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With launch around the corner, the decision to be made is on which server you will be playing. I guess "so many people, so many views".....
In order to make it somewhat easier, or to create more confusion, whatever you prefer, I have been roaming a bit over the Internet to see if I could find some (scarce) data to support your choice. Of course this is a “wet finger” exercise, but maybe it will give you a feel on which server you Do (or NOT) want to roll @ launch.
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Living in the “Old World” and drinking a beer in eXalted, I have limited myself to Europe.
First the assumptions I have made:
In order to reduce the list of available servers I have excluded the NA servers, as well as the French, German and Spanish designated servers.
Next I have tried to find information regarding the active communities on those servers, eg several Russian guilds, game website designated servers, established website for server communities, a spreadsheet made by Reddit, etc. Also someone did try to querie the server populations.
What I could find I have (consolidated) mentioned below under the specific servers to get a feeling what kind of community those servers might develop after launch.
Now, let’s see what this all is showing:
Guilds: (Czech) The Dragonguards (PvX), (Czech) Lex Mortis (PvX), (Czech), Legends of the Mists (PvX), (Czech) Black Angels (PvX), (Czech) Slzy Osudu (PvX)
Secondary claim of Spanish community following designation of official Spanish server Ruins of Surmia
Guilds: Midnight Mayhem (PvX), (Polish) guildwars.pl, (Polish) GuildWars2.com.pl, (Russian) goha.ru, (Russian) guildwars-2.ru, The Autonomy (PvP), Cult of Outlaws (PvX), ParadoX (PvP)
Will develop as unofficial Polish and Russian (Eastern European) communities?
Guilds: Pandion Knights, DawN
Guilds: The Dark Reavers (PvX), TheTyrianOrder (PvX), Semper Dius, The People's Front of Tyria (PvX), Sovereign (PvX), Hakuna Matata (PvX), Trix Lorena (PvX), Somnium (PvX), Destiny's Edge, (Finnish) Unseelie Court, (Finnish) Frozen Dawn, (Finnish) Frozen Banner, Full Hand (PvX), Eticus, Another Bites the [Dust] (PvX), Insanity (PvX), The Older Gamers (PvX)
Unofficial first UK server: mixture of UK, Scandinavian, German, Dutch.
This server has been marked as an unofficial [url=http://www.farshiverpeaks.com/]scandinavian/dutch/belgium server[/url]. A result of a collaboration among the nordic GW2 communities and alliance
Fissure of Woe
Guilds: TKOT, (Italian) mmorpgitalia.it, Blade and Quill (PvX), Tempus Omnia Revelat (PvX), guildwars2gruppoitaliano.forumfree.it/
Will develop as unofficial Italian community?
Guilds: (Gw2Guru-EU Eng Hub), Futilez (PvP), Get Stomped (PvP), The Guild Hall 2, Friskyttarna (PvX), (Turkey) Reaction (PvP), Minions (PvP), (Greek) Heaven and Hell (PvX), (French) Team Baka (PvX), (Finnish) Winter, Deadly Sinners, The Vasburg Armory (PvX), Beyond Control (PvX), Elysium, Hitmen Society, Minoans, Oneitonaut, SpartiansGR, Tartarus, Timeo Danaos, Astral Riders (PvX), Simul Proficimus (PvX), The Black Forge (PvX), The Oscure Brotherhood (PvX), NID (PvX), Dark Saga (PvX), Boneblack Brigade (PvX), International Fuzz (PvX)
Unofficial second UK server, mixture of EU countries represented
Guild: [KISS] Alliance, Equinox, Team Paradigm,Dark Reavers (UK), Status Quo
Guilds: eXalted, Halcyon (PvE), Farstar Alliance, Mandalorian Forge(UK), GuildMag home server, Intrepid Gaming, Luck Catchers (Ru), Dragon Season (Gr), Mystic Spiral
Guilds: Guild Wars 2 Roleplayers community
Unofficial server claimed for roleplaying.
Ring of Fire
Guilds: The Bulgarians (PvP), Working as Intended (PvX), (Romanian Guilds x 4+), Fr-GuildWars2.net (FR), FACEPUNCH, The Elite Mercenaries [EM] (International), guildwars2.ro, We Are From Poland (PL)
Guilds: Siege Turtles (PvX), ST Alliance (PvX), Twice Avenged (PvX), The Order of Chaos (PvX), Sanctuary of Legendary Heroes (PvE), Owls (scandinavian)
Guilds: Portugal in Tyria (And other Portuguese guilds), Ashen Gates (PvX), Sanctuary, GW2Fans, Portugal Para Sempre (PvE), (Russian) Yin-Yang (PvP), Espirit De Corps
Guilds: DVDF, Atop Beacon's Perch (PvE), The Omen (PvX)(UK/US), mmorpg.pl, GWOnline.net, Atop Beacon’s Perch (PvE), Xispes Maria, MARA (UK/US) (UK Guilds x3), Bloodstone Keepers [BloS] (PvX) (IT), Dahun Öröksége [Hungarian Guild](PVX)
Guilds: Reddit, Imperium (PvX), Boon Control, Order of the Rose Croix (PvX), Raven (PvP), 7Kingdoms (PvP), be.inside, 2 Big Portuguese Guilds (PvX), (Israeli Guild x2), Imperium (PvX), GameTrailers, Team Liquid, Vgames (Israeli Community), Gamer.co.il(Israeli Community), ally Seth (IT), ally DRAG (IT), Legion D’Orr (FR), Guild Wars Insider, Raven (PL), Ordo Lupi Albi (PL), The Autonomy (PL), Variance (Hungarian Community), eXact
From the above one could say that some –named- servers may develop communities at launch with a focus on:
- Eastern European countries.
- Portugal (Iberian?)
- Role playing
The WvW debate may have its influence as well; after all who wants to be on the losing side?
It would be nice to have a breakdown (in %) from Arenanet into country IP addresses logging in on the named servers during BWE3, but we have to do without I guess.
So, what are your views on how named servers will, or will not, develop specific (country) communities as may be apparent from the listing above?
Has the BWE server choice made by people/communities a predicting effect on the server population and/or communities to be after launch? To some extent I think so...
Let's hear your views......Arenanet too?
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/Xarna, member of the eXalted Community
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