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Information My <personal> view on extra channels

Discussion in 'MapleLegends Announcements' started by Kimberly, Mar 20, 2020.

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  1. Kimberly

    Kimberly Administrator Staff Member Administrator Game Moderator

    Sep 9, 2014
    The Netherlands
    6:50 AM
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    As you may know, our server has grown quite a bit the past 2 weeks. From about 650~700 peak to 1000+ during weekdays.

    The thing asked me a couple of times, and even internally is if we should / if I want to add more channels, similar to what I did in 2017. In 2017 I kept adding more and more channels based on the number of users we have, which makes sense... somewhat.

    However, later it was likely one of my bigger regrets. GMS, the official servers were always busy, KPQ's were full, and it was normal for people to pass each other in-game, saying hi, become friends, etc.

    The biggest reason why people want more channels is that the 'meta' maps are full. For a user standpoint, it's a fair reason, but for an owner standpoint, it's a rather meh reason. In fact, I believe continuously adding new channels is more a bandaid fix to this problem vs actually finding a solution.

    Let's say there's 1000 online and 6 Ghost Ship 2 maps. That would be (assuming nobody shares the map) 6 people grinding there. Now let's say I add 3 additional channels. That would be 9 people out of 1000~. Do you see how this barely does anything? What happens to all the other maps? Empty. Other negatives? More channels = people more separated = passing each other less often = less chance at making new friends = people having the impression the server is empty or dead. Lastly, more channels equal more bosses such as bigfoot and anego, where bigfoot honestly already give ridiculous overpowered EXP. Bit removed due to only be valid for vanilla v0.62

    Personally, the first impression when I join a server is how active it is. How full is the PQ's? Do I randomly pass people playing as well, or do it feel I play alone? Adding more and more channels reduces the chance to pass someone, and makes new users feel the server is dead.

    Sure it may give you a slightly bigger chance getting a 'meta' map, but in the end, I find keep adding new channels just to have 'more' people a chance to grind at a meta map a poor solution. Instead, a better solution is finding a way to create more meta maps, more places to grind, which effectively gives users more places to grind, and so on.

    However, you, as the user, should also not have the mindset of 'I need to grind on meta map or else I don't grind at all' You will end up wasting more time then you would lose from grinding in a slightly less profitable map.

    With all these reasons explained, I hope you understand I have currently no plans to add more channels than 6. Maybe if it's *really* need, but right now I do not believe that's the case. I however rather want to tackle the solution of creating more 'profitable' maps instead. There's so many maps that do not get used at all...
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