/After a day of this being up and talking to people who have posted, I give up. I literally cannot take this without a trip to the ER.
Starting off, I usually just keep to my own realm and the board there, but I do browse the general forums now and again, such as now.
What I am curious about are what the problems the community is facing, what we can change and improve as the community, what Blizzard can change and improve as the provider of the game, and possible brainstorming on where the problems are and what they are for easy analysis.
For once, I do plan on coming back to this and making changes, indicated by /edit text here.
Multiboxing. People playing on multiple accounts at the same time. Soon, I will be somewhat guilty of this, but it is not in the same way. I will be using 2 desktop computers to play an account each on my realm; a manual multiboxing, if you will.
From some youtube videos I have seen, multiboxers use 3rd party software to move and take actions with their characters. The problem with this is fairly obvious in my eyes, but this is really something Blizzard needs to take care of, reviewing their own Terms of Service and punishing as needed. The best we can do as a community is find these people, make a forum post to identify them on the realm forum, and mass report them if they are suspected of cheating.
For this, I will be re-reading the terms of service to review this myself and be changing this topic.
Battlegrounds. Alliance vs Horde. Pugs vs Premades. AB and Warsong are the main ones I have seen, but AV is one Alliance complains about not being able to win.
For the Premade problem, it is easy to say you can just group with people on your server and go in there as a party, complete with discord or other voice chat, and enjoy the game. The problem there is that not everyone can do this for one reason or another. Real life world, bad social skills, lack of confidence in one’s self to compete along side others of your server, and fear of friendships being affected.
I do not know what to really say on this. For AV, using the reinforcements resource of ‘retail’ WoW is an option, but that would take away from the ‘vanilla’ (I really hate this term by the way, nothing about Classic has been Vanilla, except for the quest dialog, in my opinion) experience.
I do not PvP often, so I really do not feel like I can speak on AV strategies.
For the premades… if it really is so much of a problem, then it is up to Blizzard to make premade battlegrounds. Anyone of 10 or more raids from one server should be placed in these so as to avoid facing pug groups. There is no guarantee that premade groups will win against pug groups, but one is certainly more organized than the other.
/Reading through the replies, I do take back much of what I said on this topic. If Horde ‘win’ most of the open-world and AV battles, but Alliance ‘win’ most of the AB and Warsong battles, it seems pretty fair to me. The problem is likely more in part to the honor system than anything else. A system I no longer feel comfortable speaking of due to my own lack of interest in it and contribution to it. I get my 15 honor kills a week for the sake of those that do care, most of the time anyway.
- Server population. This is very much a community problem and should be handled by the community.
The people transferring from one server to the other needs to talk, through the forums, to both server. We cannot have a mass exodus of people coming from one realm to another without a word, and then immediate complaints of overpopulation.
I will give an example:
180 members of the Horde and 250 members of the Alliance want to transfer from Pagle to Whitemane because they are tired of the long que times. Suddenly, Whitemane has ques to login and they have no idea why. New guilds have emerged over night and the auction house prices are fluctuating because of this. The server is in chaos.
This could have been avoided by the players of Pagle talking to those of Whitemane and both factions organizing around it. Had this happened, perhaps some members of Pagle would have stayed and not transferred while those moving to Whitemane would be welcomed.
Again, just an example. I do not know the status of Pagle or Whitemane.
/Again, a really hard one to nail down. I do wonder if it would help if a faction/race change option was implemented. I am both for and against this idea, given the Alliance Paladin and Horde Shaman circumstance. Personally, I would wait until TBC, if possible, before doing that on my shaman though.
Server imbalance. Pretty straightforward here: I do not believe it matters due to battlegrounds being out. My realm has pvp events and people ganking others while farming resources, grinding rep, or some other activate, but I am rarely a part of it due to my work schedule and real life events.
Still, I do love this version of the game and I am able to raid and dungeon with my guild. Most of the time, I find myself helping others quest in the zone I am in, or running lower level folks through dungeons.
The problem with server imbalance lies in guild and raid involvement… and whatever madness is going on Blackrock Mountain (seriously people, stop it. It takes ages to get a group for the Depths and the Spire dungeons. Just pvp outside and stop when people pass through the doors).
Botting. This really needs to be addressed by Blizzard and the community need to spam report these people for cheating. This ruins the market, world pvp, resource gathering, and the realm community.
I’d say farm them for the 10 honor kills limit for the day, do as I saw on a youtube video of making them waste their food and water and then let a mob kill them to break their gear to slow them down, but not everyone will do that. I do not even do that, and I see one at least once a day just running passed on a black lotus or mining route.
-To be announced-