A marketplace icon has been added to the normal menu options available in EverQuest II. Clicking on it here brings up the marketplace interface.
This is what the marketplace first looks like when you load it up. This tab displays all of the items currently available for sale via the service. By selecting individual tabs you can drill down into different item options.
Trying to purchase something or trying to add Station Cash to your wallet for the first time, will bring up this dialogue box. Before you can make use of the markeplace, you'll need to do associate a credit card with your Station Cash account.
This dialogue hooks directly into the Station site, the same one used to manage billing for all of SOE's games. Note that even if you have a credit card associated with your SOE subscription, it won't immediately be associated with your Station Cash account. You'll need to deliberately do that here.
Once your credit card is associated with the account, you can fill your wallet with Station Cash. There's a straight exchange rate here, with US$1.00 = 100 SC coins. Rate options come in $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 increments.
The potions window allows you to buy limited-use items that increase the speed of your leveling. There are three kinds of potions, and three levels to each potion. One increases the speed of your adventuring XP (combat with monsters, quests), one increases the speed by which you gain crafting XP, and the third type increases the speed you gain achievement XP.
Each of these types of flasks comes in a tier. Tier I flasks increase XP by 10% and cost $1.00. Tier II flasks increase XP by 25% and cost $5.00. Tier III flasks increase XP by 50%, and cost $10.00 each. All flask tiers last for 4 hours on use, and more than one can't be used at a time.
This porcine stalwart is just one of three pets you can purchase for display in your house. Along with the plethora of house pets obtained from past expansions, this handsome devil will prowl your in-game home. He's going for $3.00 via the marketplace.
His text reads "Just one word of caution: never ask this guy if he'd like to join you for a babyback rib dinner in your guild hall."
A pet slime for your house, just $1.00 on the marketplace. His flavor text reads "An electrically charged slimy ooze!"
Sells for $5.00, and his text reads "Sometimes it's handy to have someone to clean up when you're not around."
For the cost of $10, the company is selling a full set of appearance armor to make you look like a member of the Tunarian Alliance. Appearance armor can only be placed in 'appearance' slots, and has no game mechanic effects.
"A good ranger or druid always knows to bring a set of Tunarian Alliance duds along on an adventure."
Another set of appearance armor, for the cost of $10. "Woe be to the pirate who leaves the pier without his Seafury Buccaneer armor!"
One of the least helpful screens at the moment, the Cosmetic Pets window doesn't actually show you what you'll be purchasing. The "Knight of Shadow's End" is described as a pet Shadow Lich Knight and is available for $4. Zhog, Ghoz's little brother is available for $7. You can get a sense of what Ghoz the Brutal looks like in this YouTube video.
This is a hard service to view objectively, because (as noted by several commenters on Massively just moments after the announcement) it's kind of obvious this is a trial-run of technology for Free Realms. That said, here are some comments from this blogger's point of view:
- Making it more obvious what players are purchasing is a must. There's no way to view non-combat pets at all via the system, and seeing a full set of armor on your character is tedious to work through. There should be a simple 'see product' button.
- $10 for a set of totally appearance-based equipment seems like a steep price.
- On the flip-side, the potion prices are downright reasonable; likely they expect those to move a lot and thus have adjusted the prices accordingly.
It will be interesting to see how much 'old' content the company puts into this service. Will we see holiday items from past events? Past live event goodies? We'll keep you updated as the service changes on Massively.com.
Head back to the Station Cash announcement