Chalky, on 27 January 2013 - 01:16 AM, said:
I mean precursors acquired via the scavenger hunt should be account bound, not all precursors acquired via any means. Does that make more sense? Sorry to be confusing. Items are already able to have a variable "soulbound" status which means that some items become soulbound after being equipped so it should be trivial for items gained via this method to have this switch enabled by default, but not if you find it via other methods.
To explain further what I mean about the price dropping too much if everyone can sell them via the scavenger hunt - if this was possible, then everyone would do the hunt on every single character and sell it on the trading post. This would basically guarantee that there were more precursors for sale than people actually want which would cause the prices to crash completely.
Not necessarily. It all depends on how ANet implemented it. Those variable soulbound items items are 'soulbound on equip' I believe. Implementing 'account bound depending on the means of acquisition' might be far more difficult. But again, it depends on how it was implemented. In programming, sometimes implementing something that seems simple from the outside might be far more complicated if it was implemented without that flexibility in mind.
Chalky, on 27 January 2013 - 11:02 AM, said:
At the moment, the finite number of precursors is a bottleneck. If there are 3 "The Legends" for sale in the entire world, there's nothing you can do besides pay their price or gamble for the rest of eternity throwing rares into the forge. There is no control on that price.
Or you can farm the dragon and temple chests. Granted it's a long shot RNG, but it is another means, and costs nothing but time. However even if there are 1000 precursors on the TP, you have to just pay the price. It's just likely that price will be much lower. But that's just supply and demand.
Although if/when ANet implements a scavenger hunt for precursors, I would assume they would remove other means for obtaining them (aside from ones already on the TP). Imagine the gripes if people spend what I can only assume would be the considerable time to run the precursor hunt, only to have some schlub get a jackpot drop from a chest for no effort.