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  1. Maybe the "cap" was nothing but an estimate from them? As in, "we estimate that, with our 0.3x rates, the maximum level someone will ever bother going for is 70"?
  2. The funny thing is, they're very quick to censure moderate us... Yet I've never seen a single GM in game, taking action against bots. Really makes you think.
  3. They're either very naive and believe players will stick around and enjoy their "hardcore" game... Or they're intentionally killing the server to save expenses. After all, they already got their money from us, and see no reason to fund 4+ realms online.
  4. Yeah, it sucks. I really didn't want to, but I guess I'll have to get my Lineage 2 fix somewhere else.
  5. Bro, the game is designed around a rating of 1x, not 0.2x. And if you think this botched version of L2 is harder than what we used to play, think again. Back then, we would drop our items when we died to monsters. There were no quests giving us free armor, items, and exp. We had to fight often for farming spots because it didn't take us 350 monsters to clear our karma. We all had to group up because boxing was a luxury (you needed a strong pc + pay for another account). And everyone loved it. Because the whole game was based on a 1x rate. Things weren't too slow, nor too quick.
  6. Here's where they're failing with their monetization strategy: The game isn't fun. If the game isn't fun, people won't consider paying for it. If it didn't take you 300 monsters to clear a single karma point... If the rates were true 1x... If there weren't hordes of bots clogging your farming places... Then, players would start having FUN, and they would consider paying for it. If I had fun playing L2, I would gladly spend $25 one day for a cool new hat, or $50 the next month for a cool weapon effect, maybe $75 on a salamander pet? Hmmm. But, as it stands, I fail to s
  7. I honestly have no idea why they've decided to go with such low rates. They're not incentivizing us to go VIP. Paying $50 to go from 0.2 to 0.4 isn't a good deal at all. They're losing players. Newbies are leaving because they can't experience the fun stuff Lineage has to offer. Veterans are leaving because they signed up for 1x rates, not 0.2x. They're encouraging players to bot and RMT, as you can only be wealthy with such rates if you're playing 24/7 (botting or nolifing). I've farmed my two characters from 1 to 20 without doing the leveling quests (I wanted more Ade
  8. The truth is, Lineage II was always a very "grindy" game. It used to be really fun because we were all oblivious to how the game worked. The graphics were amazing for its time. People would interact with each other anytime they could. They would hold small-scale PVP fights on the gates of Dion. They would explore with their friends to find out what secrets lie at the end of the dungeon they just found., etc. These offbeat experiences made the game much more alive, and as a result, we all ignored how gruesome the grind was. It didn't matter if it took you months to reach lvl 40 a
  9. I've yet to see an F2P game that relies on P2W lasting longer than 1 year. They might be making money right now with this VIP bullshit, but at this rate, there won't be anyone playing in a year from now. Take a look at games like Path of Exile, Dota 2, and CS:GO. They've been running for over 5 years, and people are still investing lots of money into them. It isn't uncommon to hear about someone spending over $400 for a CS:GO Knife, or $199,99 for a Path of Exile Supporter Pack. And if NCSoft's Lineage 2 Classic proved to be a fun experience, I would gladly pay for cosmetics for my chara
  10. Excellent, nice to see you're having fun! Out of curiosity, are you playing on Aden?
  11. Awful idea. If NCSoft wants to make bank from the Free 2 Play strategy, they should do it like most successful F2P games (Fortnite, Path of Exile, Dota 2, etc) are doing: Sell cosmetic items. Selling in-game stuff will only drive away purists who refuse to play Pay2Win games.
  12. I've already left the game, don't worry. And leaving the forum after starting a thread is just poor etiquette. I'll leave for good once the discussion has died, but I'm curious to see how everybody experienced early L2. So far, it seems a handful of people struggled as I did, and a few others were lucky to play with real humans. We'll see how the thread goes.
  13. Then maybe I picked a bad server/got unlucky? All I've ever met in days of gameplay were mindless boxers who would do nothing but grind mobs. Maybe this is because I've joined a bit late, and now most low levels are people leveling their alts - and they just want to be done with it as quick as possible.
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