Thursday, March 13, 2008


This is a message to all the Dragoons.

You guys know I love Dragoon. It's my main job when I'm playing AND I somehow found an actual job where I can summon my own dragon.

This is not an anti-dragoon rant.

This is an anti-whining rant.

During the recent update, a new weapon was added, the Thalassocrat. It's a great polearm (long pointy stick) with some great stats (anything on the other end of said pointy stick usually dies).

This is good news, right?


Of course not.

Instead of people being very happy about this, I've heard nothing but whining about how the Mezraq is now useless.

That's another pointy stick.

Things at the other end of it also tend to die.

It's a theme.

Ever since Salvage came out, people have done nothing but complain about how hard it is to obtain a Mezraq because the main materials involved suddenly became very desirable.

We added the Valkyrie's Fork.

Pointy stick.

Things on other end die.

People complain that the thing is too hard to obtain because you have to take part in a series of difficult battles instead of just having the thing crafted.

So, we take your suggestions (always a bad idea), and we put them together.

1) people want a polearm that's better than the Mezraq

2) people want a polearm that doesn't require highly sought after items to make

3) people want a polearm that can be easily obtained

Put these together and what do you get?


It's a new polearm that's superior to the Mezraq.

It does not use any items that are highly sought after.

It is not difficult to obtain.

Everything is good, right?


When have you ever read this blog and heard something that went the way it was supposed to?

As soon as news of this polearm broke, Vana'diel went nuts.

Apparently, doing exactly what people ask you to do is the surest way to make as many people mad as possible.

People are raging mad that their incredibly expensive Mezraq is no longer incredibly valuable.

That Mezraq that you bought two days ago for 2 million gil is now worth 500,000 gil.

Assuming you can sell it.

Which is not extremely likely.

Damn thing is practically worthless, right?

It's funny though. I went out into Bhaflau and swung it at a colibri.

Thing still died.


Listen. I know you worked really hard to get that Mezraq.

It's a great polearm.

It's STILL a great polearm.

Is it worth as much as it was a few days ago?


But the new polearm isn't expensive either.

You'd just be replacing your current polearm with a slightly better one.

No loss, right?


See, you WANT that Mezraq to be worth a lot of gil.

That way you could sell it and buy the cheaper new polearm and have fat stacks of cash.

If you were happy with the Mezraq three days ago, you should be happy with it today.

If you trade up, all the better.

You were stabbing monsters with a polearm. Not a stack of gil.

You were planning on holding on to it forever.

A weapon is worth two things: the weight in your hands and the hole it makes in your enemies.

Keep it. Sell it. Trade it.

I don't care.

Just stop whining already.


At 8:28 PM, Blogger Grenade71822 said...

"A weapon is worth two things: the weight in your hands and the hole it makes in your enemies."
Greatest Quote Ever.
Yeah you think that they would listen. But no. Just like wow and the mudflation when TBC came out. STFU already, put it in the bank and get a new one.

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Robert said...

Sure glad I got my Mez over a year ago for only 1.1 mil....

At 6:45 AM, Blogger Bufuman said...

And I'm sure glad that I haven't even unlocked DRG yet, because I certainly plan to. Dragoon has been one of my favorite classes ever since I first played Final Fantasy 2 on my SNES. They could be the worst class in Vana'diel, leagues below the 2nd worst class, and I'd still play it.

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Xatticus said...

If it kills things dead, I'm happy with it

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Rob said...

I agree with grenade.

I personally haven't heard much of an uproar over the Mez, I mostly hear people complaing about SCH getting RR.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Nathaniel said...

This is so much like Thief's Knife (last year?), and every other time that an update takes an item or crafting material and radically changes its value. Remember PUPs whining about Wamoura cocoons when ToAU first came out? Or Angestones and Adaman ingots before the latest Gobbiebag quest came out? I saw someone whining about egg sales today... Come one, the egg event hasn't changed in five years! Every year people sell eggs, get over it.

At 11:22 AM, Blogger cobalt60 said...

I suspect the bulk of the whiners are the ones consumed by status and prestige. "I has a Mez, therefore I is 1337, I is 1337 b/c i has a Mez" Some people want to be good at their job, they are happy with a pretty new pointed stick. Some want to look like they are good, now they look average, with a 'cheap' weapon. SE hit them in their ego. Good, F them

At 2:16 AM, Blogger Martin said...

"When have you ever read this blog and heard something that went the way it was supposed to?"


At 2:13 AM, Blogger Nick said...

In response to grenade:
Yeah, the fact that gold lost all value when TBC came out kinda blew chunks.

This said:
You made an item that's... 'easily' made, and... good?

My world is crumbling!

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Chirri said...

Yyyyeah, old, high end, tough to get stuff that gets replaced with new, high end, easy to get stuff is always controversial. On the other hand, the people who got the old, tough to get stuff tend to forget - they had something that blew everything out of the water before "everyone" else, and reaped the benefits of said item while they had the chance. Bragging, rights, faster kills, tougher content before everyone else. That's really all the wanted to begin with, right?

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

I think it's funny that just a few posts down, you were talking about learning Japanese for the sake of games not being released in a timely manner.

Then, SE announces they'll release games at the same time, world-wide.

And you're angry.

Not making fun of you, Dave, just pointing out that it happens all the time, even to the best of us. ;3~

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Laserx said...

People need a reason to complain. Otherwise, the pent up retardation in their brains out soon be too much for any mortal body to handle. The retardation would actually make the brain forget to have the heart send blood to it which would result in the person dieing within a few seconds.


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