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3-09-2012 @ 11:08AM
If the hypothetical server merges worked like that, it would fix the problem of people wanting more characters per server. Just log into the "other" server and create a new character.
3-09-2012 @ 11:24AM
The first question that comes to mind is what happens with toon names that are in use on both realms? My prot warrior is thunderspank. If my realm merges with another where a thunderspank already exists, you can now have two thunderspanks standing in Valley of Strength.They're have to add a realm suffix to names to do this I guess. So you'd have thunderspank-thrall and thunderspank-illidan be distinguishable.PS. I don't think Thrall or Illidan are at any risk of becoming ghost towns! :D
3-09-2012 @ 11:58AM
If they merged every high-pop server with a low-pop server, then you could have 20 characters per server. You would just have 2 seperate login screens for one server. They could create new "servers" to merge with the highest pop ones, because they would not be new servers at all, just a second login screen for that server. For the name problem, it would be the perfect opportunity to add surnames. All your characters would just need to pick a last name.
3-09-2012 @ 11:59AM
@ahsanali I was wondering the same thing. I put a lot of thought into the names I give my characters so I'd be pretty bummed out if they forcibly merged servers and I was forced to change my toons' names.
3-09-2012 @ 12:23PM
You'd think there would be some fairly simple tech way to keep them sorted, presumably characters have unique identifier ID's within Blizz's systems anyway.So you get a tell from Thunderspank (invisibly, his ID is 12345), and you /r, it auto-assumes you mean Thunderspank 12345.Later you see a comment in /world from Thunderspank but her ID is 98765. You click on their name to open chat tell them to stop being a n00b, it might even offer you a selection between the two Thunderspanks you're aware of.
3-09-2012 @ 12:49PM
"Beer hand"... I love your user icon.
3-09-2012 @ 1:15PM
I think it could work like that but I think they would just make a new server name and say, X is your new server name. I also think this will happen after they already open up the character limit. I don't know the technical side of things, but having 3 servers be able to log into one just doesn't sound right. It would also be different because all of the servers involved might be on different time zones.
3-09-2012 @ 7:32PM
Styopa, and what happens when you just type the name?What you (everyone guessing on this) may not know is the Battle.net BattleTag currently in the Diablo 3 beta is being ported to all current Blizzard games eventually. It works similiar to that guess. You are Name#3456. So if your name is ThroggtheOrc, you would be ThroggtheOrc#3456, with a random number on the end. The numbers are not sequential to the name, so if you are BobthePaladin, and the 15th person to use that name, you won't be BobthePaladin15.This system will be used across all current Blizzard games. You can currently set up a BattleTag if you like, just login to Battle.net and go to your account settings. However, the name is currently PERMANENT, and the ability to change it has only been discussed as being possible after Diablo 3 ships. So if you make one now, choose carefully. There's already some dumb names on the Diablo 3 beta forums, and I don't think these people realize the names are permanent ("Rawbaconpinkfuzzysocks", as a made-up example.)
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