November 08, 2012

Ugh!

Okay, be prepared for a rant post. If you aren't interested in hearing me rant, please leave the room right now. *watches as large crowd files out* (Do I even have a large crowd of readers?) Anyway...
KI just released its next...PACK! ARGGGHH!
When I joined there were two real hoard packs: Wyvern's Hoard and Dragon's Hoard. That November, their third hoard was released: the Raven's Hoard. After that came the Kirin's Hoard, then the Ninja Lore. As if putting in the word "Lore" instead of "Hoard" makes it better! Soon, we have:
Dragon's Hoard Pack
Wyvern's Hoard Pack
Raven's Hoard Pack
Kirin's Hoard Pack
Ninja's Lore Pack
Emperor's Attic Pack
Hoard of the Hydra
Knight's Lore Pack
Phoenix Hoard Pack
and the all new KEEPER'S LORE PACK!

...honestly? Oh yeah, and you have to pay for Grub Guardian too. If this keeps up, I will start calling KI CI (crownsisle). A few players are already doing it. But I digress. Back to hoard packs.

Why do I have such a problem with hoard packs?
Arguably, this is gambling. While one player could buy, say, a Raven's Hoard and get a Blood Raven on the first go, another could buy hundreds and get nothing significant. Here are some good hoard pack analogies I've heard around:
You buy seven gumballs from a machine. You could get rare and delicious flavors, but mostly you get something very plain and boring.
You buy seven rocks from a pile. You could get valuable gemstones like rubies and emeralds, but mostly you get pebbles.
You buy seven flowers from a shop. You could get some of the rarest flowers in existence, but mostly you get dandelions.
You buy seven fabrics from a stand. You could get something very expensive like cashmere or velvet, but mostly you get cotton.
You buy seven in-game pets. You could get a pet with a great pre-done talent pool like the sea dragon, but mostly you get piggles.
You get the idea.

Here's my point:
At first, the hoard packs weren't so bad. In the Dragon's and Wyvern's packs, either you got the rare stuff or you didn't. If you didn't, you got new housing items or something unique not found anywhere else in-game. If you were unlucky, you'd get one unique thing and trash items like reagents, small bushes, or TCs. Teleporters were a very frequent reward from the Wyvern's packs, and I still have a few from there. With the release of the Raven's hoard pack, everything slowly began to change for the worse. KI only designed a few new housing items, and there was not much of interest or value besides the really, really rare stuff. It went downhill from there. Before you know it, you have packs that consist of nothing besides gear, mounts, and trash items like the packs today. KI, if you need to make packs, please make them unique and interesting. Thank you.
Random picture of the day:
LOL, remember my old storm, Luke SkyWalker? I'm SO glad I made Grace.
- Sophia E

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