For the third payday in a row (I'll come back to why this is relevant). I sat down in my chair... sipped my coffee and lit a smoke as I pressed login for the Wow Ascension servers.. as I always do Saturday mornings. I have been having a blast here.. I played at launch and although I really, really enjoyed the concept... there was a lot of things I didn't enjoy. It didn't help that I had been going hard in the new Path of Exile league at the time and was.. engrossed with it to say the least... I digress.
Recently (a few months back) I saw a State of Ascension video pop across my YouTube feed, and gave it a watch. I was impressed.. pets worked, the RE system was in place, Laughing Skull had launched, and the War Effort was just around the corner. I saw there where player made addons in the works, Dungeons and raids where working'ish, and there was people playing. I had to give it another chance.
I rolled Laughing skull. Leveled to 60.. never once bitched that I got ganked while leveling/farming.. and killed a few scumbags myself. I was having a blast... At the time I couldn't afford a Dual Spec book so I rerolled a bear tank, leveled to 60.. and again.. I was having a blast.
However (and this is just my personal opinion) I wasn't really as big a fan of the open PVP on LS. I get it.. I think it's rad.. I LOVE the way loot drops.. but at the end of the day it wasn't for me.
So.. I rolled Andorhal. I'm just around the corner of level 50 .. and THIS.. is the server for me. Again.. having an absolute blast.
So.. here I sit.. for the third payday in a row.. trying to wrap my head around throwing some cash at this game.. and the more I look at the prices and limitations.. the less I want to spend money here...
My issue is this.. every payday I throw $100 at my gaming hobby. My League of Legends account is probably worth $500, My Path of Exile account is probably similar. I have over 900 games in my Steam library.. I have NO fear of spending a little cash to a great dev team.. But to spend money on a cash shop.. and be limited to the server is absurd..
So.. until I can buy a mount and use it on ALL of my characters on ALL servers.. I will continue to spend my money elsewhere. I'm sorry. You have a very cool thing here.. and I will continue to play/enjoy this game.
I would have purchased 3 mounts, book of ascension, Altar, and portable mailbox by now.. who knows what I would have bought this afternoon.
Please Dev team. Adjust your shop policy and I without a doubt think you will see some more revenue from it. Don't be 'those' guys.. be the other ones..
now if you will excuse me.. there are some levels I need to grind out.