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Viibl
04-30-2013, 09:02 AM
The auction house is a bad idea. By providing a seller's marketplace, you're assured an oversupply of weaponry, increases in farming activity and an overall "gaming" of the system to maximize profits. It will kill your own looting activities.

That is, Borderlands wouldn't be much of a shoot-n-loot game if you could just buy the very best weapons available. Why shoot? Why loot?

What should be considered - and what dovetails nicely with the game's vibe - is a WANTED board.

The WANTED board is a buyer's marketplace where people in search of certain things can post requests, and bounties, for items. Other players can then respond to these requests with the item in question (provided it qualifies) and receive the bounty.

This may mean choosing a high price bounty and actively searching for that item, or just comparing your loot against the list of requests.

In either case, if well-designed, it's a more balanced approach to asynchronous player-to-player commerce.

AddictedNoob
04-30-2013, 09:09 AM
We do have a trading sub-forum.

Viibl
04-30-2013, 09:12 AM
We do have a trading sub-forum.

Setting up times to meet is a pain. Transactions like this need integration, so it's worth doing in the game world.

Raife
04-30-2013, 12:07 PM
I like this idea. It could be kind of like the Top-Notch, etc. contracts, only with scrip as a reward instead of reputation. Players post their own contracts for the gear they want, offer a reward (i.e. scrip + guns + shield), and the first to fulfill the contract gets the reward.