I played AoC from launch to 2013(on and off) and just recently returned after a almost 10 years break. The lack of good new mmo’s made me go back to an oldschool one, and nothing can compete with AoC combat, interessting classes and skill display. I started on Aquilonia RP-PVP which got merged into Fury after a few years. I absolutley love PvP in this game and I love Fury. However I now play on Crom and I find myself also enjoying the PvE in this game and even the leveling and learning my class.(DT atm).
That being said, when new players check out the game and create a new character, the first server that gets highlighted is Fury - PVP, which leads most new players to join it. The problem is first of all that there are literally lvl 80 players that spawncamp low levels the minute they leave tortage and secondly that people figure out pretty quickly that the server is veery low population and as a result concludes that AoC in general is a dead game and then either stright up leave or wont bother leveling again on Crom. Remember new players dont have the 100% xp boost most of us have so its a pretty big undertaking leveling again and repeat the same combos you already did, however far you got.
So my first suggestions are
A: Make Crom the highlighted server for new players
B: Show population status displayed on each server
Crom PvE - High Population (Green)
Fury PvP - Low Population (Red)
C: Merge servers ( Crom’s Fury PvE-Conflict) and add some of the following ideas:
- Implement a duel option (right click, inv duel)
- Certain time of day, lets say between 1700 and 2300, one random zones in the game turns PvP on and it yields increased PvP xp and increased PvE xp incentivicing both types of players to play there
AoC deservers more players, the game is absolutley stunning still (even tho a few artists improving some of the assets would definetly improve the games first impression, even though they are all probably working on the new dune title. As mentioned the classes, combat and everything this game has to offer is criminally underrated. I truly believe something as small as a few changes like this would make the playerbase grow slow but steadily.