I've posted this in other threads before, but I do think this warrants it's own thread. As you all know, new TLP's come online at regular intervals, and the recycle brigade and krono lords jump to the new server, often leaving in their wake once vibrant servers as desolate ruins. DBG is a business, and new TLP's make money, so I hold nothing against them for rehashing the same model over and over... everyone has to eat. But there's a limit on how far the TLP playerbase will go, and no-one likes a deserted server. Server merges have been discussed at length, but again no-one likes enforced server merges. A lot of people feel forced to jump to the new servers to avoid being left in a ghost town, leaving their characters, that they've put time and effort into behind. No one likes abandoning their characters. So what to do..... The obvious answer is to allow Character transfers to Live or Any TLP of similar ruleset that is ahead of where your current server is.... e.g Coirnav to Phinny. Over time I this would let the recycle brigade keep restarting over and over, but the 'in for the long term' players could move to a more populated server if they wanted to. This I think would have the effect of concentrating the playerbase and make more vibrant servers. That's not the only benefit. As servers empty and reach 'fippy' status i.e. dead, servers could be put into sunset mode. When you log on to these servers you wouldn't actually be logging into the servers, instead just a small front end server which takes you a character select screen allowing you to transfer characters from the sunset server to a destination of your choice. Once sunsetted, the actual world servers could be removed reducing costs for DBG. Players would not lose their characters, as they'll always be there if they want to move them, but it allows the decom of unused servers, without doing any merges. in other words win for everyone. Players that want busy servers can move to busier servers Players that like dead servers can stay till sunset, at which point they can move to the next 'dead' server. You'd never break any existing economy/gameplay on the new servers, as they'd always be ahead of where you were coming from. if the krono lords and recyclers jump to the new servers leaving a wasteland, then those left behind can now do something about it. DBG can shutdown servers without getting into the horrors of server merges no character is ever deleted, and you never get into issues of number of available character slots on destination servers. Heck this could even be a new source of revenue for DBG if they charge a nominal fee for the transfer (although this would be better if it were free) I think this is worth doing and would help keep the game alive for many.