This morning I started to jot down what the snowpile requirements were needed for the new Guild Hall decorations. I have a few already including the reindeer, thank goodness! – as when I jotted them down I saw that it amounted to 193 snowpiles.
This is a whopping 19,300 snowflakes.
This was for quite a modest collection too. Just 2 or 3 of the cubes, Hemisphere’s & Wedge and of course the snowman!
But I didn’t think 193 would amount to too much, I remember doing a mixture of buying and farming of around the same amount for the Halloween decs I made.
The cost of the snowflakes I need are around 298 gold, this cost could be the cost of purchasing or the opportunity costs form unsold farms, you chose which suit you, but I nearly fell off my chair!
Like some people I belong to an active guild that is my main guild, but I have my own personal guild hall.
Throughout my journey I add people that I like and allow them allow to farm from it, scribe and use NPC’s etc. It’s also a main hub for chatting together as we all belong in different guilds and move around and stuff. So quite rightly I don’t ask or expect them to contribute to my personal wants.
I mainly use the guild hall to display my trophies as I like to record my achievements and to farm mats daily. Obviously when there is a new festival I love to decorate.
This Wintersday will be expensive 😦
If we take candycorn and snowflake as an example and base it on 4 stacks of 250 to make 1k as that buys 10 basic decorations you will see there is a huge difference!
Around Halloween candycorn would have roughly cost you just shy of a gold and this wintersday to buy the same in snowflake it is around 15 gold.
A basic pumpkin works out to be 38 silver and a basic snowpile is 1 gold 55 silver.
Any scribe will know that different recipes need a different number of basic decorations to make the end product. i.e. the snowman needs 55 snowpiles.
|Candycorn||0.0038 gold||0.95 gold||3.8 gold|
|Snowflake||0.0155 gold||3.875 gold||15.5 gold|
|Item||Price per basic decoration|
Guild halls are meant to be fun and so are festivals, it’s a shame a lot of gold is sunk into decorations.
There is a huge difference in cost in the two festivals. A basic decoration in Wintersday costs 4 times the amount as Halloween. It doesn’t seem right. Lunar near year is even more of a price difference as you use luck!
I would imagine this is because the drop rate is less than candy corn, also as far as I am aware snowflakes are not necessarily used for more stuff either as corn is a currency for vendor items and other bits and bobs just like the flakes.
Why not reduce the number of snowflakes needed to buy a snowpile? Or just increase the amount of snowflakes that drop. Why can we harvest corn but not snowflakes? I think it would be good on ANet to try to even out the playing field a bit so different seasons decorations cost roughly the same.
I decided to put a version of this on Reddit this morning – some guy responded on my reddit post and summed up the problem really well.
“Anet really should either reduce the amount of snowflakes needed to purchase a snow pile (like say… 50), or increase the amount of snowflakes from the gift-boxes. Unlike Candy Corn and ToT Bags, Wintersday gifts/snowflakes aren’t as plentiful. I could spend 2 hours in the Mad King’s Labyrinth and come out with over 1000 ToT bags which would get me about double the amount in candy corn pieces, if not more. In 2 hours of the JP, I’d do good to get 680 (17 completions in each 30 minute period) wintersday gifts and MIGHT get a stack of flawless snowflakes just from opening the gifts, maybe 125 more from refining the lesser snowflakes.”