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copy pasta'd from the rants thread cause I"m too lazy to detail further:
Even as a non-novice with wings / longterm player who logs in to afk mode, I find the Blade Quest an incredible chore.
we consider a 'regular' repop time, is incredibly time consuming for a
newbie who just wants to make a start on their adventure. They don't
know where all these 'villages' and 'forges' are (except maybe the one
in Lodi), they don't understand the concept of 'repop' either, or that
the lumps that do pop are randomised.
What they're waiting for
is not some optional thing, it's their weapon so they're going to feel
paralysed without being able to start with their class skills.
anything, Murad should be distributing bokken or forging some
'nameless' swords, like, stuff that can be found in Minia or Lodi and
then after forging them, hint to the newbie that more powerful swords
can be forged from rarer materials found scattered through Sapience.