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#1 May 23 2011 at 11:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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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!
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#2 May 23 2011 at 1:04 PM Rating: Good
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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!

Smiley: dubious Wonder how that'll work

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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.

Smiley: yikes double-you tee eff?
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#3 May 25 2011 at 2:17 PM Rating: Decent
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They desperately need server transfers but holy crap. Free transfers once a week without any server type restrictions?

So are they purposely giving trolls free reign to butcher every community they can get their hands on or is Trion seriously this blind?
#4 May 25 2011 at 2:49 PM Rating: Good
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Raolan wrote:
They desperately need server transfers but holy crap. Free transfers once a week without any server type restrictions?

So are they purposely giving trolls free reign to butcher every community they can get their hands on or is Trion seriously this blind?


Maybe they have more faith in the community than that.

They're saying it's an experiment, so maybe they're just doing it to see what happens. It's not like this has ever really been tried in a mainstream MMO before, they're literally throwing science at the wall to see what sticks here.
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#5 May 25 2011 at 3:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Raolan wrote:
They desperately need server transfers but holy crap. Free transfers once a week without any server type restrictions?

So are they purposely giving trolls free reign to butcher every community they can get their hands on or is Trion seriously this blind?


I knew this would be a common response when I read it. Some people do get that worked up when some guy does something stupid and bolts. "Don't let him get away! We must keep him here so we can collectively shun him!"

But there's another side to that coin. Right now, I've got 2 level 50 Defiant characters on a shard that reminds me very much of the first server I rolled on when I started playing WoW. There's one very strong Defiant guild that is just way, way too hardcore for me (I was in the guild for the first few weeks after launch and they simply asked for more in terms of time than I was prepared to offer.) The rest of the Defiant guilds are the same as always...the core group of a handful of players carrying a ragtag squad ranging from strong players to "people who are in your raid group that you wouldn't want in a T1 dungeon."

My second rogue...now level 48...is on a different shard in the same warfront shard cluster. Guardian, this time, because of Defiant performance in that shard cluster. No really successful raiding guilds Guardian side to speak of. So I've got several options. Abandon my Defiant characters altogether, check back in from time to see if there's a guild with a more "normal" raiding schedule that is progressing at a pace where I feel challenged and not bored/frustrated, or just keep my rogue on that shard "just in case" there's a shift in faction dominance and I get stuck with terribads Guardian side for 90% of my matches like I did as a Defiant.

As for my rogue, it's the same thing. I can PvP and muck about in expert dungeons with no real indication that Guardians will ever have a strong raiding presence on that shard, or I can reroll...again...to a shard with a strong raiding community and a faction that is at least competitive.

OR

I can keep the characters I have, meander server forums to see which shards have a strong raiding community AND a competitive PvP community, and transfer. And if it turns out to be a bust, no harm no foul.

I spent $175 to transfer my characters in WoW when I finally decided to get off the failboat realm I originally rolled on. I stopped playing WoW a few months later. Ya, that was money well spent.

It's a never good idea to restrict legitimate use of a feature like character transfers because of what the naughty kids might do.
#6 May 25 2011 at 3:36 PM Rating: Good
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I knew this would be a common response when I read it. Some people do get that worked up when some guy does something stupid and bolts. "Don't let him get away! We must keep him here so we can collectively shun him!"


No but I get the argument. In your case with a couple of characters on to a good shard which doesn't take too long to find no problem, I even have a mid level guy that I tried on a server I don't like and would like to move him over to my guild on another shard, so it works out.

The issue is more of the people abusing it because there are no significant lengthy times, # of transfer, or cost restrictions so they don't care about their ninja looting, bad playing, being an *** on the shard because if it gets bad enough they can just go to another (And yes we all know this already happens but it could just get worse!). Heck there are enough shards where you could be shard hoping for more reasons than just that. Think about economy impacts, sure most things tend to balance themselves out over all the shards but there are some with less population that have different values for items on the AH or spam selling. So I horde for a week on one server were they are cheap and then exploit all those items on another sever where they are expensive - shard hopping not to ninja but to saturate a market and get rich.

I don't think Trion needs to penalize people for doing it, just make it where its not shard hopping, which would be something like limited number of transfer for that character in a decent amount of time (i.e. 3 transfers of the same character in 6 months to a year - why would you possibly need to move around that much?)

Later.
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#7 May 25 2011 at 6:45 PM Rating: Decent
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Aurelius wrote:
Raolan wrote:
They desperately need server transfers but holy crap. Free transfers once a week without any server type restrictions?

So are they purposely giving trolls free reign to butcher every community they can get their hands on or is Trion seriously this blind?


I knew this would be a common response when I read it. Some people do get that worked up when some guy does something stupid and bolts. "Don't let him get away! We must keep him here so we can collectively shun him!"


You completely went the wrong way with my comment. I'm all for server transfers, they are desperately needed. And I do understand the monetary cost issue you mentioned. I just spent $110 on a transfer and faction change for two toons before I left WoW. I spent almost a month on the new server in a guild with a baby toon before I transferred because it isn't the first time I got burned. Only to find out after I transferred that what I thought I was seeing wasn't what was actually happening.

My comment was directed towards accountability and anonymity, two things which have really hurt the MMO community over the last decade. Yes the monetary cost of transferring sucks, but it prevents a lot of people from going to a server, creating problems, then moving to another one every couple of weeks. The 'restrictions' I was talking about were the lack of restrictions between RP, PvE, and PvP servers. The monetary issue is more of a deterrent than an actual restriction.
#8 May 26 2011 at 2:02 AM Rating: Decent
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Raolan wrote:
Aurelius wrote:
Raolan wrote:
They desperately need server transfers but holy crap. Free transfers once a week without any server type restrictions?

So are they purposely giving trolls free reign to butcher every community they can get their hands on or is Trion seriously this blind?


I knew this would be a common response when I read it. Some people do get that worked up when some guy does something stupid and bolts. "Don't let him get away! We must keep him here so we can collectively shun him!"


You completely went the wrong way with my comment. I'm all for server transfers, they are desperately needed. And I do understand the monetary cost issue you mentioned. I just spent $110 on a transfer and faction change for two toons before I left WoW. I spent almost a month on the new server in a guild with a baby toon before I transferred because it isn't the first time I got burned. Only to find out after I transferred that what I thought I was seeing wasn't what was actually happening.

My comment was directed towards accountability and anonymity, two things which have really hurt the MMO community over the last decade. Yes the monetary cost of transferring sucks, but it prevents a lot of people from going to a server, creating problems, then moving to another one every couple of weeks. The 'restrictions' I was talking about were the lack of restrictions between RP, PvE, and PvP servers. The monetary issue is more of a deterrent than an actual restriction.


I'm indifferent to server type restrictions. I understand that people on PvP servers don't want to level up and take their lumps and gankings only to find the guy ganking them is someone who leveled to 50 in safety on a PvE realm and then changed servers. For me, the only way I'd ever put myself on a PvP realm is if I could specifically level to 50 on a PvE realm and then transfer because ganking is ******* stupid, but I know from past experience that even being able to skip the worst of the horribly one-sided battles wouldn't be enough incentive for me to play on a PvP shard.

My points is that free transfers with a short cooldown open the community enormously for people like me who are exceptionally picky about the guilds I join and the guilds I stay with. And being told that I can move around until I find a group that suits both my interests and my playstyle without having to pay out the **** and/or be stuck with extended restrictions on how often I can move is great news. Asshats will be asshats. It's hard to ninja loot in a raid with a master looter. I can afford to lose a 5-man dungeon drop to a ninja. Jerks can be put on ignore. I'd rather not see a mountain of restrictions placed on the process to address poor behavior because it punishes the people who don't behave poorly just as much as the twits.
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