I miss not having queues on Alsbeth. :( But it should be fine after 3 more days.
Yeah, erm, sorry about that. Lots of transfer hate in the chat and I can understand it, but even for those of us who tried to make an informed choice, early on before the deluge hit, we had no reason to anticipate this. Personally, it would've been better if I'd understood some hard numbers, how many trial shards they were talking about, what kind of numbers were going to be displaced, etc. If I'd known there'd be - what? we must be into the thousands all together - other people being forced to transfer at the same time and looking for "medium to occasionally high but not too high" I would have adjusted my thinking. Nobody wants a low pop server but it doesn't help anyone to flood and disrupt one the way Alsbeth has been flooded and disrupted.
Actually what really would've been better is automated caps on transfers. As soon as x number was reached, with some overflow assumed since guilds are always allowed to stay together, the shard is automatically taken off the destination list. I'm sure it's difficult to estimate just how many accounts can be assigned to a shard before it gets queues, given the range of play times and frequency, but they must have some data on what an ideal population range is. Exceeding it by so much that queues are over 500 is too big an error margin.
It seems it also doesn't help that they gave everyone the "Adult Swim! Everyone out of the pool!" notices on a Saturday. Either there's a skeleton crew working weekends or nobody at all, because they closed Alsbeth to further transfers half a day too late.
And as far as the "you'll complain no matter what they do," thing, I actually wasn't complaining before. I started on a shard whose population I didn't like, so I rerolled on one I liked better. They implemented free transfers so people who wanted to change wouldn't have to level again, how nice, even better for the people who wanted a move. I had no complaints. I do have what I think is a very fair complaint about an established community being forced to "take advantage" of this transfer system when they have no desire to. We were happy where we were and doing just fine.
That said, in a month I won't be complaining either. Or at least not enough to write five paragraph posts about it. The overall strategy is a good one, it was just implemented very poorly, particularly this past weekend.
Edit: Hey Ravashack, just for the record, there are only half a dozen people in my guild, of whom only 3 actually play (versus logging on once a month to say hey), so, like, it's totally not my fault. Edited, Jun 27th 2011 4:56pm by teacake