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RaistlinIII

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  1. Live Server Maintenance: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Blah. This event is the beginning of the end (a stake in the heart) of L2. It may take awhile, but this is a killer stroke. It's a bullet to the disease of Lycanthropy that L2 has become, except for those few who are already too far gone ("turned" into believing thousands here is some how a catharsis). The rest will slowly die-off.
  2. Live Server Maintenance: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    I agree 100%! After the fiasco of massive P2W events that last several months (since summer), we drove away a good portion of the player base. Although many left for Classic servers. I believe that I probably represent most of the players who have played for awhile (and aren't willing to drop $ thousands on P2W), and are not interested in shelling out that kind of hard-earned $$ to be a top 5% (or top 10% now?). Although the massive spenders used to represent a relatively small percentage of players - maybe 5-10%. That probably has changed, since the P2W events chased away a large portion of the player base. Once those updates hit for Fafurion, the top P2W players will spend thousands and thousands of $$ to keep or improve their status. The other 90% of player will just get more frustrated, and find somewhere else to spend their time. People will drop some serious $$ to win at P2W, but we may lose 50-75% of the player base. That small percentage serious of P2W spenders may balloon to the top 25% of players spending thousands of $$, or more. But we'll lose a huge percentage of players, and those joining - once they see the crazy amount of $$ it takes to play in the new updated areas and events, will leave soon after starting (note - a lot of us that do well in our profession, value how we spend our time and $$...we may really enjoy L2 [it still has great potential, social systems - though the economy is a disaster, and amazing graphics and game play], but if it's purely P2W at very high costs, it's simply a cost-benefit analysis). It may well accelerate the end of L2 - at least Live servers, towards losing overwhelming portion of the player base. I could be wrong - I hope in many ways I am. But it seems that update could be detrimental to the overall community, unless some serious control measures are put in place to help re-balance the game (and perhaps it's done very gradually). Just my two cents, after being here since the first Prelude. - Raist
  3. Producer's Letter - January 2019

    Thank you very much for the letter Juji and Hime. That is very nice, and very hopeful. I must say, that has to be one of the nicest and most professional update notes that I've seen in the nearly 15 years that we've been playing L2 (I started back in May of 2004, but had several breaks for military, including a long break for almost 5 years during which the new login system occurred, and where I couldn't get to internet). I'm hoping that we can bring back some of the events (Dragon shirt enchants, bracelet augments, artifact fragments) at much reduced cost [or available in the store much cheaper] so other players/classes, and especially some of the newer classes, can access higher levels of play a little easier - to help keep the players we have and attract new players (and not have them leave a few weeks/months after playing L2). As much as I complain, this truly is an amazing game, with amazing content, social structure, graphics, game play, and story line. There is nothing quite like it out there (and I've looked a lot over the past 15 years). We do really need help with the economy - and sometimes that really just does mean to keep the P2W even minimized (like now), and if we have them - to make content more accessible. Thank you both Juji and Hime for all you and your teams do. Although you probably don't hear it often, we do really appreciate all your work and this wonderful world of Lineage 2 that you all create and work to improve every day. - Raistlin
  4. My experience with Freya Stick Promo.

    I call BS. How much is NCSoft paying you again?
  5. My experience with Freya Stick Promo.

    Sounds about right. BTW - I sure as heck didn't spend thousands on this silly event, but I did try with 30 sticks (a good number are daily free enchants, on two accounts). Had several staffs go "poof" at +4, a few made it to +5, one to +6 and none above that. And I have 59 LUC. So, however they got that good of rates with 300 sticks - using some stones (really have better than 60 LUC), maybe NCSoft rewards you if you dump thousands into an event like this (luckily I have more common sense than this, actually have a job and career - and don't waste money and time on such nonsense), I'd like to know how they did it. No one I know (I haven't talked to uber whales who have spent $10K or more on this game, and seems to not have a job or go to school), so maybe there's a trick? Or, whomever "I just spent #3,300 dollars from the NCSoft store" may work/endorse NCSoft, and is reporting false information. Whatever the case, unless you're a fool, don't believe the false propaganda here, unless you're a fool who doesn't value money or your time.
  6. Freya's Fortune Stick Starts on 12/12

    Good point. It is basically a sale, and all about gambling. I’d like to see the success rates too (for someone under 70 Luck). I saw the staff go “poof” at +4, +5, and + 7 (mine went poof at +4...thought I would try it). I’m guessing the odds are pretty horrible to get anything good.
  7. Freya's Fortune Stick Starts on 12/12

    OMG, that is aweseome Draecke! That was a good one, and the most positive thing so far about this sad excuse for an event.
  8. Future Events; The Servers in General

    In case others haven't noticed, most of us have given up on the forums. Particularly in response to the poorly run events the last few months. Sure, most of the whales are still on who are willing to dump thousands into a quickly dying game. But even many of them, and high-level (not uber high level, regarding gear, and mega-accounts) players are leaving. The numbers don't lie (and many of those accounts logging in - are single players, with lots to accounts). Things are going downhill fast, and it's pretty clear whatever we say here changes little. Word is getting around, and it's not positive.
  9. November 2018 Preview

    Thanks Hime! Red Libra is definitely one of the better events, and can be a big boost across a large part of the server base! Definitely a big plus. If we could get some of the other events back soon too (like Merkio's bracelet and enchants, Dragon shirt enchants) - at a more attainable level for so a larger percentage of the player base can take advantage of these, that would be great too. Red Libra is a nice event for the holidays !
  10. [News] Oriana's Lucky Draw Starts 11/14

    Agreed. Another major fail by NCSoft. This seems designed only for whales, who have tons of accounts and nothing better to do all day than just sit being a computer with lots of accounts running. I haven't heard of anyone, other than players with uber accounts running through the day, getting anything from this event (when it does just happen to show a "winner"). Most players (90% of the player base) gave up on this event long ago. Strike 4 NCSoft....just keep watching the player population fall even more. These are not smart people running NCWest.
  11. Future Events; The Servers in General

    Though not the best English (pretty darn good - I can't speak another language fluently at all) - you said this very well. The last part, "I'm really sad about l2..." is how a vast majority of the players feel, who have been playing for awhile (like many here, I started back in Prelude). So true. I, and many of us, would use the L2 Store - if prices where more reasonable, items were more meaningful (as a way to catch-up on key items, but at a much more reasonable price), and they had some useful specials (the Black Friday - Thanksgiving weekend/holiday specials are basically worthless). L2 has so much potential - it's saddening to see so much promise wasted by the game developers. They have this amazing product, but no clue on what to do with it.
  12. Future Events; The Servers in General

    Great point. I've already stated the problem with the last three events (basically - heavily favor the very top 5%, those that have thousands of $$ to spend, lack of benefit for the average to even top 10-20% of player base). Simply put - make the events more attainable to everyone (not 100% attainable to everyone - should still have to work for it - but more attainable, especially for some of the support classes, and not top-geared players). I know that there would be some backlash from some players (I worked pretty hard to get the +5 Merkio's bracelet myself - at least it was attainable, putting the time in, after the first few weeks) - but give the average player, the new players, even the higher end players who have been playing for years but don't have top gear - a reason to stay, and play for improvements to that they can advance in play areas and game play.
  13. Live Server Maintenance: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Good point HitEye. Makes sense. Though I still wish that they could find some way to even things out some. Bring the event back again (I was somewhat enjoyable), and make it available to all classes (somehow - maybe allow 2 players in at a time, one DD and one other?...not sure on the best solution). At least the event - once they got to the point where well (not just top, or near-top players) geared DD players had a chance to get Marks (not sure if that was after 1 or 2 weeks? - I was gave up that first week, after several tries - then was gone for work another week). - was a event that relied on investing your time, and skill to some point [especially for those of us with good but not great gear] - versus uber $$ or hundreds of billions of Adena. If NCWest could bring this back again soon - get some way for other classes to get something out of it (and make the event last at least 3-4 weeks, so players can get something out of it), it could be a good thing to bring players on-line more, and help out the other classes. More events like this, if they followed those guidelines, could really help the player base and clans - especially for those not at the top (i.e., the other 90% of players - those that we want to stay).
  14. Future Events; The Servers in General

    Great ideas. It would be amazing if NCWest actually listed to us for a change. I especially like this: Recycle old P2W items (we have plenty) for lower prices or with better success rates so the gap can be closed and ppl can catch up. - especially with last three huge fiasco's: (1) Artifact Event (bring it back - much more accessible - 30-40Bil for +11 is rediculous); (2) Shirt Event (get the enchants back, much cheaper/more attainable, much higher success - - not just for the uber whales/top 5%, who have more money to spend than common sense; and (3) Merkio's Bracelet event - make it,somehow, more available to all classes, let us keep our Merkio's Marks (90% of DDs that were able to play, couldn't get through the event/get marks the first two weeks either) - the event was fun, fairly productive, but needs to be expanded for all classes some how - maybe Duo's?). Bring this back, at something much more approaching attainable for more players - and not targeted solely for the whales/uber spenders that used to make up only 5% (now probably 10-15%, since you have driven so many players away with how horrendously implemented and managed these events were run). Also: What we need is a more newbie-friendly game so that ppl that surely will come in over the next time, when the wall hits them on classic or when they realize classic is boring and slow as hell, actually stay here on Live. - See above. You're killing the game for new players, who see how messed up things are, and how stacked things are against them unless they're willing to drop $20,000 - $40,000 USD on pixels, and same for average to high-end players who are foolish enough to spends crazy amounts of RMTs. Make the game enjoyable again for everyone - not just the top 5% spenders. Like someone else said, when players come back from the slow-grind of Classic Servers (which I hope they do soon, to save the game for Live servers), they need something reasonable - hopeful for the future - to come back to L2 Live.
  15. Live Server Maintenance: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Honestly, it makes no sense why they would also delete the Merkio's marks in the first place. Why would NCSoft do that if the event is coming back in the future? That's just inane. They didn't do that with the Artifacts (they don't disappear from our inventory - supposedly that's coming back, hopefully a lot better then how totally screwed-up and biased it was for the whale-players). Why would they even delete the Merkio's Marks then? I'm not sure what NCSoft is thinking - problem is, they don't think very much or very well. I want the game, L2, to continue - it has potential. But incredibly inane moves like this, time and time again, are not helping. Surely someone at NCSoft leadership/development has enough sense to see this?
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