@ Manda, I agree with you for the most part, however as much as the GMs/PMs have the best interest in the game, one (not the only one) of the reasons why the game is going downhill is because so much power has been given to the AP buyers. A power very hard to achieve if you are not an AP buyer. So many give up because they have absolutely no way to compete.
The new EP6 with all the gears and possibilities coming out will only worsen the situation for those that already cannot compete. The only way to fix that is to make gear more easily accessible by those that cannot afford to spend real money on this game. They are as much part of the community as any AP buyer is.
On other games it is time which sets the ubers and not ubers apart. The more time you invest, the more uber you become. On shaiya, its AP purchases. The more you spend, the more uber you become. Yes I know there are many ways to become rich in game without spending a single dime on the game, however most of those require you to have a foundation to work off of or require very long hours of plvl or farming which depletes the point of the game, entertainment.
I do know there are many more issues with the game. The reason why i always focus on this topic is because it is the part of the issues that AGE has a say in. Glitches, class imbalance, Exploits, etc. are issues that only DEVs have the power to resolve at this time and we are dependent on them.
I think it is time for AGE to find an opportunity in other games if it wishes for shaiya to live on.
I've said it before:
-Raise your prices and you have less people paying more.
-Lower your prices and you have more people paying less.
--The outcome is still the same, just the means of getting there and the content of the majority is different.
P.S. I still cannot believe that the PMs are planning on raising prices of certain AP items. The raised prices in the Item Mall was not a mistake. You will see that the prices on the Web Mall will soon be raised to match the prices in the Item mall. That will be their "fix" to that issue.
If we see the Item Mall prices dropped back to the way they were before the Web mall prices are raised, I will give 10 random Nubs 1 OP each. I am saying it publicly so that I may be held responsible for what I say. --Something that AGE might want to consider.