I share the opinion of the first post regarding the server apreciation. I’m really enjoying the server and I don’t doubt that you’re working hard to make it better and fix the problems. And I truly believe that the Mastela problem was an honest mistake, not a route to benefit some players, so I won’t even bash/cry about that, it happens, just move on.
However, my 2 cents on the BBG price increase is that you kind of ruined the server economy. With all the tools to avoid inflation that you have, you should actually understand the concept of inflation first. I’ll just state the obvious, but by increasing the price of ONE cash point item, you changed the ALL ITEM cash/zeny rate, and therefore the zeny value, making the zeny that all players have on their pockets less valuable. In few words, the zeny everyone had was less valuable, even if the amount is the same. With the same zeny you can’t buy what you could before the price increase. That widens the gap between rich and poor, let’s say. That’s the theoretical explanation for what’s happening. The interesting thing is that for some reason, some items are really expensive and some are really cheap. The card value is pathetic, considering the 0.2% drop rate. In a way it’s better for new players, as it is very cheap, so they can have access to the market very early on their play, but I don’t see it being sustainable in the long run, and that might actually hurt the server quite bad.
And actually by having the rolling limited donation items thing, you’re kind of widening the gap even more between poor and rich players, because those headgears will always be expensive, just because of what they require to be acquired, while other prices will be really low.
Hope you take this in consideration and are thinking of a solution. I actually don’t have none to suggest, my best idea would start by making zeny farming easier and revert the bubble game nerf. This would probably balance the economy, as item prices would be higher, making the gap between normal items and the donations smaller (in proportion). However, that would hurt the new players, obviously.
I would also enjoy an explanation about the motivation behind the BBG price increase other than cash grabbing. I sure do hope that’s not the reason, and I’m not accusing you of it, but that’s what it looks like.
On another note, I’m with iScreem, if you don’t have zeny, don’t cry, farm.