Aurelies - yes, I could go farm them, but again, where does the line stop in terms of the player having to farm/supply every item they need. At what point have you done enough to where you should be able to rely on others to support your crafts.
Whose craft ranks are they? Yours or theirs? At what point are you entitled to an easy ride to all of the things you want? Since when is everyone expected to go out farming for you? I won't pay more than 250gil for a shard, I don't care what kind it is. And that means if I can't find what I need for a price I'm willing to pay, I go farming. Occasionally I get a lucky break and find some generous soul selling well below market rates and it makes me happy. I never have a hard time finding wind shards in any trader's ward. The only problem I ever have is that most people are charging more than I'm willing to spend. That, however, is not
to say that I couldn't pay what they're asking and still turn a profit off the finished goods. My issue is that I buy large quantities of shards (when the price is right) so that I can synth in large quantities and push through ranks and if I'm not careful I can wind up broke with not but a ton of shards and unfinished mats in my bags.
Right now, it's a solo driven economy. Meaning, everything I need, I must farm / supply every single item. That's not an MMO.
Stop using absolutes to define your own choices. You choose
to farm/supply every single item because you choose
not to pay what other people or asking or you choose
not to spend the time poking around in market wards for what you "need".
It's also a new MMO with an economy that is developing. People seem to forget on a regular basis that things will be very different even 3 months from now. Wind shards will probably still be in high demand, but a lot of other things will be more accessible.
Not trying to be a jerk here, but don't put words in my mouth. I've read a lot of your posts lately, and for some reason, you've chosen to defend this games flaws quite too often.
Who said I haven't tried for DAYS doing shouts for Wind Shards? Where in my post did I say I wasn't willing to buy them? Am I willing to buy them for 300-400 gil a piece, absolutely not. And since that's what people are trying to charge on Besaid, if you can even find them at all, because I have in fact been shouting for two days for them. At some point, I've farmed and made my way through so many obstacles. At this point, I'm starting to ask myself, like bsphill pointed out (thank you very much) that why should I needlessly waste my time doing that.
The games economy works on a cycle. Yes, the game is new, and the cycle is not quite formed yet, but this is getting absurd. There is no cycle, it's me, as an individual player, farm every item, level every craft, farm every item to level every craft, all by myself. Again, I've done all of this for everything so far, but now having to go farm crystals is irritating. This is compounded by the ratio at which Wind Shards are excessively used. And to bring a real life example into this is just completely dumb, Aurelies. This is a fantasy MMO, not RL.
And no, I am not lazy, I'm willing to do most things within reason. I won't be convinced that this system is "working as intended". Edited, Oct 25th 2010 5:28pm by KnocturnalOne Edited, Oct 25th 2010 5:31pm by KnocturnalOne