All Queued Up


So last night, I logged in. What do I see? “Realm is Full.” Just under a half an hour to wait. Grumble. Now what to do. Change realm. My main, my priest, he’s on Zul’jin, but I’ve been working slowly on an Eitrigg-based Tauren. “Realm is Full.” Grrr. Ten minutes. Okay. Fine. A co-worker has a toon on Silver Hand, so I’ll just go over there … maybe it’s time to see what life is like for a dwarf paladin.

But all of this jumping around, is it worth it? What’s more important … playing the game in general, or playing the character you really want to play? If the game is it’s own reward, then what’s the point of levelling? If the character is key — and I suspect it is, then shouldn’t Blizzard do more to prevent queueing like we’ve seen this week?

I’m a casual player. I know, I know … the bane of all that is good in the World. But all this really means is that my available WoW time is incredibly precious. After work, after dinner, after yardwork, after living my RealLifeTM, when I sit down for some WoW, well, it ought to be readilly available. Online gaming on tap, just like water. After all, I pay bills monthly for each.

Is it too much to ask? Really. I’m curious. How long is too long to wait?

8 Comments so far

  1. Maisy (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    I know how you feel. I always try to log on a bit before I actually have time to play (like before dinner starts) so that I can get the maximum time actually playing.
    They say that with the next expansion they will be raising the level caps on all servers and hopefully that will help.

  2. Maisy (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    By level caps I actually meant player caps (as in the number allowed on at one time)

  3. Josh (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    Are you playing on a PvE realm? I play on two different PvP realms, neither of which has a queue, yet every time I attempt to get on one of my PvE alts I get stuck in a queue.

  4. Burnside of Kargath (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

    I’m on a PVE Realm and I’ve never expirenced a queue. I think it is highly dependant on which realm you are part of. I’m sure you guys have seen it, but if not, check out Warcraft Realms ( They have a mod called Census which allows you to upload data to their site. Check out a player’s guild history, or even a server’s population.

    Comes in handy to see how your server’s population has changed over time.

  5. Peaslake (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

    I’m also on a PvE server and have only run into the message you’ve seen on Saturday nights and holidays which leads me to believe that my fellow players really don’t get out enough. How long is too long to wait? For me anything over 5 minutes means I’m out the door doing something else.

  6. Squiggle (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 3:05 am

    5 minutes is too long, but I guess Blizzard are a victim of their own success. Hopefully this will improve once Blizzard complete their hardware overhaul.

  7. Sabocat (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    Jus so no one from Blizzard thinks that they have to post here….

    “It’s not our fault man it’s those damn suppliers.”

  8. Chris Hanel (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    Tichondrius has gone through queues on and off over the past several months, and it alleviated for awhile after they offered a character transfer to Kalecgos. Lately, however, the queue is back.

    It’s definitely not a problem across the board, it usually has to do with the age of the server.

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