So, as a person that IS in the top 10 explorers... And after hearing lots of stupidity and heated debate around it.. I wanted to see everyone's opinion on Explorers.
Right now, certain rooms (House Halls, City HUBs, Divine Inner Temples, Underrealm, even Dragon Lairs) are counting for the purposes of Explorers. Heck, even seasonal things, or things only accessible if you were around at a certain time (The Alehouse, Old Thera, Great Hunt Caves) count for explorers, and are worth a TON of rooms.
Let's list problems that are raised by these rooms being part of explorers.
The Fellowship of Explorers is a mostly niche, and overall neutral organization. Why certain rooms count for Exploration, such as inner temples, or even house halls, is reason for speculation. Right now, the best way to get into the top 10, or even Worldwalker status is by breaking and entering into these places. I'm not even kidding. It's more-or-less required to get Worldwalker. Most organizations take Estate breakins seriously, so only through a massive lapse in security, or abusing some poor novice that doesnt understand security, or is too trusting (and therein gets absolutely decimated by their peers for allowing a breakin).. it raises a whole slew of issues.
1 ) Characters that want to be at the top of explorers are basically forced to be neutral, oath break, or break and enter into these areas.
2 ) In the case of Dragon lairs, they really are only allowed access to one, but by someone from another lair reviving you in their lair, you can explore their lair.
3 ) Why are these rooms even considered for Explorers. I imagine the Fellowship of Explorers to be a group of adventurers wanting to encourage everyone to see every little nook-and-cranny of the public world. These special areas should not be accounted for. If exploring an area is gated behind a "Be a member of this organization to open this door / do X" then it should not count for Explorers. Stockrooms were done the exact same way, and exploring community rejoiced. This will be no different, except that certain individuals at the top will weep at loads-of-gold dropped on bribes.
Here's a list of areas, in full, that should NOT count for Explorers. Tell me what you think below!
1 ) All House Halls, the Merchants get a free pass on their public area, but anything on the inside are now not counted for Explorers.
2 ) All temples for ALL divine that require you to say some fancy words, or push/pull/etc. to get in are now off the docket. Temple of the Dwarf Father is an example of something that is accessible by not being an enemy, and the correct race. Prospero's public temple is as well. Phaestus' Sapience temple, or Sartan's temple are examples that are not.
3 ) ANY Limited time / "Oh you can only get in during this specific season IRL" / "Well if you have an alehouse thing to teleport to the alehouse." sort of crap. It needs to all be set as rooms that do not count for explorers. It's a touch silly to expect players to always be around to explore these rooms. "Oh well you weren't around for Mayaween? Too bad. Wait until next year, chump". (Spooky Old Thera is a good example of this from the Reckoning)
4 ) Great Hunt Caves realistically should fall into #3, but due to the Bakios card. They do not. Remove Great Hunt Caves from explorers. It's dumb to depend on RNG to maybe get you into the caves. After the recent reset, about a month and a half ago? I'm down 2 caves, and still slowly trudging along.
5 ) Dragon Lairs. Yes, these probably should, but unless there is word said one-way-or-another on if this is a bug to be able to explore other dragon's lairs.. Probably just remove these from Explorers.
6 ) All city HUBS, things behind locked doors in city's that non-citizens can't access. Cyrene's Bathhouse, old housing in cities, regent's / city council chambers are all examples of this. The extra add-on would be for Hashani that have access to Balan'maal, and the Tsol'teth houses in Underrealm. These shouldn't count as well.
7 ) Class-only places. Grove of Isolation, Inferno, Nirvana, Time Crystal (Depthswalker). Keep Gare though, since everyone who gets dragon can get Gare rooms.
Don't get me wrong. Bribes and stuff can be neat for RP.. but this is just asinine at this point.