About This Project

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DDO Audit: View population trends, browse live grouping panels, and see what server is best for you!

We've all been curious at one point

"How many players are online right now?" "What server has the highest population?" Maybe you're a new player looking for a good server to call home. Maybe you're transferring from Hardcore League and want to start a new chapter in an active community. Maybe you're itching to part with your current server in search for a new avenue for adventure. But you're stuck wondering, "What server is best for me given my time zone?" Wonder no more.
Whether you're trying to find what server is most active given your personal availability or you're just curious how the servers stack up, we're here to fill you in.


Methodology

These reports are generated with data taken on a 5-minute interval indirectly from the Social Panel. The Who tab provides the population data, and the Grouping tab provides the LFM data. Once the data is collected, it may take up to 2 minutes for it to be displayed on the website. The reports are autogenerated 1 minute after data collection by various server-side scripts, and the website polls data on a 1-minute interval from those reports. If the data doesn't align with the exact numbers you see in-game (especially LFMs given their volatile nature) this is likely the cause. If the numbers are significantly different than what you see in-game (especially regarding the population) please report it with the "Report an Issue" button at the top of each page.
One of the concerns players had with the Who list is its exclusion of anonymous players. As of March 26, this method of data collection includes anonymous players (about 3% of the population for those who are curious) and addresses many, if not all, of the issues causing players not to appear in the Who list. Given the third-party nature of this data collection, it's not possible to guarantee 100% accuracy, but after extensive testing by many members of the development community we've found no reason to believe that any data is missing. This is the most accurate data we're going to get without direct participation from the developers. Please accept this information with a healthy amount of skepticism.

Player data is directly responsible for the population of the Grouping page of this website. In an effort to give the user the most accurate results, the Grouping data is refreshed on a 1-minute interval around the clock and a 30-second interval during peak population times.


Downtimes and updates

This utility requires some amount of time to come back online after a downtime or update. Since these downtimes happen every Wednesday, expect some amount of interruption Wednesday mornings. It may take longer for this utility to return after a game update. If you believe the Grouping panel might have stopped refreshing, you can verify the last update time by checking the timestamp printed in the top bar (it's red and says "Social").


Wayfinder

As of April 5, 2020 we're tracking the population of Wayfinder. In an effort to incorporate Wayfinder into the various reports this website offers, data before April 5 has been estimated using population trends and login data. As a result, Wayfinder's data prior to April 5 may not be completely accurate, but given the low and relatively stable population of Wayfinder, it's likely a very good estimate. That data will be completely flushed from the reports by July 4, 2020 as new data becomes available.


Reporting an issue

This project simply wouldn't be possible without the continuous feedback I've received from the community. To make it more convenient for players to report issues with the website or the data it provides, I've added a Report an Issue button at the top of every page. Please use this feature to provide any relevant information about the issue you're experiencing, be it issues with the webpage, incorrect/inconsistent data, accessibility concerns, or technical reasons. The comment field is optional but it's the most important. Requests, major issues, or anything that requires a two-way conversation should be sent to me on Discord or Reddit.
(Information this website automatically collects when you submit a report: Date and time, the page you're currently on, the server you're currently viewing (if applicable), and the browser you're using.)


Time zone

All times are in Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5). This is the preferred time zone because the time changes associated with EDT interfere with the report data. Please note that during daylight saving time, EST is one hour behind EDT, which is observed by the eastern United States. See timeanddate.com/time/zones/est for more information.


Want more information?

Check out all of the data that goes into generating the graphs and reports on this site: Data Repository


API

This project belongs to the community. We're offering an API for any developer looking to create their own live LFM panel (mobile/desktop application, webpage, push-notifications, raid alerts, etc). Find out how to freely access the data on the API page.


A special thanks

A special thanks to the members of Vault of Kundarak for their generous contributions to the Live LFM viewer. Visit their website at https://vaultofkundarak.com or stop by their Discord channel for news and updates on their various projects.


Contact me

You can contact me on Discord as Clemeit#7994, Reddit as Clemeit, or on Twitter @DDOAudit.

What is DDO Audit?

DDO Audit is a real-time player and LFM concurrency tracking project for Dungeons and Dragons Online. We track the current player population for each server and report that data in the form of interactable and easy to understand charts and graphs. Population distribution by server and population by time-of-day/day-of-week trends are displayed on the Servers page. Trends can be found on the Trends page, and custom reports can be generated on the Reports page.

What does it all mean? That's for you to decide.

Who is DDO Audit for?

We want to fill you in on server traffic data for a few reasons.

  • New players are often curious about which server to choose. Hardcore League Players face a similar dilemma when they transfer their characters off the HCL server. While the decision largely comes down to the interactions you have with other players, finding which server has the most traffic for your given time zone is a good place to start.
  • Players are curious, and until now there has been marked lack of conclusive reporting on the topic. Are logins a good metric? How about anecdotal evidence? Now we don't have to guess.

Sitemap

  • Home
    • This page contains a few graphs summarizing DDO's current player population in real-time. The first graph shows the population and LFM count for the last 24 hours.
    • Further down are graphs summarizing DDO's player population over the past week and 60 days. These graphs show hourly and daily averages respectively.
    • You can choose between displaying the combined server totals or the individual server values.
  • Servers
    • The Servers page contains a few graphs summarizing DDO's recent player population by server. If you're curious about how the servers stack up, that's a great source of information.
    • Also noteworthy is a report highlighting which servers are popular during what times. If you're curious to know which server would best fit your time zone, we have you covered.
    • On that page you can also select an individual server to see real-time reports and recent summary reports.
  • Grouping
    • Explore groups from any server with an interactable, live LFM panel.
  • Trends
    • The Trends page contains trend data and various summary charts. This is a great place to view recent population growth or decline.
    • The trends page also shows daily data including averages, minimums, and maximums.
  • Reports
    • The Reports page allows you to generate your own custom reports. You can select any range of dates (going back to this project's inception, February 20, 2020) and any combination of servers.
    • You can share a link to any custom report via the Link field.

What Got Us Here

May 2, 2020 - Demographics

  • Added: Server population distribution by gender, race, and guild affiliation

May 2, 2020 - Classes and Levels

  • Added: Population distribution by class and level

May 2, 2020 - Social Hour

  • Added: Live LFM preview

April 15, 2020 - Going Dark

  • Added: Dark theme

April 5, 2020 - Wayfinder

  • Added: We're now tracking Wayfinder

March 30, 2020 - Accessibility

  • Added: You can now share the direct link to a specific server's page from your browser's URL
  • Added: Server summary options for 1 month or 1 week
  • Added: Choose between combined activity or server activity on the main page

March 26, 2020 - We See You Too

  • Added: Now tracking anonymous players

March 20, 2020 - Going Public

  • Released the website URL to the DDO Forums and related community boards

February 20, 2020 - We See You

  • Added: We're now tracking all servers

February 15, 2020 - Custom Reports

  • Added: The user can now generate reports based on a custom date range

February 2, 2020 - We're Online

  • Launched the website
  • Added: Live graphs

January 1, 2020 - Release

  • Released the first month of data collection to the DDO Forums

December 1, 2019 - It's Alive

  • Began 24/7 data collection in preparation for publicizing data

November 27, 2019 - Automation

  • Implemented automatic polling on a designated machine
  • Added LFM data collection

November 18, 2019 - Project Inception

  • Designed the original method of collecting player data
  • Manual samples were taken randomly throughout the day

This website is meant to be a helpful tool for players. Please don't use it for finger-pointing or "calls to action."

All screenshots were taken from Dungeons and Dragons Online. This website is not affiliated with Standing Stone Games or Daybreak Game Company. Dungeons and Dragons Online is a registered trademark of Wizards of the Coast LLC. This website generates no revenue and is not used for commercial purposes. We do not host ads nor accept donations. You can support this project by supporting Dungeons and Dragons Online.