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MacRighteous
07-18-2014, 10:11 PM
Have a Premium option in the character creation screen for a Character Generator and a Builders Sandbox (Free to VIPs.) You could build a Heroic character anywhere from Level 1 to 20 in relation to the account content you've unlocked i.e; races and classes, build points, and then access an instance-like sandbox where you could test your build against conditions that they would face in the game. There would be no XP or loot rewarded and nothing from the sandbox could be taken into the main world, including your build. If you like your creation, you have to roll a new character as normal (using vet status or from level 1) and advance your build the old fashion way.
It would be for character planning and build testing only.

There could be a few store options, for example:
* Heroic Character Generator and Builders Sandbox I (levels 1-20, free races and class+what you've unlocked, basic sandbox test area like Devils assault+some specialized simulations like traps, locks, and other class tuning crucibles.)

* Epic and Iconic Character Generator and Builders Sandbox II (Same thing but for level (15)20 to cap using Iconics and EDs if you unlocked them, Sandbox could have a little more variety or actually let you select a privatized instance from a short list of the content you own.)

* Veteran Builders Sandbox (Depending on how the sandboxes are distributed with the Builders I and II kits, the Vets Sandbox could have anything from allowing you to select more test content options, to attached turbine made (not player made) plugins that can provide extended data on combat, effects, DPS/Heal/DC meters and things like that, to maybe even a PvP duelers corner where players can make builds and then duke it out with other players in a off-world setting.)

I'm not sure how to handle gear... maybe its as easy as typing the name of an item in your chat input and it appears in your characters bags to use until you log out, or maybe you get it from the sand box content and have to store it (which could open another tier of bank slots and share storage to purchase) or a combination?

I know I would buy Heroic CG-1 and Vets Sandbox right now - today - and I would pay basic expac prices for them ($30 to $40 a piece - $50 bundled.) And I'm sure I would buy the Epic/Iconic kit later - when I start running that stuff in game. Plus several drops on storage slots....

Qhualor
07-18-2014, 11:19 PM
I don't have a problem with this idea, but it sounds like something close to what you can do on Lamma. I don't know if I personally would pay for this, but if the interest is there and Turbine wanted to spend the time and resources, than sure why not?

MacRighteous
07-18-2014, 11:40 PM
I don't have a problem with this idea, but it sounds like something close to what you can do on Lamma. I don't know if I personally would pay for this, but if the interest is there and Turbine wanted to spend the time and resources, than sure why not?


What is this Lamma?

gwonbush
07-18-2014, 11:51 PM
The test/preview server Lammannia. Sometime before each update (generally a couple of weeks before a small update, a month or more for a major update), this server (requires its own launcher) activates so players can test new content/builds/etc. to find bugs and assist with balance issues.

Lammannia is notable for having an instance that doesn't exist in the live servers: the Test Dojo, reached in the marketplace. In it, you can find all trainers, two rooms full of loot, an npc who sells most augments, Sir Poincelot (gives TP for the test server only), the reincarnation NPC, Fred, and most notably the Guide, an NPC who you can talk to to get 1.9m xp at a pop. You can also find respawning CR 0 kobolds with 10k hp who don't move, and all spells are allowed in the Test Dojo.

MacRighteous
07-19-2014, 12:07 AM
That sounds awesome... but it isn't available all the time? I'll have to research this more...


In light of this information I think I would like to revise how much I might pay for a Character Generator and test Dojo area... To have those options on the character loading screen available at will/24/7 I might still pay $14.99 maybe a little more.

Uska
07-19-2014, 10:51 AM
While an interesting idea it would take to much dev time and we already have lama land