i thought this deserved it's own thread. i don't want to talk about simple personal comfort here, but more about realistic, pragmatic points in the community's interest. lineage2 classic is hardcore enough. actually, way more hardcore than enough, and it's fine for most of us oldschoolers. but there wont be only oldschoolers, there will be people looking for a new experience, that heard about l2 in the past and see there their chance at living the "l2 experience". there will also be oldschoolers that'll be 10 years older than when they played back in the day, are now in their 30s and can't put up with the same amount of awesome ********* they did when they were younger. it's in everyone's interest - hardcore players or not - to ensure we get a large enough community... in the long run. we can obviously not change the xp rate, give newbies buffs etc or it wouldn't be classic anymore, what we can do however is make sure that there are enough servers at launch for people not to find themselves 50 vs a keltir. this is just stupid, and has very little to do with "hardcore" or "classic". sure enough, that means servers merge down the road, people having to change name or maybe even lose a clan hall. i still think this is a very very little price to pay if that ensures us a bigger players base, and a slightly smoother early days experience. any other option that offers a smoother start should be considered, but let people quit for the "good" reasons if they must, not because it's impossible to... even get started. don't see servers merge as a failure, just as a smart move that was part of the plan. thoughts ?