So, here’s a funny situation.
Blizzard’s Recruit a Friend program. It’s a nice deal for both sides.
Blizzard potentially gets new customers, at the cost of giving you a few extra benefits to leveling speed in game, plus summoning each other (something high level guild members get now too), plus after a few paid months the recruiter gets a mount.
Not a bad deal at all.
What I’d like to bring up is a poser in how it works.
Now, the enhanced leveling speed works when the two players, recruiter and recruit, are both playing in close proximity to each other.
The gifting of free levels goes between the two players.
The summoning works between the two.
But only as long as there are only TWO people in the relationship!
Let’s take a look at a different situation.
Let’s say, purely as an example, that there are two very long-time players, we’ll call them Bear and Cassie.
These two have been playing for a very long time, lots of alts, lots of level 85 characters.
These two experienced players each have their own distinct account, and enjoy making new alts and playing them together as a team.
Now, let’s assume these two have children. Children that have seen mommy and daddy play World of Warcraft together, and are now old enough to want to play themselves.
And what the children would love to do most of all is play in a team WITH mommy and daddy.
Well, that’s where Recruit a Friend goes off the rails.
What these three people would prefer to do is have a third account for their son, and then each would make a level 1 character, group up, and play, quest and adventure together.
If these experienced players try to take advantage of this Recruit a Friend program, two out of three characters will level faster. Much faster. Much, much faster.
The group won’t get the same satisfaction from playing together, as one levels at a different rate and contributes less or can’t even hit the higher level mobs.
Is this the end of the world? Well, no.
But it is my way of pointing out a situation where it would be nice if you could link accounts together as a “family plan”.
Sure, you’re not recruiting a friend… but you are recruiting a family member, and isn’t that just as likely? Isn’t their money just as welcome?
Isn’t the lack of a three member option in Recruit a Friend a potential reason these three family members will seek out a competitors’ video game where the three CAN play together and enjoy rewards?
It’s a thought. Enhanced leveling is nice, a rocket mount that you can carry other people on is nice, but it seems a darn shame to have to exclude yourself from enjoying those benefits because you plan on having three people playing together instead of two.
I know this is aimed more at my older audience, but how many of you have run into this same kind of consideration, where you and your spouse might both play and your child or children are old enough to join in the fun?
Oh, and speaking of an older audience…
I saw someone this morning in game, and they were in a guild that has my new all time favorite guild name.
That, my friends, is epic win.