Dave Stark got me thinking with a post to TMC ( a comment actually)
So I decided to play with numbers for a bit as well.
Basic assumptions I took. 1) Daves quote for training speed at +5 and well optimized (2) 15$ for a months playtime (3) People are not stupid (ok, 3 is a stretch)
Say that I want to train skills ahead of the ‘real time drag’ and suppose I can afford it. What would be a reasonable cost to pay? Well, less than plex value would be nice but someone had to pay for it so suppose the base value was that someone sold it to me at cost (their cost) If they can farm 2 million sp a month on their brood mare then it would be reasonable to expect that they want to get paid for that. 1 plex for one month work seems like a reasonable ‘at cost’ assuming that Aurum is free (bad assumption but I wan to roll with it) That means that each TSP would be worth .25 plex. ($3.75)
So I asked around what a well skilled number would be for subcaps. 25 mill was a popular figure bandied so let’s roll with that. From .5 mill to 5 mill the new character being ‘helped’ will need a 1:1 ratio of skills so he/she will buy 9 TSPs for the 4.5 mill boost. From 5 mill sp to 25 mill sp there is that diminishing returns to account for so the next 20 million sp will actually need 25 million sp bought which is 50 TSP’s. That give us a grand total of 59 TSP’s to get from starting out to fully ready to rock.
It would take one brood mare 15 months to pump those out. Or 15 brood mares 1 month. But either way, 15 months of someones time to bake those TSP’s 14.75 if you want to get exact about it. A quick 14.75 * 15 Gives us the value of $221.25 . That is the base cost for a character bought up with plex if you paid for the plex. Again, this ignores CCP’s cut since we do not know what the extraction device and such will cost.
I cannot see anybody selling for less than this since that was their base cost unless they are fire-selling while quitting the game.
So, the most common defense of this proposal I see is that ‘it is the same as the Character Bazaar.’ I went and looked. Now, for the record, I don’t like the character bazaar but I understand why it exists. I looked at some older threads to get a feel for what the going rate was. I started laughing. A LOT of bumps for 25 mill characters if they ask more than 10 billion for them. 10 billion is less than 10 plex.
A few conclusions. 1) If this goes through then someone could make a killing buying up characters and chopping them up for parts. But if it does not go through . . . (2) It is cheaper (right now) to buy a character than the base cost of the TSP’s will be. ‘But the character bazaar does demand a fee’ you exclaim? Yes, yes it does, $20 I think? Still cheaper even with that added in. And there are character farmers who make very clean and focused alts, no embarrassing mining skills and all.
Economically? I just don’t see it as a viable thing to buy a character up unless they do close the Bazaar down. It is good, maybe, for a one shot boost to get into the flavour of the month.
I still do not like it. I oppose it and have since it was shown to the CSM.
I will try to write a post elaborating why . . .soon.
but then, Vegas is coming and I fly out in a couple of days. so don’t hold your breath.
or, do, I don’t tell you how to live your life.
fly it like you won it