Thank you for explaining in full what I basically only touched on in a few sentences about the new event.At this point, I really do think that people are choosing to be confused. Chai actually goes out of his way to explain the pitfalls of the growing P2W system and as I look around I see gaggles of ostriches with their heads in the sand.
It's one thing to disagree with his position because you truly believe that nothing anyone else does in the game affects how *you* play the game (and it might not in many cases), and quite another to feign like what he's saying is just the confused rambling of a detached and unreasonable person.
IMO, there is far too much of the latter lately. And yet, Chai still continues to fight the fight.
News flash: Nothing in his posts point to him doing it to tear the game down. He does it to try and build the game up. There are canaries in the mine dying and just because some don't see it doesn't mean it's not happening.
For starters, there was a time when motes, which can be sold in the open market of the game, had a currency and trade value with a direct correlation to actually *playing* the game to amass that particular currency. For some, that means that time and skill in that event equated an in-game reward.
Now that you can (and, in fact, *have* to) buy the Midwinter tokens that basically give even the most inept skater 100 to 200 motes every 3 minutes the pendulum swings from motes being an in-game currency you "played" for to a currency you can simply "pay" for.
For *some*, it will diminish that, once-earned reward.
For this to be true, it doesn't have to affect *you.* You simply may not care because you may not (or do not) play that part of the game, but rest assured, jumping for motes/recipes and then trading the fruits of that labor was a part of the game. It's still there, but it has been diminished. (If it wasn't for the 10k bear pet this would have a much more serious impact.)
Further, the monetization of the mini-game is a significant departure from its sister Risia festival and is more akin to one of DDO's least popular events (The Festival of the Traveler.) Adopting more monetization and P2W elements in the event bodes ill for future events.
It's worth considering whether or not we want future events to be more like Cove, Risia, and Mabar or more like Traveler and Midwinter.