Welcome to a new project, experiment, challenge or whatever you wanna call it. Normally experiencing the content with well-geared toons, I figured it would be quite interesting to approach the game from the perspective of a casual player. How does it feel starting from scratch and build up a character without the help of your mains? How long does it take until you are geared enough for the latest endgame content? Welcome to the Lowbie Diaries, it should be fun!
After a few weeks in the guild we’re currently working on Barracks level three for the power boon. It’s apparent the guild is lacking players for the daily Influence contributions, at least that’s the bottleneck for now. It’s not even half full and we are still recruiting. It’s interesting how a guild like this represents the overall state of the game. You are constantly searching for new players that fill the ranks of those that moved on.
In my eyes the lower tier of guilds has two problems: The members that aren’t as active and committed are more likely to quit the game or aren’t helping on a daily basis. And those that do might just switch guilds for more Stronghold progress. There are a few decent guild recruiting at the moment and if you have the gear and the activity, you can get as high as GH18 with no entry fee. That’s massive and the system sort of carries itself. The upper tier guilds have to replace the players that left the game, robbing the smaller guilds of their best donators. I think it’s a huge pain to build up a core of let’s say 30-50 players that come in daily and help you become a guild that has to offer more than others. Right now you are probably more or less getting fresh faces, which may or may not stay with the game. Hence it’s a constant come and go.
That said, I still have fun in the guild, slaying dragons, and this character has limited options because I can’t be online daily. I’m not the type of players that hops to the best possible option anyway. I’m intrigued to see how it develops.
I also fully grind the Portobello Campaign and at least with one character it’s very easy to get the 100 Accreditations per week. I can however imagine it becoming a major pain if you need to do it on five or more. What I’m really missing is the one reward that gives you significant progress after investing a full month in the event. I mean the maps are cute and nicely done, read my Trial of Traps review here if you haven’t done it already, but browsing through the rewards there’s nothing special. I eventually gonna get my Pocket Pet when I don’t have to spend the dices on the campaign task any longer, but other than that?
I am as disappointed as others that the Beholder seems to be a big phantom and since I don’t really need the Dagger, I could probably just skip the campaign without really missing out. A few titles and fashion? I like the cosmetic side, but I think events should also be used to enhance the progression a little bit. In the end it might just be shortcut for some to an additional artifact and maybe we haven’t seen all of it yet. But for now I’d consider this a subpar event for lowbies.
See you the next time!
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