Some of you might know me for casually spamming Asmodia’s chat. My name is 8inch, and I’m taking the time to share with you my thoughts and views on Metin2.sg - everything that’s right, everything that’s wrong, and my suggestions and how we can improve.
I’m not posting this to critique GMs, Tec Interactive, or anyone who has any sort of authority on this server. I’m merely putting my opinion out there, as I believe my point of view (of both an old and a new player) might be beneficial to those interested in not only keeping this server alive, but growing it.
So, here are my main pain points with Metin2.sg
- New players are not given any incentive to play.
- Old players are the only ones playing.
- New players quit soon after starting.
- Farming is redundant, tedious, and pointless.
Just a pointer, I’ve been a helper in 2 servers, a GM in 4 servers, and I’ve run my own server at one point. I’ve been passionate about Metin2 for over 10 years, and it’s the only game I play now. However, I don’t think SG is a server that helps players relax and unwind. At this point, every new player is taking a RISK by investing their time in a server that isn’t investing in its community.
Let me elaborate.
The fact is Metin2 is still living because the game forces players to be social and to build a community, an economy, and even social circles in-game. Because this is the case, more incentive should be there to develop drama and love/hate relationships between players. What I noticed immediately when I entered is that people said they don’t like trolls(like me) and drama, yet jumped on the bandwagon without a problem. There are players known server-wide for their attitude, for their years of playing, for their all-caps writing (I’m looking at you Emy<3). Players like these are the ones valuable to the community because they show a personality, and new players like that is what SG needs.
When it comes to new players, they’re instantly bombarded by low-level PVP chars, low-level perfect farmers, long waiting times for books, low upgrade rates, and an economy that requires enormous amounts of “farming” in order to even buy one good item(an item that old players value and will only sell for huge amounts of gold). What incentive is there for new players? The novice channel? For my two weeks farming 6 hours a day in V2, with thieves glove, malled glove, and 40% itemdrop, I dropped exactly 2 of the 16 rarity items you need in order to have a character that’s able to compete. (Things like 8avg ebony, 8avg phoenix shoes, 8avg falcons etc). The rarity system is flawed and legendary items are near impossible to get. Sure, you can go with “they’re rare for a reason” but that doesn’t change the fact that new players are not incentivised and simply can’t afford to compete on the level of older players, except by paying a couple hundred euros for Odins in order to get ONE item that an older player is selling for 30-50won.
Let’s say you decide to buy an item. A Falcon that’s backed by 8avg, usually going for 10-30 won depending on bonuses.
If you were to farm for it, how much time would you spend?
Considering the crappy drop rates, the Metin stones that are few and far between, the V2 rooms full of KSers who have high level chars, the pathetic gold drop, and not to mention, you need millions to even farm these maps as a new character - money for bravery capes, dragon earrings, malled gloves, etc. It costs me on average 20mil to farm in V2 for 2 hours, which averages to 1won and 10 hours of farming to drop an item that’s even close to valuable.
Don’t get me wrong, I love farming, but combine that with all the gold you need for hermits, books, upgrades, pearls, and we can easily see why so many players don’t even GET to the farming/grinding part.
In my time as a GM/Helper, I’ve found that the more unengaged and robotic the GMs are, the more uninteresting the server is. Meaning - if all a GM does is run a few events, ban a few hackers, and mute people who decide to speak spanish in call chat, we cannot expect to have an engaged community that spends time in the server.
“Word on the street” is “the server is dying” - Old players have told me to stop playing just because “SG isn’t worth the time-investment”, because “PVP is dead here”, and so on.
I don’t believe this is the case. I just think the SG community is doing nothing to grow - old players play just because they’ve already been playing for years and have great gear, and new players lose the motivation to play when they see what’s up.
Players tend to think this server needs “advertising” without knowing what that word means.
Even if we get a huge amount of new players coming in, all that is going to do is inflate the economy for a little bit, until these players quit.
I played SG 4 years ago, then came back around a month and a half ago. What I have now is 2 characters with decent gear and stats(after buying around 500k tp) that I have absolutely NOTHING to do with. I can farm V2 or break a few metins, but overall, SG is extremely boring for me at this point.
I’m left with the choice to burn my brain off farming the same map for a gazillion hours until I get the necessary items to compete in the economy. That’s not fun for me, so I can imagine a player who didn’t buy TP wouldn’t want to waste 3 months of their life to get to the point where I’m at.
I run a marketing agency and I can tell you this - the only thing that can kill a business (or in this case, a server) is lack of innovation. And I honestly haven’t seen anything new or anything that incentivised new players to grow past old players since I’ve started playing.
More droppable boxes, exp rates, or more moons won’t fix this. If you want to remove the “this server is dying” BAGGAGE that is covering this server and actually get it back to the point of being the best - shit has to be done.
If any SGM or community manager cares enough about SG to make the necessary changes, I have a lot of ideas.
Feel free to message me so we can get on a call and we can discuss what has to be done.
I’m a marketer, advertising manager, former GM, and most importantly, I’m passionate about SG and I want to help bring this server back to its glory days.
I’ll be happy to read you guys’ thoughts on the subject!! The community of Metin2 is extremely powerful and I believe together we can do amazing things for the game and for SG.
An awesome day and a happy New Year to everyone reading!