VyvyanneWorld Transfer Status Update 10-14-2015
We are now nearly halfway through turning on all the transfers for closing worlds onto the remaining worlds. Elendilmir, Estel, Riddermark, Gilrain, Firefoot, Eldar, Nimrodel, and Anduin are all now available for off world transfers. Morthond will be available on Monday October 19th (around 11am EST) and Windfola on Tuesday October 20th about the same time. Additionally Brandywine and Evernight (our two largest worlds) are now available for transfers OFF ONLY to the other remaining worlds.
The rest of the closing worlds will have their transfers turned on in the coming weeks to be announced as we evaluate stability and determine we are ready for the next set. This is occurring every 1 to 2 weeks. For the order in which we are turning worlds on see the following list https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articl...e-announcement
How about the new server hardware and datacenter that all these consolidations are for? The new hardware is coming along great. We have all the equipment in place and built out and are now onto the arduous task of moving all of the software and data from the old hardware to new, making sure connections are correct, running QA tests etc. We should be a load test on the new Bullroarer Beta world in the next week or two and will make announcements about it as soon as we have a date locked down. The aim is to have everything completed and live before the US Thanksgiving holiday. In the meantime we are monitoring the Evernight population closely, have added some additional hardware resources to it to increase capacity and if we start seeing issues we might have to slow down transfers, but we hope it will not come to that as I know everyone on the closing worlds is looking forward to their opportunity to transfer. Free Remaining World Transfers post consolidation
Originally we announced that we would provide a one month time frame in which players could re-shuffle among remaining worlds should they decide they did not care for the world the originally chose. After some testing and initial trials we have discovered this method of open transfers would not work. Instead we have decided to go with granting every account 3 Character transfer tokens, which will be granted in line with moving to the new hardware, and Free Transfer Events, which will be periods of time in which characters on a remaining world have opportunity to move to one of the other remaining worlds for free.
We will hold an event lasting 1 month for each of the 10 remaining worlds that will cycle 2 at a time (1 EU & 1 US) and will allow players on the worlds that week to go to any of the other remaining worlds in their region for free (does not require use of a token). For example on Arkenstone’s month a player can choose to move one or all of their characters on Arkenstone one way to Brandywine, Crickhollow, Landroval, or Gladden for free. We will post a schedule closer to the conclusion of the consolidation of the closing worlds and the turning on of the new datacenter. The schedule will be posted on website, forums, weekly emails and the current Worlds of the month in the Launcher news feed. The 3 character transfer tokens you will be granted will allow you to make a move for your primary characters outside of one of these windows for free if you choose not to wait. Paid character transfer moves cost 1 token per character. Shared Account item moves are always free. RP and RE World Naming policies
As part of the server merges, we are aware that there are many people who are entering Laurelin and Belegaer without a full understanding of the rules for a roleplay server. These servers have enforced roleplay names. This means that any name that falls outside of those rules is subject to change. This can come as a shock to those who have played for years with a name they are attached to but which falls outside of these rules.
Until December 31st, we will attempt to practice a relaxed version of the naming rules as though the servers were just like the ones who do not enforce roleplay names. I would encourage those who plan to call these roleplay enforced servers their home to contact In-Game Support to request a rename token as part of a proactive approach to avoid a naming violation. After the final free server transfers, the naming policy will revert to the original roleplay enforced version and your name will be subject to those rules.