Having read the Reset announcement, I suppose this is for the best; better to go back a bit and have a fully functional server than persist with a broken one that's unlikely to ever be fixed. I'm just glad I was relatively new; if I'd invested a lot more time than I had... well, the logic would be the same, but I might be a bit more devastated. (After enduring so many disappointments in my Wurmian life, I've decided to nail my colours to the mast of this server; if I leave this one, I leave Wurm for good, because if this place doesn't satisfy me, nothing ever will)
If the map is going to be changed at all, my only notes would be: there was too much tar, too many drakes, and some areas were still a bit bumpy on the last one. Still couldn't really fault what I saw, though (apart from the stuff caused by the database corruption, but that's obvious).
About this beta mode thing: what, exactly, would it consist of? Would beta characters be reset at launch, or would the launch just be an opening up to the public? I'm all up for helping test whatever needs to be tested, when I'm available.
It will be in the server list with the word Beta in it and a password will be posted in the announcements tab in our forums. This will ensure that anyone starting on the server knows that we are still completing testing and they are willing to take the risk.
Griswold was amazing and he was able to save the player database so everyone still has their skills, but when you log in we will have to return your starter equipment so catch a GM. We will not be resetting characters unless there is no way to preserve them. We have tested all of the things that were giving us database errors and haven't seen any so we're going to unlock the server.
The drake count has been reduced there should be no more than 30 total on the server. If we see evidence of more than 30 we will turn off their natural spawn and introduce them some other way.
I agree there is too much tar. We will look into the best way to reduce it, Probably we will have gm's manually change some of it to match the surrounding terrain.
Please don't hesitate to bring up any concerns or suggestions.
Thank you for your patience with us as we continue this journey. The learning curve was/is steep but we are much better prepared now for this than we were 6 weeks ago.