I have been having a ton of fun on the server, lots of folks around of approximately the same level & not 220; plus trying to eek out the best possible set up for each toon without access to either expansions & their associated items or higher level toons with massive buffing nanos or equipment.
That said the server, which FunCom has stated will be running for at least a year, is only a few weeks old & already the level cap has been raised to more than 1/4 maximum per-expansions which I feel has resulted in almost everyone racing to hit level cap or cap -1 followed by some gearing & then before we can really enjoy the content as a community the cap is raised again making everything we just accomplished practically worthless minus the xp gained for levels & buffing items gained. And of course the fun we had in that brief time.
Instead of playing 5, 6, 7 or more different professions as the mood strikes it is slowly turning into being able to play on 1 or 2 toons, because by the time they are leveled & semi-geared the level is raised again.
I am fortunate as I work 4 out of every 8 days, and since the server was launched I have been playing many long sessions every day off. I am not a new player as my accounts date back to '02, but I feel at our current rate the fun is being slowly chipped away. Soon, within weeks at this rate, we will have a mirror of Live minus fRO0bs, billions & billions in excess credits & either the server will die out as folks return to Live where they can have 6 multi-boxing accounts (yes, we have all seen ‘some’ here on 2019) to get the stuff they want alone instead of working together to obtain things. There have also been confirmed reports of spoliting, mostly because people have forgotten they are supposed to report those through the proper channels instead of posting them publicly.
Shadow Lands will almost certainly cause an explosion of Shades & Keepers which will be fun, but as almost everybody will want to find an NT to level them on Hecklers/Mortigs we will be faced with a new level of bottle neck & infighting as we all know those spots simply can not support an entire server of people trying to gain xp at the same time, however if you don’t get in a group there now that the community knows this is the fastest way to grind xp, you will be left in the dust or possibly worse, if you aren’t part of an organization who can ‘hold’ the spot, you could be weeks behind as xp gained elsewhere is limited.
For those who have been vocal about moving the level cap up higher faster “Because people are leaving in droves!” or “This server is already dead!” & “People are leaving, because they are bored & going back to Live.” (all things I have heard in ICC chat). Well, it is their choice to play AO or not & it is their choice on which server to play much like it is mine & much like it is FunCom’s choice on how the servers are run.
FunCom has asked several times if levels should be raised this week & they have raised them week after week - with the exception of their announcement the current cap will maintain for at least 2 weeks. I, for one, would like to see this server move a bit slower as this isn’t a race to the top. We’ll get there & we have at least 11 more months to do so.
Take care & have fun,