Dec 18th 2007 9:10PM @Rich
Well said. I like WoW; but, for a casual player, like myself, it gets "blah" much too easily.
I like a lot of the changes that came in with patch 2.3 and hope to see more like them in the future. IMHO, making old raid/hardcore content easily accessible to casual players would go a long way in addressing the issue. (At least for casual players... you raiders will just have to wait for the content department to pump out some more. ;)
Dec 12th 2007 10:38PM That's a reasonable argument; but, what I was really thinking of was having a "test" server that is guaranteed to be up at least one week of the month, whether QA testing needs to be done or not.
It would be more like a player test server, rather than a patch test server; and, it would have no impact on the live realms. It's purpose would be for players to enjoy the things you talked about in your original post.
If this sounds like too sweet of a deal, perhaps you could restrict access for this "player test" server to those players that have helped test on the "patch test" server (to go along with #1's excellent point).
Dec 12th 2007 10:24PM So if people like pre-mades so much (I know I do), why doesn't Blizzard leave a pre-made-enabled test realm up all the time. Or, if they wanted limits on it, they could just it up the first week of each month.
I've never read a blue response to this question; and, I would really like to see one. If anyone can point me to an official explanation for denying this feature, I would appreciate it.