While researching information on producing runes in Runes of Magic (ROM), I noticed that the Enchanting NPCs in Varanas are now selling many of the Item Shop gear enhancement components for in-game gold. On the forums, they’ve posted that Item Shop objects will begin dropping in game too. I hope they know what they are doing.
While I’m mature enough to understand that many Western gamers aren’t comfortable with micro-transactions in their MMOs, those same players should be mature enough to understand that games aren’t made and maintained for free. ROM is already free-2-play and the Item Shop is the ONLY method by which it will have a revenue stream.
If you don’t like RMT then don’t play F2P games, it’s really very simple. Playing them and then complaining on the forums about the items you can’t have access to without participating in micro transactions is I-D-I-O-T-I-C! They are already working on allowing players to exchange in-game gold for Item Shop currency (Diamonds). What f’n more do you need?
I’m enjoying ROM. It’s the most balanced fun I’ve had in a game in a very long time. Warhammer Online was fun but didn't deliver a rounded enough experience for me. Wizard101 was great fun but lacks the standard MMO features I like such as housing, crafting and a player driven economy. ROM is my EQ2-lite and I’m having a great time. I don’t want that ruined by the game going under.
I really hope Frogster knows what it’s doing with all these concessions to allow more access to RMT items without micro-transactions. Certainly, they are professionals and should know what they are doing. Yet in the past two years we’ve seen some real goose eggs from others who supposedly knew what they were doing. Worse, a few MMOs have completely closed their doors due to insufficient profits. I’d hate to see anything bad happen to ROM.
This isn’t the Salvation Army or a charity. It’s a business, and businesses have to make a PROFIT to survive. Puzzle Pirates and Maple Story have been kickin’ it for years. I’m hoping the same for ROM.