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New artefacts

AntoniusAntonius Posts: 4,200Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
edited April 2016 in North of Thera
ANNOUNCE NEWS #4545                                     (04/30/2016 at 06:23)  
From   : Nicola
To     : Everyone
Subject: New artefacts are here!
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 As promised (it's still April) new artefacts are here! You can find these shiny additions in the 
Miscellaneous Artefact Shop on the Isle of Delos.

Without further ado, we present:


An insignia of mastery - 350cr
   - Switch your Weaponmastery specialisation for free, every 24 hours.

Hypnosis Fetishes (imprint_capacity)
   - These mesmerising devices will increase a hypnotist's imprint capacity.
   A hypnotist's fetish   (+3 additional imprints) - 200cr
   A mesmer's fetish      (+6 additional imprints) - 400cr
   A Syraxian fetish      (+9 additional imprints) - 800cr

Liquid Rift Expansions (fluid_expansion)
   - These various tap devices will increase the capacity of the liquid rift.
   A Tippler's tap        (x2 base liquid rift capacity) - 300cr
   A Sot's spigot         (x3 base liquid rift capacity) - 400cr
   A Phaestean faucet     (x4 base liquid rift capacity) - 500cr

Prospector's References (mine_capacity)
   - Use the knowledge within these tomes to increase your mine ownership capacity.
   Prospector's Guidebook (+1 mine capacity) - 200cr
   Prospector's Almanac   (+2 mine capacity) - 350cr

Trader's Reference (commodity_market) - 200cr
   - Access the commodities market from anywhere!
     * Yes, this includes both buying and selling.

Vambraces of the Berserker (battlerage_decay) - 300cr
   - Harness the power of the berserker to extend your battlerage's lifespan.

Band of the Berserker (battlerage_support) - 250cr
   - Your allies' conditional battlerage attacks will do more damage if they are in your rallying 
presence.

A rough runestone (swift_runes) - 350cr
   - Faster sketching and smudging of runes.
     * Only works on ground runes.
     * Does not modify the balance time for sketching Thurisaz or Hugalaz.


Penned by My hand on the 5th of Mayan, in the year 711 AF.

Thoughts?

I'm happy with the insignia, though I wouldn't mind an upgrade with a shorter cooldown. None of the prices are particularly bad, either, so I was able to pick up everything I wanted to with what I had saved.

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Comments

  • AnedhelAnedhel Posts: 2,367Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Once an hour for spec changes with the Insignia, bringing it in line with the base class-change artefact, seems like it'd be fair.

    The commodities shop artefact is pretty excellent.

    I like 'em, all in all!
    Utianima
  • SobriquetSobriquet Posts: 1,632Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I'm very tempted with the insignia. The chance to go SnB as well as 2H sounds great.
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  • SarathaiSarathai Posts: 2,139Member
    I think the rift expansion arties might have broken something. I bought mine, and I got the boost to rift capacity, but apparently people in Eleusis who haven't bought them are getting boosts up as well.
    - (Eleusis): Ellodin says, "The Fissure of Echoes is Sarathai's happy place."
    - With sharp, crackling tones, Kyrra tells you, "The ladies must love you immensely."
    - (Eleusian Ranger Techs): Savira says, "Most of the hard stuff seem to have this built in code like: If adventurer_hitting_me = "Sarathai" then send("terminate and selfdestruct")."
    - Makarios says, "Serve well and perish."
    - Xaden says, "Xaden confirmed scrub 2017."



    Utianima
  • AntoniusAntonius Posts: 4,200Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I'll be using all four specialisations, but was hoping to have a bit more freedom to switch (especially since I have both Runewarden and Paladin). You currently can't switch specialisation even paying the lesson cost while the artefact is on cooldown, though I've filed a BUG for that.
    Utianima
  • AerekAerek East Tennessee, USAPosts: 1,813Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    The Knight spec artie pays for itself in 21 days if you use it, faster than any artefact available, ever. Honestly, I hoped it was going to be more expensive, because I didn't want to deal with Knights automatically swapping to the style that most inconveniences my current class at that moment. Alas, at 350cr, it's one of the best bargains in the entire artefact list. No one should be complaining about it.
    -- Grounded in but one perspective, what we perceive is an exaggeration of the truth.
    ValkynKiet
  • ValkynValkyn Posts: 734Member ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    The Knight spec one sounds fairly cheap to me. If they were going to lower the cooldown, it should definitely include a much higher cost.

  • LalaLala Posts: 276Member ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    I am buying the trader's reference because I am lazy.
  • XadenXaden Posts: 2,081Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Anyone got specifics on the runestone? What kinda balance time are we talking about?
  • AntoniusAntonius Posts: 4,200Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Looks like it halves the balance times for sketching and smudging ground runes.
    Exelethril
  • XadenXaden Posts: 2,081Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Not bad at all...

    ...so tempting
  • NakariNakari Posts: 596Member ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Given the huge diversity between knight specs, the insignia seems hugely underpriced for an artifact that gives you something like 4 classes in one. People already consider things like soulpiercers for bards or diadems on magic classes a core investment for their class, there's no way that with it's current price it doesn't become a must-buy. I play around with knight on occasion, and never thought I'd really want an artifact like that, but at that price, it's damned hard to justify not picking up just to switch between damage and affliction builds on the fly. 

    The 100 lesson cost wasn't much in the scheme of things, but getting hit for 15 credits every swap was at least a psychological disincentive. All knights will be all specs with this thing, I bet.

    KietValkynAntidasAerek
  • XadenXaden Posts: 2,081Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    It's not on the fly though... there's a 24 hour cooldown
    Anedhel
  • MizikMizik Posts: 2,027Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Nakari said:
    at that price, it's damned hard to justify not picking up

    The 100 lesson cost ... psychological disincentive. All knights will be all specs with this thing, I bet.
    This guy gets it. Consider also the incentive to purchase multiple weapons. 

    It was designed to be a win-win for business and consumer. I did touch on the psychological connotation involved with lessons being invested while credits are spent as currency. 

    I happily pay for convenience - a great included bonus.

    We keeping the lights on around here. 
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    ShirszaeTelendriethNataliiaAnedhel
  • KlendathuKlendathu Eye of the StormPosts: 2,579Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    What's the increase on rage cooldown from the Vambraces? (might finally be able to move, call harmonics then attack before rage disappears!)

    Tharos, the Announcer of Delos shouts, "It's near the end of the egghunt and I still haven't figured out how to pronounce Clean-dat-hoo."
  • AntoniusAntonius Posts: 4,200Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    @Klendathu You do know you can call harmonics off balance, right? What's the normal rage decay? Looks like 15 seconds with the vambraces, but that's what I thought it was already without them...
  • MakariosMakarios Posts: 1,575Administrator Achaean staff
    Its +5 seconds.
  • AntoniusAntonius Posts: 4,200Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    @Makarios Filed a bug in-game already, but doesn't look like it's actually working.
  • MakariosMakarios Posts: 1,575Administrator Achaean staff
    Looks like there was a flag missing - should work now.
  • NakariNakari Posts: 596Member ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Mizik said:

    I happily pay for convenience - a great included bonus.

    If it's that cheap you're not even paying for convenience, it'll pay itself off quickly with fairly regular use.

  • FarrahFarrah Posts: 1,476Member, Secret Squirrel @@ - Legendary Achaean

    I mean, buying a second class is ~3x the cost of changing class. Gem of transmutation is 10 times the price of changing race once. Same for traits and Grimoire.

    21x the price for one spec change doesn't seem unreasonably cheap, given the additional cost of weapons on top of that, especially when it's only once per 24 hours. I'm a SnB with a lvl 3 longsword, so I'm debating whether I want to bother buying it when I'd be unartied as any other spec. If you add artefact costs, you're definitely paying a lot to play every knight spec.

    ShirszaeExelethrilAnedhel
  • CooperCooper IowaPosts: 4,103Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Unless you have a morphing weapon. 

    Muhahahaha.

    AustereSherazadNataliia
  • AustereAustere TennesseePosts: 2,063Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Cooper said:
    Unless you have a morphing weapon. 

    Muhahahaha.
    Morphing weapon is a curse.  Now I'm going to be forced to pickup runie and the spec artie. Someone buy me some strength arties so I can kill people? 
    ExelethrilCooperLalaShirszae
  • FrederichFrederich Posts: 1,243Member @ - Epic Achaean
    @Klendathu
    The items are +5 seconds on BR Timer and
    +33% BR damage (for allies using a conditional attack)
  • TelendriethTelendrieth Posts: 125Member ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Cooper said:
    Unless you have a morphing weapon. 

    Muhahahaha.
    Wait, I may just be tired after a 15 hour work shift, but morphing weapon? The foozle is this and why do I feel I need it already?
  • CooperCooper IowaPosts: 4,103Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    You casually run your hands over Thoth's fang and incant beneath your breath, morphing it into a 
    Soulpiercer.
    8360h, 8041m, 37490e, 32700w  cekdb -
    You have recovered balance on all limbs. (5.061s)
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32718w  cexkdb -
    You casually run your hands over a Soulpiercer and incant beneath your breath, morphing it into a 
    Logosian longsword.
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cekdb -
    You have recovered balance on all limbs. (4.947s)
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cexkdb -
    You casually run your hands over a Logosian longsword and incant beneath your breath, morphing it 
    into a Dreadblade bastard sword.
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cekdb -
    You have recovered balance on all limbs. (5.027s)
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cexkdb -
    You casually run your hands over a Dreadblade bastard sword and incant beneath your breath, morphing 
    it into a Logosian broadsword.
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cekdb -
    You have recovered balance on all limbs. (5.016s)
    8360h, 8041m, 37470e, 32700w  cexkdb -
    You casually run your hands over a Logosian broadsword and incant beneath your breath, morphing it 
    into a Scimitar of Eagles.



    NataliiaDochithaHalosAerek
  • SzanthaxSzanthax San DiegoPosts: 1,906Member @ - Epic Achaean
    Cooper said:
    You casually run your hands over Thoth's fang and incant beneath your breath, morphing it into a 
    Soulpiercer.
    8360h, 8041m, 37490e, 32700w  cekdb -
    You have recovered balance on all limbs. (5.061s)
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32718w  cexkdb -
    You casually run your hands over a Soulpiercer and incant beneath your breath, morphing it into a 
    Logosian longsword.
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cekdb -
    You have recovered balance on all limbs. (4.947s)
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cexkdb -
    You casually run your hands over a Logosian longsword and incant beneath your breath, morphing it 
    into a Dreadblade bastard sword.
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cekdb -
    You have recovered balance on all limbs. (5.027s)
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cexkdb -
    You casually run your hands over a Dreadblade bastard sword and incant beneath your breath, morphing 
    it into a Logosian broadsword.
    8360h, 8041m, 37500e, 32730w  cekdb -
    You have recovered balance on all limbs. (5.016s)
    8360h, 8041m, 37470e, 32700w  cexkdb -
    You casually run your hands over a Logosian broadsword and incant beneath your breath, morphing it 
    into a Scimitar of Eagles.


    Can I buy 2?



  • NataliiaNataliia Posts: 305Member ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    @Cooper That's just sexy.
    Cooper
  • CooperCooper IowaPosts: 4,103Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Yeah :(  

  • LucianoLuciano Posts: 10Member
    Farrah said:

    I mean, buying a second class is ~3x the cost of changing class. Gem of transmutation is 10 times the price of changing race once. Same for traits and Grimoire.

    21x the price for one spec change doesn't seem unreasonably cheap, given the additional cost of weapons on top of that, especially when it's only once per 24 hours. I'm a SnB with a lvl 3 longsword, so I'm debating whether I want to bother buying it when I'd be unartied as any other spec. If you add artefact costs, you're definitely paying a lot to play every knight spec.

    If you measure out the cost of everything verse the value you'll always talk yourself out of everything cool.  No one needs a new Porsche, but I justify it because it gets 36mpg.  Sure, that's the same of say a fancy Honda or Toyota, but the Porsche is bit snazzier.  

    Don't look at the return on investment (ROI) because it's not an investment, it's money spent on a text game, none of it can be truly justified; just a giant pot of "yeah I have a imaginary sword I spent $500 on, what about it?  It sits next to my imaginary wings I spent $600." 

    A lot of people in Achaea complain about the cost/benefit of classes over other classes, these are no secret, knights are expensive.  If ya can't run with the big dogs, roll Bard :)

    In short:  Spend money, it's good for your soul. 
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