I was doing some good ol fashioned Aetolia thinking on a long drive today (don't worry, I thought about the road and pedestrians too), as I'm sure many of you also do when you're left alone to think about the most random things, and my mind went to shopkeeping, having just gotten a shop myself.
I came to the realization that since I've started playing again after a good deal of time away, I have yet to spend any time jumping from shop to shop trying to find a particular item that I'm looking for, and instead bounce solely back and forth between directories.
Pretty common pattern, right? Well, thinking deeper on this I came to the following conclusions:
- By skipping the shop-to-shop approach, I've just lowered my chances of interacting with people in a shop via running into them at random pretty significantly, as instead of going to more shops in the city to find what I'm looking for, I'm just making a beeline for the shop that I know has the item I want.
- Seeing as I'm not digging through miscellaneous items in various shops' wares to see if they have what I want, I'm also not seeing nifty little things popping up in the wares list to buy at random that I wouldn't have seen otherwise, because I'm just buying exactly what I searched for. This results in me spending less gold, and shopkeepers making less gold by extension.
- If I'm buying curatives in particular, I can easily (with practically 0 effort) see who has the cheapest items, thus turning curative sales into a matter of who's willing to make less money than everyone else without spending some time doing the research.
In exchange, directories are super convenient, and there's no arguing about that, but are they worth some of the things given up/changed as a result of them being there?
This is by no means me trying to push a change or wave a rallying flag I promise, but more or less genuinely curious as to what other people think about the subject. Discuss!
Do shop directories ultimately help or harm the game/atmosphere? 24 votes
I love shop directories and would hate to see them go
I really don't care either way
I frequently shake my fist at the shop directories and would love to see them go