In playing Runes of Magic, the newest free-2-play MMO entry, I’ve never felt compelled or coerced into spending cash. I only count purchasing the mount as a “must purchase” item. I haven’t needed additional bag space. The other things I’ve purchased were for convenience, not necessity.
Now here comes the sale of crafting resources in the Item Shop. I don’t know if it’s permanent but it sounds like it since they are encouraging guilds to use the items to build the castles. I have VERY mixed feelings on this offering. The number of resources required to produce a single item is a chief complaint among crafters. I still harvest but I had stopped producing items. I’ve been waiting to see if the system was going to be tweaked. This latest news doesn’t leave much hope. My first reaction is to suspect that the massive grind in this area is intentional to encourage the purchase of the resources now available in the Item Shop.
I suppose this is no different from the other conveniences offered in the shop, none of which is a necessity. Somehow, this one feels a bit more blatant to me. However, that might be because I’m a crafter.