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#1 sanctuaire

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:13 AM

in lieu of the upcoming paid server transfers,

what do you think are the most active servers in terms of pve?
with things like a lot of people enough to constantly open up specific
areas and events like CS, balth, dungeons, overflows for fotm and the like.

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#2 I'm Squirrel

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:30 AM

I would like to hear answers on this thread as well, looking for a new server atm. Hopefully one that actually talks and is funny. My current server, Crystal Desert, is horrible. Nobody talks, nobody is funny, everybody just does their own thing. Too boring.

#3 Astral Projections

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:31 AM

I suspect most people are talking in vent or equivalent to friends and guildies. Typing in chat is too difficult most of the time and people get out of the habit. As for map chat, I think Henge of Denravi is average. Some map chat and answering of question in chat, but not a whole lot. I've seen some conversations in the lower zones.

#4 Yui San

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:37 AM

I'm on Gandara and I really like it here. I play with PuGs very often and it's mostly fun and most players are nice. Community in general is also nice so far and I found people to be helpful both outside of town or in town with answering questions etc. I do dungeons every day and hardly ever had much trouble finding a team, I don't even remember a single run that was stopped before it was done.

The only bad thing (atm) is WvWvW. We had some good times but it seems as soon as we get a higher rank, we have a lot of trouble. XD Other than that it's a very nice server imo.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:04 AM

For people that want to start a conversation in map chat. The dynamics may be close to elevator etiquette with everyone standing around and no one saying anything. To try to start a conversation in an elevator with an opener like, Has anyone seen The Hobbit yet?, will gain you a resounding silence more often than not. To start a conversation with total strangers, you have to say something relevant to the situation. Something anyone can answer but has no personal relevance, like When does this dragon event start? After the ice is broken and you have been talking to people for a while about the starter conversation, then you can move on to other subjects. You have to consider group psychology and realize that most people aren't going to give answers to a total stranger right off that has ANY personal relevance. Also, when people are playing its hard to play and carry on a typed conversation at the same time. You have to come to a dead halt to type (and hope that nothing spawns on top of you). Most conversations for these reasons are most likely to be in the easy areas or in LA.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:01 AM

View PostYui San, on 16 January 2013 - 07:37 AM, said:

I'm on Gandara and I really like it here. I play with PuGs very often and it's mostly fun and most players are nice. Community in general is also nice so far and I found people to be helpful both outside of town or in town with answering questions etc. I do dungeons every day and hardly ever had much trouble finding a team, I don't even remember a single run that was stopped before it was done.

The only bad thing (atm) is WvWvW. We had some good times but it seems as soon as we get a higher rank, we have a lot of trouble. XD Other than that it's a very nice server imo.
True. except that you can't easily find pugs for any of the less easy/quick dungeons (CoE, SE, Arah) and storylines - but I guess that's the case on every server. For the rest it's quite PvE oriented and there's still quite a lot of people levelling characters (at least in the human area),

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

We used to be on Gunnars Hold EU and it was a ghost town. We moved to Jade Quarry US and... in Fireheart Rise, of all places, were these huge conversations. We had to turn off map chat.

Jade Quarry server, Gendarran Fields map, a bunch of people started a conversation about how there weren't any people talking. Is that irony? They talked so much the people in my party turned mapchat off.

I agree with Astral projections. I'd like to add to it though.

You have to keep in mind that this is a game, on a computer and it's still an introvert haven. Gaming is a form of escapism where you try to immerse yourself in the game (like Oblivion or Skyrim) or go to a different place with people doing non-work related things. Sure we sometimes bitch about work, traffic or about how much our back hurts, but then we get back to beating up some boss or making gold.

Introverts don't tend to start conversations that much but if you get them talking, they'll talk your ears off. (beware of generalisations I may have made)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

tarnished coast, i wouldn't say it is THE most active, but every time I log on, weather its evening or morning, there are other players actively involving in dragon slayings, etc, or just normal pve stuffs, for instant if you say please help with XX champion, players actually turn up to help, however, town can be a nuisance sometime cos of the idiotic map chat going on.

I moved one of my account back to my original server - Blackgate (because of the impending change). hopefully its good, if it is (or not , then meh), i'll move my other account there as well. unless there are reason i can't, like, I love my current guild! so helpful ! and good fun dungeon runs daily!  and free stuffs! <3

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:06 PM

Sanctum of rall server has a good pve  player base ,  Gaiscioch is on that server  and they run  server wide  events daily open to everyone on the server .

  you can look up what events are happening and what time it starts at the Gaiscioch.com site then  click on the events link , events in Red lettering are GW2 events , all times posted are PST  timezone .

They run  everything from map completion , fractals , dungeon runs, crafting mat gathering events  a diff zone every week. as well as WvWvW  events also .

there`s something going on every day and everyone on the server is welcome to join .  they  use raidcall  5012  instead of vent .

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

Having not been on all servers, and as the question posed by the OP is inherently hard to answer, I might recommend looking for servers that are ranked in the "middle" tiers for WvW and yet are full (or full most of the time).  Any server ranked high for WvW is likely to not have a huge PvE community, since so many players must be in WvW.  

I personally am on Isle of Janthir, and can usually find people to play with when I need to, depending on the zone.

In general though, I would suggest that you may not need to transfer servers at all.  When paid server transfers come in, its is almost certain that the guesting feature will also go live.  That means you should be able to play with people on other servers whenever you want anyway, and you can use gw2lfg.com to find groups pretty easily.

#11 Tyrantscreed

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

This is a good post, apart from WvW, LA and maybe Cursed Shores. JQ PvE population is pretty dead. You might see some strangers completing areas for map completion, but they themselves hardly talk.

With guesting coming up, I might just hop into one of the more lively PvE servers and level my new alt there :)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

View PostArquenya, on 16 January 2013 - 10:01 AM, said:

True. except that you can't easily find pugs for any of the less easy/quick dungeons (CoE, SE, Arah) and storylines - but I guess that's the case on every server. For the rest it's quite PvE oriented and there's still quite a lot of people levelling characters (at least in the human area),

Hmm yeah I think it's the same everywhere. I hardly even bother shouting in chat for my runs, and we run a lot. Just use the lfg site nowadays, quicker and easier :)

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#13 Perm Shadow Form

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

Can say you one for sure, not Fort Aspenwood.

#14 BlairPhoenix

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

I'm on Dragonbrand, I generally run into people regardless of what area I'm in, though some days people are more talkative than others for sure. Overally, I'd say it's a rather average, not great, but not a ghost town by any means.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:22 PM

View PostYui San, on 16 January 2013 - 07:37 AM, said:

I'm on Gandara and I really like it here. I play with PuGs very often and it's mostly fun and most players are nice. Community in general is also nice so far and I found people to be helpful both outside of town or in town with answering questions etc. I do dungeons every day and hardly ever had much trouble finding a team, I don't even remember a single run that was stopped before it was done.

The only bad thing (atm) is WvWvW. We had some good times but it seems as soon as we get a higher rank, we have a lot of trouble. XD Other than that it's a very nice server imo.

i remember owning Gandara hard, while my week spend at Piken square, those RP-players are hardcore, rofl. but now i'm back to Underworld.

anyhow OT; UW has a lot of individual players; read PUGs and because of that map chat is more flourishing compared to servers with big-tight-nit-guilds.

so come here, we are looking and scouting for new members for WvW.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

View PostPerm Shadow Form, on 16 January 2013 - 07:50 PM, said:

Can say you one for sure, not Fort Aspenwood.

I would like to recommend Fort Aspenwood because I am there :) and I wish there are more people in there.  I am always willing to help out if I am on.

The problem with switching servers is that all your guilds upgrades and influence would disappear and they will start from zero.  This includes your personal guild, of course, affecting access to your personal guild stash.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

View PostBlairPhoenix, on 16 January 2013 - 08:00 PM, said:

I'm on Dragonbrand, I generally run into people regardless of what area I'm in, though some days people are more talkative than others for sure. Overally, I'd say it's a rather average, not great, but not a ghost town by any means.
I agree, its a nice balance for PVE and WvW. =) I love it here, been here since launch. =)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

View PostAzure Skye, on 16 January 2013 - 08:29 PM, said:

I agree, its a nice balance for PVE and WvW. =) I love it here, been here since launch. =)
Hope others feel the same lol, would hate to see a lot of people jump ship at the last minute and leave it a ghost town.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

View PostArquenya, on 16 January 2013 - 10:01 AM, said:

True. except that you can't easily find pugs for any of the less easy/quick dungeons (CoE, SE, Arah) and storylines - but I guess that's the case on every server. For the rest it's quite PvE oriented and there's still quite a lot of people levelling characters (at least in the human area),

I once used to do CoE 24/7 and never had much trouble finding a team. But the team "quality" was questionable every now and then. ^^

#20 sanctuaire

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:07 AM

thanks for the suggestions. hopefully will be able to try them all of them out when guesting arrives.
switching to a more pve active one before the 28th would be nice too tough.

being on a chatty server is one thing, and would prefer actual active numbers for events/
area openings / overflows. had experiences the past with not much 'chat', but
still with lots of people on the maps, so completing and activating specific events were not a
problem.

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#21 Fernling306

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:52 AM

I just transferred off of Jade Quarry. The low level human zones are really populated and the dragon events always have a bunch of people, but outside of that there isn't many people around. I am now on Tarnished Coast and it is about the same, if not worse, a lot of friendly people though.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:46 PM

From my own experience, been on Sanctum of Rall since launch and have generally had good luck with the various areas, with a little bit of a drop-off in the middle areas, but haven't had too much trouble with finding pugs for dungeons, fractals, etc.  Actually ran a pug SE group just the other day and had decent success.

The low level areas are nearly always populated (outside of really odd play-times for a NA server, like 4am-6am), especially human and norn beginning areas.  Only place I've had any real trouble finding groups is the mid-level Charr areas.

People seem friendly and there are usually people around helping others out with events, rezzing and the like.  I'm happy with the server overall. :)

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

View PostArquenya, on 16 January 2013 - 10:01 AM, said:

True. except that you can't easily find pugs for any of the less easy/quick dungeons (CoE, SE, Arah) and storylines

With gw2lfg.com the situation you describe is completely remedied.  The less run stuff is found far more frequently than shouting LFG or LFM on any server.

The upcoming events being added to maps where less activity currently is may help, but thats a 2013 plan.  Who knows when it will be implemented.  I changed servers quite frequently for a time trying to find one with active players levelling on the 40-70 maps.  It's about as dismal on a low pop server as it is on a full pop server.

Don't bother with trying to find that "magic" server.  It's just not going to happen.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:06 PM

I'm on Tarnished Coast, have been since the beginning and there are people running around everywhere, maybe not like the above poster wants but they are there.  Getting into a guild is the best way to run with people.  On TC yesterday, a friend and I had a guy just join us.  TC has a friendly bunch of people always willing to help.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

View PostTyrantscreed, on 16 January 2013 - 03:25 PM, said:

This is a good post, apart from WvW, LA and maybe Cursed Shores. JQ PvE population is pretty dead. You might see some strangers completing areas for map completion, but they themselves hardly talk.

With guesting coming up, I might just hop into one of the more lively PvE servers and level my new alt there :)

At what time do you play? There's so much map talk going on we have to turn it off. We're on at euro times

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:15 PM

Abaddon's Mouth is nice, the people are friendly and rather chatty and active. In WvWvW we have seen better times (the french servers just seem to love ganking the hell out of us^^) but it's easily playable. Though keep in mind it's an [DE] server, so it's probably not an option for most of you. :/

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

View PostDonZardeone, on 17 January 2013 - 04:08 PM, said:

At what time do you play? There's so much map talk going on we have to turn it off. We're on at euro times

Ah I'm EST. Well when I lvl'd my two mains (which was during my holidays, so I played whenever I could during the whole day) - every PvE map had a good chunk of people because people where just getting the hang of things / or progressing for map completion. But now, on my third alt, I hardly run to anyone except for the peeps in Kessex Hills haha.

If it helps, my playtime is now after work which is somewhere between 7pm-11pm EST (min 1hr of which goes to WvW).

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:06 PM

Stormbluff Isle sucks pretty hard for people talking.  I can hardly ever see anyone talking about anything other than bitching about whats wrong with the game.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:19 PM

Im on Gunnars Hold since launch and I've not been playing for the last 2 months due to not liking solo play 24/7

I've never done any dungeons yet, I have 4 level 80 characters and 4 more ranging from 12 to 63. I'd like to move to an active PVE server before the 28th but stay EU.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:24 PM

Does anybody know what an active PvE for the European sector is?
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