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AoC - One Shot Wonders

Brasse -- 2008-06-12 13:31:56

My Age Of Conan comic list gets longer by the day, and every time FunCom shoots itself in the foot.

You can, in theory, learn to ride a mount at level 40.
The skill costs 1 gold.
A horse costs 2 gold.
At level 41, I have... 28 silver and a handful of copper and tin.

Anyone who has played the game knows that it is really, really hard to save up for a mount. And it is excrutiating to afford a guild city, should you be foolish enough to be a beta tester for cities and like losing resources.

Some people have resolved the craptacular income issues of AoC by farming boss mobs in various dungeons. They have ponies now. Me, I hate, hate, hate farming the same crap for days and weeks on end, and so had given up on the whole mount thing. I prefer my sanity.

Still, there were lots of farmers. And lots of... GOLD FARMERS. In my typical two dozen Gold-seller spam-tells a day, I have seen the price of illegal gold drop from $23.99 to $5.99 over the past few weeks. Clearly FunCom had seen this too and wondered to themselves, "Hmmmm. Ver are zey gettink zat kind of volume from?"

Simple. Grey-con Elite bosses.

So FunCom's solution was simple too. If the mob is much lower level than you are, they can now ONE SHOT YOU.

That makes absolutely NO sense in terms of the lore and style of game this is. None. I'll go so far as to say this is the most ludicrous sledgehammer solution to a problem I've seen yet in an MMOG.

Why not just... make grey con mobs not drop loot? Too similar to what other games do?

Meanwhile, the money-flow for gold farmers has been stemmed, but they'll work around it, as they always do.

And ordinary players trying to save up gold to burn and fail on city component combines? They're screwed too.

Nice job.
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