I like alternative ways to rate things, and it is especially needed for Lord of the Rings Online because Turbine (a privately held company, mind you) does not and will not release subscriber information unless they want to. My new alternative benchmark for peering behind Turbine’s iron curtain of server populations involves black dye.
Lord of the Rings Online has not only a costume system to overlay your stat gear with any model, but it also has a dye system to further customize a character’s look. Of it, black dye is by far the most salable dye that I can make. In fact I can easily pump out 5 black dyes every day at minimal cost to me. Here’s the thing that blows my mind: they keep selling. I would say I sell at least 25 black dye a week at a little below market price. My black dye is definitely not the only stuff on the block either.
Now, I understand that black is the coolest. Even though Tolkien Inc. proscribes we are good Free Peoples fighting against the blackness…. well many want to wear black while being a Light in the Dark. But this is ridiculous, how much black dye could this one server need? Don’t you people know that new armor, etc. is coming with the expansion only a month and some change away?
I can only assume three things: (1) crazy raiders use black dye as some sort of elitist DKP system, (2) a heavy metal t-shirt wearing dev wants to maintain the ebony mysticism and buys it all in the auction house, or (3) the server population is really healthy and people are continuing to play even with the gear-reset button looming. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.
when you stare at the abyss