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I have few issues with farmers just generating xp, inf, drops, power levels.   I don't like the multi-box, PL a few chars up to whatever, strip them for parts, and delete them.  I'm not even sure Crosscut  would think that's ethical.

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48 minutes ago, lemming said:

I have few issues with farmers just generating xp, inf, drops, power levels.   I don't like the multi-box, PL a few chars up to whatever, strip them for parts, and delete them.  I'm not even sure Crosscut  would think that's ethical.

I have two accounts, and if I am using them both, it means that one of them is a work in progress. It's the reason I have two accounts, so I don't have to rely on others. The self-reliance thing is why it is only two accounts and not three, though I think I am allowed three. I'd have to have a really good reason to make a third, and I can't think of one even hypothetically. 

 

I'm not big on the idea of stripping toons, UNLESS I am stripping it because I am remaking it. But it's still really unlikely. I have 26 toons. Period. 25 of them are level 50, with at least Tier 3 Incarnates except one. 14 of those are fully Incarnate.

 

The exception is my Forever Praetorian, whom I discovered is not welcome on First Ward and Night Ward teams because her existence prevents other players from joining unless they are in the Zone. So for that one, a Kin/Elec Brute, I still have access to Pocket D and AE. I'm not really intent on getting her all T4s except maybe Alpha because of that sweet End reduction, but farming her up to Tier 3 will put her at a point where she can do the rest on her own. I also use the Pillar of Ice and Flame in my Base to do the Praetorian content via Flashback, which is way fun with higher difficulty on a fully slotted toon. I soloed her to level 28, then took her for a few runs of 45166. Once I got a bit more End mitigation, Kin/Elec Brute (supposed to be the 'sister' of my main, an Elec/Kin Corr, so sets are thematic) will be doing it for herself.

 

My other toon is a level 20 DP/Devices Blaster. Check my previous posts for today to find the Mids build. I'm making that blaster for Farmin' too! Not sure how well it will work solo, though I do plan to take the left side of Melee Hybrid, so we shall see! But this guy is going to take a while because I am leveling him solo with story arcs. Or at least trying. I did Hellions to level 5, then joined the arc with Frostfire. It was set to +4 and I came out level 18. 😄 I didn't even get a chance to do DFB and fail at Vazh badge. 

 

But yeah if I dual box, I have a specific toon I am working on. My most recent farmers though, have been made to be able to do general content as well. I sacrifice some DPS so I can be more well-rounded. When I made my Fire/Rad Tanker, I don't just want to farm fire or S/L with it. I want to farm everything. Including Carnies and Malta, who I'd much rather face alone than Arachnos. And yes, if I join a radio team, I totally run the map like a farm. Council is a given. 

 

The reason for this is that I only need to farm to get certain things, and if those things are Incarnates, a few Vet levels to get the basics down, like T3 Alpha, maybe Interface and Destiny. Lore if you want to run DA content sooner. The rest you can do solo, on a team, whatever. At level 50, all activity generates XP and INF. So probably the best way to make money is play your 50s. Street sweep once in a while. I get most of my purple drops running around PI whacking mobs. I never rely on farming as a source of purple recipes. It's nice when it happens, but I hardly expect it. 

 

Anyhow, I digress. TL;DR: Multiboxing serves a purpose. 

 

EDIT: Wait... If the Incarnate XP change and Empyrean merits per three Vet Levels change is being rolled back, then I'm not even in a hurry to do my Forever Praetorian, and I don't even need to Multibox because there is not Page 4 deadline to worry about. Neat, I can just take my time. 

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56 minutes ago, Bill Z Bubba said:

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Personally, Id like to see more focused debate. I don't want to get drawn into more of this "It should/shouldn't exist" level stuff. There are some points to be made, discussions to be had, and fundamentals to be worked out, but so long as everyone sees each other as threats to their playstyle or to the fundamentals of the game to others, we're just talking past each other.

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4 minutes ago, Andreah said:

Personally, Id like to see more focused debate. I don't want to get drawn into more of this "It should/shouldn't exist" level stuff. There are some points to be made, discussions to be had, and fundamentals to be worked out, but so long as everyone sees each other as threats to their playstyle or to the fundamentals of the game to others, we're just talking past each other.

 

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28 minutes ago, Andreah said:

Personally, Id like to see more focused debate. I don't want to get drawn into more of this "It should/shouldn't exist" level stuff. There are some points to be made, discussions to be had, and fundamentals to be worked out

What would you like to focus on and discuss?

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42 minutes ago, Krimson said:

The exception is my Forever Praetorian, whom I discovered is not welcome on First Ward and Night Ward teams because her existence prevents other players from joining unless they are in the Zone.

I had a little of that nonsense before pointing out to people, hey, we're IN Praetoria, you're the ones with the problem here, not me. LOL. Admittedly that does not always go well!

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5 minutes ago, Bionic_Flea said:

What would you like to focus on and discuss?

I think I'd like to see the topic separated into its natural major divisions, whatever they are, and see those discussed at a more thoughtful pace. Without people feeling their playstyle is under assault. That last bit is a tall order.

 

For example, I think a significant part of this topic is what attributes of gameplay merit reward, and to what relative degrees? I see, generally, three camps on this: 1) Time;  2) Effort;  and 3) Risk. Each one of these is complicated though; "Time" spent at or away from the keyboard? Effort before the activity (design and planning) or cognitive effort (control action) during the activity? And what does "Risk" mean in a game? What, exactly, are we at risk of losing or even not gaining?

 

But if we start to discuss these at basic levels to arrive at mutual understanding, much less agreement, I have a suspicion where it's going to go.

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I'm just going back to my farming... I still have a sonic defender who needs a few vet level iBits to finish his Incarnate toys. You know, a character who would just be a royal pain to run through the DA arcs a few (dozen) times on his own.

 

The pearl-clutchers can just keep on railing about how awful that is and how I'm ruining their game by being able to do that. Somehow. 😐

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On 7/19/2022 at 1:37 PM, MoonSheep said:

 

my opinions differ as i have reverse altitis, i play just two alts since returning to CoH - the journey and gradual progression is what makes CoH a great game in my view

 

shifting the playerbase back towards team based missions and actually having to play the game to receive rewards reintroduces balance in that the top rewards are earned through playing and are more of a rarity. i think it’s a good thing that top end rewards should be hard to achieve 

 

whilst PLing existed back on live, the modern AE cheats and exploits have ramped things up a notch - it’s unnatural, like drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth 

Well unfortunately the counter this argument is the fact that your generation is a dying breed (even I myself had to admit this). The point being farming in any game only started to become more and more apparent once folks figured out the ways or workarounds in the system. Though most would argue that this has been the way of gaming for years ever since physical guides came with physical CD discs then transitioned into YouTube video guides/digital guides.

 

The thing is, this is what happens when a game gets shutdown and then comes back to the semi-public massess, the economic value of things and remember this, most of that ceased to exist and suddenly everything else aound it got put a screeching halt. It takes time for a lot of things to recover though perhaps if the dev team added more folks to their roster even if it took time, things could move a long faster but likely not enough since after all... this is just a hobby project. IDK what you do here but game guides and how-tos are sort of here to stay and have been since the inception. For example when folks figured out the the path of least resistance in SWTOR was to just grind Kuat Drive Yards all day which was essentually a go in, destory stuff, kill boss, it's over. By that point, SWTOR players knew it was just faster since essentially most had long finished the 8 base classes -- this is more of a engraining the reoccuring player loops and not the new player ones.

 

IMO I feel like there needs to be a game design class on how even if you design sublimentary systems in a game to stop cheese, aren't always the best ways to prevent cheese especially if players can circumvent this. I guess game designers assume that everyone has good intensions and use their systems properly but... come on. When was this ever the case? :classic_laugh:

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8 hours ago, Andreah said:

I think I'd like to see the topic separated into its natural major divisions, whatever they are, and see those discussed at a more thoughtful pace. Without people feeling their playstyle is under assault. That last bit is a tall order.

 

For example, I think a significant part of this topic is what attributes of gameplay merit reward, and to what relative degrees? I see, generally, three camps on this: 1) Time;  2) Effort;  and 3) Risk. Each one of these is complicated though; "Time" spent at or away from the keyboard? Effort before the activity (design and planning) or cognitive effort (control action) during the activity? And what does "Risk" mean in a game? What, exactly, are we at risk of losing or even not gaining?

 

But if we start to discuss these at basic levels to arrive at mutual understanding, much less agreement, I have a suspicion where it's going to go.

 

Well, GM-GW split us off here, so it seems as good a place as any to discuss it. 

 

Time, effort, and risk is a good discussion to have.  While I dismissed Ivan's XP/Kill as a measurement, I cannot disagree that it is a basic measurement.  You kill X, you get Y.

 

Fire farming, especially active, wins on at least two and possibly three of those camps -- you get ultra fast rewards at minimum risk.  Effort is debatable as you do have to ramp up a farmer, kit him out, maybe get some inspiration binds and technique to be top tier.  But those puzzles have been solved.  You can copy a bargain basement build to self finance a top shelf build, and cut and paste the macros.

 

The only risk in the game is the risk of being defeated, which is only momentary and nowhere near as punishing as something like Dark Souls.  I suppose there's a secondary risk of failing the mission, trial, TF, or whatever.

 

This game also has an interesting dichotomy on time.  A perfect example is the ITF.  Some people prefer to speed run it to get a quick reward merits payout.  Others prefer to kill all or kill most to squeeze every ounce of XP/Inf in the maps out.  Neither way is the "right" way.  Both ways have merit (no pun intended) and provides different rewards.  The Devs have also started introducing Advanced Difficulty settings that provide additional rewards but have new tricks that will either slow you down or kill you.

 

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I have no problem with farming.  I like farming.  I farm myself.  But right now, and I'll be very specific, fire-farming on the asteroid map provides better XP, influence, drops, and even reward merits (due to emps from veteran DINGS!) than anything else in the game.  If it was only a little bit better I don't think it would be a problem. 

 

But fire-farming in AE is multiple times better rewards, faster than anything else, for less risk. 

 

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15 hours ago, lemming said:

PL a few chars up to whatever, strip them for parts, and delete them.  I'm not even sure Crosscut  would think that's ethical.

I feel like if you are PLing a character to 50 to just see how much you like them means you don't know you can pop a build into Mid's and export that into Test.

 

I'm glad they reverted the change. I honestly don't know how much of an impact it would have had on me. My farmer is built to do stuff outside of AE. It just seems like an odd way to go about things.

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On 7/19/2022 at 8:32 AM, Sovera said:

 

It does not, don't bring your assumptions and tout them as valid facts. The devs listen, yes, but when they are firm on an idea it goes through.

 

On the other hand when something you, personally, do not want and discourse against it you will be happy the devs are not dictators and will listen, and even revert the changes, if enough public opinion is against it. Is that too going to be smeared as 'loud crying' or will it be a clear and concise presentation of fact if you're the one who is doing it?

I agreed, all of the interaction I have had with devs /GMs are great.  I can't give them enough kudos

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4 hours ago, Bionic_Flea said:

But fire-farming in AE is multiple times better rewards, faster than anything else, for less risk. 

 


I still don't get that specific portion of the argument.  What is risk, in this game?  In the vast majority of circumstances, defeat is a momentary inconvenience.  In those circumstances where defeat is MORE than an inconvenience, like say a Master Of run, the folks that choose to engage in that activity (and expect to succeed) will prepare in advance to minimize the chances they will be defeated.  Step into a fire farm unprepared, and you will assuredly suffer an inconvenience.  Step into it prepared, and you most likely won't.   

Point being, the vast majority of what constitutes 'risk' in this game is mitigated in advance by those that choose to engage in the activity.  If it all goes pear-shaped and the map is littered with the corpses of you and your allies you have to... make a couple of clicks & maybe travel a tad before going back to do exactly the same thing you were doing before.  Your gear doesn't get blown off and scavenged by passersby, you don't lose piles of inf, your ranking in the leaderboards doesn't slip... defeat is really trivial in CoH. 

 

To put it another way, you either spend your time/resources making preparations in advance to stave off defeat, or you don't, and you spend time/resources recovering from the defeats that result from that choice.  I would take the pepsi challenge with anyone and wager that I spent more time and resources perfecting my Rad/Fire Brute than they have recovering from every defeat on every character they ever rolled in this game, Live or HC, combined.  Admittedly, that's not saying much, I'm a slow worker and agonize over little details. 

 

But even if I scraped the build off the forums and just ran with it, I still would have invested quite a bit of resources in that character that your typical Heroic Streetfighter might not have.  If I've invested what is necessary to survive in a 4/8 farm packed with hundreds and hundreds of angry jerks, the ROI on that is... I can survive in a 4/8 farm packed with hundreds and hundreds of angry jerks, and I get to keep whatever fell out of their pockets when I beat the dogpiss out of them, same as anyone else gets to keep what drops off THEIR victims in PI or DFB or wherever.  

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14 minutes ago, roleki said:

What is risk, in this game?

 

I can spend the exact same resources/time building the perfect emp/nrg defender and it will NEVER be able to reach anything remotely related to the inf/xp per hour rate that my claws/fire brute farmer hits. But this is true with the AE and fire farming completely removed from the topic. That same emp/nrg defender against my claws/sr main running max diff DA repeatables has almost the same disparity in performance.

 

The risk vs reward structure of this game is already completely farked, (And Always Has Been) regardless of what goes on in AE, JUST in the comparisons of risk/reward for squishies and non-squishies.

 

So, yea, regardless of my Homer gif earlier, I kinda have to mock the anti-AE, anti-PL crowd, because they do nothing but miss the forest due to all the trees.

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Unless you play hardcore, there is zero risk outside of AE as well. Death is inconvenience. It is not a risk. A risk of using an awaken, having a teammate rez you,  or going to the hospital? Puh lease. Level something like a blaster without 2x XP boosters. Get it in the 40s and then have it die knowing you have to delete the character as is. That's hours of play time lost.

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1 minute ago, Without_Pause said:

Unless you play hardcore, there is zero risk outside of AE as well. Death is inconvenience. It is not a risk. A risk of using an awaken, having a teammate rez you,  or going to the hospital? Puh lease. Level something like a blaster without 2x XP boosters. Get it in the 40s and then have it die knowing you have to delete the character as is. That's hours of play time lost.

 

Yea... there's a reason I've never done that in CoH. State of Decay 2, OTOH, I'll delete a community if I lose a single person. Course, knowing that if things are going south I can just exit the game to save them means that almost never happens now.

I will never understand the "only buffs, no nerfs" crowd. Only being satisfied with an "I Win" button is no way to balance anything.

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25 minutes ago, roleki said:

I still don't get that specific portion of the argument.  What is risk, in this game?  In the vast majority of circumstances, defeat is a momentary inconvenience.

I don't think we disagree on risk.  As I stated in the post you quoted "The only risk in the game is the risk of being defeated, which is only momentary and nowhere near as punishing as something like Dark Souls.  I suppose there's a secondary risk of failing the mission, trial, TF, or whatever. "

 

Let's agree that fire-farming should give the best rewards in the game.  How much better should it be?  Ten percent better?  100% better? Ten times better?  Is there a limit?

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Risk vs reward is just one variant of input vs output. You can talk all you want about how all the risk is really trivial, but, at the end of the day, the outputs per unit of input are way inflated in AE compared to the rest of the game.

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11 minutes ago, Bill Z Bubba said:

 

I can spend the exact same resources/time building the perfect emp/nrg defender and it will NEVER be able to reach anything remotely related to the inf/xp per hour rate that my claws/fire brute farmer hits. But this is true with the AE and fire farming completely removed from the topic. That same emp/nrg defender against my claws/sr main running max diff DA repeatables has almost the same disparity in performance.

 

The risk vs reward structure of this game is already completely farked, (And Always Has Been) regardless of what goes on in AE, JUST in the comparisons of risk/reward for squishies and non-squishies.

 

So, yea, regardless of my Homer gif earlier, I kinda have to mock the anti-AE, anti-PL crowd, because they do nothing but miss the forest due to all the trees.

You rejecting the widely accepted standard gaming paradigm of solo-friendly vs team-friendly archetypes is a completely separate issue.

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6 hours ago, Bionic_Flea said:

But fire-farming in AE is multiple times better rewards, faster than anything else, for less risk. 


With all due respect to Flea, I wish people would stop dragging risk into the discussion because it isn't really relevant.  Risk in this game is, by any rational measurement, all but completely non existent.  You don't lose skills and you don't lose items - at the very worst you lose a little bit of time.

All that bringing up risk accomplishes is diverting attention from the core issue - the disparity of returns on investment (whether time or in-game currency) between farming and pretty much everything else that isn't farming.
 

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25 minutes ago, Bionic_Flea said:

Let's agree that fire-farming should give the best rewards in the game.  How much better should it be?  Ten percent better?  100% better? Ten times better?  Is there a limit?

People evading this question hard af

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21 minutes ago, arcane said:

You rejecting the widely accepted standard gaming paradigm of solo-friendly vs team-friendly archetypes is a completely separate issue.

 

Damn right I reject it. The rewards for forced teaming are never as good as the rewards for teaming when I damn well please.

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3 minutes ago, arcane said:

People evading this question hard af

Clearly it is over 9,000%!!!

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14 minutes ago, Without_Pause said:

Clearly it is over 9,000%!!!

 

Which, unsurprisingly, is the exact % of hyperbole regarding the damage farming does to the game!

I will never understand the "only buffs, no nerfs" crowd. Only being satisfied with an "I Win" button is no way to balance anything.

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48 minutes ago, Doc_Scorpion said:

With all due respect to Flea, I wish people would stop dragging risk into the discussion because it isn't really relevant.  Risk in this game is, by any rational measurement, all but completely non existent.  You don't lose skills and you don't lose items - at the very worst you lose a little bit of time.

All that bringing up risk accomplishes is diverting attention from the core issue - the disparity of returns on investment (whether time or in-game currency) between farming and pretty much everything else that isn't farming.

 

Except that lack of risk is exactly why Fire Farms (and many of the other farms) are so lucrative - the enemies are so precisely weakened, that you don't have to invest in balanced defenses, resistances or even have much HP recovery, just damage and more damage.  I *hate* the typed AE farms, and I'd be a lot less hostile about them if the main farming builds could get anywhere near that clear speed running any other content.

 

And before the non-AE farms are brought up - one of the big reasons that a large chunk of those got 90 minute time limits back on Live was so they couldn't be farmed indefinitely.

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