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Yea. I said it.
So, if you want to get anything that looks even remotely decent as far as armor goes. You have a few options.
You can get cultural armor, which costs, you'll love this. 30g for 1 chest piece. 30g, and its yellow con, not even orange. Now, to give you a point of reference, completing a level 75-80 event which can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes, assuming its even up and running, gives you *gasp* 3s and some change. Thats not including if you die ever, because each repair at this point costs you 1.5s. Oh, and lets not forget the port over to the zone which will cost you minimum of 2s and probably closer to 3s.
Ok, so there is the dungeon sets right! Well, guess what, 1 chest piece, 100 tokens. Now here is the best part, each dungeon has its own token set. Now, this wouldnt have been as big of a deal except Anet decided to nerf it so you cant run the same dungeon over and over anymore. So, now you're talking literally weeks to get enough tokens to get the set from one dungeon.
Should i even go into the requirements for the absurdly ridiculous Mytstic Forge?
Honestly, i don't care that this game is no sub fee. I would rather go back to Rift, spend 8+ hours a week progression raiding for the gear, because at least then im doing something fun for it. Instead of stupid mind numbing craptastic "dungeons" which are really just zerg fests since there is no defined tank, healer, etc.
Crafting is a joke too. Yes, its less expensive if you dont account for the fact that you're going to spend 10g+ to get a single crafting spec from 0 to 400. *sans cooking, that one is cheap as hell*. Problem there is pretty much everything except the plate looks terrible.
Oh, and lets not forget the dye system either. Where unless you like stupidly bright primary colors, or really muted earth colors, any of the cool colors you might want to dye sell from 2.5g to 6g+ on the market. Stuff like dark blue, dark red, black, white or as close to white as possible, etc.
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
- Friedrich Nietzsche