Layering was done to address a very specific problem; the servers being overcrowded at first, and then said servers having drastic reductions in their populations after the people leave
they cannot instead split each server into three actual servers, such as mal’ganis1, mal’ganis2, and mal’ganis3(which for the sake of example are PvP servers), for two reasons:
A: people might, with the same account, make a player of a faction on mal’ganis1, and also make a player on mal’ganis2 of a different faction; in the event of a server merger, said player would either have to delete one of those characters, or not be subject to the one-faction-per-PvP-server character creation restriction; this only applies to PvP servers
B: player names and guild names between mal’ganis2 and mal’ganis3 may be shared, causing the involved players and guilds to have to change their names; this would apply to all servers
but this doesn’t have to be the case
what if, across mal’ganis1, mal’ganis2, and mal’ganis3, which would all exist on august 27th, name restrictions and PvP-based-faction-based character creation restrictions were shared across mal’ganis1, mal’ganis2, and mal’ganis 3, and then, after the tourists left, mal’ganis1, mal’ganis2, and mal’ganis 3 were merged together?
EDIT: to clarify, this would be different than layering because the players could choose which server(1, 2, 3) to play on before logging in and would have their character be bound to one server(1, 2, or 3), all of which would be merged in phase 2
why does there have to be something as convoluted and detrimental as layering, when you could do this instead?
I mean, you’ve already sort-of splitted each realm into three thirds, so why not just have them be three servers that eventually get permanently merged instead?
is it because… you want to be able to re-split the realm after merging it, like when the AQ gates open? thats the only reason that I can think of, and that’d be A HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE REASON THAT WOULD CAUSE A GREAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR PLAYERBASE TO QUIT
so, is there anything wrong with my proposal to replace layering; is there something that I’m missing, something that would cause it to not work, or would it be worse than layering?
I mostly wrote this on a whim, fyi