Let me start today with a little story, it’s short, this afternoon, I wanted to go and buy a glow stick, a wayfarer totem glow stick type of thing :), and I tried first, to check like “big” shops, nothing, tried then BUTT, awesome tool, very good to check prices, and started to go from lowest to higher prices, went to TNT megahub, jumped on the planet portal, selected the shop from Knowledge window, and guess what, 1-2k meters away, let’s not run so tried some of the portals near by, 3k,5k, 2.1k, not good, next entry in BUTT, and so on, until I got to an entry from DK mall, managed eventually to reach the shop, and guess what… it was a normal stick. At that point I was way too frustrated… (why are people building so many shops, and empty ones, cuz they are not stocking them, a hole lot of them were made out of ash, guess expired and someone else snatched them) I checked few other places, ended up with nothing because I could not reach the place (later found out on forum that I’m not the only one) so went back home, will need to forge them miself, but this entire “adventure” wasted 2h of my afternoon.
Look, for someone like me that restarted playing the game, and is not already in the big groups of players that are already established, it’s extremely hard to find something you want at a decent price, and especially to actually get the the place and buy it.
This post might not go anywhere because I’m trying to fight with the human nature here, everyone wants money and control, regardless of the game’s intent, but here’s my attempt…
Right now, according to steamdb there are around 100 people playing daily, in MMO standards, you would say it’s a… not so alive game, but that’s not my point. Given the small community, some of you are known more than others and can form a centralized team of effort towards a more centralized place.
And what I’m referring to is… wouldn’t it be for the best interest of us all to just centralize the hole universe in one spot? like we/you choose a zone and everyone gets his shop there in 1 or 4 plot(s), choose few things that he could sell and you keep stock of those, if it expires, leave it expired and not plotted, if everyone agrees and concentrates in one spot, we can all win something bigger than all of us, a sense of community, especially that feeling of playing with others, because you would see a hole lot more people around. And in regards to greefing… honestly… is it even a concern now? There are just a few people that actually play the game, you can organically move the shop to the left or right and funnel out the shops that are just there. This is not a perfect idea by any means, but I think it’s the best one with the tools we have.
Right now everyone is building a shop, especially on a private planet that you can never find it because it has nothing in it’s name to point to something (shops as well) and you end up with a bzillion shops, but when you need something, pray that you need the thing that is in the shop in from of you, otherwise… good luck.
And I guess this is a message more towards the guys and girls that lead big guilds and have “Mall” builds, extremely big, and mostly empty. Please unite, not for me, for all of us!
There are a lot of “portal networks” and the portal networks are linked between each other, each portal network has same thing… links to other planets, and shops, the planets are with levels (All T5,6… and so on) and shops are scattered around the portal hub there is no structure in any of the portal hubs, if you have links to shops… god knows what the shop is about because it’s either empty or just has some request baskets with stuff in them (all of them are huge btw! :)) )
Boundless should be a friendship building game, a come and see my ridiculous build game, not a “come and check my new hub/shop/mall” game.