May 2016 Producer’s Letter

Discussion in 'News and Announcements' started by Windstalker, May 24, 2016.

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  1. Finora Well-Known Member


    I know :). I currently have 3 accounts that are paid for yearly and have been for ... a long time, since like 2008 or something like that. My point was that there are already people who don't feel it's worth paying a sub for at the price it's at now. There are also a fair number of people who will not for whatever reason they have pay for a subscription yearly. Raising the price of the standard subscription will not help the game in the end and would be likely to drive at least some people who are currently paying to f2p (or worse away from the game) because it would be perceived as yet another money grab from loyal paying players.
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  2. Abasinolanam Active Member

    I agree. To this day EQ2 is the cheapest game I've ever played. While away from EQ2 I played a phone war game that ended up costing me more than a year of EQ2 in just a couple of months. I wouldn't mind paying $5 more a month if the money was going to be spent on live servers and the things we actually want to see (bug fixes, less lag, etc.)
  3. Ishuna Well-Known Member

    Count me in with others that just deleted the poll for new servers because there was no "don't want them" option. I really have no idea what's going on with this game any more. The direction of the content/game, the disregard for players in the badly misspelled poll which only gave the illusion of choice. Imho..It would have been far better to just say we're doing it as opposed to pretending to want input without giving us a meaningful way to do so and ignoring any feedback on the forums. Behaviour like that just ticks people off and it's beginning to erode my loyalty towards eq2. I used to love supporting this game but I'm not a quick cash grab/whale/whatnot, we're people and honesty and integrity are good things to practise towards your loyal customer base.

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    Forgot to add what I would like to see..Bug fixes, real meaningful content, optimization etc. I'm sitting here organzing my many years of stuff on AB because tonight is the night of the merge. I Do Not Want two more servers. There has to be some monetary virtue you see to justify this because it seems completely ridiculous otherwise.I would like stable servers and less buggy content and richer content, not gimmicks.
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  4. Evilary Member

    I do not understand how so many people cannot understand...DB knows how many people play the game, they know how many answered the poll. It's not hard to figure out, if they didn't respond it's either a no or they don't care. If 500 people is enough to justify the server, 500 yes was all they wanted to find out.

    They saw enough interest to make both the servers or they chose already to do them and the poll was put in to make it seem like choice. Either way, it's done. Making thread, derailing threads, complaining in general won't change their decision in the least. If it would have, they would have already done something.
  5. Wgrace Active Member

    STUPID!!!! After all the server merges in the past, and even having one coming up again for AB... Why were those servers merged?? They were merged because populations are thin and it was a good idea to consolidate the population down to fewer servers.. So now you want to spread the population even thinner by making two new servers, siphoning players from all the real servers. Stop this, stop it.

    Use those man hours to work on live servers.
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  6. Griffon Lady Well-Known Member

    I could be wrong here, but I don't think even half of the people that play do raiding. I know three people that raid. I see pissing contests in chatt with a few elitists bragging about raiding (those personalities are the biggest part of why I personally don't raid. XD) but yah, from my perspective, raiders are few and far between. Might be because they log in, raid, log out though. I've lost a few friends to raid guilds that took all their time, burned them out, then quit the game (or left the server we hung out on to join a bigger, badass-er guild and being unable to play with them any more). :\ I don't count those in the 3 raiders I know, though.

    >.> Not trying to sound negative, just kinda spun about by the "You don't raid?" attitude. >.>... and a wee bit depressed that only raiders will get anything out of the new "racing" server. I was rather excited about new goodies on live from an event based server. :\
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  7. Griffon Lady Well-Known Member

    Don't forget some people quit because of the servers. Nothing like boiling a population down to a few trolls dominating the chat, then combining those servers. @.@ And the people who really liked their names and couldn't get any thing decent once the server merger lost them their names. (I lost a name to a particularly "mature" person who made sure to private message me (being their name with a z) about how they got the name and I didn't and how much I suck because of that... -.-) I'd been watching their account on EQ2u and they had logged in once in 6 months, right after the announcement on how names were being decided... then they didn't log in for another 6 months...) XD BLame people with personalities like that for the population problem, if you are looking for anyone to blame! lol

    Why people weren't asking for cross server travel instead, I'll never know.
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  8. Estal Well-Known Member


    The influence of RNG has become so pervasive that the SLR workaround has turned into a basic necessity.
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  9. Aelfan Active Member

    Ditto. There is nothing for me in any of this. Even the new guild halls, which are slightly interesting, are actually no good to me as you can't even see the original architecture in my family's guild hall. It's just a box to decorate in.

    Maybe instead of having a poll to find out what *you* think we might need, you should work out a way of having *us* suggest ideas and have them voted on. To me, having gnomes with red hair would have a far greater impact on my enjoyment of the game than any of this stuff (yes I triple box an army of Feegles).
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  10. Plastics New Member

    Devs, why are you opening new servers? The population is spread thin enough as it is.

    This seems like a very bad idea.
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  11. Cyrrena Well-Known Member

    I am pleased that Norrath will continue to exist for at least the near future and hopefully a lot longer. I don't see why a ton of people come out of the caves to troll when an announcement is made. If you don't like the game and/or the direction it is going, then by all means go and play something else. What is the point of making yourself and everybody else miserable by being negative all the time. Many people have far worse things going on in their lives to add extra misery by playing a game they loathe.
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  12. Griffon Lady Well-Known Member

    Love the game, hate the players? >.> That's how I feel every time I log in and view chat for 5 seconds...
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  13. Uwkete-of-Crushbone Well-Known Member

    Good point, that last (emphasis mine). If only 500 people jump on it immediately and then get tired of the situation, those new servers won't last long...especially that "you can't transfer off again" thing that people will more than likely not focus a lot of "this is my favorite toon ever" concentration on for long. :-/

    Uwk
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  14. Aivet Well-Known Member

    I would much rather they fire up a new server to get all the kinks and problems out of a no-heirloom change to the ruleset than run it on the current live servers. There *will* be bugs, stuff that's missed, and changed minds about items. If they intend the no-heirloom thing to be made the norm across all servers (based on the feasibility, obviously), then I'll gladly fire up a toon over there in the spirit of testing. If, however, it's only ever going to be the one server then I've no interest whatsoever.
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  15. Jaden Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps there is a hint in that they are focusing on paid subscription customers. Not really difficult to see at all.

    Even if DBG didn't/don't ask our input or use it in what some think is a valid way, it is quite obvious where the focus is being put. This company is shaping and molding and in fact, taking steps to refine its customer base as well as looking to grow revenue.

    In the face of the changes, you get to decide something.

    Either you're having fun as a player or you make other choices.

    Your decision is to stay or not. To pay or not. And, so it goes.

    I will say this: I shake my head and then appreciate the dev staff's work and the dedication they are putting in with the myriad of changes the new company owners have handed down. *Watching now to find out more information.

    Signed,
    Cup half-full/ not half-empty kind of Norrath customer.
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  16. Finora Well-Known Member



    It seems that if they wanted to focus on paying customers, they should focus on the already existing standard ruleset servers where I would hazard a guess that most of their subscribing players spend most of their time rather than scheming for new ways to split up the population & get people to spend money on the marketplace for stupid potions (hence the limited account bonuses and claims, so you have to buy your potions & fluff like on the TLE server).

    That's my opinion, but it's one I hold pretty strongly. All these splitting servers is just fishing for whales willing to blow a lot of money on DBC.
  17. Avithax Well-Known Member

    Sold off all my plat today for krono after reading this. Not quitting just taking a break because honestly the game is boring right now and other MMO's who actually listen to their player base are much more fun.

    Hopefully they will talk with players soon and find out what people really are will to spend $$ for instead of just dumping copy/pasted versions of the same old stuff. They will realize how far out of touch they are when both of these new servers fall flat on their face and maybe release something worth coming back to. The "none of the above" thread that hit several pages in these forums should have given them some clue they were on the wrong track but i guess it's gotta come down to another hard earned lesson.

    (No, you can't have my stuff)
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  18. Jaden Well-Known Member

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    *Nods with understanding Finora.

    On second thought, perhaps their new focus is narrower than I supposed, and is really about "NEW" paying customers. In other words, converting some percentage of the free users to start paying in regular support of the game via subbing in addition to isolated purchases made. In the real world, aside from casino's, all the lil fishies make Wally World lotsa profit. Just sayin. This change in focus is obvious. Good? Bad? That is our individual circumstances versus amount of fun we receive for said payment.

    Captain O signing off...
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  19. Morukta Member

    I understand your point, Nathdar - Howerver, my understanding of advanced solo content and, to a degree, heroics is that they are essentially just rungs on the gear ladder for raiders to reach the 'top'. Since I don't raid, what's the point of putting even more time into doing things that are not really going to benefit my characters in the long run? Next time I'll be a little more specific in order to belay your confusion. ;)

  20. cellinaire Well-Known Member

    Is it only me or are people here confusing "High keep" with "castle Highhold"? Think we only had a poll on the latter...

    And hopefully, The Vigilant guild hall/prestige house later this year =D
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