I am new to Boundless, and to this discussion.
I have finally caught up with reading all the posts, so, in light of the last 15 hours I’ve played, I’ll weigh in.
This is coming from a survival game veteran who is gaining a level an hour more or less. From my 25+ years experience in gaming, specifically survival gaming, the “average” player isn’t going to spend more than 5 hours “trying” a game to see if they like it! (LESS THAN 2 on Steam, because of their refund policy.)
I can almost guarantee it’s why your numbers are in the 40’s for average players in steamcharts.
Many people have bought this, few play it. I know I was one, from my… lack of experiencing anything good in Oort Online years ago? I don’t honestly remember what I thought back then, LOL
Currently, the lack of directions from the start cost me quite a bit, and will apparently continue to cost me.
It’s on me, because I was testing the feature, HOWEVER, using point buy back NEEDS more explanation.
Using it one time costs all future point buys more? This was stated NO WHERE.
I used it three times and now all my skills cost me 8/13 instead of 5/10?
Rough, and in the long run will drive people away due to the point cap and perception of shorting oneself too much to “compete”.
I can live with my choices, a lot of people can’t. They will see it as YOUR fault. LOL
(I figure a wipe for Live will fix it for me, but you REALLY should note it.)
Beyond that, I think YOU are all thinking End Game, i.e. level 50.
Maybe it’s because you have played there so long you have forgotten level 10 play?
It’s a thought…
I will tell you I am level 14 and have gone through FIVE full smartstacks(great idea!) of 9 stone hammers and about two and a half dozen copper hammers, just trying to get to Spark Core tech. That’s 75 hammers of grind digging, and I am NOT there yet.
Still have to make the Refinery first, then slog through 16 MORE oort tech things.
I figure level 20?
I don’t know many people willing to put in 25 hours of gameplay to get to what they consider “basic equipment”.
It has NOT been tons of Fun digging. Other aspects of the game have been Fun, so I have switched off to those, to break up the monotony, to maintain the will to keep playing…
Part of that is due to the lack of communication about what skills do what.
Seriously the skill descriptors SUCK.
Part of it is because I’m on a world with like 10 other people(most of the time) and no one uses chat or responds to anything. Suckage, but not really on YOU.
The tedious grinding felt like a leveling time sink, just like 90% of the other MMO’s I have played…
Congratulations, you got that down pat.
HOWEVER, I stopped playing those because it is no FUN.
You need to add more Fun, To Mining Specifically, if you plan on keeping people.
I did feel like I was making progress, the slow slog of time sink for skill points works overall.
However, you are just as slowly killing any Fun it might entail. Somehow that needs to be added back in.
I think if you sped things up some, XP wise, AND/OR increased yields on Ores it would help speed the lower level progression a bit.
Based on the point system as I understand it now vs. at the start, maybe reduce XP needed to get to 20?
From there you have enough points to “Specialize” without having to make the “basic core machinery” choices just to GET Started…
Below 20 you are still trying to get “your legs under you” from what I have seen. IMHO it’s the reason Solum is 90% placed “bare” beacons and no people…
AND I know the higher levels go even slower? Right? Why?
IMHO, because you fall for the time tested trap of “progression should plateau” that every game developer hits.
I blame Dungeons and Dragons and the leveling scheme they used.
Or television programs, super heroes, et al…
Society says for it to be Progression it must be Hard, then Harder.
You start off rescuing kittens, rescue the Mayor, then save the world, then defend the universe…
Can’t blame you for being a product of your society.
But let’s face it, that is an artificial construct designed for serial treadmilling.
When was the last time you enjoyed a treadmill?
I don’t mind the treadmill, so long as I can watch Netflix on my laptop in front of me.