Hey AGS and Forums -
I was fortunate to play in the RTA event. I invited community members and trusted friends who I knew would help us achieve the goals set forth for the event - and we did! Over the course of the event, we worked hard to ensure that we accomplished all we did, and in the process, so many of my friends, my company members and myself truly fell in love with the game again.
The draw for many was the event, but it was also the experience of a fresh start Most of the players I personally brought with me are players with multiple thousands of hours on their main accounts. They wanted to be on a fresh start server.
I promised them that we’d be on a fresh start server.
I defended the feeling of no real sense of reward after the event for the players. I defended sticking out the very empty server in the hopes of the one day fresh start server merges. In the mean time, we’ve been enjoying the game the way its meant to be played - despite the fact that the server population and crippling town upkeep costs mean that we don’t even have a single place to make runic leather at the moment.
I’ve defended a lot of decisions that have been made about this game and gone to bat for it over and over and over, but never have I felt so disappointed, used and betrayed by a choice. We are a fresh start server. We don’t have any special “perk”, we aren’t going to “unbalance” anything. We don’t want to destroy another fresh start server. We just want to have a place to play the game we love with our friends that isn’t on a legacy server that, for the record, practically half of out players already have alternate accounts on from a year ago.
Legacy servers are filled with immense amounts of gold, alternate accounts out the wazoo, bots on every farm path. They are filled with war rosters of the same 50 people (I know territory changes will loosen this a bit, but… still). They are filled with BIS gear that has been rolled with copious amounts of materials farmed over a year.
We don’t even have a runic leather station.
At least on a fresh start server, we’d have a chance to enjoy the game the way that fresh starts were meant to be enjoyed, surrounded by others who wanted the same thing - a new start to their game experience.
We love this game, many of us have been playing since your earliest betas. We love our company. We’ve loved our server, for all the good and the bad things. Do right by the players that have supported you for so long and let us just be a Fresh Start server. Please.
Edit to add: People on Death server have already begun to jump ship to restart again on another Fresh Start server, driving the population down even further… Please speak up with more than a delay and soon.