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10-03-2011 @ 3:06PM
The PTR economy makes me mad because people often actively make it harder to properly test things because they're too busy caring about some meaningless temporary amount of gold.
10-03-2011 @ 3:29PM
It's also gotten to the point where you almost HAVE to pool all your gold, just in case someone decides that they're going to be king/queen of the PTR by cornering some market. Sometimes I wonder if Blizzard is just going to have to stock gems/enchants/glyphs/etc on the vendors to keep people from being stupid about it - or if Pandora's already opened the box too far to recover.
10-03-2011 @ 3:31PM
Something about this topic reminds me of the Pale Blue Dot."The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves."
10-03-2011 @ 4:48PM
@TheDewd: A few PTRs ago, I don't remember when exactly (maybe it was 3.3? 3.3.5?), there were vendors in the Inscription trainer's shop in Dalaran where you could buy glyphs from vendors representing each class. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure it was 3.3's PTR because you could also buy Battered Hilts from them for like a copper, in order to test the Quel'Delar chain.I've often wondered why the hell they don't do that for every PTR. I mean, they give Enchanting and Jewelcrafting to every premade for a reason--gems and enchants are important. It seems like Blizz is lagging behind when it comes to glyphs being important too. People always complain about pugs being bad on the PTR because people just copy over premades of classes they don't know to play with free epics, but it's pretty frustrating to try and test dungeons and raids properly, not to mention class changes or PvP, when glyphs are so important. I hate to have to waste a character copy slot on my scribing warlock just so my PTR characters can actually have glyphs to use when testing. :\
10-03-2011 @ 7:28PM
"This is generally a capitalist column, but today I'm dipping my toe into socialist waters... And what you don't need, pass on to a fellow player without asking 240,000 gold in return."It's not socialism at all. It's capitalism and charity at the same time. Socialism is when people are forced by a government to "give charity" to others, under threat of some form of punishment (fines, jail, etc). When once chooses to do so on their own in a capitalistic setting, it is charity.So in the end, you're not advocating socialism, but charity. Yay! Be nice people!
10-03-2011 @ 8:51PM
Actually, socialism in it's proper form is a community that pools it's resources and allows everyone an equal share of it regardless of status or position. The problem is with the inherent nature of humans to be more interested in their own need than those of others that those in power start taking more for themselves and providing less to those of lower status.All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others
10-03-2011 @ 10:16PM
When the PTR for 3.0.2 went up, it was almost impossible to test Glyphs unless you picked up the profession yourself.Why? Because idiots were pricing Glyphs at 5000g and up. We kept asking Blizzard for Glyph vendors. We couldn't test them very well because it required either picking the profession itself up, and picking up Herbalism if you didn't already have it, and grind it from the beginning, or paying the outrageous prices. If you didn't want to get Herbalism, the prices of the mats were almost as expensive.They eventually put a Glyph vendor in the beta (which was running concurrent with the PTR) but never on the PTR.All so idiots could get massive amounts of gold, and buy their Epic flight training, and fly around on the PTR at Epic flying speeds.This kind of crap happens every PTR. Something goes up for testing, and if it requires reagents, players grossly overcharge for them. So many people don't realize you don't take any of it back with you. And the rest are being stupid, or are trolling.I think when you enter the PTR, you should be forced to read a list of what the PTR is and isn't, and the fact that no changes made will transfer back to your real character. Despite this being said on the character copy screen, it should be an in-game screen at the beginning of each character's first login.If they are going to implement something like this, don't make us rely on the stupid players who want to profit for a character who's going to be deleted anyway. Put in a vendor giving the item away free so we can test it.
10-04-2011 @ 12:59PM
@DrakkenPremades have all the glyphs already, with a few minor exceptions, so there really is no need to have a glyph vendor. If you copy your live character over there should be no reason to need glyphs as you already have them, if not you're slacking lol
10-05-2011 @ 6:53AM
@ The Death Paladin, well spoken! This certainly helped me seeing 'stuff' in perspective again. And in addition, also a small question. Why not set fixed prices on the AH? I can't see how this could intervere with the testing of mechanics? Anybody any thoughts on that?
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