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  1. Prezzer says:

    For a brief, shining moment there I thought you were going to say a mission-creating editor was coming to EQII! Ah well, one day the true online D&D dream will live… 🙂

  2. stargrace says:

    It is a start!

  3. Lars says:

    I love the idea of the books. It’s a great way to leverage the online community – one of the reasons I love EQ2 is that there are so many non-combat things to in the world.

    I have to disagree with you about Research Assistants though. I think it would be a great system; I actually think real time based advancement is a good mechanic, not as a replacement for questing and so on, but as something that augments it. This system (and I’m referring to it generically because in the future they will be adding trainers for other things like harvesting skills, weapon skills, defense, etc.) is especially useful for skilling up an alt that may have fallen behind (the assistants help one character per account). So I can have the assistants work on improving an alt while I focus on my main (which is more likely to be desired).

    And if I wanted to train my main, I’d most likely be going after masters, and since those are expected to take in excess of a month, if I set my assistants to work on that, they would in essence act as a sort of reward for subscribing; people who pop in for a month here and there wouldn’t be able to benefit from them.

    Certainly, there needs to be balance – EQ2 would certainly not work as a game if the majority of its skills and spells were obtained in real time a la Eve Online. But there’s definitely a place for a little real-time-advancement in my mind.

  4. Seamus says:

    Prezzer its called NWN, and there are persistent worlds for it.

    I have to disagree with you on the assistants. For one thing its been stated that end game Masters will take at least a month to research and you can only work on one per account. So no, Masters won’t be flooding the game. This goes for low levels as well, leveling is so fast that it’s not going to worth ‘researching’ many Masters or even Adept III’s.

    When I was more active, just re-upped, there were classes that simply could not obtain their class defining Masters even if they were willing to pay hundreds of plat. I’m thinking of pet classes in particular.

    As for the bar set for grouping, that has already been set as you pointed out. Making a maximum of one Master a month available to one toon isn’t going to change this behavior which is common to all MMO’s. This behavior is due to the nature of MMO’s which is primarily about constantly obtaining new superior gear.

  1. April 23, 2009

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