3.3 sounds imminent with next 8/12/2009 a likely date for arrival. Personally they couldn’t have picked a much worse date, as i’m going to be AFK almost immediately after this, but I doubt Blizzard take my preferences into account when they make their decisions.
Anyway, I was on the train into work this morning and I got thinking about this cross server LFG thing coming in 3.3.
Cross server LFG sounds pretty good to me. Anything that makes it easier to find groups and form them up is probably a good thing IMHO.
I assume this is probably going to be cross-server but within the same battle group. As I understand it a battle group is probably a group of servers in the same general physical location. The cross server part, if it were extended outside the battle group could result in some players experiencing connectivity issues (read lag) as players from, for example the US and both Europe attempt to play on servers physically based in the US. Or similar. Or maybe the geographical distance isn’t an issue, I don’t know.
Anyway thats not really related to my next point. ;-) The nifty ‘teleports you straight to the instance’ part of it has me curious. What happens when you form up a group, across servers, and the players run out of the instance. Do they get teleported back to their starting position on their own server? I guess they must. Or do they appear at the instance entrance on their own server? I guess the group leader could then reset the instance and somehow restart the instance, resulting in everyone in the group getting teleported to the same instance (now reset) again.
But that wasn’t the bit that had me most interested. I assume you can use party chat to talk to other party members. Even if they are cross server. So we are going to have direct cross server communication, in real time. I’m sure that has some sort of impact that is significant.
Can you trade to other party members still? I assume so. Does this mean you could form your group, ask one of your party members what the prices of key goods are on their server. Depending on their answer, get them to buy them in bulk and then trade them to you once you get teleported to the instance. Is this going to have any lasting effects perhaps some minor smoothing of variation between servers? Probably not.
Or do you get teleported into the instance the instant you join the group?
If you are in an instance and drop a mobile mail box, can you still only mail the people on your home server? I assume so.
When you die and become a ghost, which server to you rez on and have to run across to get your body back? Probably your own I assume.
I probably should have done some research into the cross-server LFG before writing this but, meh, thats my prerogative :-)
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