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Monday, January 9, 2012

Mists of Pandaria Wishes: A BoA Fillable Bag

Here is my own submission into the Cold's Gold Factory Gold Blogging Carnival for January 2011.  If you are interested in participating in this month's gold blogging carnival, be sure to get your carnival entry post written and posted live to your blog today or tommorrow (and email me the link) as the carnivals run on the 11th of each month.

The topic for the January gold blogging carnival is:

"If you could add 1 item or feature to the Mists of Pandaria WoW expansion, what would it be and why?"

There are many ideas that I came up with as possibilities for additions to the Mists of Pandaria expansion of World of Warcraft.  After much thought, the item I would most like to see added to WoW is a Bind-On-Account Fillable Bag, with true cross-server transferability. 

The Bind-On-Account Fillable Bag

We as World of Warcraft players are definately in need of a BoA Fillable Bag.  Currently the BoA system is broken, as you can only mail BoA items to characters on the same account if they are on the same server.  The current BoA items, like Heirlooms and the Satchel of Exotic Mysteries, are technically only Bind-on-Server, so that must be fixed for my BoA Fillable Bag idea to work properly.

Blizzard has been indirectly promoting the playing of alts by making everything so much easier in the game.  Lately we have seen an increase in the number of players that have multiple characters and many of those characters are leveled and geared close behind their main character.  Blizzard has made it easier to level and much easier for those alts to get gear.  With the new announcements of opening battlegrounds and the raid finder to cross server, those alts will have an even easier time finding things to do in game.  That's all fine and dandy, but what about people who play alts on multiple servers or alts on both sides of WoW's factions?

Getting items to your other alts on the opposing faction is a chore.  Unless you have access to a second account, any cross faction exchange through the neutral auction house does come with the risk of our items being sniped out from under you.  Even with a second account it is possible to have your goods bought out from under you, although the second account option makes the risk much lower.  The cross faction Satchel trick is a help, but is still highly limited.  If we had a BoA bag that we could actually add items or gold into, the process would be safe and simple for getting items over to the other faction. 

If we could load up a bag with items, gold, or gear to send to an alt on another server, then we would have a lot more options for redistributing our wealth across multiple servers and characters.  Wouldn't it be great to roll a new character on your friend's server and then have a BoA bag waiting in your mailbox full of the NW Bags, Heirlooms, and starter cash that you need to get started leveling in style?  I doubt Blizzard wants us to do this, as it could be exploited to establish a gold selling business across multiple servers.  Even if gold wasn't allowed to be sent, I would still be excited to be able to send items in a new BoA bag to my alts. 

If a BoA Fillable Bag was introduced into WoW, I'm thinking it would be the type of item that Blizzard would charge real money to purchase.  I'd pay $10 for a 20 slot bag that I could use to mail items and / or gold cross faction and cross server.  It would be much nicer if we got a BoA Fillable Bag introduced into the MoP expansion that was Craftable

Wouldn't a BoA Bag that you can add items into to mail to your alts regardless of their faction or server location be a nice addition to the game?

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4 comments:

  1. Love that concept. However, if there was one thing I would want for Mists? It would be a loot all option after killing multiple mobs. That would be a nice and convenient change.

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  2. Sounds good, but I'd rather see it implemented like EverQuest did it. I have not been on that game in years, but I do remember that you had 1 bag slot in the bank that was shared with all your alts on that server. You could drop something in there, and then go pick it up on another alt. No mailing necessary. Expand that to a slot that is truly server and faction agnostic, and you get everything you wanted and more. IN EQ, you would also put your money in the bank, since it had weight and could encumber you. They had an additional gold depository that was shared as well. That might be the one part Blizzard would want to leave out.

    One other way I thought of accomplishing this was by putting in a system almost like the void storage, where you go, put items in, and they disappear. Then, you could go on battle.net and specify which characters to send them to. Or, if they felt that requiring web access was too much, they could add a button to the character select screen to retrieve equipment from your cross-server vault or whatever.

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  3. What i think would be a better idea is that they should make boa more like how the mounts/pets work and make it an account wide tab with all boa, i also think they should do that with gold except make a gold pool that is accessable by all characters on your account even if the are different server or faction so that one character doesnt have all the gold on him.

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    1. Yup! I agree totally! They need to just give us a shared stash like in Diablo 3. Would be nice for shared gold pool and could hold just a handful of items for easy transfer between characters and they could created another gold sink where it costs gold to increase the size of this shared stash.

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