10/11/2017

Reunited And It Feels So Good

The dreaded/anticipated server merges have come and gone.


Before (with more servers still hiding behind an invisible scroll bar).


After, with just those five now.

Bioware's optimistic initial estimate of twelve hours downtime turned into nearly double that, leading to people raging on social media about how useless they all were (and to some extent, other people raging about the ragers) - what else can you expect nowadays? However, in the end, the servers came back up, and everything had worked out well. Aside from a few UI preferences being reset, everything seemed to be where it should be.

As expected, I haven't really noticed much of a difference, but then I stay away from general chat most of the time, which is where I suspect most of the excitement played out. Dipping my toes into PvP, everything seemed as abysmal as it had been before the merge, only with some new names on both sides. It's been fun to see which guild names were unoriginal enough to have been slapped with an "@ Servername" tag. I can't believe there was apparently more than one "Royal Panda Society"...

I also have two Coruscant apartments and two Dromund Kaas strongholds now, which feels weird. My first thought was that I should probably delete the duplicates since they weren't really used anyway, but then I thought I might as well keep them as long as they don't get in the way of me purchasing any new strongholds. It's a curiosity if nothing else.


I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't lose a single character name, not even those of any of my lowbies. And even better...


I am Shintar with a regular i again. Who's laughing now, "other Shintar"? You may have won back in 2012, but five years of patience have now paid off in my favour. It's kind of funny actually how much this excited me. I mean, I wasn't really that fussed back when I first lost the name. However, it did start to feel like a bit of a rivalry when I kept running into the guy in PvP. At last, victory is mine. If he ever decides to resubscribe, he can put a funny i in his name.

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  1. Well, a small band from our near-moribund guild made a concerted effort to come together and do some group play. Partly to check out the new server, and partly to get the achievement which bags you a new companion.

    Did some PVP, flashpoints and uprisings. Nothing earth-shattering (we didn't have enough for a raid), but it was lots of fun to have the old gang back together, even if it isn't going to last.

    I've really missed playing with my guildies, even if I can't in all honesty say I've missed the game itself all that much. But I think I shall stick around for a little while longer. After a break of several months, it is fun to play SWTOR again. It will possibly wear off quite quickly, but for the moment it's good to be back.

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    1. Glad to hear you're having fun! I've heard from some others that decided to use the server merges as an opportunity to give the game another go. That can only be a good thing for the game in my eyes.

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  2. I was happy to see activity in the PvP instances. For example, one operative was camping the entrance to the Republic base on Oricon. That said, there wasn't any real PvP, just some folks trying to gank by piling on when someone was tied up with a Champion or a bunch of mobs.

    Still, it's good to see more people out and about in the game. I hope this lasts. :)

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  3. I had to tweak the name of my Sorc on the European server, but I guess I'd better look at the others.

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