13 august 2012
I've played Entropia Universe (Planet Calypso) long ago. I left the game mainly because of 2 major reasons:
1. You have to pay real-world currency to get something done in the game, where unlike most other MMORPG's, every shot you fire does cost real money, which brings me to the 2nd point...
2. The drops you get from monsters are by far not enough to compensate on the money spend for killing it...
But earlier this year I received a survey from the developer (MindArc), who was wondering why I (and with me 10.000's other players I think) am not playing it anymore. There was also a question if drops and rewards would go up, if I would come back. That one I answered with YES.
A couple of months back I had an other eMail from them stating that the main reason players left Entropia Universe was indeed the lack of good drops from monsters, as well as the insane huge amount of non-dropping monsters. This was one issue they immediately took at hand and said that monsters would now give a drops, and the amount of non-dropping monsters would be drastically lowered.
So yesterday I decided to return and give Entropia Universe an other try. Well, the drops did indeed go up, but to say that they're worth the ammo used on... And there have also quests been added. More the sort of "kill 10 rats' (without a decent reward so far), where 10 rats is 100 puny monsters (keep in mind that you still have to buy your weapon from real money and that 20 shots will cost you $0.10).
Then there's also an other way to get money from monsters: make them sweat. Though 1.000 bottles of sweat is worth only $0.20 (and you get about 7 per monster), it at least is some extra money...
The above video does look boring, and I can tell you, it somewhat is But on the other hand, it's all part of the learning process to get to know the game and (more importantly), get your skills up bit by bit. And it's the skills that are extremely important in Entropia Universe. They determine what kind of gear you can use, and how well you can use it. And at the same time, using your skills makes them grow (very slowly), much like they do in The Elder Scrolls adventures.
At this moment, I have killed 100 of these puny monsters, and I had the option to kill an other 500 (will I get a reward after that one..?). I declined the follow up and headed for the next quest involving monsters of L4 tru L6 (with one L7 monster really hunting players there). As easy as I kill the monsters in the movie above, as hard they get in the next part. So it's back to killing 500 of the punies then I think...
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