Update on Server Merges + FAQ

Discussion in 'News and Announcements' started by dreamweaver, Apr 29, 2020.

  1. dreamweaver Community Manager

    On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, we will be merging the following servers. In order to complete this work there will be a 24 hour downtime beginning on May 19th. Please note that this is also the date of the Live Update and will include that in the downtime.

    Lockjaw -> Ragefire
    Trakanon -> Vox
    Fippy -> Vox
    Brekt -> FV

    In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, we have provided a short list of changes you can expect as well as a brief list of answers to some of the questions you may have. If we receive additional questions about the merging process, the FAQ section below will be updated accordingly.

    Server Merge Standards:
    Naming Conflicts
    If, as a result of this server merge two or more characters have the same name, the conflict will be resolved as follows:
    • If two characters have the same name as a result of the server merge, the player that has logged in within the 60 days before the merge will retain the original character name. If there are still conflicts, the character with the higher number of minutes played will retain the original character name.
    Guild Transfers
    • Guilds and guild halls will remain intact after the merge.
    Real Estate
    • Real estate will merge completely onto the new server.
    • Neighborhood names may change in the event of duplicate names.
    • All items in banks will be transferred completely.
    • Overflow items will appear within the new overflow interface after the merge.
    • Items in shared banks will also appear in the overflow interface.

    Frequently Asked Questions:
    Will there be free character transfers off of the servers before the merge?
    No free transfers will be made available for characters on any of the servers at this time.

    What will the servers be named after the merge?
    The servers will retain the name of the server they are being transferred in to.

    What happens to my character name if someone else has the same name as me and gets to keep it?
    If you have to change names due to a conflict, you will be granted one free rename for your character. You will not have to buy a name change potion.

    If I only have 8 character slots available on my account, but after the merge I now have 12 characters on the server, what happens? How is it determined which characters I can access?
    You will be able to play characters up to the total available character slots on the account. Characters are selected to fill the slots starting with the most recently logged in characters first. Characters created after the start of Free to Play (March 16, 2012) are limited to the number of slots available due to membership level and purchased slots, while created before Free to Play are always available.

    What happens if there are guild name conflicts?
    The oldest guild will keep the guild name. The guild that gets renamed will have additional x’s added to the end until it’s unique and is flagged to be renamed. The guild leader can type /renameguild to rename the guild if its name was changed. This is relatively rare, but it can happen. Guilds that have their name changed will have their Guild Writ neighborhood name changed.

    What actually happens when your shared banks merge?

    Platinum from both shared banks is added together. Items from the source server (i.e. Lockjaw in the Lockjaw to Ragefire merge) are put in the accounts Item Overflow window (/itemoverflow to view).

    What will happen to my Overseer on the server being transferred?
    • Active quests will be combined between the two servers. If a quest is active on both servers for an account, the one ending soonest will be kept.
    • Agents, experience, and stats will be combined between the two servers.
    • If an account has data on both servers involved, it will rotate offered quests the first time it logs in after the merge.
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  2. Mediik Augur

    Will there be any additional server merges this year or is this it?

    I realize there is a lot of work involved, so I'm hopeful it's just going to be staged out to eventually include some of the older servers for better\worse.
  3. dreamweaver Community Manager

    These are the only ones we have announced so far, if there are more incoming I will let you all know.
  4. Herf Augur

    How will the language difference between FV and Brekt be resolved?
  5. Qbert Gallifreyan

    I'm extremely disappointed that you're going through with the Brekt merger, but thanks for giving some clarity on the date I suppose.
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  6. xmPradah Not a dude

    I actually wish we would be given the option to transfer to any server if we didn't want to transfer to FV (for those of us on Brekt). I'd think you'd be able to apply the trade status to whatever we currently have in our possession, so that no gain would be made by opting to move to a live server.

    I'm actually just sad to see Brekt go - though low-pop, it's a solid and non-toxic community.
  7. lockjaws Augur

    So the Brekt guys are just getting completely ambushed here by the wave of toxicity from the enormous population on FV, the gouging of prices in the bazaar, and the fact the Firiona Vie server has HUGE AMOUNTS OF LAG in everything from chat channels, tells, bazaar searches, etc. You should have just kept both servers and allowed some transfer from FV to Brekt.
  8. Rondor Augur

    How will Overseer be handled with server merges? Will agents/experience transfer and get added/merged into the new server?
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  9. KimchiGoddess Augur

    Is the 24 hour downtime for all the servers or just the servers involved with the merges? Not sure if that's a stupid question, but I have no idea of your server setup =)
  10. Bobokin Augur

    Darkpaw took the easier route to merge the two servers, whereas the optimum route would have been to try to even out the populations by allowing a mass exodus of characters from FV to Brekt.

    The trouble is, if the latter had not worked, they would still have to merge the servers down the road, so it was more risky and more work.

    If my mains were on Brekt, I would be none too happy to merge with FV.
  11. Ubor New Member

    Yet you leave Agnarr with about 50 people actually playing at any given time, and start two new TLP servers exactly like Agnarr? There needs to be a way to transfer chars you spend all that time building off these servers when they die. We pay you for time, so respect ours.
  12. Modef Lorekeeper

    What will the servers be named after the merge?
    The servers will retain the name of the server they are being transferred in to.

    Just like Stromm kept its name after Luclin/Veeshan were merged into Stromm?
  13. ArrynRaggnarok Apprentice

    Of course they aren't going to provide char transfers. I mean, why in the world would a company want to do something positive for their customers and compromise when possible....

    Bad move by Daybreak. I will enjoy watching the fall out of this decision (and the many many others made recently) over the next couple of years.
  14. Xyroff-cazic. Director of Sarcasm

    Umm. You seem to be a bit out of touch. Agnarr has 3 active guilds clearing raid content, and the two new TLP servers no longer mirror Agnarr's unlock schedule.
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  15. Bobokin Augur

    SOE, Daybreak, and now Darkpaw have all made some poor decisions that have cost them money and forced Everquest into a smaller and smaller community.
  16. ArrynRaggnarok Apprentice

    And they weren't also battling an impending depression. Times are about to get really tough for most people, and game subs will not be much of a priority. EQ is really only still around because of player loyalty and DB is slowly destroying that.
  17. Metanis Bad Company

    Like the song says, "It's closing time, you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here!". Then they should give a matrix of destination servers with variable costs to move there. Just like the airlines do. Anybody who hasn't moved by the cut-off date is left behind forever. (Or with additional charges to be moved by Customer Service!)

    Or they create a custom pricing subscription for people who want to remain on dying servers. Make them pony up the funds to pay to keep the lights on!

    It's almost like Daybroke doesn't want to make money from their gaming assets. Moving everyone for free is like a fabulous gift but it's not helping the bottom line.

    (Disclosure, I'm on Luclin so not affected this time!)
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  18. Skuz Berserker Logic: Kill everything.

    Free Trade don't get the choice to move to any other servers, that's a choice that SoE/DBG/DPG made & have been consistently sticking to.

    Moving Brekt to FV is because both are free trade irrespective of the other rules, there will not be an option to move elsewhere.

    EVEN IF they ever did it would have to be a naked transfer where you can move the character, un-geared, empty of plat & anything in your bank besides maybe a few specific quest items (epic weapon stuff) you have.
  19. Qinju New Member

    So I saw this in Eq's 21st post...

    Heroic Level 85 Character Boost
    Ready to try out a new class, or want to make a home on a different live server? We're giving all All Access Members a free Heroic Level 85 Character Boost to celebrate our birthday. Start a new life in a new home, or just try something new on your current one. You'll be able to claim the bauble from March 16 through May 10!

    And this - "or want to make a home on a different live server?" really got me thinking. So I started playing on Brekt and it was a super pleasant change from the crowded laggy FV server that I have been playing on for years. I was having a lot of fun until I saw this merger news. I'd like to also appeal to the team to reconsider the Brekt merger. When the Brekt people get the FV you'll probably lose a lot of them IMO.
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  20. Prepared Journeyman

    This isn't entirely accurate. Everyone over a certain level I think it's 10 on a standard server can transfer for free to the Zek (PvP) server using the /servertransfer command.

    Additionally anyone on the Trakanon server can transfer for free over a certain level I think it's 10 to any other standard server using the /servertransfer command.

    Once the merge has completed I'm fairly certain that players that were on Trakanon that merged to the Vox server won't be able to use the /servertransfer command to get a free transfer any longer.

    So the point is if you are currently playing on the Trakanon server and don't want to end up on Vox you can transfer for free up until May 19th, 2020 to any standard server. Naming collisions are handled using the command as it checks if your name is on the other server you are transferring to prior.
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