Update: I love how I find this article linked on other guild’s websites and forums. The majority are saying I am lying about this system. It’s officially in their FAQ. If you participate in the pre-launch guild formation program, your guild will automatically be placed on a server of BIOWARE’s choosing. What I have done in this entry is state my opinion that this system is goofball crazy and that I would never have my guild randomly placed on a server — I want to choose my own. That’s all. Facts stated. Opinion given. Nothing to lie about. Don’t like my opinion? Start an anti-Keen blog, form your own opinion, or never visit us again. Either way, thanks for the links. Even being called a liar brings in new readers every day.
In the comments of yesterday’s entry someone brought up that SWTOR’s launch will be smooth because of the guild system.Â The comment went on to explain how Bioware will be responsible for choosing which server your guild is put onto and when you log into SWTOR for the first time, your character will be prompted to join.Â I immediately dismissed this as nonsense.Â I was then shot a link to a FAQ, and sure enough this asinine idea is legit.Â Swallowing my sanity with one big gulp, I’ve come to make sure the rest of you are aware of the details.
Who in their right mind would participate in this system? Server choice is one of the most important decisions a player can make — sometimes it’s the only choice players get to make in MMO’s these days.Â Why would anyone put such an important decision in the hands of someone else?Â Why is server choice important?Â I like to avoid certain crowds.Â I like to follow certain crowds.Â Before a server even goes live, it’s often the case that some servers will be designated the “Australian server” or the “unofficial server of X” and some servers are blatantly looking like they’ll be empty or full.Â I’ve botched my server choices in the past and I’ve picked real gems.Â Bottom line, I like the choice.
“When we begin placing guilds on servers, we will take into account all the information that has been provided, including the server type and the allies and adversaries you have selected. We will make reasonable efforts to place each guild according to their specified preferences but cannot make any guarantees given the anticipated volume of guilds (among other factors).Â All server placements therefore remain in our sole discretion.” – SWTOR Guild FAQ
I feel like frothing at the mouth, waving my hands in the air, kicking and flailing and falling over backwards after reading that.Â Getting back up, I want to roll my face around on the keyboard spewing words in in the Ewok language while trying to gnaw off my enter key. E Chu Ta! E chu Ta!Â Sense, this makes none.
If the guild could choose their own server, fine.Â That would be a neat way to organize.Â But that’s not what the FAQ says.Â The FAQ says you choose your options and the server placement is at their sole discretion.Â There is even the note that your guild may choose PvP and be put onto a PvE server.Â Will it happen? Doubt it.Â But they’ve said it can.
Solution: Do not participate in this pre-launch guild setup program.Â I want to choose my own server.Â I want complete control over the most important decision I make when I start playing their game.Â For those who don’t care one iota about your server choice, this system sounds fine and dandy for you.Â Regardless of whether or not you have to join the guild you signed up with pre-launch or not, anyone serious about their guild will be serious about their server.Â The key question still stands: Why would you choose to make your guild pre-launch and lose all control over which server you play on?
Next you’re going to tell me players not in guilds are all put onto one server together or servers are randomly assigned.Â (Please don’t tell me that’s true.)Â There’s only one world in which this system makes sense, and it’s the one where you have no choice over what server you join.