I feel like this can be accomplished without a server reset. Better gear through the dream. Your Guildmaster will give you all buffs like an augur that are SB and last 5 hours, all dependent on your level range. Me and my paladin family Gimdar were talking about this yesterday. It would be hard for me to lose the 8 sweet years I have spent on Fugpug for him to be where he is.
I'm having the time of my SoDLife at the moment!
Not a lot of bugs, the major ones I can think of are invis people when zoning, and "invisible" groups (Disband is Active, although not in a group), both are fixed pretty fast and easy.
(I hear some people have lag issues, which is super bad, but pretty sure it's not the SoD clients or servers fault, what do I know...)
New content, new spells, longer buff timers, buggs getting fixed, recast on many spells reduced greatly, balancing of items and class that most people can get behind, spelling errors corrected, item icons updated, items getting new looks, new class/race combo, a unique new zone and so on and so on.
So much is happening, I'm sure I'm neglecting to mention important stuff... We moved from IRQ to Discord, for example.
I also feel I see more and more people asking noob questions in the /ooc, and even our top tier players are chipping in with answers, fast.
So all in all, I think SoD is pretty great right now. Always rooom for improvement, but man I feel there is being done a great job trying to do just that.
Hey so, Everquest did server resets and tier locked progression servers. The same could be done here, unlocking a raid tier every 2 months. this way hardcore players can still progress, getting plat for plat charm and other main quests. I enjoyed shards a ton, I respect that players still play live. thats fine, don't wipe them, just host a new server for new players. see how it runs. it could bring hype back. I played live progression and I must say, Shards used everquest content so fucking well, plane of fire in live was a joke, but remembering it in shards, it had the most insane hardcore fights.
I miss you zapple!!! Also plat is easier than ever at the momentAll of the gay shit people don't like would still remain, though, and you'd just get super congested raid content on top of that. Like the first reply pointed out above, when we had Peak Goon in 2010-2012 all of the things that tier was constantly down due to a network of track account using nerds in Goon Squad, and you had stuff like the quote in my sig as regular in-game and forums drama even though this case was just Solo making fun of someone who was raging out over losing a race to claim something. The game has issues of course but a server reset won't fix them. Main issue is probably platinum dollars for charms which I assume with small server population and no BOE market is probably a nightmare now. I did it with BOE selling and supplied whatever newbies were out there with a lot of good BOE gear to get 2 of my 3 character's charms.
No idea how you'd get new players in but the content in this game is really top notch (especially "more recent" higher tier stuff) and if you go piss around on classic-style EQ servers like p99 you'll easily see the difference and appreciate it. It's also probably I guess hard content too though since it seems very few other players other than the same ones who always did have killed it since I last played in 2014.
A reset would be exactly like what the first reply (the best post) suggests it would be. Not really much of a point.