Would you Character Transfer more if it were cheaper.

I  am going to be transferring some more of my toons over with my main. There may even be a race change to gnome on my second priest in there too. It will  mean I am committed to the realm at least.   I am still  not doing anything in guild, and effectively has only been a tag over my head, and that’s not what I really want, but there has been some roads into organising what we have in what I hope is organised pvp. We also seem to have way too many priests, but it will all depend on the race to 85 as to what they will really have to work with.

I’ve already spent about  $250 Aus  in the last 14 months or so on character transfers, and considering it works out that my yearly game subscription  is about 160$ a year  – it seems out of balance – Blizzard have made more profit from me, by cut and pasting pixels into a new server,  then they have in my share of ‘cost/membership fee’ for providing me the actual game.

If it were cheaper,  I would move all my toons together,  would even play some of them more as they would have more financial support for upgrades and professions, but considering that  Blizzard don’t necessarily want realms of ‘choice’ over populated  the price is also a deterrent or people would transfer more frequently, as given the speed that a transfer can be done they seem to have people dedicated to that task,  and when one transfer earns them almost two months of a single subscription it is quite a good little money earner for them.

Some of the transferring has even me being flakey. ( me flakey..  never.. )   Leaving a server and coming back,  or even escaping to another server, so now I have alts all over the place, and it would make it easier if they are all together because some of them have complimentary professions and one needs a sugar mummy of  a main to give them gold for Epic flying.

Once you server transferred once,  it gets easier to do it again.  I wonder what my game would be like if I decided not to follow some of my guild over the first time I ever left my home server. I left a decent trail place in a raid guild that accepted me after our guild broke up.  I could have stayed, and other things would have been different.

I think I learned a lot about playing , and people  leaving the safe confines of a comfy realm,  I now just need to settle.

16 Responses to “Would you Character Transfer more if it were cheaper.”

  1. 1 Shannara December 2, 2010 at 12:17 am

    yes, Garona-US is full of aholes

  2. 2 Klepsacovic December 2, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I definitely would. I liked having a rogue jewelcrafter around to feed me gold and ganking.

  3. 3 Jesse December 2, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I would never transfer any of my characters. All my RL friends (7 in all) are on my server. If I transferred I would want them all to come with me. But that won’t happen.

  4. 4 Tesh December 2, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Considering that jumping to different servers is totally free at almost instantaneous in Guild Wars and Wizard 101, and I jump around plenty there, I’d have to say “yes, indeed” to the stated question.

  5. 5 Xeppe December 2, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Beware! All my ‘currency’ (Justice Points, Honor Points, Chef’s Awards) vanished on my Druid’s hop to Barthilas yesterday.

  6. 6 Caffinated December 2, 2010 at 4:47 am

    As a fellow gnome…albeit warlock.
    I did race change my priest to gnome, best thing ever 🙂
    meh, $250 is nothing compared to the $975 my friend had with race change/faction change/name change 😐



  7. 7 Katherine December 2, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Yep. All my RL friends play on different servers, I’m on a server that has a low population raiding when I’d prefer to (not a problem right at the moment, but it is usually a problem), and I’d never want to leave my stable of alts (80, 80, 75, and a few stragglers) behind. I wish it was the same price but that it would cover the transfer of as many of your characters on one realm as you want to another.

  8. 8 Shiva December 2, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I might’ve. when my old guild broke up, the cost was the primary deterrent to me transferring.

    That said, in 6 years of WoW, I’ve only ever transferred to one server. I transferred 3 characters from Silvermoon to Dragonblight; and 1 character from Duskwood to Dragonblight. I was also in a single guild for almost 4 years on Dragonblight, as well.

    I’d like to point out, the price is also a deterrent to younger players and also, per Blizzard, meant to be a deterrent so someone does not cause social drama (eg trashing, major trolling, ninjaing) and then bail the server without a concern.

    On the same hand, I also find there is a certain challenge to making a new character somewhere. 2-3 weeks ago I made a level 51 Blood-Elf Paladin on a completely random server. There’s a certain challenge to doing everything like a true newbie, making gold, saving gold, making new friends, etc. It’s also a good refresher to keep myself in check in regards to newbies and what not.

  9. 9 *vlad* December 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I changed my Ret Paladin from Alliance to Horde, and transferred him to a new server. Things didn’t work out, so I changed him back to Alliance. After a few months I transferred him back to my original server, and gave him a race/sex change! Was it worth the cost? No, but it was convenient at the time.
    Now I have 5 toons on one server, and there is no way I would pay to move them all somewhere else, even at half the price. As people have said, in other games you can transfer for nothing, so Blizzard are over-charging.

  10. 10 theerivs December 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Yes, so much so I would definately be a server stalker lol!

  11. 14 RobQ December 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Every time I see an 80 I’ve never seen before trolling or dropping racist comments in trade I know s/he just server transferred. And they often shut up when I mention they’ll soon be paying for another server transfer. So I’m glad it’s not free, it’s already too easy for people to disassociate themselves from their bad actions and to discard a bad rep. Until there’s some other ‘cost’ they can’t avoid, money will have to do.

    I think a good compromise would be a decaying cost – the longer you’ve been on your server the cheaper it would be to leave.

  12. 15 Gnomeaggedon December 7, 2010 at 10:10 am

    “There may even be a race change to gnome on my second priest in there too.”

    My day is made!

  13. 16 Cloudia December 8, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Sent my priest horde this weekend. The cost I hated but I love having something else new to me. Let’s face it we get bored and sometimes new friends are fun. I’ll be transferring another toon in a month.

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