While talking with some other members/devs on the Discord in #last-epoch-general, someone had voiced some concerns about the Bazaar. More specifically, players buying their power/gear outright rather than crafting/farming it.
While the whole point of the Bazaar is to allow players to purchase gear they haven’t been able to farm themselves, someone mentioned they also want to encourage people to craft and explore/farm.
I suggested a solution there, as well as in #suggestions-and-like-to-see, and figured I’d post it here as well to maximize exposure and get some feedback/thoughts on it.
Here’s the idea:
A new currency separate from your typical Gold/Coins we use now, that would be non-tradeable, non-purchaseable (real money or otherwise, though the devs have states Real Money Trading will not be a thing in Last Epoch, I just say this for explanation purposes), and Bind on Account.
This currency would be a cost present on the Bazaar every time you buy an item in addition to the regular Gold price (and possibly in relation to the Gold price, depending on balance needs), and would not be transferred to the seller, it would just be consumed by the Bazaar.
The only way to gather this new currency would be as drops from enemies/bosses you kill, and it would Bind to your Account, meaning if you have a main character you have put tons of time into, you would still be able to use this currency gathered on your main to buy gear for your alts if you’d like.
This would hopefully remedy some worries regarding new players buying their way into power, and encourage people to play the game/craft/farm, while not alienating the regular player base since they’d have already farmed up a bunch to use on their alts, etc.
I hope you guys like this idea, please let me know what you think!
[If this idea ever gets implemented, it would be cool if you guys let me help name the currency or have an opinion on it. ]