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 Post subject: Vanguard July 2010 Server Merge
PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:27 am 
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Beginning July 7th, 2010 at approximately 10:00 AM PDT, we will start the process of merging the three current U.S. servers of Telon into one server. It is our hope that this integration will result in a more consistent and higher player population which will, in turn, lead to an even more enjoyable and beneficial player experience.

Additionally, scheduled in August, SOE is planning to merge the Halgar server into the consolidated server mentioned above. Please read the forums for the specific date and downtime, as it is yet to be determined. Please note that the processes outlined in this email will occur for both the July and the August server merge; if you have further questions regarding the implications of the two scheduled consolidations, please read VGPlayers.com.

We estimate a downtime of 24 hours to complete each of the two the merges respectively.



Help determine Vanguard’s future! We’ll be hosting a poll on the Vanguard forums, beginning Tuesday June 8th, to determine the new name of the consolidated world server. Click on the button below to give your input and vote for your favorite!

http://forums.station.sony.com/vg/p..._id=53367



Characters:

For the first consolidation, we will move any character that is over level 10 or any character under level 10 that has logged in between July 7, 2009 and July 7, 2010. When the Halgar server is merged, we will move any character that is over level 10 or any character under level 10 that has logged in 1 year previous to the date of the Halgar merge.



Character Naming

Character name priority is based on a combination of when the character was first created and last played. Each character that has a duplicate name after either of the server merges and does not have requisite priority to keep that name will be flagged, and upon the next attempted login of that character, the account holder will have to choose a new name before that character can login. If you have a mule character (a low level character used for inventory storage), we respectfully ask that you please delete it and create a new one in case there are other players who used that name on active characters on a pre-merge server so that they will have a chance to keep the character name they play with.



Guild Names

Each Guild has a separate ID and will not be affected by a move. Two guilds with the same name can exist on the server. Should a guild wish to change their name they can petition Customer Service.



Housing

In conjunction with each server merge, housing plot purchase price and current upkeep balance will be returned via mail to the most recently created character on the account owning the house. The building materials required to construct the house as well as the fixtures and items in the house will be returned to the owner via a housing escrow merchant.



Boats

After each server merge, boats will be flagged and upon the next attempted login of the character that owns the boat, the account holder will have to choose a new name for the boat.



VG Players issues

The data displayed in VGPlayers will continue to show the pre-server merge data for a short period of time after the merges occur. Within a few days following the conclusion of each of the merges, the data will update and begin displaying the new stats for all characters. Please be aware that this delay in updating will likely take from 2 to 4 days.



Mail

Mail will stay in the system and transfer over to the new server, so you do not need to do anything!



Corpses

All corpses will be purged and any items left on such corpses as of the date of each server merge can be retrieved at the altar. Experience on such corpse(s) will be returned to you.



Friends List

Your friends list and ignore list will be preserved.



Market Items

Items in escrow and items placed in the market as of the start of each merge process will not be moved from the old server to the new one.



For all the detailed information regarding the server mergers, please visit VGPlayers.com

Raijinn


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