? It seems to me that if I have four active characters on a given shard, I'd probably want to transfer them all at once or not at all. Since the list of "select" shards can vary over time, I would hate to start transferring my four characters to a new shard, only to suddenly lose the ability to transfer there after two characters...

    ... wait, you answered that. I READ GUD!
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    Wow....every 7 days. Wow, thats such a bad idea, but good to know the squeeky wheels get the oil around here.
    Gratz on conforming.

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    I wonder when we will see which shards are on the list?
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    Thanks!! /10

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    Every 7 days someone gets to xfer to a new server, free of charge, ninja anything they can for a week, and then just xfer away to another server where noone knows them....
    Its like LFD tool, except with easier access to steal!

    Did you guys even think before doing this?
    Transfers are needed, free every 7 days is just dumb.

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    Will we finally be able to do copies from Live to Test using the same technology?

    Its the only way the test server can become truly useful to catch things like all the crafting bugs that slipped through.
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    This is Awesome, too bad I cant transfer my Guardian Cleric over to another server and play it as Defiant.

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    Elrar,

    How are name collisions going to be handled?

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    In regards to keeping the Guardian vs Defiant numbers balanced, are there any plans on allowing a player to swap? This seems more elaborate than you probably want to make it, but I'm just curious.

    Very excited about the possibility of finding a shard that better fits my play times. Thanks for this update!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leelee View Post
    Every 7 days someone gets to xfer to a new server, free of charge, ninja anything they can for a week, and then just xfer away to another server where noone knows them....
    Its like LFD tool, except with easier access to steal!

    Did you guys even think before doing this?
    Transfers are needed, free every 7 days is just dumb.
    If someone really did that, I'd care less about the small number of things they "stole" than I would about how much it must suck for them not to have any friends, or be able to build any friendships.
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    My question is, will there be faction changes allowed in the transfers? Also what if you have toons on a populated server and have alts on the same account and want to transfer them there? Will you not be able to?

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    Default Free name changes too?

    What about if someone has your characters name - free name changes too?

    Or can people make a character with their charters name on the new server specifically to get a free name change?

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    Will there also be paid transfers to ANY shard available?
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    Im an R8 Cleric.
    1 Rogue can annihilate 2 healing clerics together-Cross healing doesnt work against a rog. .

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