Back in November I started working on a TET Blackstar. During one early attempted I applied Cron Stones because who really wants to have weapon reset. - Unfortunately, applying Cron Stones first (which is the sensible thing to do) is removed by the game when you then apply the weapon to the Enhancement window. - Surely, I thought, this is a big. No one would be this disrespectful of our time intentionally. - I was wrong, it definitely worked that way and still does. Later, I would use that stack to upgrade my Shai's Sol because why not. I then would go on to acquire three more large failstacks in the range of 90 to 120. I would also acquire about 100 stacks between 20 and 50 in size. I destroyed most of these in ONE attempt to get TWO TET Heve Helmets. I received 1. Understandably I become quite disgusted with the Enhancement system and abandoned using it. I did this years ago as well. It is one of the reasons my gear is at 250 AP rather than 300+ like many other 4 year old players. This game does respect you Its developers do not respect your time Last evening I thought to myself something foolish: "Surely, having a stack of 118 would be sufficient to make a TRI Ogre Ring go to TET." This was a stupid thought. I had forgotten that this game does not respect your time. Still, I had some 500+ crons in the bank. I could use these right? No. A TET Ogre Ring uses 1100 and some Crons. Because that's fair. This Asinine. So, of course, the Ogre Ring was deleted. Let's just call it what it is. Enhancement is the deletion of your time and effort... leaving you with nothing. The Abortion of Achievement The Dismissal of Your TIME (Life) as Valued by the Company In contemplating what had just occurred I thought about: the time and effort that went into getting... 2,400,000 silver that I make 100 million silver a day if I push myself and that this therefore cost me 24 days of my play time Enhancement is a cancer on your life and your time. It eats at it It gives back nothing ____________________________________ In logging in today I considered my options: Why are Korean companies always like this? When I get my Dream horse that I have been working towards since Fall should I use it? Should I sell it to recover from 7 months of Enhancement failures? If that I choose this does that not still invalidate my time towards getting a horse? Why is my time only valued once despite that I am preforming multiple activities? and so... You might be thinking to yourself: Why didn't she sell the Ogre Rings to the market after realizing she didn't have enough Crons? To which I would answer: Because even if I did I would still have some of that money lost to the % of cash taken away by the Market. Further: Questions like this avoid the fundamental problem that to use Enhancement is the Invalidation of Time-Spent (Life-Lost) in the effort. I'm playing a game. Why then does the game bleed me of my life through vampiring my time away? _____________________________________ Since the Enhancement System involves the DELETION of our Time-Spent for NOTHING it should not be used. The reason Enhancing functions this way appears to be a cost-analysis choice on the developer's part. If players Enhance too quickly then they will likewise "leave the game" because they will reach the end faster than new content can be created. This means that Enhancement is probably soft-capped from permitting people to get to TET. It might be something like Cuisine Packages where only so many people per day can get a TET. It might be it is personal where only so many TETs per some period can be acquired per account It might be that the permanent 10% chance to fail means that some people are very unlucky However, if this were true items would fail as often prior to TET as they do trying to get to TET or beyond. That is not the case if our guild and allies experiences are any guide Therefore, there appears to be a soft-cap of some kind governing TETs. This has other implications I said today that: "... my time is only valued once." What I mean is that I cannot Fail at Enhancing and then get SOME OF MY TIME BACK My time is DESTROYED by interacting with that menu It is inevitable It is permanent I cannot turn around and go grind to "recoup" the lost HOURS... forget money. I lost TIME. There is no way to recover lost TIME in this game. I cannot now go work on getting another horse Work on my ship Do anything else EXCEPT recover the lost money This forces me to live the game in a RUT. Unable to escape Permanently doing the same thing For years.... And years....... And years............. To whomever made the Enhancement System... may your time be as respected as ours has been.