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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:55 pm    Post subject: Population boost Reply with quote

Hmmm, Bleeding Hollow just went back on queued and it would seem there are quite a few others with the same distinction. Is this just people congregating on populated servers or are we seeing a population boost after the holidays?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silvermoon has also been experiencing a queue every night for the past few days. The queue is only like 50 people or less. I did a scan and it adds up to about 4000 players. But I have also done scans in the past like when Silvermoon was crashing alot last month and it was well over 4500 players. And at that time there was no queue... in fact we haven't had a queue since BEFORE Burning Crusade was released.

Silvermoon has had alot of new players in the past few weeks. One major raiding guild transfered from Echo Isles to Silvermoon, in addition to the several dozen new folks I see around every week. And no they are not just renamed chars...

It is the holiday's so I expect that there would be a population boost as there was this time last year, even with no expansion in sight for months.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something is definately going on. Dragonmaw's population dropped from 35k to around 27k after the free char transfer to Maiev, and rarely saw a Queue before the transfer. Now its a half hour wait every night during prime playing time and supposedly there are 8k less chars on the server. I wonder if they lowered the online amt that triggers queuing to get people to transfer???
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At one point tonight Silvermoon was Locked... and the queue didn't even pass 100 players... When players tried to connect after getting dc'd they were faced with a "this realm is locked" message for a few mins....

....wow?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw boulderfist queued for about 5 min the other night :-/
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Population boost Reply with quote

Alanthus wrote:
Hmmm, Bleeding Hollow just went back on queued and it would seem there are quite a few others with the same distinction. Is this just people congregating on populated servers or are we seeing a population boost after the holidays?


I have to believe this is a short holiday boom. Same as in summer when school is out the servers get a boom. Our server Area 52 is getting locks too and thank goodness. The server is full and this also stops the spammers since they can not make new character.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The same thing has happened on Tichondrius, Deathwing, and Wildhammer. All the queues usually average 150 - 200 people, been that way since just after New Year's. Pretty much forced me to re-roll again.

My theory is that it's the winter blahs. Holidays are over, winter sucks, it's probably cold out. There's nothing really going on or to look forward to. People are getting holiday bills, they can't spend much money to go out, etc. But they're bored so people come back to WoW for a while. To further amplify that, college students were still on winter break and with all the partying done they just hit up WoW.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same on Draenor EU, dunno how long it's been going on as I'm normally already logged in before peak time hits but I found a nice queue of 98 the other day, came as a surprise as I've not seen a queue since before TBC! I know a lot of people have transferred in recently though, so it might be population shift rather than overall increase, but even so, queues are unusual for us.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the usual attribution of new wow players plus people getting re-addicted during xmas break plus people (like me) getting w0w cards for presents. best xmas ever Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to seeing how the concurrency numbers shape up for January. It might actually beat last January. Destromath has consistently seen queues during primetime around 5 mins long.
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