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The "Griefing" Cycle


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You are out looking for a grind spot, be it Sausans or Pirates, and they are all taken.

Change channels. You see a spot that appears clear and begin the grind. Player comes out of nowhere and kills you then says spot taken.

You're "triggered" and pk the person to steal said spot or you walk away and eventually find a new spot.

Finally found a new spot and player walks over....

A.) Luckily, they walk away.

B.) They try to out grind you out of your spot  solo or with another party. 

C.) Flag up and try to pk you out (Solo or with party)

D.) Party up with you... again solo or with his or her own party.

In the end, all three endings lead to greatly diminished efficiency. Whether you are a veteran grinding out hours for a fraction of a percent or new player just trying to get your foot in the door. Option A will only happen X amount of times before B, C or D come around.

Sharing isnt necessarily bad but grinding alone gets you the most exp/loot for your time in most cases. Plus you pk'd, changed channels X amount of times till you got this spot So why should you share it?

Weirdly enough this mmo has a way of making you perceive every other unknown player as a threat to your progress. In which case flagging up or karma bombing becomes a go-to method of continuing optimal efficiency (thus the Griefing cycle!). 

Separate loot (which other games have implemented) and removing the exp reduction in party could help alleviate the issue. 

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because every other player IS a threat to your progress as soon as you hit 160 ap and level 56.... which is VERY soon.

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Try grinding at Calpheon Monastery (the ones that drop Mark of Shadow), Skeletons (the ones that drop Witch Earring), Helms (deep cave), Hasrah,  bashims (on top of the mountain), waragons, centaurs, sulfur mines or Pila Ku jail.  You wont get any of these issues there even on exp weekend.

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Try grinding at Calpheon Monastery (the ones that drop Mark of Shadow), Skeletons (the ones that drop Witch Earring), Helms (deep cave), Hasrah,  bashims (on top of the mountain), waragons, centaurs, sulfur mines or Pila Ku jail.  You wont get any of these issues there even on exp weekend.

you dont even need to go that far.

Go elrics, Empty.

Go Crescents, Easy grind for HOURS even on weekends

Go Cadrys's same

These are all easily the 2nd best spots among their peers in their regions because everyone and their mother is crowding the same two locations in the game both due to the lackluster rewards from higher tier mobs AND the distinct lack of a heiarchy system. Its simply utter and absolute Chaos in the 2-3 locations while the rest are almost empty most of the time

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