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12-17-2009 @ 9:39AM
On the face of it, I like the idea of more BoA items.As to some problems (nicely summarized above by Sleutel):1.) You'll end up with massively overgeared and massively underexperienced max-level characters.Very true. This is not a gear problem, though. Rather, it is an experience problem. Currently, many tend to roughly correlate gear level to experience. If someone is well-geared, they likely know what they're doing. Two issues w/ this: First, higher level gear is easier than ever to obtain, so this correlation is weaker than in the past. Second, many people have multiple alts gearing up, so that blue-geared mage may have an expert at the helm. The solution lies in achievements. If we want to ensure our party-makeup is capable, we should check if they've experienced this content before, not whether they have all epics, given this easy-mode gear we're getting. For instance, if a well-geared toon does not have the Northrend Dungeon Master achievement and is decked out in purples, we might raise some eyebrows. This is true whether or not this BoA stuff flies. Anyone out there developing or know of an add-on to help gauge the achievements/experience of a toon like GearScore does (quickly and easily) for gear? Please?2.) People who can use an item for the character who killed the boss that dropped it could lose the roll to someone whose alt needs it.This, too, is a danger, but this is what greed is for. You will not lose out on a DE mat or item you would have had b/c the person greeding for their alt would have to beat your greed role. This would hold no matter whether they were giving the item to their alt or were just going to vendor it. Of course, I'm assuming ppl would greed for items for their alts. That is not without justification, though: People commonly greed for off-spec items and I would think items for alts would go down the same path. Obviously, we would still have to deal w/ those same jackholes that need on everything they might possibly use, but we have those now.3.) Almost nothing will get DE'd. Chant mat prices will skyrocket.Yeah, I agree here. Fewer DEs, fewer mats and higher prices. This might be mitigated by the increase in heroics ppl are running, thus a higher incidence of whatever items are DEd. But I imagine that in the end, mat prices would increase overall. My opinion is that this issue is outweighed by the convenience and versatility of many more BoA items.Overall, I think increasing the number and types of BoA items is a fantastic idea. Many of the items on the list are close to BoA already; you can send gold, many pets and BoE items to any alt in the same faction/realm. For cross-faction alts, you can still transfer items and gold via the neutral AH (maybe w/ a little help from your friends). Changing gold and BoE items to BoA items seems like a step that would make a current capability just a bit more convenient. If Blizz does seek to make it more convenient to play other characters, this idea would certainly go a long way towards making those characters viable sooner.One issue Blizz will need to deal with is ensuring some items remain within the account while allowing other items to be sold or given to non-account characters while also being shareable amongst all in-account characters. Currently, BoA items cannot be sold. The solution that immediately comes to my mind is that all BoE and non-binding items would gain the BoA ability rather than BoE being replaced by BoA. Thus, you could either sell that BoE item or send it to your horde char. Adding BoA to soulbound items would, obviously, also allow hand-me-down items (tier and otherwise) and item sharing amongst similar toons of the same level. Essentially, Blizz would add BoA capability to items, both soulbound and BoE, rather than replacing the current capability.In addition, I am quite in favor of being able to share all currencies amongst in-account toons. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest that all currencies have the same liquidity as gold, but I can see where Blizz doesn't want to change emblems into a commodity.
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