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I have no problem with people not enjoying Cryptic's vision of the D&D system or its implementation, but you can't make a statement like saying it's "pay to win" without some kind of further statement to support it. I've been playing steadily for weeks and haven't seen anything that tells me I need to pay money to have a good time with the game.
I was an early founder and agree... the faction system will make for a drastic improvement to the game. As it is, I have a good time hopping into a few matches each week, but there's nothing to hold my interest for the long term. I'm looking forward to representing House Kurita in the future though. ^_^
Everyone has there own playstyle, and preference when it comes to the games they play, it's true. Personally, I've never let what other players have affect my enjoyment of a game. I haven't bought anything off the auction house except for lockbox keys every so often and otherwise only use astral diamonds to buy stacks of Identify scrolls and change the appearance of my character's armor.
It's true, I have the Hero of the North founder pack, but I also run one of my characters without having claimed any of those items on.
I don't think the game is pay to win at all. No one has triple XP potions or the like. And I have yet to have any trouble getting through dungeons with just the equipment I've found on my own, or purchased with Lion seals, Manticore seals, etc.
In the end, it's important to remember that companies have to make a profit as well. Despite what people would like to think, nobody is making any of this content available just out of the goodness of their heart and unless this current model of Zen/Astral Diamonds proves unprofitable, I wouldn't expect to see it change. It's true the conversion rate is high right now, but once Founder packs are no longer being sold, this will even out quickly.
All that said, I realize not everyone is going to share my opinion and I do appreciate the comments. ^_^
Let me know how that goes, Urden! I keep telling myself I'm going to do just that, but I get so wrapped up in running dungeons and leveling my Control Wizard, that I still haven't taken the time to check out those tools. ^_^
Welcome back! Good to see these coming back. I missed them! ^_^
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