I'm happy with the grind
If people are allowed to pay for a race change to make their character more competitive in pvp and pve based on racials why the hell would people care if I wanted to pay 30 bucks to get an XP boost for my alts. This would be a great feature and Blizzard would make millions.
I have 8 level 90's atm and every single profession at max across them. I like this idea, maybe it would be better if you first had to have at least 1 char at 90 before you were able to buy the xp boost.
It wouldn't change the game competitively so I would be all for it, but you would definitely see more and more people rolling and level capping alts because of it.
No, but I'd pay extra to play on a PVE server with only one faction and zero CRZ, ever. I'd pay $10/month extra for that.
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Paying for anything in wow that is not the monthly subscription is stupid
I think you should just work for your levels like always. it helps you learn you chacter better and you appricate it more
It wouldn't bother me if Blizzard decided to charge real money for a feature like this, or to simply sell max level characters. I'd consider buying one.
It would be better however if they simply sold an "Elixir of Experience" in game, either for gold or JP, or to upgrade the xp gain on heirloom gear.
Okay iam just gonna say what i think about it ect.
1) World of Warcraft and all its paid services, and the monthly fee is a really big moneymaker in it self.
2) If you start adding things like say, 300% XP boosts for 1 week or so.. How long till we can buy Honor, Justice, Valor or even Conquest Points?
its just gonna be another thing they can make money off.
But, i will say that i think that they should implement some other kind of system for dedicated players.
Like everytime you've paid ''x amount'' of subscriptions, (Maybe 3-6 months) you would get a 300% XP increase for a few days.
It is already in in a clunky form (RaF), but... No. The paid mount store, paid pet store (except the ones where 100% goes to charity), both should not exist in the first place, adding more things will only bring WoW closer to the brink of a cash shop game. It already is to some extent, but unless Blizzard removes the monthly fee, we should take a firm stance against this stuff, like was done with the cross-realm feature. As soon as you let ANY developer make you pay for additional stuff, that should already be available ingame anyways because you're paying both for the game and a subscription fee, they will slowly shift their focus towards these paid features and items, if they can get away with it.
If nobody had bought Sparklepony in Wrath, Blizzard would have spent the time creating cash shop mounts, instead making other stuff, yet they got away with it, so they regularly make cash shop mounts (they already made 4 completely unique mounts exclusive for cash shop, yet most mounts implemented share their skin with 3-4 other ones, skewing the production time spent by the "mount-making-team" more towards the paid mounts than you'd think)
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What it really comes down to is balance and players experience.
A couple of things to think about (some mentioned before).
WoW is a subscription based game. Blizzard makes it's money by subscription.
Other games that are Free2Play must still make money, thus they have real-money stores for in-game things/bonuses.
Blizzard has thus far been fairly decent about listening to the community and adjusting the game when something becomes a problem.
So lets add these together in a hypothetical situation.
Right now it takes a certain amount of XP to level. Most people who sit down for an hour or two and quest or dungeon can earn some XP and if they try, they can level their toon or 2 toons in a reasonable amount of time. Maybe not 8 or 10 without some "extra dedication" (aka spending a LOT of time), but levelling is ok for the 99 percent of the masses.
Whenever an expansion comes out or a rep grind is added, or whatever, Blizzard must balance it actually being something to work for, vs taking too long and being boring and super grindy. As it stands now, if a vast majority of players REALLY REALLY dislike something, Blizzard may decide to change it, or lessen the burden by speeding it up.
Lets say a rep grind or levels 92-95 take exceptionally long to level. In the past blizzard might decide to lower the XP or rep needed, or in the case of alts and dailies with this expansion, introduce the Grand Commendations to help your alts not have to grind.
Now lets add real-money XP boosts/Rep boosts.
How soon before the mentality of "Lets fix the issue and make our playerbase happy" becomes "Well they can just pay us more money and get the Boost."
You say "ok fine, I'll do that" and you also say "how does MY levelling faster in anyway change YOUR experience just because I level faster?"
My answer is........
Because when the mentality becomes "Too grindy? Just pay money for boosts", the REAL issues of super long grinds don't get fixed. Instead of adding a Grand Commendation or lowering a XP or Rep amount needed to do something so it's more in-line with what 99 percent of the playerbase can reasonably do, they just don't fix it and instead funnel you into paying more money.Thus if YOU don't ALSO pay real money for boosts, your game experience is degraded because I DID pay.
Paying for boosts is ok on free2play games.
Subscription based games should mean everything is obtainable fairly without more money coming into the mixture.
And THAT is why I won't ever support real money XP boosts.
In my opinion? A nice solution? If you have a max-level character, you can buy a commendation that boosts your XP gain on alts. Once the next expansion comes out, the XP boost ends until you have one character back up to max level again.
This means people are seeing the content at normal pace and experiencing the game.
This means people can level alts easier and not get burned out running through the same zones all the time.
This means people CHOOSE to get the commendation, or not if they want to level normally (like with a friend so you don't outpace them) This will encourage people playing more together!
This means that REAL issues with super long grinds get fixed.
This means that we don't get penalized just because we couldn't get mom/dad/wife/bankaccount to give up extra cash.
Last edited by S31Ender; 2013-03-11 at 02:45 AM.
I would say it's ok so long as it disappears for the first six months of an expansion. I would totally love to level all my alts, but doing the 85-90 grind on my last two alts is already something im not that interested in nevermind 1-90 on other classes I would be interested in(im a dk main so no 55 start for them :P). I would love to have a warlock, druid, monk and shaman personally. That way I have all the cloth dps classes and all the tanks as level 90s. I am strangely against a lot of pay for services but this isnt one im against. It has NO impact on any ones game experience if it launched tomorrow.
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To the poster above me I love your solution. +100 for you.
Last edited by valliant13; 2013-03-11 at 02:51 AM.
This feature should NOT be available right away in WoW however.
Pay to win would be buying powerful gear. While everyone is struggling against RNG, the rich players simply buy their armor and weapons instead of praying to the RNG gods every week.
Also... it IS a bad thing if people cant hit the cap. Level cap has all the new patch content. If people don't get there, patches offer little to nothing for them leading to boredom... leading to unsubbing... leading to less $$$. What kind of business would go "Hmm...naw you're too stupid to play our game. You'll have to leave."? None.
If they remove the sub fee, sure.
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