I understand that everybody has their own idea of what should happen with the merge... but please realize our opinions are just opinions. This is not a reason to take sides, or to complain about players we don't like.
The biggest problem I see lately is a lack of empathy - so many players decide what they love or hate about this game, and then many of those just get angry if anybody disagrees with them, or values something different. I've watched people argue about the merge, with some making cheap shots at Evol's content, and others claiming that anybody who doesn't support the merge is selfish and only wants to keep their pretty things. This gets us nowhere, and only leaves us with bad impressions of each other. This community has a long history of splitting, we don't need any more reasons to be turning against each other.
As for players saying things like "I'm cool with the merge, but please just keep levels/gold/items/equipment/etc".... please realize that every player has their own priorities. While you may think one thing (like your level) is the most important, others will value other things more.
Speaking of items specifically, there is no guarantee ANY equipment will have the same stats on the new server, quest or otherwise. The same applies to prices. It's funny that people expect those things to be kept the same, while confident that anything "rare" will be made common or obtainable. Chances are, in terms of equipment at least, NOTHING will be kept exactly the same.
One last thing: all the hate on "rich players" and "rares" ruining the economy is a bit funny to me. Do any of you honestly believe there will be nothing rare or difficult to get in the new game? The only difference so far seems to be that there may be no more "unobtainable" items, which... I'm not sure how this would work efficiently. Part of the appeal of seasonal events like Christmas is that players can earn rewards that they may not be able to the next year - many find having such quests with the same reward every year is boring, myself included. And while those rewards are not available, they are technically "unobtainable" at the time. It seems to me that the new game's rarer items will take the place of the current "rares", and after some time, new players will be complaining about "rich players with their rare stuff", because that will always happen. It's a cycle, heh.
I apologize if I gave anyone the impression that BC is the troll-king of the GM's. That title is rightfully held by mrgrey
<Mistakes> you are too difficult to troll
<Frost> Germans have Chess Boxing. English have Cheese Racing.
<Frost> I'm slightly terrified what the Russians consider violent sport.
<Jaxad0127> YOu can't grab yourself.
<Jaxad0127> Elenore explicitly prevents it.
<Mistakes> speak for yourself