Peralisc2 wrote:Free to play (like also alteil is) or pay once then play always for free are better concepts than forced monthly fee for absolutely all, so i will stick to those.
Paying nothing and receiving 1% of the total game is not my idea of fun. In Alteil, $50 will get you nothing but a few boxes, and you certainly won't get all of the cards that you want. As the number of cards grows, the value of gran becomes less and less for new players, plunged into a community in which people have literally spent thousands of dollars on this free game, and are still to this day not satisfied. It is akin to a carrot on a stick.
In games like World of Warcraft and Aion, you pay a monthly fee of $15 (much less than what the top tier Iczers have paid) and effectively acquire the entire game, and a world to explore! You are given just as many opportunities, and just as much power as everyone else.
My cousin recently switched to Aion from Mabinogi after I convinced him that paying $15 dollars for the whole package is better than paying $60 a month (when I asked him how much is would cost to buy everything available in Mabinogi in one month, that was his answer) for a slice of carrot. If you're rich enough to actually go for the carrot, it'll just be replaced when you're halfway through. From then on, you buy the next set of cards, or the newest items, again and again and again, every few months.
Games like Alteil are happily imbalanced by the dollar. More money means more cards, and more cards means more wins. Sure, a crafty person may be able to get by with 1700 RP with starter cards, but it doesn't compare to Shrine Knights. It doesn't live up to Legyre or PrimClone. What's the point in playing a free
game if it gives the free
-player no flexibility with new cards and no chance to defend itself against the big spenders? In subscription-based MMORPG's, people are banned
for using money to give themselves an unfair advantage.
I fail to see why anyone would play Alteil for free as a hobby. There are countless other things that they could do for free that give them more respect.