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Count this as a warm-up post…
So I have been ocassionally visit Azeorth a bit recently. Although I am still busy around like a headless chicken, I really need sometime to let my brain take a break. Outside azeroth, there are much thing to do, eg. relative to visit, excerise, task planned to be done, pet project to finish… but sometime you just want to take some time off those brain twisting task and take a break.
As Gevlon defined, I am probably of the casual player group, it’s really no point for me to keep up with the endgame stuff, since probably cannot follow up the main stream grind and always left behind. And without having friendship like Gnomeaggedon had, there are really less point of raiding.
Therefore after my studyroom finish, My Wife join me on wandering Azeorth yet again, as a Worgen couples, Warrior and Druid pair, and when she’s not available, I started leveling my Worgen Priest thru LFD. Joining the Priesthood.
As I mostly online at peak hours, finding a group as a healer is not as bad (Although if tanking gurantee a instance queue) And I started my LFD and Questing combo leveling journey.
I was surprised how many instance I missed before (Although I have to take the same dungeon 3-4 time for the leveling). I totally missed Dire Maul and Scholomance through out my Wow Career, not worth running/too troublesome as people commented before. Now with LFD tools, we occasionally drop into those instance, and have some fun with it.
The runs however, is quite linear. Although I occasionally add some random factor, e.g. wand-ing those mob off, jump around or adding some DOT if I feel really confident. But other than some shield-less Paladin / Warrior tank, it’s kinda repetitive.But all in all, priest is a fun healer class to play with, no doubt
Until next time…
I never make up my mind to say good bye here, just get posted in lower frequency while BigJimm was still working hard on sharing his thoughts (I still appreciate that and miss him).
I stopped logging into Azeroth for a year since then, due to some personal matters I shyed to share before, but after reading Gnomeaggedon’s post on Movember recently, I decided to share it with you.
One of my family members was having a mental difficulties, and the whole family was spending much effort on wrestling it. Since World of Warcraft was one of the escapes, I decided to stop encouraging it by not setting foot into it all together, and not even speaking a word of it (Not to mention blog posts).
Fighting mental illness is a full time job, and depression and helplessness spread through the whole family. We had to do everything to help.
Where have I been?
I have been to America for a week, but sadly BigJimm was just not in town at that moment.
At Daytime, I had been climbing the career ladder; an became a team leader of a team of three. Mainly for negotiate requirement, distributing tasks and trouble shooting.
On my game life, it’s nothing more than Eve for a while, then some single player game and takes up learning photography all together (Lots of spending had been done)
The most important part is that I am luckily enough to have married a cute wonderful girl who helped me get pass so much difficulties and tolerate when I am upset… There are still much to learnt and settle down but I feel very happy about this
Where is everyone else?
Most of the blogger on my Wow RSS subscription resigned, Lights dims, upon the “failure” of Catalysm, many people decided to part with Azeroth. I know I’ll miss all of them, especially Larisa who I count as my mentor at heart in my blogger life.
Gevlon and BRK are the evergreen blogger, but most of the others are left…
On the desert corner of blogging sphere, I wonder should I continue…
So What now?
Since BigJimm and Sovrun would probably stop writing for a while. I would try to transform the blog to talk about more general economy, game or not. The purpose of the blog was always be learning experience sharing, not very game specific from day one.
“There always are explanations for every business opportunity. -Zekta”
Although I cannot promise much update for now,
May be we can continue our journey together, for science…
(I have less topic on Wow to share recently, this is a ice-breaker post, since Gevlon had hit a topic I had deep thoughts about…)
Gevlon at http://greedygoblin.blogspot.com/2011/03/intra-player-microtransaction.html
Rohan at http://blessingofkings.blogspot.com/2011/03/trading-time-for-money.html
talked about Intra-playerbase microtransaction.
While both blogger are from Azeroth (Wolrd of Warcraft), like any new capsuleer (I assume some of them are reading this post as well) have little knowledge about what happened in the New Eden (EvE online)
here is a little background:
EvE online’s developer CCP, decided to include Intra-playerbase microtransaction in EvE online.
PLEX – Pilot License Extension, an in game item, which can be bought from CCP
is effectively an item when “consumed” add to the account’s 1 month subscription.
CCP will make 15% markup for buying the the tradeable version of PLEX (Compare to directly subscript a month player’s own account)
This had been running for years (As far as I can tell, it’s back from 2009)
Since it’s fully supported by CCP, the transaction is totally secure, and not shady business running.
This proved to be a good example for the discussion, since we have tons of data (Official from CCP)
But there may be some major differences in two games.
1. Eve is hard and harsh. Imagine when you die, all your gears are lost, and you better have another set of gears (Ship) ready, or the station trader will be happy to rip you off, unless you are willing to wait a day or two.
2. Isk (Gold) matters. In Wow, Extra gold do not give you much use. Other than Mekgineer’s Chopper and Grand Ice Mammoth.
In Eve, every thing is Isk, if you want a decent ship, you need Isk. If you want to achieve anything big, you need even more. It’s also matters that, it takes Isk to make Isk. Evem if you grinding like mining, you need at least some capital to start mining effectively. Most of the player would complain not enough Isk(Gold), since when you have more, you want to achieve more.
Failing manage your wallet also means fail the game at all.
1. Main source of PLEX is not from new/lowbie player, but rather old player who want to have the short cut or boost to his activities. Since “High-end” activities take much more Isk (2 PLEX for a freight for instance) to maintain, while one PLEX can feed a new player’s ship (42 x T1 Cruisers) for a month or two.
2. The transacted money is hardly for social value at all. While there are some gold sink as well (Faction ships), there are much more place that a player can spend in EvE. An showing off a really rare ship is more likely to attract suicide gank (attacks) rather then Envy sights.
3. Efficient or Hardworking Isk-maker live their game for “free” on the exchanging “service” for the game time. The market itself is self-balanced.
Disclaimer: I never buy gold in Wow, but did buy two Plex in Eve for starting budget for my trader. In both case, it’s valid for the EULA on both game.