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I was looking at server pops the other day. Would I be correct in assuming the ~20USD charge for a transfer is not an account wide option?

 

Isle of Janthir isn't that awful, but I guested on one of the Very High pop servers and it was really nice to see so many other players in all sorts of zones.

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38 minutes ago, Oriens.5630 said:

I was looking at server pops the other day. Would I be correct in assuming the ~20USD charge for a transfer is not an account wide option?

It is. Your entire account is associated with 1 server.

38 minutes ago, Oriens.5630 said:

 

Isle of Janthir isn't that awful, but I guested on one of the Very High pop servers and it was really nice to see so many other players in all sorts of zones.

Let me fill you in on  a little secret: your guesting on another server had exactly 0 effect on PvE and it does not work for WvW.

The game is running on a mega server system which is per region (aka NA versus EU and you can't guest to another region) and as such the guesting feature does exactly nothing currently (technically it could place you in an instance of a map with more players from that server, but given that is not an issue for most maps, again it does nothing by now).

In case you have questions, here the developer introduction to the megaserver system:

https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/introducing-the-megaserver-system/

and here the wiki link to how server/regions work:

https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/World

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Guesting does have a very small impact on who you'll see in PvE maps, because if there are multiple copies of the map your server will be one of the factors which determines which one you're put into. But if there aren't many people from your server in your current map it just means you'll be grouped with players from other servers, you'll never end up on an empty map just because your server isn't very busy.

It also has less impact than other factors; if I remember correctly the priority is placing you with anyone on your friends list, then anyone in the guild you're representing, then other guilds you're in. There are other factors too, like the language you have selected but I think they rank lower.

Most of the time guesting probably doesn't make a noticable difference, but it can occasionally be useful. A few years ago when I needed to claim (not defend) one of the Temples in Orr for an achievement I used guesting as one of a few ways to 'map hop' so I could get into a newly created copy of the map where the Temple hadn't been claimed yet.

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19 hours ago, Cyninja.2954 said:

It is. Your entire account is associated with 1 server.

Let me fill you in on  a little secret: your guesting on another server had exactly 0 effect on PvE and it does not work for WvW.

The game is running on a mega server system which is per region (aka NA versus EU and you can't guest to another region) and as such the guesting feature does exactly nothing currently (technically it could place you in an instance of a map with more players from that server, but given that is not an issue for most maps, again it does nothing by now).

In case you have questions, here the developer introduction to the megaserver system:

https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/introducing-the-megaserver-system/

and here the wiki link to how server/regions work:

https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/World

 

I'm curious as to why the servers are listed by population size. It seems odd that with the megaserver setup population would even need to be mentioned.

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31 minutes ago, Oriens.5630 said:

 

I'm curious as to why the servers are listed by population size. It seems odd that with the megaserver setup population would even need to be mentioned.

Population (for servers) only relates to WvW.  It has nothing to do with population in Open World. 

Dev post:  https://forum-en.gw2archive.eu/forum/game/wuv/World-Population-Changes-Are-Coming/page/5#post5326517

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51 minutes ago, Inculpatus cedo.9234 said:

Population (for servers) only relates to WvW.  It has nothing to do with population in Open World. 

Dev post:  https://forum-en.gw2archive.eu/forum/game/wuv/World-Population-Changes-Are-Coming/page/5#post5326517

 

Gotcha so the server pop numbers are so people can see how many players might be participating in WvW.

 

Thank you.

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