Posted by Charity on 08/14
This refers back to comments in recent posts on the discussion board,
basically lamenting the number of 'useless' or 'just ac' items and
wishing for more small stat-boost items that the newbies of repeat
players could get, or that true newbies would be able to get for
My Roman Palestine area was going to have lots of little quests in
it, all doable by any level of character, all yielding an item
that's a +1 in an unusual wear slot. I thought it'd be a neat thing
to do, a sort of low-level Seoni, with six small quests instead of
one big quest... plus Roman citizens are, well, colorful characters
and this would allow for lots of interaction with the mobs. =)
One of the reasons I never got more than 10% done with this area
was that I suspected from the beginning that players would hate
these items, and over time I've become more and more convinced
of that. Why would you want a +1 item if asking your friend, or
even just asking on auction when someone is doing an eq run, would
get you a better stat item? My newbies always go get items like the
woolen cap or a trusty dagger, and inevitably some high level
player will hand me something 'better' that they have extra, cause
those other items suck. Not that help is unappreciated =), but when
everyone is saying low stat bonus eq is worthless, there's not much
incentive to make any. Repeat players don't want it, and we aren't
allowed to give away item stats or quest locations, which makes it
hard to steer the true newbies into non-hometown areas where they
could get eq for themselves.
If I'm wrong and people really would use low-stat items at low
levels, please append and let me know.
Sunday, August 10, 03:06AM
Hrm I used to use an item from tudor london that was 2 spirit or
something, I used it because it was all I needed to get root and
was low rent. I think as long as the rent is fair that the +1, +2,
and +3 boost items will be appreciated, especially if they are
unique to the slot. Ie there isn't something else thats better and
just as easy to get, but even if there is easier stuff to get,
theres always people that are right at their rent limits and don't
need +5 items. I would stay away from the +1 overall items, but I
think a +2 items with nice ac could be very popular, depending on
the uniqueness of the slot etc.
Sunday, August 10, 10:31AM
Well, yes.. currently people do go straight for the
better items but I think that's mostly because AC
doesn't help much and many of these items are on
mobs that are a little tough for low levels that
could make good use of them.
Considering one can rent a whole set of +5 overall eq
by lvl 30-35 i think +1 items should be obtainable at
about level 2, +2 at lvl 8, +3 at lvl 14, +4 at 20
something like that anyways, whatever rent allows
throughout low levels.
Hp's/mana based on current con and mind is a big step
in the right direction as far as levelling without the
help of high levels is concerned but I think there's
still a lot more to do.
Thursday, August 14, 08:32AM
I'd like to see a bigger range of low stat items that newbies can get, and
the quests sound like a cool idea. I agree with Orca that theres lots of good
newbie stuff around atm that doesn't get used much because by the
time you can get it for yourself you can already rent better stuff, and
newbies just tend to use whatever higher levels discard. Also, hopefully
theres going to be more demand for a range of low-level gear when the
new system comes in. As for the value of a +1 stat item, if it had a bit of
ac as well, and was good value for the rent, it would probably be used.
Seems to me theres a big jump right now between really good low rent
ac gear and high level stat gear. When ac becomes more important, items
which offer good ac and a little stat bonus as well (for a bit of extra rent
of course) might be in demand?
Thursday, August 14, 06:51PM
When Paris was first implemented wasn't there some of that low
rent +1 and +2 stat eq that the lady in the theatre sold?
How come it has changed? If I remember right the WU Chen Ring
was like a 2 or 3 spirit ring item that would have been a great
item, but now its worthless... Just wondering why...