Everquest and loot boxes.

Discussion in 'The Veterans' Lounge' started by Strawberry, Jul 24, 2021.

  1. Strawberry Augur

    Everquest never had loot boxes, even though they are extremely prevalent in other games.

    When John Smedley said that SoE would only ever sell cosmetic items, he lied, we knew he lied and we told him the rare times he posted on the forums.

    But Everquest stopped at XP potions. It's one thing to have an addictive game like Everquest, it's another thing to turn addictive gaming into a casino like companies like Blizzard do.

    In a world where EA and Blizzard hire psychologists to maximize the revenue of loot boxes, where players become gamblers and where morals are lost, it is a saving grace that Everquest never took that path.

    I always hated "Smedley Bucks", but my dislike for what other companies are doing is much greater.
  2. FranktheBank Augur

    LoN cards and Heritage crates?
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  3. Strawberry Augur

    Oh I almost forgot, you are right about LoN cards.

    Well, that shot my argument to pieces.

    Maybe it's a good thing that I have no idea what Heritage crates are.
  4. Bigstomp Augur

    Any LoN pack purchase where you might get an item or not I think is a loot box.

    I also spent a ton of coins on cats. I would assume the random nature of what I won or didn't win would be a loot box.
  5. Duder Augur

    But the Cranky Cat Familiar was worth. You know it.
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  6. Bigstomp Augur

    My current title is "Crazy Cat Collector"
  7. Duder Augur

    Yes, I have only seen you and I with that title on BB ;)
  8. Bigstomp Augur

    Katrina (cleric) used to have it, we earned it together trading but I feel she moved on to another server.
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  9. Bigstomp Augur

    As a tank, please do not use an illusion that matches what we're fighting. And if you choose to use an illusion, be consistent. And I think anyone in a stupid illusion should get a shammy/druid rez 90% at most. Or a cranky cleric that takes the time to memorize a lesser. Stupid should stay dead.
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  10. Velisaris_MS Augur

    If any of my toons get a buff that has an illusion and the benefit as separate buffs, the first thing I do is click off the illusion and then block the illusion part of the buff. That crap is annoying as hell.
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  11. Tatanka Augur

    As a boxer, I actually like some of the illusions with buffs. Then I know the buff has ended when I see the illusion drop. Main case in point, druid wolf form.
  12. Sorrows New Member

    Buying loot boxes for a specific item is the wrong way to go about it.

    Pay someone else for the prize. Let them throw away their money on the gambling aspect.

    I have 10 active accounts on Mischief with deputy illusions on them. 9 of these that I paid 4-6kr for each and 1 that I opened with my "free" monthly crate. A friend of mine bought 65 heritage crates without getting an illusion and another used over 200k+ DBG cash on various accounts to get only 1 total.

    Loot boxes should be banned. Sell the specific items, especially cosmetic, directly from the store.
  13. Benito EQ Player since 2001.


    So you paid between 36 Krono and 54 Krono for 9 Deputy illusions?

    This is case in point. Either, the cosmetic-only loot boxes are highly profitable or they should charge high prices for the illusions (if ever sold individually).

    Quite frankly, it is my belief that the loot boxes (or buying of Krono to pay for loot box items) could be partly subsidizing Free-to-Play for EQ. If you do away with them, they may use the "stick" to get people to pay a sub.
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  14. Sorrows New Member

    I spent closer to 54 kr total for mine. Only 2 were purchased for 4kr.

    This was MUCH cheaper than paying actual cash for the heritage crates to try to gamble for the illusions.
  15. Benito EQ Player since 2001.

    3-6 Krono is the fair market rate for the Deputy illusion on Live Servers. (6 Krono on higher pop servers).

    Any Deputy illusion for less than 3 Krono on Live will sell really quickly.