Mar 6th 2012 11:22PM Yeah but those rewards you just mentioned are incentives for me to sub for a year. There needs to be separate and worthwhile incentives for people to want to go out and bring people back to the game, as that requires an entirely initiative on your own part.
Look at RAF. It's a great program that rewards new players but ultimately benefits the recruiters the most. The faster leveling, free levels and game time make recruiters want to go out and recruit as many people as possible.
This program doesn't provide as great an incentive. The mount's are basically recolored versions of old flying mounts we've had for five years. Plus, how many of these are you going to want to get? There's little incentive to keep bringing back more people after you've earned your first five opaque griffins.
Sure, there's always the reward of bringing old friends back into the fold. But added incentives like RAF's encourage recruiters to go the extra mile and think "Gee, I bet I can think of more people who may want to play this game or who have already." That's how good promotions work.
Mar 6th 2012 11:13PM Yeah but these mounts are terrible by comparison. The pet store mounts are top notch works of game art with really fantastic animations and skins. These are just griffins and wyverns with the opacity level turned up.
Mar 6th 2012 11:10PM I was hoping we'd get more than these mounts, especially when you compare these to the rewards you get for recruiting a friend. In RAF you get a two seated rocket, free levels, faster leveling, and game time! The rewards are excellent for the recruited but even better for the recruiter, so there's an enormous payoff for people to be active and recruit new players.
With this system, there's little incentive outside getting your friends to play again (which I admit is still pretty nice). But this whole system feels like its more rewarding to those who left and came back rather than those who stayed and are now working to get people to come back. They should have modeled this more like RAF, a system that while beneficial to the recruited, ultimately makes the recruiter feel the most valued.
Mar 6th 2012 4:57PM This is cool for this returning but I'm not seeing rhat great an incentive for existing subscribers (other than playing with their friends). What does te existing subscriber get? A reskinned mount that isn't even as cool as the ones sold in the store or rewarded in RAF?
Maybe we'll see some stuff popup when the site come back up. Right now these incentives are pretty weak compared to RAF where you get a two seated mount, free game time, and free levels for your characters. You need rewards like that if you want loyal subscribers to be active in bringing people into the fold.
Mar 6th 2012 4:32PM Seriously. They can keep their horse and panda beta. I want a new level 80 paladin!
Nov 6th 2011 8:13AM This was honestly part of what I liked about Warcraft 3. However, I really don't see it happening in WoW. The whole game has been balanced and designed around two factions. They would have to renovate every zone in the game to have tis change make sense and I don't see them doing that again anytime soon.
It will be interesting to see what kind of factions, if any, will exist in Titan. Personally, I think they may just do away with them all together in their next mmo. All they really serve to do is create an atmosphere for world PVP that no one wants to partake in and divide players from one another. It's a neat idea but I don't necessarily thinks its accomplished what it was originally designed for.
Oct 8th 2011 12:03PM Q for the Q
I know there's always a lot of debate on how the different Warcraft novels stack up against one another, but how do you feel the Warcraft novels compare to the rest of fantasy literature?
Personally, I've been reading the Warcraft novels since Arthas came out and I can't help feeling that even Golden's work is only okay fantasy at best, with a lot of heavy-handed exposition and plots that while not terrible, aren't exactly riveting or surprising. I'd much rather be spending my time reading Martin, Joe Abercrombie, David Anthony Durham, Patrick Rothfuss, or any of the other countless fantasy authors and series out there. Am I asking too much from what are essentially young adult video-game tie in books? Are there any earlier novels I'm missing out on that you think would be more geared to my tastes?
Sep 30th 2011 12:03PM Well-written song but does this really count as machinima? There's hardly anything added by what minor visuals are offered in this video. I could have had the same experience just by listening.
Sep 30th 2011 11:52AM Q for Q: Will we be able to invite real ID friends into our raid with the looking for raid tool like we currently can with the five man LFG tool?
Sep 4th 2011 10:49AM Yeah me too. I didn't get to so much of a Jersey Shore vibe out of it as much as I did a Grand Theft Auto one, and I'm third generation New Jerseyian and have seen said reviled show several times. The driving around, collecting your money, moving up the ranks of a crime syndicate or shady business, and then taking out your rival; that's all straight out of GTA. There was hardly any of the clubbing, hooking up, or punching of snookis that Jersey Shore is infamous for.