It was pleasing to see something that I mentioned briefly before, but never really expected to see from Mythic, open discussion of a topic. The starting point of the thread is the following post by James Casey.
The reason for this post is two-fold:
One, I didn’t get to discuss this much in the producer’s letter and I plan to address it more in the notes for patch 1.4.1 and my next letter, but we wanted to let you know we have some short and long-term goals for some of the concerns on power/gear gap. You can see the first of these changes for yourself during the public test for 1.4.1, we’ll have more details for you soon.
Secondly, as part of continuing communication with the players, I’d like to open up discussion on ideas earlier.
There are several caveats. (similar to how we handle dev discussions)
As you can see, it’s a particularly thorny subject which if it makes it to the end without turning into a flamefest, it would be a real treat. Though to be fair, the bits of thread I have read, seem pretty reasonable.
What’s good about this is, is that it’s using the player base as a resource and hopefully bringing them along with the Mythic’s thinking on the subject. Ultimately the final decision will always rest with Mythic, but if you as a player can influence the Mythic though process, even if only with a gentle nudges, it’s got to be good. To often players in general are left in the dark like mushrooms, when they can provide real insight. It’s often the case as a developer, that you can’t see the wood for the tree’s, because of the need to stay focused on a particular problem. I suppose that’s why you have managers, but even then they can still be to close.
Of course some people will always be too narrow-minded, the concept of accepting an opposing viewpoint alien to them, or even thinking beyond the immediate problem to the ramifications that their proposed solution would cause. However I’d like to think that the majority of Warhammer forum users will be pleased. As you can see, I’m really quite positive about this. It may come to nothing, but I honestly think it’s a good step forward.