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  1. Insta-50

    So, are all characters going to be required to be created at 50? Or is it an option?
  2. New outfits so expensive!!!

    And would 4 times as many people buy it? No, maybe double at best. Further, what about the people who buy 1 outfit for their character, and never change? $5 costume is $5 in the bank, and that's all the costume money they get from them. Same as $20. So take the $20. But, if you believe you understand economics and marketing better than NCSoft, please apply to them. I'm sure you know more than a company that made a $520 million profit last year.
  3. New outfits so expensive!!!

    Eternal Spring is cute, and I'm wearing it right now. But no, it's basic economics. Let's say I can make a cheeseburger for 49 cents. If I sell it for 50 cents, 1 million people buy it. If I see it for a dollar, 50,000 people buy it. At 50 cents, I make $10,000 profit. If I sell it for a dollar, I make $25,500 profit. For 20 times less sales, I make almost double profit. These are things marketing people know. Trust me, if there's one thing video games know, it's the best way to make money.
  4. New outfits so expensive!!!

    OK, sure, they're above your price point. You know what you do? You don't buy them. You don't walk into Nordstrom and say "Your clothes are too expensive!" do you? They have marketing experts that chose the best price point to make the most profit. It's not like you need costumes to play the game.
  5. They created a stupid gear wall

    Yes, everything can be, no doubt about it. But for the most part, if you have somebody coming in with Pinnacle and True Ivorymoon, there's a pretty good chance that they haven't been playing long - maybe a week or two. They likely don't know the mechanics, don't know their class, and don't know their rotations. Granted, this is in general - there are likely plenty of exceptions, such as low AP people who've been that way for months, or high AP people who are whales. But you're more likely to find an experienced high AP player than you are an experienced low AP one. It was good before this patch when it was a straight progression. When you were true scorpio, you were pretty much known to know your class and most dungeons, hence the 650+ requirements for some of the mid-tier dungeons (like Sogun and Masts). 640 meant you were getting a good idea, 630 meant you had some work to do, etc. But now... there's too many idiots running around at 630.
  6. Every individual has their own definition of p2w. For some people, the only way for a game to be p2w is if BiS gear is available in the cash shop and not available in the game, and you cannot buy it in any other way than with your own credit card (aka, no currency exchange). For others, a game is p2w if the only thing on the cash shop are costumes and they're tradeable. Hell, some people call games p2w if you can trade gold between characters since gold sellers exist in every game that you can trade gold in. My definition of p2w is that there needs to be an item in the cash shop that is not reasonably attainable in game, but required for necessary for gear advancement. For instance, mysterious crystals in the cash shop are p2w. There is no reasonable way to attain them in game (sorry, the 1 drop out of every 200 runs of CS does not count as "reasonable"), yet they are required in bulk to merge together gems. Gems themselves are p2w at this point, since the only current way to obtain them in through Trove. The odds of having a good gem drop from Trove is only about 1/60, and the odds of those gems being available in 1 out of the 2 free slots is only 1/2. Yet they are required for all players to reach the upper AP levels (650+, 700+) often required to do dungeons outside of Yeti/Necro/Fang/HM/CS. While I do understand that trove keys/expansions can be bought with hongmoon coin, this coin is bought by somebody.
  7. It's impossible to gear up now!

    So, a few days ago I got my stage 6 legendary, which is around where I wanted it to be. I was going to work on upgrading my soul from stage 3 to stage 6, turn my 3 hexagonal amethysts into a heptagonal one, and run some MSP to get a 5-set legendary soul shield. It'd take a few weeks to do, but with my gradual crafting profits and casual daily challenge farming, I'd get it soon enough. But then... costumes! How am I supposed to gear up when all my money is going into Hongmoon coin for costumes? There are just too many cute ones to pass up on! :'( (PS - This isn't an entirely serious post. While I will be putting my progression on hold for a few weeks for the many cute costumes, I'm not in any way actually complaining. :p)
  8. Premium benefits during Trove event

    This technically is an issue they must resolve. When you purchase premium membership, you buy it to receive the rewards listed on As the extra spin and premium squares are listed, we are not receiving an item we paid for. If someone took this up to the BBB, they would probably have rights to a full refund. This happened back in Archeage when they said "Premium Members can own land~" but didn't supply enough server space so every premium member could have a spot. Either way, daily dash usually just gave me crap, so I don't care too much.
  9. Stats from 1 week in with 7 characters: 2 characters @ 27 chocolates 3 characters @ 17 chocolates 2 characters @ 7 chocolates So, if my odds are typical, the rate is about 1/7. A typical player therefore would end the 3-week cycle with 51 chocolates (21 days + 3 procs), plus about 5 from the daily dash, meaning a HM store purchase is required to get to 60. However, many of these involve no actual money, as you can currency exchange for the HM coin to buy the bundle and sell it on the AH to get your money back. For a single player, the basic probabilities: Never procing - 3.9% 1 proc (needs to buy all HM store items) - 13.7% 2 procs (needs to buy free HM store items) - 22.9% 3 procs (needs to buy some free HM store items) - 24.2% 4 procs (1 Amethyst) - 18.1% --- 7 procs (1 Amethyst + buy all HM store items) - 1.63% 8 procs (1 Amethyst + buy all free HM store items for a second) - 0.48% 9 procs (1 Amethyst + buy some free HM store items for a 2nd) - 0.11% 10 procs (2 Amethysts ) - 0.023% So your total odds of getting 2 Amethysts off 1 character is 2.25% (including the very tiny chances of procing more than 10 times). For lulz, you odds of getting 3 are 0.0000675%, or approximately 1 out of every 1.48 million characters.
  10. Violet Honey Cookies...

    Oh, the earthseer part is simple. They break apart soulstones with the frozen stingers to re-assemble them as paper. It's a rather big piece of paper, hence why they need 100 of each. Of course, paper comes from trees - not from rocks - but the earthseers have a lot of relations with demons (you see it all the time in the lore), so they learned of their evil ways of taking stone and changing it into lumber. The Jade Magnolia is simply a writing instrument. The Earthseers tend to be a bit demanding when they do their work, so unless they have the prettiest of flowers on top of their pens, they refuse to write it. Further, it has to be a FRESH flower. They then dip the Jade Magnolia in the Royal Dye to write the charm, which they give to the player. Unfortunately, Earthseers think far too highly of themselves, so they charge 3 times as much for their services, thinking "I'm so cute with my hat on my back~" If you REALLY want to know a confusing part about the earthseers, it's the banishing charm. Nobody really knows how with nothing but water (moonwater tear), a couple of bowls, and some clams, they are able to make a piece of paper and write on it. Considering you removed all grime and dirt away from the clams in the first place, there's nothing in there that even could formulate a dye! And that of course is ignoring how they take bowls and turn them into paper. I guess since they're made out of wood sap it's possible, but I'd think they'd just want the sap to begin with...
  11. Violet Honey Cookies...

    Hm, interesting. Seem to be an asianic vegetable from my google search, which makes sense. Regardless, they're definitely not honey! :o
  12. Violet Honey Cookies...

    Steroid upgrade your body, and they do all other sorts of terrible things to it! You need to know all about what you consume. :o
  13. Violet Honey Cookies...

    So, can somebody explain to me how these work? See, a cookie involves some sort of flour to form the substance, usually an egg to hold it together - some cookies can do this with just butter - and sugar to give it flavor. When you have a specialty cookie like a peanut butter cookie, that is an additional ingredient for flavoring, and the others are adjusted. So, we start off with a sweet potato. I'm not sure what a sweet potato has to do with any part of the cookie. First, it's not violet. Sweet potatoes are orange. Second, it's not honey. Honey is made from bees, and sweet potatoes come from the ground. My best guess is it's ground into some sort of unholy sweet potato flour - possibly ground on the soulstones. Then we have frozen stingers. First off, ew. Who in their right mind wants to eat animal ends? Not to mention, they're most likely still poisonous. After all, they're used in breakthroughs just like Viridian Poison was, so there's obviously some sort of toxic quality in them. But even if they weren't poisonous, stingers are incredibly hard. Maybe it's to add a bit of a crunchy factor to the cookie? I guess these are probably the flavor part of the cookies. And then we have soulstones. Maybe the soulstones are melted down at extreme heat that only the forgekeepers can produce and infused into the mixture of animal parts and sweet potatoes to make it into a single object. But soulstones are rocks. At room temperature, they're solid objects. Try and bite into one, and you'd break your teeth! Worst beyond that is what acquired taste requires to bake one of these things. 10 gold? But, what do you expect? When you have a cookie that's just begging for a food poisoning lawsuit, your insurance rates are going to be through the roof. At least the silver cauldron understands that their only use is to extract their orange color (a simple method using soulstones to break open the cookies and stingers to neutralize the evil coming out of them) - since they're clearly not violet - and refine it into a pretty dye using fish oil.
  14. The Impossible Amethyst

    How'd you get 38/character? It's a 21 day event.