Bullseye !!!!!!!!!! If winning means more enjoyment playing the game, then that's a WIN in my book, but most people don't consider that winning. So what do you win then, whether you pay or not? So your telling us that if you don't buy pearls and get all this stuff from said pearls you can't WIN at BDO? or Because I have purchased, with pearls, a tent, some pets, a "diving suit", a fishing outfit, a some extra inventory, a cooking outfit, a processing outfit, I automatically win BDO and the people who don't can't WIN BDO? Why does anyone play this game? Gosh, I need to rethink my life and go live in a monastery somewhere and sing kum ba yah.