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    Choosing a server (A Guide)

    UPDATE 08JAN11
    This will be the last update unless something drastically changes. I had previously been using
    this website to determine server sizes. They record hourly logins. However, from actually playing on the different servers, I have found that the number of logins doesn't necessarily determine the population size. Prior to F2P, Brandywine, Elendilmir, and Landroval were the largest population servers, and I feel that they still are. There's always a lot going on in these servers, and you can almost always get a group any time. Compare that to some time my husband and I have recently spent on Firefoot; we haven't been able to get groups for anything. There just aren't a lot of people on. Also, I think there's a reason Turbine is still not opening transfers to the "Big Three."

    So I am going to list population sizes prior to F2P because I think that as a whole, populations across the board have increased, but I don't think some of the smaller servers have as active of a population as the numbers may lead people to think. Take this guide with a grain of salt. These are my opinions, and nothing is backed by Turbine.

    This is meant to be a helpful resource to give a bit of brief detail about each of the 15 servers. Each server name links to that server's forums. An asterisk (*) denotes a newly-created server for F2P launch. I highly recommend reading mmorsel's Choosing a LOTRO Server for a more general guide to servers and beginning your adventure in Middle-earth. All servers have varying amounts of role-play, raiding, and PvP; so for example, you do not need to join Elendilmir to raid, however, they have more raiders overall. Please note that ALL servers are open to ALL account types: VIP, Premium, and Free. Welcome to LOTRO!


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    Arkenstone
    Lore: A wondrous large white gem sought by Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit. It was discovered beneath Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) by Thorin's ancestor, Thráin the Old, and shaped by the Dwarves. The Arkenstone became the family heirloom of Durin's line, but was lost when the dragon Smaug captured the mountain from the Dwarves (T.A. 2770). The Arkenstone shone of its own inner light, but having been cut and fashioned by the Dwarves, it also reflected and multiplied any light glancing upon its surface with marvellous beauty. It was also called the Heart of the Mountain.
    Population: Medium
    Community: "Welcome to the Ark, you are now a Stoner. There's a great community here that is helpful. Have fun and enjoy." -Ark_Guard
    Fun facts: Alberos, the host of LOTROCast hails from Arkenstone. A series of Machinimas about LOTRO were created by Lunna the Burg of Arkenstone. The native population call themselves "Arkenstoners."
    Brandywine
    Lore: The fourth-longest river in Middle-earth behind the Anduin, the Celduin (or Running), and the Greyflood/Hoarwell (or Gwathló/Mitheithel). Originating from Nenuial (Lake Evendim) in northern Eriador, the river flowed through the easternmost reaches of the Shire, forming its eastern border except for Buckland which lay between it and the Old Forest. Its only major crossings in the Shire were the Brandywine Bridge (originally Bridge of Stonebows) on the East Road, Bucklebury Ferry, and Sarn Ford in the Southfarthing.
    Population: Very High
    Community: Largest population server prior to F2P. Large population of veteran LOTRO players. Some PvE raiding and active PvMP.
    Fun facts: Chris and Bill from LOTRO Reporter hail from Brandywine. The native population call themselves "Winos." Mascot is the Popul, and they hold an annual Popul Festival.
    *Note: You can no longer use the premium service to transfer characters to this server; however, you can still create a new character on this server.

    *Crickhollow
    Lore: Crickhollow was a village in Buckland. After selling Bag End, Frodo Baggins moved to a house in Crickhollow. Meriadoc Brandybuck and Fredegar Bolger prepared the house ostensibly for Frodo to occupy in retirement, but the purchase of the house was intended as a ruse to allow Frodo and Samwise Gamgee to leave the Shire unobtrusively. Merry and Pippin lived for some time after their return to the Shire in the house at Crickhollow.
    Population: Medium
    Community: Brand new. Crickhollow is a role-play friendly server. Elevensies happen on Crickhollow every day at 11 am/pm EST at the Bird and Baby Inn in Michel Delving.
    Fun facts: This server was created with the launch of LOTRO Free-to-Play September 10, 2010 (Head-start September 7, 2010). The native population call themselves "Crickits." Candace from The Green Dragon Inn plays on Crickhollow.

    *Dwarrowdelf
    Lore: The grandest and most famous of the mansions of the Dwarves. It lay in the central parts of the Misty Mountains, tunnelled and carved through the living rock of the mountains themselves, so that a traveller could pass through it from the west of the range to the east. It was founded in very ancient days by Durin the Deathless, who came upon a shimmering lake beneath the mountain Celebdil, with a crown of stars reflected in its waters. He named that lake in the Dwarvish tongue, Kheled-zâram, the Mirrormere, and there he started the building of Khazad-dûm. Dwarrowdelf (meaning Dwarf-delving) is the name in the Common Speech for the mansions of Khazad-dûm.
    Population: Medium
    Community: Brand new
    Fun facts: This server was created with the launch of LOTRO Free-to-Play September 10, 2010 (Head-start September 7, 2010)

    Elendilmir
    Lore: Token of royalty of the North-kingdom of Arnor. The Elendilmir was a white star-shaped gem on a silver fillet worn on the brow of the King. The gem was Elvish crystal and the silver band was mithril. The Elendilmir came to be named after Elendil, who brought it to Middle-earth after the downfall of Numenor. It had been an heirloom of the Lords of Andunie passed down from Silmarien, daughter of the fourth King of Numenor. When Elendil established the North-kingdom of Arnor, the Elendilmir was worn in place of a crown.
    Population: High
    Community: Large population of veteran LOTRO players. Unofficial Oceanic Server. Large PvE raiding and active PvMP community. No peak server time - busy around the clock due to high North American, Australian, and New Zealand population. Elendilmir is home of the LOTRO PvMP Monster Manual mentioned in several official LOTRO interviews.
    Fun facts: Mascot is [item]Jewelled Bell[/item]. The 'jingle, jangle' of the [item]Jewelled Bell[/item] came directly from the Elendilmir populace; it was started by player Margaret with the phrase "[Jewelled Bell] goes jingle, jangle" and grew until +Patience had the usage and description added! Elendilmir's nickname is "The Big E."
    *Note: You can no longer use the premium service to transfer characters to this server; however, you can still create a new character on this server.
    Firefoot
    Lore: Horse of Eomer. Firefoot was Eomer's mount during the War of the Ring. On the way to Helm's Deep, Gimli the Dwarf rode on Firefoot with Eomer.
    Population: Medium
    Community: "If you're looking for a bunch of people who don't take themselves too seriously, and there are a lot of them on Firefoot, this is a good server to join. If you don't have a thick skin, and can't take a joke, this server is probably not right for you." -bennyw2784
    Fun facts: Firefoot boasts the first North American defeat of the Lieutenant of Dol Guldur (normal-mode).

    Gladden
    Lore: The Gladden Fields (in Sindarin Loeg Ningloron) were a marshland in the vale of the Gladden river, and on the banks of the river Anduin. It was there that the One Ring was lost by Isildur and found again by Déagol.
    Population: Medium
    Community: "Welcome to Gladden! There are a lot of nice people here, so I hope you feel right at home." -VMalcom "We're pretty quiet in the forums." -ForumulaTroll
    Fun facts: Pobo the Hobbit is Bad to the Bone. Gladden is the (unofficial) mature server. It is home to The Old Timers Guild, a cross-game guild that is restricted to players 25 years and older, has thousands of members, and has been around a good number of years.
    *Imladris
    Lore: An Elven refuge in the western glens of the Misty Mountains, known to Men as Rivendell. It was established and ruled by Elrond in the Second Age of Middle-earth (four or five thousand years before the events of The Lord of the Rings). In addition to Elrond and his family, notable Elves who lived there included Glorfindel and Erestor. Rivendell is a direct translation or calque of the Sindarin name Imladris, both meaning "deep valley of the cleft".
    Population: Medium
    Community: Brand new. Based on the forums, it is expected that Imladris will be a role-play friendly server.
    Fun facts: This server was created with the launch of LOTRO Free-to-Play September 10, 2010 (Head-start September 7, 2010)

    Landroval
    Lore: The great eagle who flew with his brother Gwaihir to the aid of Frodo and Sam in Mordor. His name comes from the Elvish for 'wide-winged'.
    Population: High
    Community: Large population of veteran LOTRO players. Unofficial Role-Playing server (RP is accepted and encouraged, but not mandatory). Many community events based on role-playing and music including the weekly Ales and Tales, and the annual Weatherstock celebration: a battle of the bands competition, which was featured this year on BBC News. Also home to the player-created Bree-land Times newspaper. Landroval's unofficial "RP" status also spills over into PvMP with their incredible roleplaying Tribe, Shadowclan, led by Gobblemoss, hosting epic PvP events like The Oathbreakers and Axes of the Dwarves. They've also been the home for other PvP servers doing "RP" events like Brandywine's Infestation. Landroval has two French-speaking kinships, Quebec Best Company and French Connection. Landroval has also a Brazilian Portuguese-speaking kinship, House of Telperion.
    Fun facts: Merric and Goldenstar from A Casual Stroll to Mordor and Ivan, Drilorin, and Matthrim from Through the Palantir hail from Landroval. Mascot is a Chinchilla.
    *Note: You can no longer use the premium service to transfer characters to this server; however, you can still create a new character on this server.
    Meneldor
    Lore: A great Eagle of the northern mountains, one of the followers of Gwaihir the Windlord. He was among the squadron of Eagles who flew to the aid of the Captains of the West in the last desperate battle before the Gates of Mordor. With his lord Gwaihir, and Gwaihir's brother Landroval, he flew into the Black Land to the rescue of Frodo and Sam, and carried one of these two (we are not told which) out of the destruction of Mount Doom.
    Population: Medium
    Community:Very active PvMP community. "Welcome, once you get into PVP seek me out." -yews "Meneldor is my favorite server - medium sized and has a great community." -twistedburn454 Meneldor has a French-speaking kinship La Légion des Ombres.
    Fun facts: Abraa of Meneldor was the first First Marshall (rank 14) on US servers.
    Nimrodel
    Lore: A river of Lothlórien. It began in the foothills of the Misty Mountains under the Celebdil peak, and then flowed through Lothlórien until it met the Silverlode. The river was named after the Elven lady Nimrodel who dwelt beside the stream.
    Population: Medium
    Community:
    Fun facts: Bor from Gondor Awaits hails from Nimrodel.

    *Riddermark
    Lore: Rohan is a grassland which lies north of its ally Gondor and north-west of Mordor, the realm of Sauron, their enemy. It is inhabited by the Rohirrim, a people of herdsmen and farmers who are well-known for their horses and cavalry. The Rohirrim call their homeland the Ridenna-mearc, the Riddermark or Éo-marc, the Horse-mark, also simply the Mark and call themselves the Eorlingas, the Sons of Eorl.
    Population: Medium
    Community: There is a large interest in PvMP on this server.
    Fun facts: This server was created with the launch of LOTRO Free-to-Play September 10, 2010 (Head-start September 7, 2010)

    Silverlode
    Lore: A river of Lothlórien rising in the eastern Misty Mountains near the East Gate of Moria. It then ran through Lothlórien where it met Nimrodel and emptied into Anduin. The Company of the Ring followed this river when they travelled from Moria to Lothlórien. Silverlode was called Celebrant in Sindarin and Kibil-nâla in Dwarvish. It also formed the northern boundary of the Field of Celebrant.
    Population:
    Medium
    Community: Silverlode has a Spanish-speaking kinship, Lotro-Latino.
    Fun facts: This server is sometimes referred to as "Dramalode."

    Vilya
    Lore: The Three Rings are magical artifacts forged by the Elves of Eregion. After the One Ring, they are the most powerful of the twenty Rings of Power. The third ring, Vilya, was made of gold and adorned with a "great blue stone". The name is derived from the Quenya vilya meaning air. It is also called Ring of Sapphire, Ring of Air, Ring of Firmament, or Blue Ring. When Sauron laid waste to Eregion, Vilya was sent to the Elven-King Gil-galad far away in Lindon, where it was later given to Elrond, who bore it through the later years of the Second Age and all of the Third.
    Population: Medium
    Community: Vilya is reputed to have a healthy EU community: people from the EU that want to play on NA servers rather than Codemaster's servers.
    Fun facts: Vilya has Jilla, Vilya's Ambassador of Happiness, Goodwill, and Fuzzy Kittens' and Somesuch! Vilya's user-created global channel is UNITE (/joinchannel unite). Vilya is the "Silly Hat Server."

    Windfola
    Lore: A grey horse of the Rohirrim, whose name came from their tongue, meaning 'wind-foal'. Windfola was the horse that carried Éowyn (in the guise of Dernhelm) the long miles from Dunharrow to the Pelennor Fields, secretly accompanied by Meriadoc Brandybuck. Windfola was in the charge of the Rohirrim into the Battle of the Pelennor.
    Population: Medium
    Community: Windfola is reputed to have a healthy EU community: people from the EU that want to play on NA servers rather than Codemaster's servers. Windfola hosts a weekly RP event, The Finer Things in Life, every Saturday at 9pm EST.
    Fun facts: More people have found love together on Windfola than any other server. Windofola is the server of endless Goat Jokes. Cithryth of LOTRO Weekly plays on Windfola.
    (*) denotes a newly-created server for F2P launch.

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    General observations of high population servers versus lower population servers:

    1. In general, you see more folks running around and in chat on high population servers.
    2. PUGs are easier to find for more quests and instances needing a fellowship on high population servers.
    3. The Auction House sometimes has more stuff available on it with prices sometimes lower on high population servers.
    4. Log-in queuing is more likely on high population servers, especially after major patches like we have coming up.
    5. Crafting nodes for scholars and prospectors particularly can be harder to find causing waiting until the nodes respawn, taking longer to get crafting levels on high population servers.
    6. Crafting shard dropping monsters are very hard to find, even knowing where they respawn and roam, as competition for them is very high on high population servers.
    7. Monsters/NPCs that are needed for questing can be gone causing waiting for a respawn on high population servers.
    8. Chat can frequently be more immature with more offense given and taken on high population servers than low population servers, and folks with honest questions are more likely to get snarky responses.
    9. Low population on servers generally creates a more immersive world.
    10. In general, Role-playing servers have a more mature community.

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    With the expected influx of new players, I thought it would be beneficial to have a brief description of the servers to assist people in choosing the right server for themselves. I don't know everything about all the servers, so please reply if you would like to add something to your server's description.
    Last edited by Frieja; Jan 08 2011 at 02:54 PM.
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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    Nice list . This is a very good idea.

    (and cool, I am a fun fact )

    To add to Vilya's fun facts, our GLFF channel is named "Unite." We also call ourselves the "silly hat server."
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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    As an extremely rough guide to population, you can use the number of characters listed on the skirmish leader boards. It only shows those players who are over lvl 30 and have bothered to ever participate in skirmishes (including just the introductory skirmishes), but it should give a good snapshot of population as most players will fall into both categories.

    As such:

    Arkenstone: 269 pages
    Brandywine: 606 pages
    Elendilmir: 481 pages
    Firefoot: 244 pages
    Gladden: 292 pages
    Landroval: 455 pages
    Meneldor: 274 pages
    Nimrodel: 269 pages
    Silverlode: 327 pages
    Vilya: 269 pages
    Windfola: 268 pages

    in order of population:
    Brandywine: 16% of all players
    Elendilmir: 13%
    Landroval: 12%
    Silverlode: 9%
    Gladden: 8%
    Meneldor, Vilya, Nimrodel, Arkenstone, Windfola: 7%
    Firefoot: 6%
    [img]http://s24.postimg.org/q0qzzx2j9/sig_lotro.jpg[/img]

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    Very good suggestions guys! I've incorporated the changes to Vilya and the populations across the board.

    Keep them coming
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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    This is wonderful! The skirmish numbers definitely are a good guide to figuring out population.

    Oh, you can add that the 'jingle, jangle' of the Jewelled Bell came directly from the Elendilmir populace; it was started by player Margaret with the phrase "[Jewelled Bell] goes jingle, jangle" and grew until +Patience had the usage and description added! Talk about community influence!

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    Nicely done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reillan View Post
    As an extremely rough guide to population, you can use the number of characters listed on the skirmish leader boards. It only shows those players who are over lvl 30 and have bothered to ever participate in skirmishes (including just the introductory skirmishes), but it should give a good snapshot of population as most players will fall into both categories.
    As such:
    Arkenstone: 269 pages
    Brandywine: 606 pages
    Elendilmir: 481 pages
    Firefoot: 244 pages
    Gladden: 292 pages
    Landroval: 455 pages
    Meneldor: 274 pages
    Nimrodel: 269 pages
    Silverlode: 327 pages
    Vilya: 269 pages
    Windfola: 268 pages
    in order of population:
    Brandywine: 16% of all players
    Elendilmir: 13%
    Landroval: 12%
    Silverlode: 9%
    Gladden: 8%
    Meneldor, Vilya, Nimrodel, Arkenstone, Windfola: 7%
    Firefoot: 6%
    Wow, this looks similiar like our informations we get from turbine.
    Code:
     
    Brandywine: 16%
    Landroval: 11%
    Elendilmir: 11%
    Silverlode: 7%
    Gladden: 7%
    Firefoot: 7%
    Vilya: 7%
    Arkenstone: 6%
    Meneldor: 6%
    Nimrodel: 6%
    Windfola: 6%
    *Bullroarer: 11%
    If we do the same without Bullroarer we get something like that (no Live-Graph available):
    Code:
     
    Brandywine: 18%
    Landroval: 13%
    Elendilmir: 12%
    Silverlode: 8%
    Gladden: 8%
    Firefoot: 7%
    Vilya: 7%
    Arkenstone: 7%
    Meneldor: 7%
    Nimrodel: 7%
    Windfola: 6%
    All data taken from Monday 09.Aug. 2010 (0:00 German time) to Sunday 15.Aug. 2010 (23:59 German time)

    All data available from turbine's loginservers.

    If you have fun in reading statistics, come and visit our webpage:
    http://lux-hdro.de/hdro-live.php

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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    Interesting list.

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    If you want to include Landrovals yearly Weatherstock event I dont think any landys would mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laire View Post
    Oh, you can add that the 'jingle, jangle' of the Jewelled Bell came directly from the Elendilmir populace; it was started by player Margaret with the phrase "[Jewelled Bell] goes jingle, jangle" and grew until +Patience had the usage and description added! Talk about community influence!
    Thanks for this neat piece of information! I have updated the OP with it.

    I will continue to update this list with tidbits that people post here or with little nuggets of information that I find in the forums. I hope for this to become a concise, informative resource for people when looking for a new server.
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    sticky please!!!!


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    /agree w/sticky

    Anecdotally, Windfola and Vilya are reputed to have healthy EU communities: people from the EU that want to play on NA servers rather than Codemaster's servers. Don't know if it's true, but that's what some players from both are saying.
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    This thread rocks. TYVM!

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    Nimrodel look so small, and no fun facts ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zavxav View Post
    Nimrodel look so small, and no fun facts ...
    This is where the community comes in to let me know fun facts and community tidbits about their servers I've been mining each servers forums for some juicy bits, but it's best to hear it directly from the players.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffm View Post
    Anecdotally, Windfola and Vilya are reputed to have healthy EU communities: people from the EU that want to play on NA servers rather than Codemaster's servers. Don't know if it's true, but that's what some players from both are saying.
    I've updated the OP with this info. I say if you've heard it from the players, then it's probably true.

    Quote Originally Posted by morrowbreeze View Post
    If you want to include Landrovals yearly Weatherstock event I dont think any landys would mind.
    Updated Landroval to include Weatherstock, Ales & Tales, and the Bree-land Times newspaper.

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful info!
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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    lore nerd:

    You misspelled Dol Guldur under Firefoot :P

    /lore nerd

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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    I have active characters on 3 servers, including Brandywine. I have nothing against Brandywine and think it's a great server.

    But, since I've observed that high population equates to "popular" and "good" and "fun" for many interested, new people, in the interest of honest information for them, I have some personal actual observations that may or may not fit in with the information you are giving for servers. If you choose not to include any or all of it, I won't take offense, promise.

    The upsides I've personally observed of Brandywine being the highest population server are:

    1. in general, you see more folks running around and in chat than the other servers;

    2. PUGs are easier to find for more quests and instances needing a fellowship;

    3. the Auction House sometimes has more stuff available on it with prices sometimes lower than on other servers.

    The downsides I've personally observed are that:

    1. log-in queuing is more likely on Brandy, especially after major patches like we have coming up;

    2. crafting nodes for scholars and prospectors particularly can be harder to find causing waiting until the nodes respawn, taking longer to get crafting levels than on other servers;

    3. crafting shard dropping monsters are very hard to find, even knowing where they respawn and roam as competition for them is very high compared to other servers;

    4. monsters that are needed for questing can be gone causing waiting for a respawn;

    5. chat can frequently be more immature with more offense given and taken than in the chat on the other two servers, and folks with honest questions are more likely to get snarky responses.

    Again, these are personal opinions from my own observations and others may not agree. Also, these may not be the kind of things you want to include.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laire View Post
    You misspelled Dol Guldur under Firefoot :P
    /facepalm. Thanks for catching this.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffm View Post
    II have some personal actual observations that may or may not fit in with the information you are giving for servers.
    My intent was to have the Guide focusing more on characteristics of each server, rather than lumping them into: These are high population, and these are low population.

    I added a link to mmorsel's server guide, which goes into more detail. But after thinking about it, I decided that the whole high pop vs. low pop debate needed to be addressed here as well. You're right that High pop doesn't mean "better". I added your list of pros and cons at the end of the OP. Thanks for the input
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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    This is a great list, should help people decide what server they should call home.

    Nice job

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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    Great list.

    Ah, so there IS an "unofficial" PvMP server. Meneldor. Good to know.

    I really do think it is best to direct people to what they are looking for, right away.

    I have characters on Nimrodel & Firefoot. I prefer a small to medium, social server, with a round the clock populace & no "unofficial" designation.

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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarryd View Post
    Great list.

    Ah, so there IS an "unofficial" PvMP server. Meneldor. Good to know.

    I really do think it is best to direct people to what they are looking for, right away.

    I have characters on Nimrodel & Firefoot. I prefer a small to medium, social server, with a round the clock populace & no "unofficial" designation.


    You may want to check on that first.

    I asked around and have been told that while Meneldor "used to be" one of the unofficial PvMP servers, many of those who previously animated and populated Meneldor's PvMP have transferred to other servers such as Elendilmir and Brandywine, thus leaving today's Meneldor's PvMP more in line with that of the other medium population servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeigneurDude View Post
    You may want to check on that first.

    I asked around and have been told that while Meneldor "used to be" one of the unofficial PvMP servers, many of those who previously animated and populated Meneldor's PvMP have transferred to other servers such as Elendilmir and Brandywine, thus leaving today's Meneldor's PvMP more in line with that of the other medium population servers.
    it was voted to be such at launch..but for some reason the Big E and the 'whiners took the focus.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SeigneurDude View Post
    You may want to check on that first.

    I asked around and have been told that while Meneldor "used to be" one of the unofficial PvMP servers, many of those who previously animated and populated Meneldor's PvMP have transferred to other servers such as Elendilmir and Brandywine, thus leaving today's Meneldor's PvMP more in line with that of the other medium population servers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Darej View Post
    it was voted to be such at launch..but for some reason the Big E and the 'whiners took the focus.

    I did some digging around on the smaller server's forums for info to put into the list. Most of the content in Meneldor's Forums was concerning PvMP. Because of that, (and the original "Unoffical PvMP server" designation) I labeled them the Unofficial PvMP server. However, since this seems not to be the case, I have changed it to "very active PvMP." I did also note on BW and Big E that they have active PvMP. Thanks for the catch guys!
    Last edited by Frieja; Aug 21 2010 at 10:25 AM.
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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    Great list!

    Landroval: Our unofficial "RP" status also spills over into our PvMP with our incredible roleplaying Tribe, Shadowclan, led by Gobblemoss, hosting epic PvP events like The Oathbreakers and Axes of the Dwarves. We've also been the home for other PvP servers doing "RP" events like Brandywine's Infestation. (Sorry the forum purge has removed the original thread on The Infestation. )
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    I believe the words you're looking for are... "I agree with Ophelia."

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    Re: Choosing a server (A Guide)

    Regarding Windfola: We have a fairly large population of EU players (as a proportion of our population base, which is admittedly small). Our only other claims to fame (or perhaps I mean infamy) are that we are both the Unofficial Server of Love (according to a thread about dating through the game, more people have hooked up on Windfola than any other server) and the Server of Endless Goat Jokes. How the two are connected I shall leave up to the imagination of the reader...
    Narlinde, level 100 Minstrel, Rank 11, Member of Trucido ~ Windfola

 

 
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