I dun wanna reply to this minefield, but oh well
To be fair, a lot of the things that made pheonix crash and burn (I wonder if it will rise from the flames this time...) I don't think were really AGE's fault.
Messed up economy came from the mistake that NPC'ing NT items injected a heck of a lot of gold in there, coupled with OS mentality. Balanced pvp will never exist till, you know, Nexon actually balance the classes, though I think there wasn't as much imbalance between people with wallets who could afford 'rare' gears like on OS and those that couldn't, as those rare gears just didn't exist on Pheonix (and I class rare gears as those with high enchants too, 'cos well, they should have been rare, not a neccessity to compete...). New Item Mall approach? I believe the idea here was to put things so that farming could pay for the Item Mall items that a few players could buy, and
the items 'necessary to compete' were farmable (unlike on OS were you need
, say, worships in 1-15 which are only ap). A sort of set back to times before past unscrupulous, idiotic
PMs decided to release 'uber' gears only for ap to the point where the game cannot function without them (no blame of current PM's, they're only reaping what their forebears sowed). The fact that AGE's idea was naive at best isn't really their fault.
I think the main problem with Pheonix not turning out to be what we were lead to believe isn't due to deliberate deception from AGE, but rather their total naivity of Nexon coding and player attitude, coupled with over stretched man-power. The fact that a whole ton of us took a look at pheonix, put our cynic hats on, and predicted what would happen, is besides the point. I like to think of it as a triumph of hope over experience for AGE, and who wouldn't want a company who at least has hope that things could get better, and are willing to give it a go?
As for PLapisia, well they were something Nexon did, not AGE. I know it's hard to believe, but, from various sources, it appears AGE have as much idea as to what new things are coming to Shaiya as we do, so promises for pheonix are only as good as far as trusting that Nexon won't switch things up... I suppose though, they did have the option to not sell them in the Item Mall... I would love to know what the AGE mentality was there (without resorting to being too cynical
With all these new changes in game, I now just view Shaiya as a new game, and deal with it. It's a pitty pheonix has swung so heavily in favour of ap spenders now. I live in hope that these PLapisia will become tradeable, to balance the players again.