Hello everyone, I am not usually active at all on the forums but I figure because I really love this game and want to see it grow that I'd put in my thoughts on the current state of Black Desert Online and why I believe that if the trend continues. We will see BDO in a massive decline at a rapid rate. I've been playing BDO since 2016, I am the GM of Snake and this is going to be a very long thread. So, lets start off with the first topic; New Players! There is a misconception that "new players now have it easier in BDO than before." To be honest, I do not believe this is true at all and I personally believe that new players have it harder now than ever before due to many reasons such as; inflation, empty markets and just the fact that the game is closing in to 3 years old thus creating this massive gear gap. Veterans might disagree and add in "New Players earn this and that now from the attendance rewards" yes but the point is, you get them as well. So really it helps both you and the new players. So, its not a catch up mechanic at all. The definition of catch up is to "succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one." There is no catch up mechanics in BDO. Everything that has been added such as Capotia Ring is something that you can get as well. So, it doesn't help get new players closer to the gear curve which is something that new players want to do just to be competitive. Pearl Abyss also added a chance for players to earn Pri / Duo accessories from drop which again, is a new update that benefits you as well. In fact, I would argue it benefits you more than the new players since you could grind faster thus increasing the chances of obtaining said Pri / Duo accessories more often than new players thus creating an even bigger gear curve that doesn't help new players at all. I would argue even further to say it really REALLY benefits you more than the new players by saying that you could benefit from it more so since you could also compete and hold your rotation in the Arsha servers which will help you obtain drops 50% higher drops than regular servers. I would also argue even further than that by saying it actually really REALLY, REALLY benefits veterans that are at the top 1% more than new players especially with the new updates! Guilds who owns the castle could earn a higher percentage of drop in the region that they control thus increasing the chances of obtaining said Pri / Duo accessories more often than new players thus creating a even bigger gear curve that doesn't help new players nor motivate them to try to catch up thus leading them to quitting the game. So, lets start the 2nd topic; Competitive! New players want to be competitive. No one likes getting one shot especially by players from Snake! Its unhealthy for the game because it leads to new players simply quitting. I believe that Pearl Abyss knows this is a concern. Hence why they add in the penalty of killing new players as much as -150K Karma. Playing this game for new players is not as fun due to the massive gear gap between new and veteran due to the game closing in 3 years of age. Back when I started playing in 2016, I was gearing up just like everyone else. So even though I was new and had crap gear, I was still able to PvP and be competitive because everyone else was new and had crap gear. This made playing the game fun and gearing up to be a motivation. New players coming into this game NOW, will have to gear up and remain noncompetitive for as long as a year because everyone else is already geared to the teeth. Geared to the ****ing teeth. A year later, a friend of mine join Black Desert Online. He was a year late, however it was still fine with him because he could still somewhat fight players since the soft cap back then was full tri boss gear and full pri accessories. So, it was something that he sees as "reachable in a reasonable amount of time" Now, new players coming into the game do not see it as "reachable in a reasonable amount of time" The softcap now is full tet boss gear and full tri gold accessories which honestly takes awhile to obtain. Heck, you could join Snake or ManUp at that time if you had that gear a year ago! Even if you were bad. So, new players will have to reach soft cap with the "empty market place" and honestly, if I started playing this game at this time. I wouldn't even bother and I wouldn't blame your new friends from quitting this game. Its just not worth spending $500+ and spending a year grinding just to be competitive. And in a year from now, the top players will be somewhere else so you honestly, can never catch up. So, lets start the 3rd topic; Empty Market Place! So, the market place is empty. How can new players reach the soft cap if the market place is empty? and preorder price is 5x more than it was couple months ago? I had a friend who came back recently and she had 2 billion silver, it put her at the top of wealth in the Olvia server. Due to the preorder price being 5x more, new players cannot obtain gear unless they get extremely lucky via the bid system. Not only do they grind much slower than veterans which leads to less silver per hour, but the preorder price is now 5x more so you really can't obtain any gear. The free market is going to make it a lot worse. Back when I played this game, everything was abundant. Even sharps and hards. You could honestly buy them at the lowest price. You could grind, buy sharps and hards. EASY LIFE! Can't do that anymore, so you expect new players to grind at Helms with their crappy 100 AP making like 5-10m an hour just so they could preorder one Sharp for 10-15m? One sharp? Back then I could grind for one hour at pirates and made 20m and buy 8 sharps. Oh great idea, tell them to do some gathering with their 50-150 energy. YEP great job, problem solves. This game is honestly dying. TO BE CONTINUED... This is what we were obtaining a year ago! This game is awesome!