01/15/2014 12:53 AMYuck it up all you want. It's frustrating we even have to argue about any of this.
Posted by Shrew
Oh I'm not yucking it up regarding BoA. I'm just getting a bit of entertainment value out of the fora for once with the back and forth bruehaha. Even I like to have fun once in a while. ;)
I see the purpose of BoA, but I'm still on the fence as to exactly how it might be best implemented. There is unfortunately no 100% surefire way to stop exploits or third party sites except full-on BoA on every last thing in the game, which I firmly believe would be pushing that envelope too far.
While a clan restriction sounds nice, and can in fact minimize the illicit activity of third party sites, it can't eliminate them completely. Finding that "just right" balance between BoA and trading is nowhere near as black and white as most of the people here would like to think it is.
I'd have been perfectly happy with a Bind on Trade (BoT) system that lets you trade once and that's it. It would eliminate any possibility of a defacto currency from emerging within the game and would force third party sites to expose their actual accounts instead of using shill accounts to hold items. It would not, as I've noted previously, eliminate the practice. Items would retain their actual value to the individual player doing the trade due to a lack of currency, thus forcing the player to value it in the "here and now".
I do know that the developers are aiming to eliminate as much of the pay to win/third party influence on the game as they can. What remains to be seen, and is known only by the devs themselves, is just what level of compromise, if any, they intend to implement with such a system.
And I'm still somewhat on the fence with BoA in its current form regarding its restrictions, as I've found a couple of legendaries that I wanted to give a friend, but had no way of doing so. It was frustrating for sure. But I try to be objective about the situation and take a look at it from both sides to see the ramifications having and not having BoA restrictions in place will have. I suspect that the devs are in a similar situation to me - they want to make playing the game the way to get loot, but don't want to necessarily make it constricting either.
It isn't an easy thing to balance the needs of the game vs. the wants of the players in this particular instance. This, and the inability to farm low level gear for alts (for those times I just want to start over or make another of the same class to use a different build with its own set of gear) weigh very heavily on me.
BoA on legendaries and set items will almost assuredly stay in its most basic form at least. It's the restrictions on trading those items that needs to be hammered out, and soon so we can really test the results before it goes live.
Now, if only I could turn off monster scaling or set the monster level and turn off smart drops so I could farm for alts, or my followers (good luck finding INT gear for your follower while on anything else besides a Wizard or WD for example).
Haha, you felt it too I assume :P
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