Today I moved my main Rift character to Icewatch (for free!) to trial playing on this other EU English server. I did hesitate to do this a few times over the last week or so, as I feel like his home is on Argent. I’ve never needed to ‘move home’ in an MMO before; Moonglade was always my home in WoW, Laurelin for LoTRO. I guess I was lucky in SWTOR that Progenitor was a destination server and not a origin server when the merges happened in that game.
Usually I pick an RP server as I prefer them, atmosphere-wise, even if they’re invariably quieter. In EQ2 I started with the launch of the Freeport server which is a non-RP PVE server. Although I miss the lack of player-organised RP events in that game I am still reluctant to consider a move to Antonia Bayle the official RP server for EQ2. That’s due to the practical reason of the pre-F2P servers being very top-heavy character level-wise. Freeport still has many more people playing in low and mid-tier zones; having experienced LoTRO as one of the very few new players to join in the year before F2P I can recall just how lonely the lower zones can be in a more mature MMO.
The very moment I logged into Icewatch for the first time there was an invasion in Cape Jule, good start! It was a nice romp across the area slaying, clicking and healing the group.
Afterwards I moved back to City Core to have a go at an instant adventure, I jumped straight into a group of 6, another positive sign that the population is much healthier! Whether I stay on the server will depend on how the community feel is, but at least now I can level by a mix of quests and open group content – which is pretty much the reason why I play Rift in the first place.