If the day came that the shard list was to be shortened then perhaps this idea would help. divide the shards into 3 catagories, High pop, med pop, low pop, im sure it wouldnt be that cut and dry but somethin like this. now on the low population servers make a new xfer token that would be account bound and only appear to characters at least 6 months old on the low population shards. now make this xfer token able to transfer the player to medium population shards only. now i kno a lot of people wouldnt do this because they dont want to leave thier house. so dont force them to xfer at first. also to help the housing issues, maybe you could open up some of the reserved housing area on the med pop shards. This is of course a very crude and rough idea but it might balance out the medium and high population shards. There would have to be alot of thought put into making this system nearly impossible to abuse.