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12/01/11 12:08:53 PM#101
Originally posted by Diovidius
Two points regarding this:
1. It will cost Karma, which is a somewhat precious resource. Some people talk about how cheap they expect this to be Karma-wise, but that doesn't make sense since they are SELLING IT FOR REAL MONEY. Hence it the cost of Karma has to be a bit pricey so that buying it for real money actually makes sense. To say nothing of the fact that we don't know if this will be in the final game or not (obviously they can't have a pay-system in the alpha or beta, so for testing purposes it has to be obtainable within the game. They've have explicitly not promised it will be available for Karam in the final game, merely that they hope to allow it.
2. Even if it was only through in-game resources, it is a bad system. Merging two pieces of gear together means acquiring various appearances, if you like that, is a grindy experience. You have to grind out stat gear for each appearance you want, and then go and do whatever is required for the appearance itself. As opposed to just getting the stat gear once and then being able to switch between any appearance you've already obtained freely. This makes maintaining multiple functional appearances a real chore.
Obviously what bothers me most is point 2. This IS a horrible system to modify appearance. Two better systems that still allow a revenue stream:
A. An appearance tab. Buying a stone and using it on an item either turns that item into an appearance item which can be placed in the tab, or better yet makes an appearance-tab-ready copy of the item allowing you to keep the original. Both could still be dyed freely.
B. Appearance for each slot can be changed by a drop-down or other menu. You unlock options by using an stone on an item. You can unlock the appearance of an item multiple times for the purpose of having different dye schemes available.
B is best of course, since it would require no inventory space. It's also a system that people who want to collect multiple appearances would quite happily use again and again.