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    Lightbulb Observations from a returning "Project Entropia" era player

    Hey,

    So it's been about 4-5 months now since I returned to Entropia.

    First of all - I am 28 now. When I first played PE i was 12 years old in 2002. I used to deposit using splash plastic which allowed me to top up with cash at any paypoint in the UK and then deposit. I am saying this because my experience may be different from most, because I couldn't just as easily deposit as some can (not a rich family either). I used to put birthday and pocket money into this.

    I cashed out early 2007 - sold most of my skills and equipment and made a $580 withdrawal.

    Anyway. I just thought it might be interesting for me to put into writing the things I have observed in the 4 months I have been back.

    If you want evidence I am that old of a player, all I have is an old hof image post going back to 08-2006. I was a member of the society "Sterling and Moss" run by "Gabriel Aziphrazel Stone" which was a well known/trusted trading corp back in the day with small membership.


    Observations:
    • It's a lot harder to make a huge profit now. Everything seems weighted on initial investment and you wont get a rags to riches loot anymore. I can see why MA did this but it does take away from the excitement and experience I had back in the day.
    • It's a little easier to break even/make a small profit. Especially if you go full eco on puny mobs.
    • It feels like amped mining is a necessity if you want a global/hof now which is a big risk for players with a low bankroll
    • The missions are a great way to add value to a hunt - some of the skillpoint gains i get from both the codex and missions are awesome and it's really good if your a laser gunner because you can pick blp/gauss/explosive gains and gain a huge amount of skills in that
    • The spawnrates are ridiculous and they shouldn't be able to spawn within a certain distance of a player. I've had 2 mobs spawn right on top of me while i'm dealing with another one and it's just BS tbh.
    • Very disappointed with the devaluation of old classics like the FireForge DAR 9300. I can imagine a lot of old players had stocks of original weapons and to see MA mismanage their ingame economy like this by shitting on their oldest players is sad. I understand the impetus for (L) weaps but there had to be a gentler way, maybe even an amnesty of sorts. I really feel gutted for players who saved good weapons only to be shafted by economy 2.0
    • Auto-fire/aim is great, I love it
    • Often your servers are laggy as hell and its unacceptable given how much money is involved. You're not Tibia - sort it out.
    • You need to do better at incentiveising players congregate in different areas of the game. So many places are barren now, never a player around. This wasn't the case when I used to play, even the most backwoods tp would have a few people standing around. Now it's just a few hubs per planet and it ruins the immersion.
    • On a network level, stop treating mobile service centres as separate places from their geographical location. The load in is ridiculous and will turn a lot of new players off.


    I'm sure I have a lot more and I'll update it as they come to mind. Just figured this might be interesting to everyone.

    Good luck!
    Steve

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    Thanks for your insight, its nice to read how returning player feel and on what area of intrest they focus. Im suprised you have problems with lag, i have loot lag on semi rare occasion but nothing close to unplayable state.

    Please feel free to share more of your impressions and (a kinda late) welcome back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiona Simmons View Post
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    Thanks for your insight, its nice to read how returning player feel and on what area of intrest they focus. Im suprised you have problems with lag, i have loot lag on semi rare occasion but nothing close to unplayable state.

    Please feel free to share more of your impressions and (a kinda late) welcome back.
    Thanks

    Yes I have had complete connection drops where I am still in the game but cant change weapon/tool etc and then I relog and I'm about 2 minutes in the past. I have 500mb/s down and 100mb/s up connection so it's not me.
    Last edited by English Stephen; 10-06-2019 at 14:33.

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    Everything seems weighted on initial investment and you wont get a rags to riches loot anymore. I can see why MA did this but it does take away from the excitement and experience I had back in the day.
    All is said and done.

    That's where the core of the game died.. So sad..

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    The frustration is we could still have that - they could pool the loot and randomly distribute. But they wont presumably to appease the 'high rollers' (big losers)

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    All is said and done.

    That's where the core of the game died.. So sad..

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Stephen View Post
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    they could pool the loot and randomly distribute.
    Casino player much?This is not lottery mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by messi91 View Post
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    Casino player much?This is not lottery mate.
    PE/EU has always been a ninja casino Each mob/mining depo is a roll on a slot

    The crafting betrays this mechanism.


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    Casino player much?This is not lottery mate.
    No, we just played Project Entropia..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~ Cirrus ~ View Post
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    No, we just played Project Entropia..
    Isn't the current version updated called Entropia Universe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by messi91 View Post
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    Isn't the current version updated called Entropia Universe?
    But this as a now vs then thread.....

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