My new VP contacted me about changes made by Cryptic to prevent gold spammers. These changes are not good at all for new players coming online. They are anti-social at best. How is a new player suppose to join my guild, if they can't send me a PM or mail? "Hey player X, I like the way you played there! Please send me a PM if you want to join my guild." We did a lot of recruitment straight out of Blacklake and Tower District. The changes effect many new players all the way to the Neverdeath Graveyard. If you don't complete the Plague Tower, you get to a mute all the way to level 70?
So I went to log on the Gateway to check the guild roster.... oops! Did someone forget to pay the bill? No? More anti-botting measures. I haven't been online since August and I am beginning to think my guild is just screwed without me having to take 10 minutes to log into the game, just to send mail or inspect my guild. Good bye chat, good bye Gateway, good bye guild recruitment...
I run a seriously helpful guild, we give new players items they need to progress faster like companions, weapons, armor, and upgrades. We can't even trade with the new people. NOT even people who we place in our guild as members or on a friends list. It is my opinion, these changes are doing much more damage than good. Unless I am misinformed, the guilds will dissolve, the average new player won't play much beyond level 10 without interaction with other players. I thought this was a "social game"?
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. ~ Mark Twain