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Posted: May 21st 2011 4:04AM Daemodand said

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The AE is a pretty sad situation. Some of the biggest cheerleaders for the feature have given up and left the game because it's obvious AE just isn't any kind of priority. Nor should it be IMHO as it's a failed feature. It's farm or go home with quality story arcs getting buried under the tilled soil.

Story is well and good, but MMOs are all about rewards and progress. If the story is good, that's a nice extra, but it's almost besides the point. The sub-optimal rewards mean that an arc can be the best arc ever written for the game, but no one will play it if it doesn't bring competitive rewards along for the ride.

Posted: May 21st 2011 9:38AM Gryphmon said

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I'd be happy to play arcs if I knew which were the good ones. Right now with no one to sft through the dross thats just not possible.

AE doesn't really need any programming fixes. It needs focus and attention from the community relations staff.

Posted: May 21st 2011 10:39AM CitizenH said

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@Gryphmon

One thing I think would help is if any arc that's not a Dev Choice or Guest Author gets automatically taken down after 30 days.

So if you cared about your arcs being played, you'd have to renew them once a month.

That would weed out a lot of the forgotten, junk arcs. Farm arcs would stand out more (and thus be easier for the devs to nip).

Just an idea.
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Posted: May 23rd 2011 1:50PM StClair said

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@Gryphmon:
A programming fix that would help would be an overhaul of the user interface and rating system. As things are now, any arc that loses its perfect five-star status (as all will, even without considering the downrating gangs and other attempts to game the system) will drop off the front pages into the "four star ghetto", becoming all but invisible to the casual searcher.
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