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I had played Anarchy Online quite a bit about 8 months ago. I had a level 75 Adventurer and was active in my role-playing guild. I started getting tired of the repetitive levelling that seems to be par for course for MMORPGS (though I haven't played any others extensively), so I quit.
When the Shadowlands expansion came out, I thought I'd check back in. What struck me most was that Anarchy Online seems so empty now. I remember before you had to turn off the shopping chat channel if you didn't want to get completely flooded with messages. Nowadays, I put a "level 75 adv looking for team" on the Omni-Tek "seeking team" channel and I can practically hear the crickets chirping. I haven't once been able to find a team! There used to be swarms of people hanging out by Rome Blue Basic General Store. Now Rome feels like a museum. I chatted with a couple people on the Omni-Tek OOC channel and they were basically just killing time in AO until Everquest 2 or World of Warcraft came out. It was depressing.
I'm not sure if the population has gone down drastically, or if the Shadowlands expansion just encourages solo play. (I only played Shadowlands a little bit, during the free trial period.) I tried creating a character on the other server (my lvl 75 adv was on Rimor) but it seemed even more abandoned and crypt-like, if that's possible.
So my question is, am I just hanging out in the wrong places and on the wrong channels, or has Anarchy Online become a ghost town? Some posts and user reviews around here seem to indicate I'm not alone in this impression.