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  1. Good evening, I'm busy over the next few days doing that horrible RL stuff called work. In the meantime, I'll just pop in your monthly update on forum stats for those that have an interest in these things. Briefly, I thought we'd go through all the exciting dramatic stuff that has been going on both here, and in the wider Pserver community. But I figured like me, you're just sick to death of the whole circus and glad that we're back to relative normality. So in the manner of both English and Irish versions.... Let's get it on. _____________________________________________________ First of all we shall go through the simple process of a number count and break these numbers down somewhat. So the placeholders are people who come here create a name and then....nothing. It may well be that they are lurking with intent. Quite a lot of them have come out of the woodwork recently forced to comment and support the server and its ideals. Primarily though, people put in this placeholder so they can actually peruse the forums, and to a lesser degree, reserve a name in case they need to communicate on the forums lest something odd happens like a server launch. The avatars are people who not only registered their nicks on the forums but went to the trouble of uploading an avatar too. This deserves some extra credit as it indicates a desire to really push the boundaries out, because before we know it, you'll actually be.. Posting something useful and witty. Or maybe useless and shitposting. If you've actually read this far and haven't fallen asleep, you might consider as a placeholder or avatar of just giving the rest of us a cursory introduction in the introductions section. We're a right friendly bunch here and we welcome all sorts. The staff numbers have been known to fluctuate depending on roles and tasks. There is an argument to be had that some testers etc shouldn't be included as staff, but as recent events have shown, any official connection to a server adds an onus of responsibility and the careful picking of one's nose. So be duly warned. ____________________________________________ As a special post traumatic drama gift, this month we are introducing a special bonus graph on posters as in the following: So this is a nice breakdown of your typical poster on these forums. Half our posters typically contribute just 1-5 posts. But quite a substantial amount, over 25% are currently up to 6-25. Then it's a case of diminishing returns until we get to the try-hards like Elicas. Indeed, he does try hard. __________________________________________________ Lastly then, we have the number of new members: Not surprisingly after the series of unfortunate incidents, our member numbers are sharply up and meat is indeed, back on the menu again. This is not what we want really though. Yes it's true, we are never, ever satisfied. Wanted higher member numbers, got drama, got higher member numbers, what's the problem? So the problem is we want positive publicity to generate a feel good factor. In that way, people come to join the forums feeling good and want to contribute in a positive manner. Getting frazzled players fleeing the latest batch of leaks and mayhem does not a happy community build. So let's hope we can get some nice, technical video promos out shortly, I think we all need it. So that's it for now. Thanks for reading and see you in a month or so. _______________________________________________________________ I will take this opportunity to sneak in an advert for a guild we are running on Darrowshire (Elysium PvE). It's a tranquil backwater of nothingness where a small number of the truly cool people hang out doing stuff like levelling toons, UI interface options, instancing and we hope, some end raiding too. There's no pressure to level and it's just for Crestfall people. Unfortunately, it's Alliance, sorry. But the intention is that a lot of the same players will be on the horde side when CF launches on the Zul'Dare realm. There's a discord set up here https://discord.gg/G5pRmwm so you can pop on and tell us the name of your toon. We promise, no drama.
  2. Hello, Owing to a lazy bollox miscommunication, the review for yesterday, 31st January did not take place, therefore it is one day late. Not really going to make a difference as no-one is joining the forums these days, as we can extrapolate from the figures below. Normally I would spend some time lauding the forums, the staff, the members etc but I find myself in a state of ennui as a direct reflection of the current state of affairs on the forums. I can only plead that it's about time we had more videos and promotion thank you very much. Let's start with profiles.... Placeholders' number 2172. This is the term we use for people who want to join the forums by reserving their chosen name only. A lot of these names are nonsense names as a considerable percentage will never end up being players. We will only truly know what that percentage is when the realms are launched. there are also a reasonable number of duplicates. If Crestfall require membership on the forums as a perquisite to play on the realms, we can easily extrapolate the # of players compared to # of members. 'Avatars' number 435. This is a step up from placeholders as these individuals bothered their collective arses to create an avatar. Yes, I know it doesn't take long but we call these the '50%ers' meaning there is a 50% chance that they will end up contributing in some way. This could mean one post, or it could mean playing on a realm. 'Posters' number of 1043. So these are members that have contributed at least one post to the forums. This pretty much 28% of the member population. From experience I can tell you that this is both very high and very encouraging. 'Staff' well duh. The only massive increase in numbers has been staff orientated. Not too surprising I guess owing to the increased numbers of beta testers which is somewhat reassuring. I do wish that some new staff would make an effort to introduce themselves more rather than just turning up in Discord. But I can understand that anonymity amongst other things is important to them. Now let's look at recent joiners.. ... So let's put this into perspective. We're beginning to flatline. Take into account that a lot of the kids were off beginning of January and all the recent free publicity from the Netherwing fallout you would expect much better numbers than that. Now don't get me wrong, it's nice to be quiet and mature, but if we're looking to get a start on realm launches in the next 6 months, you will need to start attracting fresh blood shortly in order to bed them into the forums and community proper. So with that in mind @Crogge @Asura I think - with due respect - time for some advertising if you want a controlled launch with figures to make the realms sustainable. I will also point out that you also need fresh blood to populate the beta testers you are going to need over the next few months, and that will only come from further publicity. Sin é Edit With thanks to @loeth for proof reading
  3. Greetings, Slightly earlier than normal but better than being late I guess. I'd like to kick this off by brazenly representing the forum members here on Crestfall in thanking the staff of Crestfalll for their work so far in getting this server up to Closed Beta. It's been over 8 months since the forums were launched and so far we've contributed 23254 23255 posts of a pretty decent quality. In addition we have a small but mature, funny and erudite community here that will form the bedrock of common sense when the hordes arrive later closer to launch. Alliance too I suppose. So back to the thanks. People here from the beginning like me (April 17th) and even bandwagon joiners like Elicas (April 18th), came here and have stuck around for the last 8 months because we genuinely believe that this is our greatest and last shot to replicate the wonderful, social, fun, frustrating and glorious experience that Warcraft was from the very beginning(ish). We are all fully aware that only Crestfall has the core, the staff, the experience and the ability to pull this off. We 98.5% totally trust and believe in you, but based on previous experiences we'd like to leave a little wedge in the door in case shit happens. So far it would be fair to say, the cautious, no drama and 'it'll happen when it happens' approach by the devs has shown itself to be the correct one. So we thank you for your hard work, your patience and your sense of humour to get us to this stage, and we wish you all the best for 2017 so we, all of us, can contribute to this great Crestfall community both on the forums and online. OK, so with the fluffy, emotional, cheap points-scoring over in a failed attempt to get into Beta, let's move on to the forum review. Placeholders' number 1977. This is the term we use for people who want to join the forums by reserving their chosen name only. A lot of these names are nonsense names as a considerable percentage will never end up being players. We will only truly know what that percentage is when the realms are launched. there are also a reasonable number of duplicates. If Crestfall require membership on the forums as a perquisite to play on the realms, we can easily extrapolate the # of players compared to # of members. 'Avatars' number 426. This is a step up from placeholders as these individuals bothered their collective arses to create an avatar. Yes, I know it doesn't take long but we call these the '50%ers' meaning there is a 50% chance that they will end up contributing in some way. This could mean one post, or it could mean playing on a realm. 'Posters' number of 1032. So these are members that have contributed at least one post to the forums. This pretty much 28% of the member population. From experience I can tell you that this is both very high and very encouraging. 'Staff' well duh. We've now had an over 100% increase in staff members thanks to the addition of the Beta testers and a few staff members that snuck in under the radar. At this rate we will soon have one staff member for each player. So the figures above represent a significant reduction in new members joining and reinforces the downward curve from last month. When you drill into the numbers it's actually worse. A lot of the new members are people like efgergferx02 the well-known....SE Asian....supporter of western universities (now sadly deleted). So yeah, the figures are somewhat disappointing but we all know what the reasons are. Our good colleagues in Elysium have launched the Nost PvP and Nost PvE realms before Christmas (two weeks now) and clearly, anyone in the Pserver market has either brought their old toons back like I have, or have rolled new toons up. In addition, they are launching a new PvP realm on January 7th. Why therefore join a forum for a server that is months away when you can play straight away on Elysium? As of now, there is absolutely no point in promoting the server at all in any media format. Not when the launch is months away. There is no point in creating hype and then have said hype deflate over months while progress continues. The staff have taken the decision to launch when good and ready and that's the end of the matter. Over the next few weeks we can expect more Beta testers to be chosen while they go through all the classes which is going to take us into February, so don't expect any improvements soon on forum members. As per instructions, none of the members here are actively advocating the server either. In fact, most of us cringe anytime a thread mentions Crestfall on Reddit and try to dampen down any hype like you wood a grass fire. So keep up the good work I'm going to leave you with a couple of things. The first and most obvious, is to wish all of you a prosperous New Year. Let's hope for the best for 2017, and up near the top is playing on Crestfall. The second is perspective. It's easy to mock Elysium at the moment owing to the number of problems they are having, all of them sadly predictable. But please be kind. They will resolve a lot of these issues and the realms will prosper over time. We all need Elysium to do well, because being successful will vastly increase the player base that will move on to Crestfall. Good evening to you all, it has been a great pleasure for me, so far.
  4. So yeah. That time of the month where I contribute something factual, functional and useful unlike the other 99.9% of the time. To recap, this is a monthly review of the forum on Crestfall with handy and insightful graphics, because we know people have very short attention spans these days and as such, are probably not even reading this sentence. As we don't have much factual analysis of Crestfall other than ''Beta Soon'' it's difficult to judge how successful the server launch will be. Sooo, on the assumption that Closed Beta will be released in November, just like I swore it would be in October these reviews gives a reflection on how this affects membership numbers and contributions. On with the show. While the administrators should have better facilities to check the numbers out, any member can see these for themselves under the 'Activity' drop down menu on your top left main page, select 'search' and then use the 'member search' tab on the right hand side. The search member button has a 'sort by' option where you can get the information I gathered. There's a direct link here with the member tab on the right hand side So the first topic is # of members... So to explain: 'Placeholders' number 1498. This is the term we use for people who want to join the forums by reserving their chosen name only. A lot of these names are nonsense names as a considerable percentage will never end up being players. We will only truly know what that percentage is when the realms are launched. there are also a reasonable number of duplicates. If Crestfall require membership on the forums as a perquisite to play on the realms, we can easily extrapolate the # of players compared to # of members. 'Avatars' number 331. This is a step up from placeholders as these individuals bothered their collective arses to create an avatar. Yes, I know it doesn't take long but we call these the '50%ers' meaning there is a 50% chance that they will end up contributing in some way. This could mean one post, or it could mean playing on a realm. 'Posters' number of 712. So these are members that have contributed at least one post to the forums. This pretty much 28% of the member population. From experience I can tell you that this is both very high and very encouraging. 'Staff' well duh. Our second graph is join dates: So strictly from the players point of view, this month apart from a really good interview by Orcbit with Asura here not a lot has happened. Now before the staff, developers and admin start frothing at the mouth please be aware we fully understand how much work is going on behind the scenes. The impatience and angst amongst forum members should be looked upon as a confirmation of how excited we are for this server. But for the love of God, please release closed Beta in November. Which moves us on to the analysis. These figures are very important because most if not all private servers, require you to create an account on the forums or similar to register in order to play the content. So therefore, if we know how many forum members we have, we've a pretty good idea about how many actual players that's going to translate to. Server pops are usually defined by player numbers as per peak hours EU time zones over a weekend. So we know (and please don't ban me for two weeks) the max population for Kul'Tiras is set at around 6000. But clearly the actual population will be higher than that as we will have players from all over the world, doing shift work, or wanting to avoid peak hours. Without access then, we really don't know what the total number of players are over a 24 hour period. For example, Nostalrius had over 78,000 members on March 2016 before the C&D announcement. We know that the PvP realm was hitting 13,000 and the PvE was peaking 4,000+ Therefore it seems reasonable to extrapolate that your total potential population in an active progressive server would be ~30% of your forum members. So for Nost, 23,400 active players and extrapolated for us, 766. Still, that's more than Elysium has at present, right? So the good thing is that with the scheduled release date of 2030, we can expect the forum members to be about ~120,000 at present rates of increase. On a more serious note, the main thing to take into account is that with our Section 31 ban on reddit forums we really aren't advertising the server at all. The devs have promised that at some stage in the future the hyping shall commence. Next month we hope to report on what happens to memberships when we actively and professionally promote the server and pass basic landmarks like Beta release. In the meantime, the forum has generated 17,935 posts based on 892 threads. Keep up the good work.