When linked markets were announced, we had two groups of people: Doomposters, arguing that this would cause a massive deflation and the original purpose of spreading players across settlements wouldn’t really happen, and people who thought that this change would be a good thing overall.
This is windsward, with 1k players currently online:
Don’t mind my potato graphics btw
Deflation: Although i do not think that prices lowered by merit of linked markets, i do think that prices decreased significantly. The reason? pvp flag.
Pvp flag currently provides a massive luck bonus for every player who doesn’t mind being killed once 30-60 minutes when outside popular areas, and it has been affecting rare drop prices significantly. Take sliver of adderstone for instance:
a week ago, this item was worth 75g minimun, on the most populated SA server*. Less populated servers would usually sell this for 200g
This is the current price:
And it goes further down every.single.day.
Thanks to pvp luck, the luck threshold needed for some rare drops has been significantly lowered, and the more luck you have (30% free luck), the less important trophies are. Think about it: By comparing numbers, everyone who didn’t have trophies pre patch, now gets three major luck trophies for every gathering skill. Thats a big deal.
Its also important to remember that these items have a limited use, once most players already have their bags, voidbent armor, jewerly…they are worthless.
I would appreciate the imput of settlement owners, especially people who previously owned less populated towns, how it affected them so far.