Topic: Wait to progress
Time based character progression - that sounds great, and for the most part - it is... or is it?
Let me tell You a story...
Sometime around 2012 I found a very cool game called Perpetuum Online. Started playing it and it was great. I am an Eve veteran and this game seemed to have all the pros of it and on top of that gave me the WSAD controls making it more action oriented and therefore making player skills having higher impact on the combat outcome. My Yagel was kicking metal behind of them low lvl combat mission bots. Then a few days later came the arbalest upgrade - awesome! Now I could easily win the fights Yagel was struggling with. But then combat missions became harder and I did not have the EP to get into anything stronger. So I started mining. "If I have to wait then I will make mountains of NIC to afford all the robots I want" I thought. 20 hours later I started thinking how can I increase my income. Well, I have to wait... Ok then, I figured, I'm gonna make alts and mine with more robots - that will surely increase the income. And increase the income it did! After a few days I could afford all the robots I wanted, but I could not even pilot them. It was time for some maths - to get into Kain I need that many EP and that means waiting for this many days. And so I waited... As the morning sun dawned on the calculated day I jumped to the game and with shaking hands activated my long awaited mech. "Now! I shall take on all the evils that have bested me before!!! Mwahahah..wait...I need advanced gun skills too?" ok... ok... its just 2 days... Once I had that came the basic support skills missing - accumulator, fitting, speed (was a thing back then). I think I played for a month or so without switching to another game. Every day waiting for that "cruicial" upgrade, playing for a bit before realising that I'm missing something important. I wanted to fill all my Kains slots but didnt want to spend ep on missile skills I would eventually not use on Mesmer... I gotten a great Idea then - if I take a break and play something else for some time I will come back to a bunch of EP I can spend on all that needed stuff. And so I did, bought the next month subscription and went off to play something else. After a month I decided not to pay for a game I would not actively play.
Some years later perpetuum comes to steam and gets rid of monthly subscription forever for the price of 3 months. Thats cool, I dont have to pay to wait now! Bought the game, linked my account to steam and got back to playing. Now I had all that EP from that second month I bought before. I finally could get into Mesmer! It is a cool robot, not wanting me to spend ep on some missile skills to fill all the slots. It wasn't any on the market at that time tho - but I dont have to wait for that! Joined a corporation, made friends, made myself usefull, made some NIC (becouse I left my previous assets in a corporation that did not exist anymore), ground standing with the nuimqol and at some point it came to a market! But the price... Ok I can do that, or better yet - buy and sell ICE! Instant cash, get into it and bask in the glory of the 6 mounted medium guns. Now anyone who tried piloting a mesmer with lvl5 accumulator skills will know what happened next. Yup... You kind of need those for it. Oh and the fitting skills if you want to fill all of them slots - especially if You get a hold on to t4 modules. You know what that means right? More waiting... And so I did. Over a year passed with me logging on every 2-3 days to keep the EP going. Got the accumulator skills, got enough fitting skills to fit all t4 on it. But all my friends weren't playing anymore. And I myself was into other stuff too. Nothing to fear then! I dragged friends from that other games into perpetuum, bought them the game even. "Holy cow that is a nice robot You're having! When will I get one?" they asked... Take a guess what they did after I answered them? Correct! They decided to log in every 3 days untill they get that nice shiny heavy mech. So I decided to go all out fot the mk2 version and even more fitting skills to fit everything I want on it when they along with me come back. And I would probably be still doing that and not actually play the game. But then came the DLCs. 7 MONTHS worth of waiting instantly! And booster time on top, and some more presents! It wasn't december but felt like christmas anyway. I got all I wanted! Finally, I could say I have the skills I wanted to have! In that one particular robot there is barely anything more I can do to get better! Now I can play the game knowing someone else will not win in pvp only becouse they waited longer than me. They win becouse I got little knowledge of the pvp now, but that is something I can improve by PLAYING THE GAME! Even one of those who gotten the game gifted by me came back, and bought the DLC too and is now in mesmer mk2 as well. Not as good extentions as me tho as I waited far longer than him - but decent enough and there are 2 of us now! Now I can do stuff I wanted to and in the meantime train up additional things. Why did it had to take 4 YEARS for me to get to that?
-No option for players to get EP or a character with them without waiting.
-ICE gives you the option to get EP at some faster rate but does not remove the waiting factor.
-ICE allows you to get the EP without the need to login every 3 days essentially encouraging passiveness.
-The EP gain for purchasing ICE equals to 21600 (equivalent of 15 days of waiting for free)
-ICE can be traded on the ingame market.
-Buying stuff that can be obtained in game is called "pay to progress faster" and not "pay to win".
-Players leave the game tired of waiting.
-Increase the EP gain on ICE
-Provide a way of getting EP instantly (much less than the DLC worth - 10 EP per Credit maybe?)
-New players willing to play competitively have options to negate waiting advantage:
a) Taking active part in the game by earning NIC for ICE
b) Supporting the game and players from point A by buying the ICE with cash (betting more ICE will get bought)
-It will expose the weaklings who will cry over loosing their spreadsheet advantage
Do I want it for myself? No, I have done my fair share of waiting.