Transfer Blues

So, it seems the cooldown on paid transfers has been reduced to one month from the previous six months. (Causing all kinds of debate on the forums.) I, however, am personally very glad that Blizzard made that decision.

Have you ever transferred a character to another server for all the right reasons, after doing tons of research, after thinking through every possible consequence…and then regretted it? That is the situation that I am presently in.

A while back I paid to transfer two characters to Moonglade, a European roleplaying server. I wanted to experience another facet of the game, I was becoming bored with the grind of raiding, and so on, and so on. Now, Moonglade is a very good realm, and the roleplaying is supposed to be among the best…I just didn’t see much of it. I’m terribly, terribly bad at being social in new groups, making online friends, and even putting together a PUG for an instance is a trial. I didn’t feel comfortable with initiating roleplay with people standing around the AH or in front of the bank or whever you’re supposed to do it. I attended several gatherings, but was a total wallflower, standing on the edges of the crowd; it was a disaster.

And so, I was lonely. There was no constant flow of guild chat, no friends that I have known since the beginning, no support net. My hunter is level 55 now, and there is no guild, no one to help with attunement quests, and so I solo. Not fun. So, she’s coming back home. I do have a couple of good memories, though, including a casual conversation with a party member, waiting for the others while sitting on a hillside, looking at the stars, and discussing life – wonderful. On the other end of the spectrum, my baby mage had a disastrous trip through Deadmines with a warrior who was evidently roleplaying something that I don’t even want to know about, since he kept talking about “how hot it is in the mines” and stripping off his clothing and armour. Yep, he was tanking buck frikkin’ nekked, and the second time he died, we discussed not rezzing him and just leaving him there. That was amusing, but rather sad.

Have you ever transferred a character, and regretted it? Or, conversely, did you finally come “home” when you transferred, and never looked back? And what do you think about the one month cooldown on transfers? Will it lead to ninja looting and other bad behaviour?

4 Comments so far

  1. Xoruka (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 8:34 am

    At first, when I moved my Dwarven Warrior from CC to Alleria, I regretted it at first because the next week, my RL friend moved to ThoBros plus I met all of these new people on the Alliance side. (Xoruka is Horde side on ThoBros).

    Now, I am glad I moved to Alleria. Since Blizzard went ahead and broke the lore, I had to stop RPing. Being on a PvE realm made me enjoy WoW for what it is: a game.

  2. Yunk (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    Only druids should tank naked. My friend calls it “bare form”

    He also says “Druids can poop wherever they want”

  3. Yunk (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

    why would you stop RPing since Blizz messed around with the lore? It’s not like players follow the lore, given the number of half-demon / half-vampire strippers that inhabit Goldshire. Or the fact that every Forsaken is actually a secret weapon / sleeper agent for the Lich King.

  4. Xoruka (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    Broke the lore is too strong of a statement.

    Essentially, they had to wrap the lore around fixing the instance balancing issue between Horde with Shaman and Alliance with Paladin. That is the only why there will be no faction-specific class come the expansion.

    The nerfing of the Paladin back in their review created this rift where certain instances were baby easy with Paladins whereas some were tweaked to take advantage of the Shaman’s strengths. Since they can’t undo the Paladin nerfs and they certainly couldn’t undo the changes within the instances, the easiest thing to do was to jack up the lore in a way to where both factions could have all classes.

    Since I stopped following lore, I have never had so much fun in a game.

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