Lujo wrote:Well, the way Nandrew explained it once, the Elite Items were ment to be unwieldly when it comes to the price. They consider them more powerfull than other stuff - especially as a set of items. So they are sort of a gold sink, or ment to be one.
Eh... yes...? I don't think anyone is disagreeing that the in-game price is a balancing factor for elite items. That really wasn't the point of bring the high prices of items up. It was only brought up in context as an illustration that the preparation is not a "pure upgrade" and instead of a sidegrade.
The issue, to restate, is that some of us don't feel 55 gold is an approriate cost to pay in KINGDOM gold in comparison to the theorotical "power" you get from spending the money.
Here are some factors I can see to determine prep price.
1) Power level. Shop scroll is pure upgrade but it costs 5 gold because it won't exactly wow anyone. +1 Altar is 50 gold because it's really powerful and the additional altar means more worship opportunities and descration tricks.
2) Sidegrade vs upgrades. The individual gods preps are "playstyle" sidegrades (You trade negatives to get a consistent god that you can quickly build up piety with) and are cheap, the +1 altar prep is a pure upgrade.
3) Developer bias. Don't read this as an inherently "negative" thing. For example, if the developers really wanted players to use knockback strategies, they would buff Pisorf, Bear Mace and Half-Dragons perhaps even "beyond" the line which they consider the baseline for balance.
Once again the standard example: +1 Altar prep is to be honest, probably overcosted at 50 gold but the developers really don't want "4 altars" to be the standard "gameplay method", thus it gets an inflated price.
So taking all these into consideration, the Elite item price of 55 gold I think doesn't match up.