Agree with the final point. Don't want it to have a negative impact on enjoyment for anyone. Though, the whole "chances of breeding" thing kinda makes me giggle. The "prestige" card will be played. Let's face it. There will be have's and have-not's. WoW's royalty shall demand their cake.
Originally Posted by Toypop
I like Mwaka's point regarding a fix for terrible RNG. It could be done with gold, or valor points in a way where, "you have killed boss X.... you have access to item Z. Cost of item shall decrease by Y amount for each kill of boss X". That way, you have a proportional control.... not just instant access to gear. I can tell you, I'd damn well have considered dropping gold to get my crappy-ass 346 shoulders upgraded back a while ago. I couldn't get a drop out of anything to save my life. It took months for me to even luck out on the 353's. I would have jumped at the option.
Originally Posted by Mwawka
As for the issue around "presitge", meh. It's still going to be a game of "I'm better than you nya nya nya nya nya." You have to realize that for some people, the goal of progression through a raid might very well BE gear-dependent. Not everyone is a super star, and some will earnestly benefit from a gear bump, which would aid their goals. For other's, it's maxxing out their toon to the utmost the toon can be. And yet for others, it's simply the ego-trip of "I'm so awesome!!!!!" Making all of these co-exist peacefully....... I'll take wagers on Mid-East Peace first. Raiding is a big ego trip for a lot of people, and you will always face that hurdle.
Inflation doesn't merely relate to the availability of gold in the game, but to the rise in the general level of prices of items/services in any economy. It's a relationship between what a unit of money and the good that can be acquired.
Originally Posted by Theotherone
The simple reality is that gold became easier to acquire, and thus became devalued. A good example of this is dailies. Dailies in Wrath were values at X. When a daily rewarded X amount of gold and it took me 20 minutes to acquire X, it had a value inherent to it. Items were then valued against the amount of time invested in gaining X amount. When Cata released.... that value went up to 2X. The cost of the items in turn, went up a proportional amount.
That's only one aspect of it. When the demand for items went up, say.... drop gear from Firelands, and people purchased the initial AH items, people found that, "OH! That item was listed for 10k yesterday and sold. I'll bet someone else would pay 12k!" Thus, the market climbed due to the demand for an item. Things only leveled out when people slowed their purchase habits. Prices didn't decline though. They held steady at what became the perceived market value for an item. Prices on items really only declined as the demand for them declined. HOWEVER..... the next tier of items that were of similar function/purpose would then take on pricing similar to or higher than the previous tier (see valor bracers).
You're right in that, the person hording 999k gold has no effect, but it's not because the money is taken out of circulation. It's because they are hording it, and not exercising their purchase power. As soon as that person exercises that, and spends 2k more on an item than it was offered for the previous week, THEN they have impacted inflation, because those watching the market now know that people are willing to pay even more.
There's more to it than simple circulation at play Theo. You have to account for other factors like supply and demand.
BMAH could have an effect on this still and drive inflation further, and in ways not expected. By introducing another market that competes with the AH, it may introduce another way for people to judge an item's worth, driving up/down the price of items available on the AH to their perceived value in comparison to a competing item on the BMAH.
Thank you Ion. Some of us have trouble accessing this at current locations.
Originally Posted by Ion
A true gentleman..... bent upon the destruction of mankind.
No one tanks in a void.........