Brackish Waters

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On the most recent episode of Shut Up We’re Talking, there was a conversation about the possibility of players being able to contract work out to companies outside of the game for in-game services.  Raid leaders, guild managers, tour guides, and personal trainers were all talked about here and I can’t help but think of the good and the bad that would come with something like this.

Raid Leaders
This more than any of the four scenarios mentioned above, would be the most beneficial to small guilds who wish to experience the more difficult content of today’s MMOs.  What a guild lacking the actual manpower to do the run, a professional outside service with dedicated crew and players could provide.
The Good

  • Players would simply need to provide the needed currency and time available for content, the contracted companies would bring along all needed expendables.
  • Companies could offer additional benefits like guild pictures, movies and even T-Shirts.
  • Reviews based on prior experiences would likely be available on the net and guilds would have a good idea of who to trust and who not to trust.
  • Various levels of service.  Private runs and Semi-privates raids could allow for a variety of costs to choose from.  Also, prerequisite runs could also be arranged for players needing keys and certain restrictions lifted before the raid was started.

The Bad

  • The sheer amount of instances and raid content spanning a lot of the more common games would put pressure on these companies to meet the demand that would be there. Pricing and participation may vary, see server for details.
  • Flat rate or hourly fees?  Could that person in your guild that has gone afk so many times before now actually be costing your guild money?
  • Guarantees would be hard to nail down.  The goal and expectations of the event would have to be agreed upon before transferring any money or agreeing to any contract.

The Ugly

  • If a service like this was sanctioned by the publishers and developers of these games, and real world currency was the method of payment, I can’t see any way that the gold farmers wouldn’t want to get into this.  They would have more of a problem with this as they have a bigger barrier to overcome with some of their future customers, speaking their language.

I plan on talking a bit more about the other three services later this week, but my work load today needs some definite attention.  I will say this though, I can’t see a service like this being available to players unless the developers/publishers of the game are the ones providing the service or in some agreement with these outside companies.  Either way, that is beyond my scope of knowledge.

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September 17, 2007 - Posted by | Brainstorms, Rants

3 Comments »

  1. Several gold farming companies were trying similiar types of services over a year ago.

    You could hire them to include you on a raid run with their team for chances on a drop.

    You could pay to have your characters keyed too.

    The fee’s were flat set amounts if I remember right, it was treated very much like power leveling.

    There’s also been many guilds in-game that offered their service as raiders for non-guild members to join their raids in limited numbers paying hundreds in gold for a chance at an item.

    So while the companies themselves don’t offer or necessarily condone these services, the 3rd party marketplace has been filling demand for sometime.

    Comment by Scott | September 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. Raiding has gotten too complex to take passengers imo

    Comment by Token | September 18, 2007 | Reply

  3. I’m not sure if I communicated this well enough then, because this would be the equivalent to Big Game Hunting with the person you are paying would be the guide and you would be the actual passenger taking instructions from them.
    Are you saying Token that a company wouldn’t be able to do this because they are so complex and the paying customers would have little chance following someones orders?

    Comment by brackishwater | September 18, 2007 | Reply


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