In today’s article I’d like to touch on a topic that I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now. As you might know I’m very much interested in alternate characters, both in terms of playing and theory. Ideally the goal should be to encourage playing alts without making them too strong as farms. While Neverwinter had a problem in the early years with alt armies that were by far the best way to accumulate Astral Diamonds, it has taken the right steps over the last couple of mods in my opinion. The devs introduced a variety of account bound gear to supply alts, and at the same time limited undergeared or idle characters to generate wealth. Which means you actually had to play them, but they were easier to equip.
Back to the Alts?
Random Queues in my opinion however stalled the progress in that particular area. Before they got introduced in Mod 12, the best way to earn Astral Diamonds was to farm dungeons with mains. In most cases, the Salvage you would get was worth more than running your daily dungeons on lesser geared toons. That being said, doing eTOS all day wasn’t really that much fun. But that way you could at least profit from the mains you had established. Of course we had those 2x ETOS / 2x ESOT farms on multiple chars as well, but you had to be decently equipped to get into the profitable 30-minute spurts. So undergeared toons weren’t much of a factor.
Now I’m slowly feeling like it’s changing again. That’s because the two easiest queues in the system net the most profit, and can be run by fresh 70s pretty much without any gear. To make matters worse, being most efficient means switching between multiple toons and skipping certain long content. What would you do? Grind through an Underdark skirmish or do two or three Master of the Hunts at the same time? The randomness of the feature really is what makes bringing a lot of alts attractive again. 2x ETOS / 2x ESOT worked because we could choose the fastest content for our daily completions on our strongest characters. Now gear is an insignificant factor again, it matters much more to not get stuck in the wrong type of content.
Much More of an Issue in the Middle Class
That being said, I think this is mostly an issue of the middle class. If you’re having your 16-17k toon set and can run the latest content, it’s best to do just that and not mess around with pulling other people’s farm alts through the Cloak Tower all day. But if you own an up-and-coming 12k, then your best shot at making AD is alt play again. Get them Rank 7s, basic Chult gear, and rock the queues! It’s probably more profitable than doing stuff on your main.
That’s annoying, because I really felt we were on the right track in that regard. I’m not entirely sure how this can be solved though. Random queue overall are still a plus in my book, and this not enough of an issue to warrant a full rework. I’d still like to see wealth generation across all tiers of players to be something that you do with mains. It just doesn’t feel right that you bring up characters just to be able to farm Astral Diamonds for the account.
What’s your take on this issue? Do you run many alts through the random queues or mostly stick to your mains? Share your thoughts on our social channels, in the comments below, or the corresponding thread on our message board!
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