Help Me Choose a Server

Posted: May 17, 2007 by Kendricke in Everquest 2, General Game Concepts

Imagine for a moment that you’re a brand new Everquest 2 player.  You’ve just finished installing Echoes of Faydwer, entering your account information, inputting all the CD-keys for various expansions, creating your first character, and now you’re looking to choose a server.

Which one do you choose?  Every server says “LOAD: Medium”.  Great…that’s no help.  Do you pick one at random?  Do you try one of those marked “PVP”?  What’s PVP?  Remember, you’re a brand new MMO player.  You don’t know an AFK from an LFG.  You just want to log in and play your new Halfling Berserker.

So which server do you choose?

Server selection can be confusing even to veteran MMO players.  It can be outright intimidating to new players. 

Personally, I’d love to see a new button on the UI called “Help Me Choose a Server”.  Click the button and it starts a small survey which includes helpful information and is designed to quickly help suggest a good server matched to the answers the player gives to the questions in the survey.

For example, questions might look something like this:

  • Would you like to fight against other players as well as monsters in the game (PVP) or just against the monsters without having to worry about other players (PVE)?
  • Would you prefer a server that encouraged “roleplay”?
  • What is your timezone?
  • What time of day do you typically spend the most time playing:  mornings, mid-day, afternoons, evenings, late night, overnight?

Based on questions like this, the game could quickly help to whittle down the server list to just one or three servers that would best meet the needs of the player. 

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Comments
  1. Fred says:

    Kendricke,

    I think that this is a great idea. If you don’t have friends on a particular server, it stinks to have that doubting feeling about whether you picked the right one. It is like buyer’s remorse when buying a car. You think, did I pick the right one? Am I going to regret this? New players carry this doubt into the game with them and this could negatively affect those important first impressions of the game.

    -Fred, mmoexplorer.com

  2. kendricke says:

    I’m right there with you, Fred. I’ve been to SOE. I’ve seen the control centers. I know they know what servers are active and when the prime times are. Use that data for good or for awesome, I say.

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