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And in the end, though cool looking, Marketplace Ornamentation's are "common" and anyone can get it. The raids stuff will be "unique" I put unique in quotes because multiple raid weapons *may* share graphics (may not... depends how it goes) but you will still be able to say "hey, this came from a Raid" while you see someone with an Army of Light ornamentation, you get to say "Hey, he spent real cash." Not as distinctive.
The current intent is future use. That said, I *may* make changes. They do not though explicit fit the "tower" theme, so... are not necessarily going to change them.
And for the people asking "What about us that are paying the monthly fee"
Well, for one thing, the people buying these ornaments are ALSO paying that monthly fee, and they are paying extra for a luxury piece.
Above is a quote from the Dev-Ngreth of EQ talking about the virtual items for real life cash in a subscription based game EQ. Many people are upset about it, as understandble considering you can play LOTRO right now for the same subscription price and get nice looking items for only paying the sub fee.
The quote above is just ridiculous. If you play EQ you now have to pay for better graphics which I have to mention EQs graphics are horrible and mixmatched now to begin with. You would be doing yourself a favor if you played a new game like LOTRO where all graphics are included with your sub fee, the game has much newer graphics anyhow and still makes sense unlike EQs lore. EQ is a broken horrible game. As a past customer that is unhappy with the greed, the crappy expansion after expansion was thrown at the game and now the milking of every last penny from the last subscribers .. I would like to warn people considering this game.
You can't get straight information on the EQ boards they are heavily regulated. The mods WILL remove whatever makes the game look bad even if it isn't against the forum rules.