[quote=Kittenpox]I wouldn’t call it "punishing" them at all! I have an alt I don’t really play that often, who is in one of the training professions - and so any content requiring my Attributes to be below 70 is content I’m never going to see on that character (without equipping a certain chatty rodent.)
Personally I think this is a great way of making sure you encounter the appropriate-level content while you’re in that stage of Fallen London, narrative-wise. So long as the top-tier stuff is sufficiently rewarding to match the similar rewards for where you are in that point of the game, I see no problem with this. :-)
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The flip side is that there are significant incentives to never leaving Court or advancing the University due to permanent content lockout with no in-kind or better replacements, such as:
[ul][li]Creating any works in Court, such as gaining copies of novels and such. (unique items are independent of character ‘tiers’)
[/li][li]Easier/most profitable way to grind Scholar of the Correspondence to 10 (the tier that most long-term characters will want to aim for, and often don’t start grinding towards til they’re near end-game).[/li][/ul]But these are temporary things, irrelevant with sufficient planning! Well, here are some more, that aren’t temporary:
[ul][li]Court: Most reliable Making Waves grind; side-conversions in general, and Tale of Terror up-conversions (thank you Optimatum) work on a different system based on grinding/converting items for a later payout, which averages out to be better, but you can get unlucky in a pinch. Also, 1-to-1 Making Waves per action (plus bonus profit) is always useful. (relevant for entire character lifespan)[/li][li]First University tier: Only reliable (non-card-based) way to get Greyfields First Sporing and Black Wings Absinthe. (relevant for entire character lifespan; these aren’t super important items and there are currently few reasons to stockpile, barring future content)
[/li][li]Court & first University tier: As far as I know, the only repeatable albeit difficult ways to get Hedonist to 12, one of which is a fun, repeatable romance storyline. (with regards to quirks, relevant for entire character lifespan – extremely relevant if you’ve gone through all the making your name stuff, because you’re truly all out of other options! Only applies to Hedonists and Scarlet Saints, of course.)[/li][li]For the second University tier: Best source of Investigating. (granted, this reason is a little powergamey, and could be better rephrased as "a good profit grind, better than others currently available for various reasons")[/li][/ul]Not that you shouldn’t finish these, of course. For example, I’m not sure I’m leaving Court anytime soon, but the Fate content was enough for me to finish the University on my main account, certainly, long ago. But you constantly hear people kicking themselves for advancing University and Court when situations come up where access to those places might have come in handy.
There’s nothing wrong with this, just a long-winded way of saying that the ‘appropriate content’ argument here won’t really make sense until months or years in the future when new content does come to negate the things I said above!
In this case, it could be seen as a way to push players like me to advance beyond those stages, even if we don’t want to give up those advantages or conveniences, not by adding more benefit, but by adding more detriments. I think that’s where the word ‘punish’ came from?
But now that I’ve typed all this, I still have no idea what exactly my opinion is! Clearly, I am a genius. I am beyond even my own understanding.
EDIT: Noticing that for the Persuasive tracker at least, looking at Cards with the Civil Service, it looks like it will go away if you do the Court romance, which I believe doesn’t lock out any content. Maybe that will hold true for other Persuasive cards, at least. (Of course, for all I know currently, that may unlock other cards!)
edited by thedeadlymoose on 2/3/2016