Thanks, Dahanese, for some things make clearer now.
Sure, it is a bad day for our RP'ers to loose their RP-shard without getting a new RP-home. I will loose some lovely friends! But as ever: A little bit hoping, they love Rift as I do and stay/move and we can create our channels again to meet and talk and do, what we always did.
I'll keep this brief since I'm supposed to be on vacation (my first real vacation since starting at Trion!), but I can quickly address a few technical concerns.
If you have more characters on a merged shard than you have slots for, you will be able to access them all, as long as you have 12 of fewer characters. Our character select screen only supports 12 characters, so if you are in the small percentage of players who will end up with more than 12 characters after a merge takes place, you will need to delete or transfer one of the visible 12 in order to access the hidden characters. Note: To create a new character, you will have to get below the maximum your account allows.
Example: If my account has 7 slots, and I have 7 characters on each shard, after the merge, 12 of my characters will be visible, 2 will be hidden. I can delete one character and transfer one character elsewhere, and now I will have 12 visible again. However, I would need to delete or transfer 6 more characters (bringing me down to 6) before I could create another character on the shard.
Guilds do not have to empty their guild banks as part of the merge. If you simply wait until it occurs, and then log in, you'll have your guild just as it is now, on the new shard. Transfers from trial shards in the past have been difficult due to the need to empty out the guild bank - 5 tabs and all those slots is quite a bit of space! If you're content to wait until the merge occurs, you won't have to deal with any of that hassle.
Auctions do not have to be ended when as part of the merge. Whatever auctions you have running will continue running on the target shard of the merge, and will end normally.
Mail will transfer as well. You do not need to empty out your mailbox, all your mail will be waiting for you in your mailbox on the target shard of the merge.
You are, of course, free to transfer anywhere (within the region) you want, before or after the merge occurs, using our existing *FREE* character transfers.
And for some people... There are some of you who have always wanted an exclamation point at the end of your guild name... Well... Now's your chance!
Lastly - for people in Europe - I have good news about the auction house. This past Friday, one of our engineers demoed to me his upcoming Auction House changes to deal with multiple languages. He had three clients logged in to a single shard - one running in English, one running in French, and one running in German. Each of them could post items to the same auction house, and search for items using their own language - and all the posted items would show up. He's not quite done yet (auction result emails were still in English for one thing!) but he's on track for and very close to making the Auction House work correctly for everyone on a shard, regardless of the language they're using. Expect this in 2.5.
The Guild dwindling happened with the FES changes - or so the excuses went - and boom one week, then another and Bam, no raiders , except me and the folks still here who were just starting raids and getting their gear together, so we stuck with it..... Leader is essentially MIA except to drop in when no one around to tinker in dimension at times for minimal time, and I'm trying to get Trion to change Leader status to work a merge at time of Server Merge or elsewhere so these folks can start experiencing raiding again... as well as me; in a guild and not PUG'ing.
Can we get any more clarification on why you are completely abandoning your european RP community? I'm looking for reasons to hope for the best, but I am not finding much hope at all. Come on trion.. This is not how happy stories are supposed to end
Last edited by Anvilus; 10-15-2013 at 03:27 PM.
1. If I'm full up on characters on the target server I'll be punting some to another server or deleting some in order to see the ones that got evicted from my old home, check. Or, worse, the ones being force-ably relocated may push the ones I already have on that server off the page. ( I score this a 0 since if I can't see them I can't very well play them) This may get some clarification but that's how I'm reading it now.
2. Bye-bye Euro-RP (0, self-explanatory)
3. Guilds get a helping hand (+1, this is thoughtful)
4. That name I have that someone else has too? Gone. (0)
I score that about a 25%.
Last edited by Landru; 10-15-2013 at 03:29 PM.
I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant
Is the EU RP flag being moved with the transfer?
We are not going to move the flag.
Then you should not merge Argent.
Surnames... c'mon.. you know you wanna
This isn't something that will happen for next week but it's a possibility for the future.
Then Trion needs to come up with a temporary "solution" of sorts. Something like adding @argent to the end of a name or deleting the names of inactive characters under level 20 or one of the other many things that have been suggested in this thread. Trion has no excuse imo for not coming up with something here. Simply giving us free name changes is not ok.
I appreciate the reply's so far, however you need to do a lot better then 'not moving the tag' You owe the European RP community an explanation at the very least. Should I start worrying about Faeblight now? if this is how its going to be I want to know now before spending more money on your game.
Warlord Vessica, Lady of War of Dominion of Unity
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PA: 817 | CQ Power: 200k | Score: 10915 | Tradeskills: Grandmastered
4/4 GP | 4/4 DH | 5/5 GSB | 5/5 RoS Conqueror | 11/11 HK | 2/4 RotP | 1/8 ID
Characters: Vessica R86, Kattie R73, Eylisa R65, Phantasmal R58
In essence, this is a problem Trion created and is now requiring players to take exceptional steps to work around. This is the first really major failure I've seen on Trion's part, and it greatly reduces my opinion of the company, its planning, and its processes.
Last edited by Fredelas; 10-15-2013 at 03:46 PM.
I am very glad to see responses from the Devs, Thanks Pithos.
Some questions for you, Dahanese, or Guild Leaders if I may:
- Whats the Exclamation Point business? Does it cost anything - since things seem to cost something these days?
- With the Auto Transfer say from SB to WB of everything Guild related, is it also possible to have everything done from say SB to Hailol, instead of WB - with everything Guild related, including members, etc.?
- You mentioned "some people" - does that mean I could adopt a name with an apostrophe? - if my current name is taken?
NOTE: please disregard my last post now about the GB unloading , lol.
Last edited by Chaszar; 10-15-2013 at 03:43 PM.