I hate waiting. A lot. When something can happen in an automated and efficient manner involving a computer, I see only one reason why we would be waiting in queues. And that reason is money.
The realm queues on Nagrand are impressive, unless you’re on very early or very late you can expect a 20-45 minute pause in your schedule, and if you only plan on playing for 1 hour, that is a no deal. We’ve had 500s to 1100s in line to get on. And that is not the worst of it, other servers have the same or worse stats.
So why money? Well hardware = money, tech time = money, and skill = money. The demand from the player base is clearly huge. I can see why, Wrath of the Lich King is already starting out better than The Burning Crusade, and I loved tBC. Every old player and casual has stepped up to visit WoW again, and others may have taken the opportunity to switch Main toons or even servers. Demand is basically through the roof, and Blizzard should release a ramp up plan to the community to let us know they are aware and care.
If Northrend is getting hammered then up the resources that are running that zone. You can’t seriously tell me that the performance of Northrend is affected by how many players are in Red Ridge or Westfall – so plainly different hardware runs different areas.
I have a suspicion that these waits will continue for a long time, as opening transfers is “cheaper” than adding machine resources. I don’t want to leave Nagrand, and I won’t; but sheesh sometimes a 55 minute login process makes you stop and consider what we’re playing and paying for.
That “consider a transfer” message on login is just plain insulting.