Bog Lurkers Redux
So once again, I'm working on leveling a character, number eight. She's an elf, so she started in Ered Luin. Ally with Thorin's Hall, meta-deed done. Check. She goes to the Shire. Meta-deed, check. She goes to Bree. Kindred with Mathom House and Bree, check. Meta-deed check, after 5 trips to Tarodan at 60 spiders a pop for Brood Mother Advanced. Tedious, but at least the spiders re-spawn. She goes to the Lone-Lands. Kindred with the Eglain, check. Meta-deed....working on the Bog Lurker thing. She goes to the North Downs. Kindred with the Rangers of Esteldin, check. Meta-deed, check. Meta-deed with the Eglain....still working on the Bog-lurkers.
I'm headed off to the Trollshaws next and fully expect to complete them before I get the Bog-lurker deed in the Lone Lands done. I'll be way over level by the time I complete the meta-deed, and if I weren't a completionist I wouldn't bother. It's not like the reward is really worth it. And six of my other seven characters are in the same boat, which seems to indicate to me that there is a balancing problem there. They have no problem completing other meta-deeds, just the Lone Lands-because of the Bog Lurkers.
There are more bog lurkers in the North Downs than there are in the Lone Lands and there is no slayer deed for them. I've said this before, and I will say it again-please consider halving the requirements for the Bog Lurker deed in the Lone Lands. It is worse than Tarodan.
It may be that you all thought you would sell doublers by leaving it this way, and perhaps you do. But I don't burn doublers on deeds like this. I use them for deeds where the slayer creatures are moderately to pretty closely packed. That way I can get 2-3 done, basic and advanced, if I do things just right with one doubler. (I use OOC run speed scrolls and +5% damage and mount speed too, so I can zip around and hit hard.). If I've got a few minutes left on the scroll, I'll pop over to Haragmar and try to find bog-lurkers, but I won't burn one just for them, because there aren't enough there to make it worth my while. Seriously-I tried this once and got maybe 40. Not even the basic deed. I won't ever spend TP on just this deed again. I'll continue to pop over there for ten at a pop for what seems forever.
There is nothing more tedious than running in circles around the Circle of Blood, over and over again, waiting for them to respawn. And if anyone else is there at all, it is not worth going. Please, please, PLEASE reset this deed to where it requires time and effort more commensurate with the other slayer deeds! If you don't want to halve the requirement...there's that honking big marsh across the road. Drop some more of them in there. Bigger, badder ones if you like.
The Lone Lands are the last area in the F2P introduction. Do you really want this frustrating irritation to be the thing on peoples' minds when they are contemplating whether they'd like to subscribe or buy new areas? While I suppose you should be commended for giving people a true taste of some of the epic grind in the game, it might make better business sense to save that for later, when they're more invested.
Last edited by Dolamrothdame; Aug 30 2014 at 08:25 PM.
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