Phaen wrote:If an activity is repetitive enough it crosses the line into grinding. I don't think all forms of grinding are bad.
That's one thing that has always interested me about the term. Where does one draw the line? When does an activity become a grind? I also don't think grinding is inherently bad. Farming should be boring. I grew up in a small town in Texas. I had some friends who did farm work. That shit was boring. It's boring. I can't say it enough, really. So if you're bored of doing a boring yet necessary thing, just don't do it. It's all a choice. That's why I didn't really understand the argument against the grind in Darkfall. I mean, I have to admit that it was kind of grindy, lots of .1% skill up! Bullshit. That sucked. It was a choice, though. I simply chose to have a mid-level, mid-power character because I'd rather do something fun.
The world needs janitors just as much as it needs CEO's. That's something people don't seem to understand, in real life and in mmo's. Not everyone has to be maxed out, especially in a game like h&h. Not everyone has to be a psycho killer with 4000 strength. It's nonsense. I had a shit ton of fun with an average (if not below average) character.
Part of me doesn't like the curios system and the other part just doesn't like the players who made it necessary to implement it. Why play a game if you're going to actively try to avoid playing it by botting or abusing game mechanics? What's the fucking point? To be the best? To kill other players who also haven't had to play to make their character a boss? Who gives a shit.
To be honest I kind of like the Curios system in theory, just not how it is in Haven. I'm so curious about how it's been implemented in Salem that my dick just might explode. If the curios system was more active I might even like it. It just lends itself too much to using alts and not having to actually play the game to have a good character. Part of me says fuck stats all together, make us all have equal stats and run the game off skills alone. That would fix a lot and would be the most sandbox and free solution possible.