My econ teacher expects a project based on what we learned in class by the end of the semester. The "default" project is one where you track a stock for many weeks and then record/present your results, but my teacher has allowed us to branch out provided it proves that you actually learned something in the class.
My teacher actually started a Rift group, invited students and whatnot so they could see the econ principles in that game. I tried it out and didn't like it too much. So I decided to go with a game I'm more familiar with: Maplestory.
I really haven't played since a little after Phantom, so about 1.5 years. I've been reading through the updates and been looking at guides, and decided on remaking a bowmaster (going advance my old bowmaster to a marksman), but I still got a few questions before I'm totally up to speed:
1) Say I'm making a new character and am willing to shell out 20k NX. Anything in particular I should spend that on? I'm not aiming to make mesos (I can get the NX:mesos data for that without burning my own money) but making playing my character easier. I have a perma persian cat but no equips-- are the item/meso magnent things worth it? I'll be playing for about 2 or 3 months.
2) How many mesos do I need to be comfortable? Comfortable as in enough for pots and scrolling and potential-ing. I don't plan on hammering and cubing and white scrolling and all that, unless I can do that free. But, you know, enough to be able to scroll a little bit.
3) Best way to get my hands on some decent equipment and scrolls? Is through blacksmithing and hunting drops? What about scrolls- is there any way we can make them now or are there certain quests I can do over and over (I have a lot of old characters) that'll get me some? Any free hammers available? Are the cubes you can make now any good? How is the practice of buying equips from NPCs and fusing them with Alchemy- still good at getting maybe 4% stat on an item, or should I just forget it? Remember, I don't need any god-tier stuff, just something that's better than the baseline (going to monitor prices vs equipment upgrading, all that)
4) Any questlines I HAVE HAVE to do? Never did quests before but I'm up for a good story.
My goal in the game is to be an econ project, be a distraction from the rest of my life because damn am I stressed out, and to enjoy the storyline. I don't really intend to be joining any guilds or anything, but that may change-- so I need to do enough damage to be able to solo most things. I really don't want to be grinding at places that I've always grinded at for my previous characters, oh god no. So I'm going to avoid golems, most of nlc, trucks, CDs, mp3, mushroom kingdom, all those old/popular places.
And...that's it, I think. Sorry for the questions. :)