Olorinus the Vile wrote:
I personally like that they are trying a different kind of economy.
Trying to be different is a valiant effort, but what about the retainer/bazaar system makes it better than an AH?
I get better deals. In FFXI everything was pretty much the same price all the time. Now sometimes I see things for super cheap, sometimes mid, sometimes expensive. I can build a reputation using my bazaar and my retainer. I can actually make money as a crafter. Regional economies are really happening. It is neat. If I want mushrooms, I go to gridania - I find them for cheap. If I want ores I find them in Ul'dah.
In FFXI things pretty much had a set price - and if it ever changed it was in a way that hurt me (my drops became worth less, my armor cost more) - this system gives people an incentive to trade and barter. I've made friends with crafters outside my linkshell to get things done. If there was an AH I would have just bought it there.
I can honestly understand why some people don't like it. I do, for sure. The wards/barter system takes longer - but I enjoy it. I know other people that can't stand the time it takes.
My feeling is that no one ever likes EVERY part of a game. Myself I have never liked quests and missions very much. They always took so long and seemed like nothing but a barrier. Other people loved them. I never liked NM hunting in FFXI - some people lived for it.
So, yeah I could see how it would suck if you don't like the thrill of bargain hunting or if you don't want to craft at all and don't care if crafters can get deals. Maybe I like it just because I am a girl - even if in real life I am not a big shopper, lol.
It is also neat to see a game doing something out of the ordinary. I know a lot of people have countered that you shouldn't change something that works - but the AH in FFXI didn't work in a lot of ways. It was easy to exploit for example.
There are things that need to be fixed about the game overall, uneven experience gain, leveling curves that are too steep, inability to sort the inventory, inability to hire a new retainer, unclassified wards etc. - I just happen to like concept behind the wards and look forward to them getting better.