Dear Arenanet, the idea of having a community decision is wonderful and I’d like to see more of that. This healthily reminds me of Eve online, and this is a good thing. However: please be more sensible about the lore and the world itself, which means please – by all means PLEASE – don’t connect in-game benefits to events which are tied to the game history. This will slant decisions on a large scale, and will make people vote for what better benefit they get, instead of what they’d actually like to see. I myself am interested in what BOTH candidates have to offer, and thus I hope that the other selection will hopefully also get into the game at a later point. So please, dear other forum readers, spare me your attempts to analyze if I am pro Evon or pro Kiel. Both have their innate flaws which I will point out, and both have their advantages. I’d rather have a small choice in prioritizing the development of the game by election instead of choosing some arbitrary ingame benefits. For example, Evon Gnashblade’s prioritized game-development offer could have been “improving of the Trading post” instead of offering a discount on keys. But even that is too much, in my opinion. Such choices should be completely preference and story based, and not a matter of “what gets me more benefits”. This defeats the purpose of meaningfully growing content. Other than that, feedback on the rest is wrapped below in an in-character letter.
Just to make this perfectly clear; in no way shape or form am I bashing any of the events, as the recent month reignited my hope and faith that Arenanet has taken steps into the right direction to increase the longevity of the game. It is this increased motivation that made me come here, and even consider to post this in a roleplaying fashion. Keep up the work, just be mindful of it
Sitting in a small office somewhere in Divinity’s Reach cramped to the ceiling with shelves, at a desk that isn’t made to impress but to remain practical, a man sets down the pen and picks up the lately finished paper with his left and sets it aside. Then he looks at the other pieces of paper and starts reading the full letter again from the beginning. His right grabs absent mindedly a strain of almost-white hair and plays with it. If someone would be looking close, there might have been traces of blond once, or was it completely whitened-out brown? His face belies the age he should have, according to the hair colour. The two-day grey stubbles of beard give him a distinctively rougher look than it should, so he might be younger than mid-forty. Stern grey eyes with a hint of green are whizzing over the words in focused clarity, and every now and then he subconsciously purses his lips when going over some passages. Lips which look like they might have laughed a lot more in the past. In a past long gone.
Esteemed Commodore Lawson Marriner,
Hesitant and alarmed I am writing these lines, due to my disbelief in the possibility of having an election getting through like this, which would barely withstand any amount of scrutiny. Yet here we are. I am baffled how you or the Council could even allow such two candidates to enter the competition, without anyone else being on board. While I agree to the importance of connecting to the Zephyrites it has been done through entirely wrong reasons. Trade agreements are one thing, but we all know there are other, more important matters at hand. They sport a flying living area, and last time I checked, humanoid races do not claim air superiority by any stretch of the imagination. The recent events of having Elder Dragons and their underlings loose on all ends of the world is a mortal threat to the Zephyrites, and I believe most of us have been at the Bazaar. The construction is filigree and easily assailable, and the only defensive measures they seem to have are the Zephyrites themselves, wielding the aspects. If I had a say in this, I would have started to ensure bringing technicians from all ends of Tyria to aid the Zephyrites in ramping up their survivability against airborne draconid attacks, as they have given us insights into the aspects on their own accord. We are at war, and sadly many people try to overlook this, clinging to the questionable victory against Zhaitan. Not only are we at war on a military scale, but on a social level as well. Too many open ends are being neglected in the pot of our mixed cultures.
(edited by Khunvyel.3972)