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  Shadanwolf

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Joined: 6/13/10
Posts: 1872

 
OP  1/29/11 1:22:03 PM#1

I have been putting some time into the game to see what it's all about.One element in the game is called TRIBUTE.There are a LOT of items that can be bougnt with TRIBUTE...a lot.Is tribute only available if you buy it with real money ?

 

(this would be far less of an issue if this were  a pve only game but its now a pve/faction conflict game with winners and loosers)

  dsmart

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Joined: 3/25/10
Posts: 201

1/30/11 9:22:25 AM#2

Well, uhm, yes, Tribute is the in-game currency. Please read this.

Game developers are just human beings who happen to make games for a living.
If you want to hold us up to higher standards of conduct, then go ahead
...but don't be surprised if we don't uphold them.

  Shadanwolf

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OP  1/30/11 10:05:38 AM#3
Originally posted by dsmart

Well, uhm, yes, Tribute is the in-game currency. Please read this.

You may want to consider another wrinkle in your pay to play program.A subscription option  that has all the features of your current 30-50 program PLUS x ammout of tribute credited to an account every month the subscription is active.

 

Faction conflict will bring out competative people(like me).I don't like being nickle and dimed to death buying tribute.I won't play a game that doesn't offer "fair" competition.If a games worth it I'll pay a subscription fee and not have to think about paying for this and that item.(BTW..this is the last free advice.Future advice will cost you.Yes I have an account in the game)

  rhinok

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Joined: 2/01/07
Posts: 1813

1/30/11 12:45:15 PM#4

In general, I really don't understand what your issue is with Tribute.  It's an F2P game and that's the RMT currency.

That being said, I personally have some issues with how the Tribute market has been implemented.  Specifically, my issues are:

  • F2p? - Alganon is marketed as a F2P, but you need to pay real money to unlock levels 31 - 50.  I agree with many players and Derek Smart that if you've played the game up to level 30, you've obviously enjoyed it and should throw the developer some coin.  I don't have any problems with that.  My issue is more a matter of semantics and perception.  If you say the "game" is free, then the game--including all levels, quests and content--should be free, IMO.  Unfortunately, there's no standard for F2P game definitions, so it's up to each developer to create their own. I'd rather see the entire game be free and have the option to spend money on other things that are for the sake of aesthetics or convenience.  This is more of a quibble, really, since I enjoy the game enough that I would pay to unlock those levels. That being said, I believe potential players will balk at even trying the game if they know they have to pay--even such a nominal amount--in order to unlock almost half the levels... erception's a bitch...
  • Pay-to-Win - I compared a level 30 tribute set of gear to the best in-game gear I'd found and equipped.  The Tribute Gear gave a very clear advantage in HP, Defense and Attack power. That concerns me.
~Ripper
  King_Kumquat

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1/30/11 12:48:16 PM#5
Originally posted by rhinok

In general, I really don't understand what your issue is with Tribute.  It's an F2P game and that's the RMT currency.

That being said, I personally have some issues with how the Tribute market has been implemented.  Specifically, my issues are:

  • Alganon is marketed as a F2P, but you need to pay real money to unlock levels 31 - 50.  I agree with many players and Derek Smart that if you've played the game up to level 30, you've obviously enjoyed it and should throw the developer some coin.  I don't have any problems with that.  My issue is more a matter of semantics and perception.  If you say the "game" is free, then the game--including all levels, quests and content--should be free, IMO.  Unfortunately, there's no standard for F2P game definitions, so it's up to each developer to create their own. I'd rather see the entire game be free and have the option to spend money on other things that are for the sake of aesthetics or convenience.  This is more of a quibble, really, since I enjoy the game enough that I would pay to unlock those levels.
  • Pay-to-Win - I compared a level 30 tribute set of gear to the best in-game gear I'd found and equipped.  The Tribute Gear gave a very clear advantage in HP, Defense and Attack power. That concerns me.
~Ripper

There is a standard.

Free to play only got coined for games that never had box releases or were pay to play software rights. The free contends with the software. All free to play games are free to download, free to make an account, and free to access. 

Their shops are tagged on to make a profit. That's all it's ever meant. 

That's what the term means.

Don't confuse it.


Will develop an original MMORPG title for money.

  rhinok

Novice Member

Joined: 2/01/07
Posts: 1813

1/30/11 12:55:03 PM#6
Originally posted by King_Kumquat

There is a standard.

Free to play only got coined for games that never had box releases or were pay to play software rights. The free contends with the software. All free to play games are free to download, free to make an account, and free to access. 

Their shops are tagged on to make a profit. That's all it's ever meant. 

That's what the term means.

Don't confuse it.

There needs to be a standard of what is actually "included" for free.  Yes, I understand the basic definition, but so many games have implemented their version of "free" differently that there needs to be a standard.  That being said, it's more of a general topic for the pub, not specifically this thread or game.

~Ripper

  dsmart

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Joined: 3/25/10
Posts: 201

1/30/11 12:59:15 PM#7
Originally posted by King_Kumquat
Originally posted by rhinok

In general, I really don't understand what your issue is with Tribute.  It's an F2P game and that's the RMT currency.

That being said, I personally have some issues with how the Tribute market has been implemented.  Specifically, my issues are:

  • Alganon is marketed as a F2P, but you need to pay real money to unlock levels 31 - 50.  I agree with many players and Derek Smart that if you've played the game up to level 30, you've obviously enjoyed it and should throw the developer some coin.  I don't have any problems with that.  My issue is more a matter of semantics and perception.  If you say the "game" is free, then the game--including all levels, quests and content--should be free, IMO.  Unfortunately, there's no standard for F2P game definitions, so it's up to each developer to create their own. I'd rather see the entire game be free and have the option to spend money on other things that are for the sake of aesthetics or convenience.  This is more of a quibble, really, since I enjoy the game enough that I would pay to unlock those levels.
  • Pay-to-Win - I compared a level 30 tribute set of gear to the best in-game gear I'd found and equipped.  The Tribute Gear gave a very clear advantage in HP, Defense and Attack power. That concerns me.
~Ripper

There is a standard.

Free to play only got coined for games that never had box releases or were pay to play software rights. The free contends with the software. All free to play games are free to download, free to make an account, and free to access. 

Their shops are tagged on to make a profit. That's all it's ever meant. 

That's what the term means.

Don't confuse it.

Exactly.

Which is why when people post stuff such as that which you replied to, I just do an eye roll and move along.

Game developers are just human beings who happen to make games for a living.
If you want to hold us up to higher standards of conduct, then go ahead
...but don't be surprised if we don't uphold them.

  dsmart

Novice Member

Joined: 3/25/10
Posts: 201

1/30/11 1:01:29 PM#8
Originally posted by rhinok
Originally posted by King_Kumquat

There is a standard.

Free to play only got coined for games that never had box releases or were pay to play software rights. The free contends with the software. All free to play games are free to download, free to make an account, and free to access. 

Their shops are tagged on to make a profit. That's all it's ever meant. 

That's what the term means.

Don't confuse it.

There needs to be a standard of what is actually "included" for free.  Yes, I understand the basic definition, but so many games have implemented their version of "free" differently that there needs to be a standard.  That being said, it's more of a general topic for the pub, not specifically this thread or game.

~Ripper

No, there doesn't need to be a standard on how you monetize a game. Every company has a different method of monetising their game based on that game alone. So no two games (or companies) are ever going to be able to conform to some arbitrary "standard".

And with all F2P games, you know exactly what you're getting for "free". If you're not paying for it, then its free. Where is the confusion exactly?

Game developers are just human beings who happen to make games for a living.
If you want to hold us up to higher standards of conduct, then go ahead
...but don't be surprised if we don't uphold them.

  rhinok

Novice Member

Joined: 2/01/07
Posts: 1813

1/30/11 5:31:20 PM#9
Originally posted by dsmart
Originally posted by rhinok
Originally posted by King_Kumquat

There is a standard.

Free to play only got coined for games that never had box releases or were pay to play software rights. The free contends with the software. All free to play games are free to download, free to make an account, and free to access. 

Their shops are tagged on to make a profit. That's all it's ever meant. 

That's what the term means.

Don't confuse it.

There needs to be a standard of what is actually "included" for free.  Yes, I understand the basic definition, but so many games have implemented their version of "free" differently that there needs to be a standard.  That being said, it's more of a general topic for the pub, not specifically this thread or game.

~Ripper

No, there doesn't need to be a standard on how you monetize a game. Every company has a different method of monetising their game based on that game alone. So no two games (or companies) are ever going to be able to conform to some arbitrary "standard".

And with all F2P games, you know exactly what you're getting for "free". If you're not paying for it, then its free. Where is the confusion exactly?

Generally speaking, I agree with you and I agree with the basic tenets of King_Kumquat's post.. You and other developers and/or publishers are free to monetize your games however you see fit.  It's not about defining what can be monetized. It's about defining how a game is marketed. The question many players ask is what one truly gets to play for free? As I said before, this isn't so much an argument about Alganon as it is with "F2P" games, in general. 

Is it simply that one could download the client, create an account and access the world for free?.  I wouldn't really say that defines a free to play "game".  I would say that defines free software and world access.  So, after the software has been downloaded and installed, after the account has been created and the player has logged into the game world, what does one get to play for free?  It's different for every game.  In some games, it's only X levels, in others it's certain zones, in others it's everything, but it's egregiously hard without cash shop items. 

Yes, in all of them one can actually "play" for free, but the "game" itself may not be truly free.  It's kind of like Scrabble boards and tiles being free, but players only being allowed to use 4 letter words or less and being unable to capitalize on the extra point squares unless they pay for them.  Yes, it's free to play, forever, but what one is able to play and enjoy is greatly diminished. Therein lies the semantic difficulty many players have with games marketed as F2P and why I would like to see some sort of standard of "what one gets to play for free" as part of that marketing.  

P2P is more obviously defined.  In order to play at all, one has to buy something, whether it's the client (Guild Wars), a subscription or both.

Don't get me wrong.  I like Alganon and I think it's worth paying for.  I'm also not personally bothered by the free player level cap.  Lastly, I'm not one of those "I deserve to play everything for free" players.  I simply think that there's a large number of potential players that will take one look at the cap and immediately dismiss the game.  As I've posted here, and elsewhere, my personal vision of of what defines a game as truly F2P are:

  • Client - the cilent needs to be free
  • Game - players should be able to access all levels, zones and quests for free. In other words, "content".
  • No pay-to-win sales - in a competitive game, free players should be able to compete evenly with paying players. If items are sold that would give a competitive advantage, then there should be comparable in-game items accessible through time investment (questing, crafting, etc..). Otherwise, the advantageous items should be disabled during competition.

Please note, the above definition doesn't standardize how a "F2P game" is monetized. It simply defines what's free in order to label a game as F2P. Ultimately, the  standards are really intended to standardize how a game is marketed, not monetized.  A developer wants to charge for zone access, levels and ability to use certain in-game "elite" gear and powers (as a general example, not specific to any one game)?  Go for it, just don't call your game "free".  It's free to download, free to access and offers limited free to play with the option to unlock additional content for a fee. So, "Limited F2P"? I can see breaking "F2P" out into two categories:

  1. Completely F2P - meets the standards above
  2. Limited F2P - meets some of the standards . One can play something for free, forever,  but not necessarily the entire game
In the case of Alganon, a game I've enjoyed, I would consider it to be limited F2P. That label doesn't detract from my enjoyment, nor does it change the revenue model. It simply clarifies--at a high level--what should be reasonably expected by a consumer in terms of content vs. cost.

 

Nobody has to agree with me and I'm okay with that. I don't take offense to it. At the end of the day, it's not my game. It's yours and it's your decision how to monetize it and I respect that.

That being said, irrespective of the semantic argument about what constitutes F2P, in general, I feel my concerns about possible pay-to-win gear --for Alganon specifically--are warranted. The pay-to-win situation really seems to be the crux of what the OP is asking. Will a tribute purchase decide the outcome of a PvP battle between two equal level characters, assuming classes are balanced? Absolutely?  No.  With high probability? I think so.  Is there in-game gear, available at the same levels, comparable to the tribute gear?  Is it simply a matter of time invested  in finding, buying, crafting or earning the gear vs. simply paying for it?  I don' t know.  If so, I'm okay with it.  if not, I take issue with it, as will many other gamers.

~Ripper

  Caskio

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1/30/11 7:17:27 PM#10
Originally posted by rhinok
 

Generally speaking, I agree with you and I agree with the basic tenets of King_Kumquat's post.. You and other developers and/or publishers are free to monetize your games however you see fit.  It's not about defining what can be monetized. It's about defining how a game is marketed. The question many players ask is what one truly gets to play for free? As I said before, this isn't so much an argument about Alganon as it is with "F2P" games, in general. 

Is it simply that one could download the client, create an account and access the world for free?.  I wouldn't really say that defines a free to play "game".  I would say that defines free software and world access.  So, after the software has been downloaded and installed, after the account has been created and the player has logged into the game world, what does one get to play for free?  It's different for every game.  In some games, it's only X levels, in others it's certain zones, in others it's everything, but it's egregiously hard without cash shop items. 

Yes, in all of them one can actually "play" for free, but the "game" itself may not be truly free.  It's kind of like Scrabble boards and tiles being free, but players only being allowed to use 4 letter words or less and being unable to capitalize on the extra point squares unless they pay for them.  Yes, it's free to play, forever, but what one is able to play and enjoy is greatly diminished. Therein lies the semantic difficulty many players have with games marketed as F2P and why I would like to see some sort of standard of "what one gets to play for free" as part of that marketing.  

P2P is more obviously defined.  In order to play at all, one has to buy something, whether it's the client (Guild Wars), a subscription or both.

Don't get me wrong.  I like Alganon and I think it's worth paying for.  I'm also not personally bothered by the free player level cap.  Lastly, I'm not one of those "I deserve to play everything for free" players.  I simply think that there's a large number of potential players that will take one look at the cap and immediately dismiss the game.  As I've posted here, and elsewhere, my personal vision of of what defines a game as truly F2P are:

  • Client - the cilent needs to be free
  • Game - players should be able to access all levels, zones and quests for free. In other words, "content".
  • No pay-to-win sales - in a competitive game, free players should be able to compete evenly with paying players. If items are sold that would give a competitive advantage, then there should be comparable in-game items accessible through time investment (questing, crafting, etc..). Otherwise, the advantageous items should be disabled during competition.

Please note, the above definition doesn't standardize how a "F2P game" is monetized. It simply defines what's free in order to label a game as F2P. Ultimately, the  standards are really intended to standardize how a game is marketed, not monetized.  A developer wants to charge for zone access, levels and ability to use certain in-game "elite" gear and powers (as a general example, not specific to any one game)?  Go for it, just don't call your game "free".  It's free to download, free to access and offers limited free to play with the option to unlock additional content for a fee. So, "Limited F2P"? I can see breaking "F2P" out into two categories:

  1. Completely F2P - meets the standards above
  2. Limited F2P - meets some of the standards . One can play something for free, forever,  but not necessarily the entire game
In the case of Alganon, a game I've enjoyed, I would consider it to be limited F2P. That label doesn't detract from my enjoyment, nor does it change the revenue model. It simply clarifies--at a high level--what should be reasonably expected by a consumer in terms of content vs. cost.

 

Nobody has to agree with me and I'm okay with that. I don't take offense to it. At the end of the day, it's not my game. It's yours and it's your decision how to monetize it and I respect that.

That being said, irrespective of the semantic argument about what constitutes F2P, in general, I feel my concerns about possible pay-to-win gear --for Alganon specifically--are warranted. The pay-to-win situation really seems to be the crux of what the OP is asking. Will a tribute purchase decide the outcome of a PvP battle between two equal level characters, assuming classes are balanced? Absolutely?  No.  With high probability? I think so.  Is there in-game gear, available at the same levels, comparable to the tribute gear?  Is it simply a matter of time invested  in finding, buying, crafting or earning the gear vs. simply paying for it?  I don' t know.  If so, I'm okay with it.  if not, I take issue with it, as will many other gamers.

~Ripper

But companies cannot state Limited F2P.  That has a negative conitivitiy.

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  User Deleted
1/31/11 2:00:06 AM#11

To be honest...

I was in the beta, it was fun, obviously a bit cloney, but new enough to be pretty entertaining. It ran well, seemed stable, I liked combat/questing and the graphics overall (Especially the "bad" side terrain/starter zone/npcs)

...what happened?

  Dethnoble

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1/31/11 7:54:52 AM#12

Well...

People perceived it as being nothing more than a WoW clone.  Too most, it was a cheaper, more buggy version of WoW without all the classes or races.  Which, in many ways was very true.  Why would people pay to play a cheaper version of WoW at basically the same price?

Unfortunately, that perception still sticks today, and it is one of the primary reasons why the game will never really reach any significant numbers or playerbase.   Furthermore, the tribute system is very much a huge advantage over players who choose not to use it.  This is not helping either. =/

splat

  AnonymousMe

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1/31/11 9:10:20 AM#13

Have they managed to set a record and have more than 10 people on at any one time yet? lol

  FrodoFragins

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1/31/11 1:59:14 PM#14

From my point of view:

 

If you have to spend money to reach the max level, then it's just a trial. 

 

If you don't have to spend any money to reach max level then it is F2P

 

If you have to buy items from a shop to be competitive in end game content then its P2W (Pay to Win)

 

That makes Alganon an extended trial.  That's neither good nor bad.

  rhinok

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1/31/11 5:18:57 PM#15
Originally posted by FrodoFragins

From my point of view:

 

If you have to spend money to reach the max level, then it's just a trial. 

 

If you don't have to spend any money to reach max level then it is F2P

 

If you have to buy items from a shop to be competitive in end game content then its P2W (Pay to Win)

 

That makes Alganon an extended trial.  That's neither good nor bad.

Exactly.   The client is free, one can connect for free and can play for free.  Is the entire game free?  No.  Yes, you can play part of the game for free, but not the whole game. As such, the game isn't free. Yes, Alganon is a hell of a bargain.  More so that many other "F2P" games.  But it's not entirely free. Therein lies the confusion.  What does "F2P" mean?  Does it simply mean you can play something for free or does it mean the entire game can be played for free.  In the case of  a game like Wizard101, you can play free forever, but you're so severely limited I can't understand how it could possibly be classified as F2P. It wasn't even originally marketed as one - it was marketed  as having an unlimited free trial..  In the case of Alganon, "most" of the game can be played for free and the rest for a nominal fee. It's more free, by far, than Wizard101, but it's still not totally free. 

That's not a commentary on Alganon's revenue model, but merely how it's represented and categorized.  The same could be said for many other F2P games.  While I would personally change some aspects of Alganon's revenue model and have concerns over the pay-to-win factor, it ain't my game.  I can express dissatisfaction or concerns, but it's not my place to tell them how to run their business.  That's why I clarified my points about marketing vs. monetization in my wall o' text.  I'm not trying to tell Mr. Smart how to run Alganon.  I simply want to see standards that define how a game like Alganon can be marketed.

~Ripper

  Shadanwolf

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OP  2/02/11 1:41:42 PM#16
I have been digging into what costs real money in this game and found another significant cost.PVP which is now a central focus of the game, can cost you real money.Your PVP gear breaks with pvp use and the ONLY way to repair the pvp gear is.......REAL MONEY (tribute).I can't think of an idea that makes me run..not walk away from this game.
  rhinok

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2/02/11 3:41:24 PM#17
Originally posted by Shadanwolf
I have been digging into what costs real money in this game and found another significant cost.PVP which is now a central focus of the game, can cost you real money.Your PVP gear breaks with pvp use and the ONLY way to repair the pvp gear is.......REAL MONEY (tribute).I can't think of an idea that makes me run..not walk away from this game.

What do you mean your "PvP" gear.  How is gear different for PvE vs. PvP?  I stopped playing just before PvP was introduced, but at that time you could repair gear for in-game currency at various NPCs.  Is that no longer the case?

If you truly could only repair gear via Tribute, then I would take exception to that, especially since gear damage is a natural consequence of combat, even PvE, in the game.  It would be good to know for sure.

~Ripper

/*Edit*/

just checked the Tribute Market.  I didn't realize PVP Gear was added to the market. If so, it makes sense that you could only maintain real money gear with real  money.  I still don't know if that's truly the case, so it would be nice to get clarification.

That being said, the idea that one can purchase PvP gear that auto-scales to your level is bothersome. I just compared the Ranger Gear in the Tribute Market (http://www.myalganon.com/tribute/index/items#PvPGear), which is available to use at Level 20 , to the gear I have equipped on my Level 30 character.  Holy Schnikes!  The Tribute gear is substantially better stat-wise. Not to mention the accessories, which are available at level 10, are better than what I have at level 30 (the cloak, in particular).  If I were to go up against a same level character who had all of the PvP gear, he would have a very significant statistical advantage in HP and Attack power.  Such a difference that it really does seem like Alganon's PVP is pay-to-win.

I've been tooting the pay-to-win horn, based on on that analaysis spreadsheet, since before PvP was introduced and I've never seen any official feedback on it. Now, it appears that the Tribute market has only introduced even more pay-to-win items with the inclusion of PvP.  That's very disconcerting...

 

  dsmart

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2/02/11 8:24:53 PM#18

I don't know if those comparison claims are even true, but I will investigate further because if that's how it is, then I don't like it. And if I don't like it, then something will most definitely be done to sort that out.

Game developers are just human beings who happen to make games for a living.
If you want to hold us up to higher standards of conduct, then go ahead
...but don't be surprised if we don't uphold them.

  rhinok

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2/03/11 9:02:50 AM#19
Originally posted by dsmart

I don't know if those comparison claims are even true, but I will investigate further because if that's how it is, then I don't like it. And if I don't like it, then something will most definitely be done to sort that out.

Thank you very much for looking into it, Derek.  My level 30 Ranger's name is Zaxxon and all gear I have on the spreadsheet I linked is what I had equipped when I last played the game.  His profile and equipped gear can be found here.

My gear comparison was taken directly from the Tribute Market page for the Ranger Full Gear Set - Level 30 and my subsequent comparisons were against the Tribute Market PvP gear.

In my case, all of my gear was the best I could find, be rewarded, craft or buy through the auction house. It's possible I might have been able to upgrade a piece or two through crafting (I honestly can't remember which pieces, nor if they would have made any significant difference) had I not had to rely on pieces from other crafter that I couldn't obtain.

Also, in my entire time playing, I never had the opportunity to run any instances due to there not being enough players online, especially in my level range.  As such, I have no idea what rewards may have been offered, if any.

If Alganon was solely a PvE game I truly wouldn't care if the Tribute gear were better.  Since PvP is a major component now, it's a concern. I don't mind a time vs. $ revenue model (I also don't mind paying, btw), so if you find that one could obtain comparable gear in-game--for the same level player--that would be fantastic.  Unfortunately, I was unable to do so through my normal playing. Please note, the Tribute Market also offers the opportunity to purchase Epic gear.

~Ripper

  dsmart

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2/03/11 11:12:36 AM#20
Originally posted by rhinok
Originally posted by dsmart

I don't know if those comparison claims are even true, but I will investigate further because if that's how it is, then I don't like it. And if I don't like it, then something will most definitely be done to sort that out.

Thank you very much for looking into it, Derek.  My level 30 Ranger's name is Zaxxon and all gear I have on the spreadsheet I linked is what I had equipped when I last played the game.  His profile and equipped gear can be found here.

My gear comparison was taken directly from the Tribute Market page for the Ranger Full Gear Set - Level 30 and my subsequent comparisons were against the Tribute Market PvP gear.

In my case, all of my gear was the best I could find, be rewarded, craft or buy through the auction house. It's possible I might have been able to upgrade a piece or two through crafting (I honestly can't remember which pieces, nor if they would have made any significant difference) had I not had to rely on pieces from other crafter that I couldn't obtain.

Also, in my entire time playing, I never had the opportunity to run any instances due to there not being enough players online, especially in my level range.  As such, I have no idea what rewards may have been offered, if any.

If Alganon was solely a PvE game I truly wouldn't care if the Tribute gear were better.  Since PvP is a major component now, it's a concern. I don't mind a time vs. $ revenue model (I also don't mind paying, btw), so if you find that one could obtain comparable gear in-game--for the same level player--that would be fantastic.  Unfortunately, I was unable to do so through my normal playing. Please note, the Tribute Market also offers the opportunity to purchase Epic gear.

~Ripper

Those are valid concerns and I fully understand. I've asked one of the guys to get in touch with you and hopefully it is something that was either overlooked or works as intended - in which case would need to be better explained.

Also, as to your previous. I got this response back

"That is true, but he's kind of overlooking that fact that the level 30 tribute gear set is meant to last someone until 40 (when the next gear set is available via tribute) so it will seem "OP" compared to gear that you got leveling up if you compare the stats for both RIGHT at 30, but as that character that was leveling up gets more towards level 40 the stats "should" line up a little bit more."

Also

"We need to do a better job of explaining that in the TMS.  That gear scales from level 10-50, but it's the Level 50 attributes shown on the page.  So the guy sees it has a requirement of level 10 with level 50 attributes and says O.O"

Game developers are just human beings who happen to make games for a living.
If you want to hold us up to higher standards of conduct, then go ahead
...but don't be surprised if we don't uphold them.

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