An open letter to casuals asking to dumb down the game or make rare items more common

Open response from we casuals:

No. Deal with it. :)
My apologies to all
SSF Hardcore is for you, yet I'm not seeing you playing there Mr. Casual...

Complaining about people's opinions is moot.
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Completed 5 ChallengesPsomm wrote:


Complaining about people's opinions is moot.


How so? To whatever extent GGG listen to the opinion of the person saying 'make rare items more common' it seems reasonable that another voice chiming in saying 'that person is wrong, don't listen to them' sets the community opinion counter back to 0.

It's moot in the sense that reddit and streamers probably matter more than the accumulated posts here, but like I said, the concept of moot-ness depends on whether or not the forums matter at all.
+1


Items are already far too easy to acquire with almost no time invested. The last thing we need is for gear progression to get any faster than it already is. As for the argument that "casuals want to do the fun stuff too"... you can. It will just take you longer.
U MAD?
makes sense OP. What is Chris' take on this?
-1. The game is doing pretty well atm. We could have some difficulty adjustment, however, that would require a buff to life builds, since some of us casuals choose to play that way.
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Completed 36 ChallengesDocbp87 wrote:
+1


Items are already far too easy to acquire with almost no time invested. The last thing we need is for gear progression to get any faster than it already is. As for the argument that "casuals want to do the fun stuff too"... you can. It will just take you longer.


...which gates the filthy plebeian casuals you guys hate so much from doing The Fun Stuff during a challenge league, where the majority of the game spends its time and all the cool Fun Stuff tends to be in the first place.

There's not really any argument for this that doesn't amount to "I don't want people playing the way they want to play unless they can sink a few thousand hours into the game first". Sure, I get the whole conomic argument folks pretend to give a crap about, the idea of wanting chase unique drops to mean something, but is there a particular reason build-enabling items shouldn't trend more towards the middle level of rarity? Things like Disfavor or Starforge are endgame upgrades, not Fun Stuff makers; those are your chase rewards for being more awesome than everyone else. Those and GG mirror-quality rares.

The fact that certain build types are gated behind a twenty-exalt buy-in price stinks. Chase items should be the finishing touches for existing builds more than "you can only possibly do this thing because you've obtained a massively expensive item." Taste of hate is a perfect example - no build requires Taste to be functional and allow the doing of Fun Stuff, but there's a whole lot of builds out there that end up a lot better off if they have a Taste available.

The widest number of possible build archetypes and ideas should be achievable by the game's general population, not just the top tenth-of-a-percent guys who're sitting on five Mirrors by the end of a league's opening weekend. If that means adjusting drop rates for things like Shavronne's Wrappings to make them not insanely ridiculous for players who might want to try interesting low-life builds, or whether it means introducing less chase-y versions of such items that are less potent but more available in order to actually add progression to the game, then those are what it means.

Getting a build that isn't garbage-tier Flameblast up and running enough to get solidly into mapping should be something any player with a modicum of time and knowledge can aspire to. Finishing that build, getting it perfectly optimized and tricked out and kitted up with perfect specs and gear, should be the thing that takes dedication. Not "Can I even do this in the first place, or do I just do Flameblast again for the thirtieth time because I have no money and no way to make money because I'm not a streamer? q_q"
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Completed 29 ChallengesPerq wrote:
Please stop.

If you have less time to play, expect to get fewer items or be lower level.

Ps. Yes, that is my letter. Because quite frankly this is how simple this issue is. .-.

If it affects player retention, you can bet GGG will look into it.

Since launch, player numbers declined (look at steam charts). It wasn't until perandus that player numbers grew. Now, not only do we have tier 1 uniques dropping like candy, we've got a new league with discontinued legacy uniques.

Safe to say, making items more common, "dumbing down the game", is good for player numbers.

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Completed 24 ChallengesDruga1757 wrote:
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Completed 29 ChallengesPerq wrote:
Please stop.

If you have less time to play, expect to get fewer items or be lower level.

Ps. Yes, that is my letter. Because quite frankly this is how simple this issue is. .-.

If it affects player retention, you can bet GGG will look into it.

Since launch, player numbers declined (look at steam charts). It wasn't until perandus that player numbers grew. Now, not only do we have tier 1 uniques dropping like candy, we've got a new league with discontinued legacy uniques.

Safe to say, making items more common, "dumbing down the game", is good for player numbers.


Dropping like candies? What are you on?
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Completed 24 ChallengesDruga1757 wrote:
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Completed 29 ChallengesPerq wrote:
Please stop.

If you have less time to play, expect to get fewer items or be lower level.

Ps. Yes, that is my letter. Because quite frankly this is how simple this issue is. .-.

If it affects player retention, you can bet GGG will look into it.

Since launch, player numbers declined (look at steam charts). It wasn't until perandus that player numbers grew. Now, not only do we have tier 1 uniques dropping like candy, we've got a new league with discontinued legacy uniques.

Safe to say, making items more common, "dumbing down the game", is good for player numbers.


Dropping like candies? What are you on?

A bunch were nerfed, ofc, like mjolner, but it's vastly more common. Shavs, much more common (and cheaper). I think the only ultra rare expensive items left are headhunter and skyforths? And most importantly those two aren't build enabling uniques.

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Last edited by Druga1757 on Mar 7, 2017 2:50:51 PM

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