I'm curious on how people departing BDO affects game play for others. Does it have an incremental affect, or cascading affect to other players? To explain... From my experience with WoW, which was a horribly BORING game especially up till I left, just when the LEG expansion came out, I can say that the BALANCE MONGERING of WoW basically got people only willing to play WoW for the reasons: (1) Their friends, fellow guilders/raiders, were still in WoW. (2) There wasn't a better place to go. (3) While all aspects of the game were BALANCE MONGERED, it strangely lead to a SKEWED PvP system, where Horde would most always win some things, and Aliiance others, But people could get some fun, with a good chance of winning, by cherry picking which BG's they went in to. As time passed, especially the year leading up to LEG, where there was no new content, the departure of people from WoW, had a slow, incremental affect on others. There were fewer friends and guilders playing fewer hours, and fewer times, which affected raiding and PvP. Now, BDO I'm very glad to say is NOT BALANCE MONGERED. Many don't like this, they see some classes being OP over others, some guilds being OP versus others, some players with better gear and more renown being more OP than others; but for the moment, progression is not BALANCED in BDO, by a long shot. But BDO, has issues. The lag and DC's, the patches in the past few weeks making us the guinea pigs for testing their stuff, the RNG factors, and then some, are motivating people to leave BDO. So, I'm curious, how does a mass departure of players from BDO affects others? Well, I am seeing some affects immediately in the past two weeks. - First, there are fewer guilds participating in NWs. Especially on Monday/Tuesday nights. - - For months, the Mondays/Tuesdays were the prime nights for Tier 2 NWs. It was a struggle. - - The last few weeks, I've seen more dead drops, and fewer guilds. - Stuff is not selling as well in the AH. - - I'm not seeing even eggs INSTANT pre-order selling. And that was just yesterday, for the 1st time ever. - - Palm and Elder Tree lumber used to sell easily (go figure). But since last weeks patch, I've had to actually reclaim the lumber a couple of times. - Fewer people fishing. - - Even when they made that water hole spot for fishing, people would still fish in places like Heidal and Tariff, a lot, as they were great stopping points, before going AFK for the night. Especially Tariff, where every day I would usually see a couple dozen fo AFK fishing for the night. - - Now I see maybe 2 others AFK fish for the night in Tariff, and it has been like this for the past 2 weeks. Well, those are things I noticed. At any rate, I'll keep an eye out for more things, but I get a sense that departures from BDO, cause a cascading affect, rather than a incremental affect. Please share your thoughts? Is BDO departures causing a cascading or incremental affect? And how so? Or maybe you don't think anything is really changing?