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#1 Oct 25 2010 at 2:15 PM Rating: Good
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I had a cool idea for a wards search function that, in theory, wouldn't be too hard to implement.

I know they are working on a search function of some sort already, just thought this would be cool.

They could add a command for querying the wards, such as /q (for /query). When you used it in the wards, retainers with the item you query for would answer you in a RP way.


/q "Iron Ore"

Retainer 1: Get yer Iron Ore here, 2000 gil!
Retainer 2: We got Iron Ore here, 1500 gil!

And so on.

This would be kind of cool for the RP aspect. You would also get a list of the retainer names and prices back. It would only work in the specific level you are in (encouraging people to sort better). The nice bonus of this is, it would also allow sellers a nice way to price check right before they list something, like most games AH allow. I know, undercutting blah blah, but every game has this and no matter how they do a search feature, sellers will use it to check the competitions pricing.
#2 Oct 25 2010 at 2:20 PM Rating: Decent
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A cool RP idea, but that would get old in a hurry. It's still avoiding the main problem of inaccessibility. I don't want to RP the economy. I have plenty of time to do that in real life, and even in real life, it's much less painful than in this game.
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#3 Oct 25 2010 at 2:47 PM Rating: Decent
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My idea was similar to EQ II's (which also had a player driven economy), have "Billboards" that have a listing of items in a particular ward, and who is selling them for what price. You could make this as robust as an auction interface, or as simple as a "this person has it, find them and buy it." I like this idea because it still allows people to utilize retainers, and make it easy for people to search for items in a ward.
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#4 Oct 25 2010 at 2:48 PM Rating: Good
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I like the idea.
now we just have to get people to put their retainers into the correct wards.
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