That's sucks since Volan is the best event type thing I've done in any MMO. But even with over 400 doing Volan on my Shard (wolfs) I rarely have issues with it. It's ashame that something like internet speed or your video card could mess with this event but yea what you describe here sounds like a limitation of yours. Hopefully you get to experience Volan as he was meant to be. On a side note, 2 out of the last 3 days we actually had volan pop at normal hours. Up to now - Volan would only pop on our shard between like about 2 am - 7am.
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I play on Shatterbone, which is probably one of the lower population shards. But I can say with confidence I have never experienced frame rate or ability lag on Volan. I feel sorry for you poor souls.
I got a Volan at like 8AM myself last Friday on a day I took off of work. I had 10 steady, sometimes 15 FPS and the fight did feel smoother. A couple of Volan's over the weekend seemed better, but then one at peak last night as god awful again. I'm pretty sure it's just the number of people in the area that is determining everything.
I don't think they've adjusted the encounter or anything else. Seems to just be luck of less people. Once more people have less need for IS I'm assuming the encounter will be butter.
As Kitty said the breaking point is not 150 people, hit 300 ppl and server load is increased exponentially that's when there seems to be issues which is most likely to happen on all the high pop servers at prime time.
As far as I can tell they have done nothing to make it smoother at all as the last one I was at I still had all sorts of ability lag and whatnot.
Why do you keep saying "exponential increase"? afaik it should be linear.
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Speaking of Volan, my RL friend finally transferred back to Deepwood from Seastone. He went to Volan with me the other day and we were on vent. He was telling me how awesome it was because it was going so quickly. Apparently, on Seastone, the PvP server, it took over 2 hours to defeat Volan because everyone was busy fighting each other basically at a stalemate and not working on killing Volan at all. I am so glad I moved servers. With the little time I already have, and missing over half the Volan Events anyway, I cannot imagine finally being able to be there for one then having to log out before he is even down. How much of a pain those quests back there must be too.
I am curious, if any of you are on a PvP server what have your experiences with Volan, or Zone Events in general, been like since SL release?
Man, I'm never on when Volan happens. I've done that event twice since launch. So sadpanda, I want a shot at my free relics : (
did him for the first time a few days ago...i didn't notice any drop in fps, was around 30+ constantly on max and supersampling....my fps tend to drop on normal rifts more..it's something about the floor effect that seems to cirpple my fps for a few seconds before the grass respawns >.<