The Amazing Vanishing Population

I’ve previously noted that Ostermark seems to be having population issues.  However, it is starting to reach critical levels, and if a server merge is not announced soon, there will be ramifications (as in cancelled accounts).  Ostermark has dropped from a medium/high population server to low/low, where you have problems getting into scenarios, open RvR, and instances.  When you take away PvP, RvR, and PvE, there’s not much left to the game.

Part of the problem, though, is that Ostermark is a RP server.  Mythic is most likely reluctant to merge a RP server with a non-RP server, understandably so.  However, they will soon have an empty RP server if they don’t intervene.

Don’t misunderstand me.  I’m not saying that Warhammer is dying.  On other servers with at least medium population levels, the game is alive and well.  Let’s face one fact: it’s easy to add servers, but it is difficult to remove them.  If Mythic ponies up and takes the more difficult (but correct) route by merging a few servers, then they can always add additional servers back into the mix later on while maintaining their existing player base.  I’m sure that this problem isn’t unique to Ostermark.  Other servers are probably suffering from low populations as well.  For the continuing health of the whole enterprise, Mythic needs to address this ASAP.

At this point, I log in to Ostermark nearly every night.  If there’s nothing happening (and there usually isn’t), then I log out.  It’s at the point where I am looking to other outlets to fill my leisure time.  Heck, I’ve even been reading some books, and not just to put myself to sleep at night.  Also, I’m almost embarrassed to say that I picked up a copy of Lord of the Rings Online (after Turbine’s D&D Online fiasco, I had sworn to never buy one of their games again).

The point of this whole post is that something has got to give.  Either Mythic opens servers to character transfers, merges a few servers, or they bite the bullet and accept the fact that a bunch of people are going to cancel.  People provide a great deal of the content in Warhammer.  Without people, there is no game.


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