Do you like the idea of PvPvE? 52
I play on PvE cluster and i just need to vote (17) 33%
I play on PvE cluster and I would join PvPvE (12) 23%
I play on PvP cluster and i say NO (12) 23%
I play on PvP cluster and i say YES (11) 21%
This is not a rant.
Recently it became clear that PvP cluster is dying. Numbers don't lie, and they don't look good at all. I know that the server team is trying to fix it, but applying an ORP plugin or making events won't solve all issues. And perhaps you are working on things in the background, but all that players hear is "later, later, we think about it".
There are two things that players complain the most (not counting combat logging, but it has a separate thread). It's lack of active admins/ support, and being griefed/ being raided unfairly. The thing is that GD PvP was designed for true PvP, but the playerbase has different expectations. Of course there are some PvP-only players, but most of them (based on forum posts, discord and private discussions) are PvE players who want to PvP ocassionally.
There are changes incoming to official PvP, so you can expect some official players migrating to unofficial servers. Take the chance.
My suggestion is to change PvP into PvPvE.
1. Make open world PvP 24/7, but raids possible only in certain hours. Example: Sun-Tue: 18-23 CET, Wed-Fri: 20-2, Sat: 12/12 PvE/PvP. Make sure that at least one admin is available for urgent support and spectating in these hours. Another way is to make raids active for most of the time, and pure PvE only in given hours so players can maintain their breeding etc. in peace.
2. Apply a raid protection for newbies - PvE mode for a tribe, for example until one of the tribe members reaches lvl 50, or until their dino counter hits 20 tames. There are plugins that help with it, i checked.
3. Players might want to avoid playing in PvP hours. You can encourage them by increasing rates in that time, applying passive Arc Bars income (2 bars per hour?), disabling ORP (or changing the ORP to modded), enabling alliances, and with active admin during PvP combat loggers would be punished immediately and raiders would have the attacked bases open for looting.
4. Improve communication and support timers.
And advertise. Let players find you. Push the ads at least once per week.
Admins/ Owners: before you close this thread with a big red NO, let players say what their think of the current PvP situation.
Players, it's time for you to speak up. Your server is dying, help to keep it alive. Share your ideas and thoughts.
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