Do you know how many people were logged in for episode 1 at the peak? Do you have enough wood for THAT number?
What about that number + reasonable increase? You know, just to be safe.
The peak concurrency for feature episodes is nothing compared to the power of the first day of an open beta. Our server tech has handled much more capacity than what has caused the restarts (i.e. it is not an issue of capacity, and more of an issue in changes to load balancing which isn't utilizing hardware properly).
After investigating the last two weeks, the software team has made some changes that will correct the logic that was causing at least one of the failures these past saturdays.
Another issue dealt with some logic that was not shutting down empty maps as fast as we had expected - thus leaving instances open unnecessarily and clogging up resources.
Both issues have been addressed, so with those changes and additional hardware and on-site support we feel we are more prepared for the flood tomorrow. But again, we won't know if we got everything until we see the flood.