Actually I have spent time on Fury (or which ever pvp server it was) back in 2009 when it was still alive. Having someone camp the spawn in point on WSI and killing me over and over again when I didn’t have a chance quickly soured me on the idea of Pvp in AoC (I had previously Pvp’d in SWG so I wasn’t a noob to the concept).
I’m sure the reason’s you stated did contribute to pvp’s downfall, but the most telling one is your idea C. “The threat of being ganked in ws is real.” The only people that have ‘Fun’ killing someone MANY levels lower than them is the higher level and I’m not sure why they’d even consider it fun. Even when the max level was 26 for WSI you still had players attacking those that they were half their level. For someone like that lvl 15 in my OP it’s not fun and not Pvp in their mind and all anyone’s done is drive off another player.
And there is PvE there or you wouldn’t have leveled to 80.
None of your reason’s stopped any of those players that never got out of Tortage, only your item C did. Sure those other things might be why those that made it out into the world left, but the ganking of the lowbie’s is what killed the incoming player base.
The server selection is random, but it does seem to come up as Fury more often than not. Also depending on the graphic’s selection your running it can be hard to see which selection it’s on causing some to end up on the wrong server.
I do think they should do a Pvp Saga server, but they need to put restriction’s in place or it won’t last. Low level Pvp mini games were quite a thing at the start of Saga until everyone out leveled them so it can work.
I believe the first Saga 80 was done in 36hrs. Set that in a Pvp Saga and in a day and a half you’d have someone camping WSI going for their Pvp lvl 10 while driving off any and all that wanted to play. Which would probably end up leaving the Pvp Saga server with those same 24 players that now play on Fury.
If done right and I stress the word RIGHT, a Pvp Saga server could inject new blood into Fury, but if done wrong, negative reviews would be the least of the problems.