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Heezdedjim
07.30.2013 , 02:07 PM | #100
Quote: Originally Posted by AmberGreen View Post
Hello everyone, Thanks for your feedback about the recent changes to the Seeker Droid! The changes that were made were done to remove the ability to endlessly acquire items, as this was not intended. Also, we wanted to be sure and allow for players to obtain the speeder parts and treasures when digging, but we are taking what you’re saying into account.
You seem to be saying that you nerfed it because it's a credit faucet. So . . . when are you taking daily missions out of the game? Cause you can "endlessly acquire [credits]" with those too. At this point, there are so bloody many of them in the game that few if any people can actually do them all in an average gaming day, so the fact that they're "daily" isn't really much of a throttle anymore.

The bottom line here is that it's "ok" for people to farm credits by grinding your dailies, but it's "not ok" for people to farm credits by grinding dig sites with the seeker droid. Granted, the way seeker droid was working it was probably a little too bottable. It seems clear that is the real reason that you nerfed it, even though you're not admitting it. Your legendary metrics probably showed that there were some accounts on 24x7 running seeker droid digs in the same spots over and over and over ad infinitum, and you decided to put an end to that.

That's understandable, but you should come out and admit that this is the problem you were trying to stop, and you feel bad that legit players who were not botting have now had a rewarding activity nerfed because of the abuse of a few. What's more, you should fix the underlying problem, which is not credit farming per se but bottable credit farming. Just put in some sort of un-bottable interactivity hook in the dig mechanic so that players can still do it, as long as they are actively playing, but bots cannot. It's been done in other games with mechanics like "mining" and "harvesting" and "treasure hunting," which all are the same as this.

Players who don't want to grind dailies ought to have the option to do some other tedious and repetitive thing to get their creds on. And seeker droid could be that, without inviting abuse by botters, if you do it right.