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Station Cash: Initial Functionality Overview

Posted: December 9, 2008 by Kendricke in Everquest 2
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Well, Station Cash is live now.  So, while SOE scrambles to put together a press release on the subject, I’ll be happy to fill you in on what’s live in-game right now. 

First off, I accessed Station Cash through the new “marketplace” option in the main “EQ2” menu.  Once in, I’m shown that my in-game wallet has 150SC points already.  There are several items up for sale already, ranging from 100SC to 1000SC.  The items are, as follows:

  • Flask of Achievements I -100SC
  • Flask of Adventuring I – 100SC
  • Flask of Tradecrafting I – 100SC
  • Slimy (housepet) – 100SC
  • Flask of Achievements II -300SC
  • Flask of Adventuring II – 300SC
  • Flask of Tradecrafting II – 300SC
  • Grunting Warrior (housepet) -300SC
  • Knight of Shadow’s End (fluff pet) – 400SC
  • Handy Servant (housepet) – 500SC
  • Zhog, Ghoz’s Little Brother (fluff pet) – 700SC
  • Flask of Achievements III -1000SC
  • Flask of Adventuring III – 1000SC
  • Flask of Tradecrafting III – 1000SC
  • Seafury Buccaneer Armor Crate (full set of fluff armor) – 1000SC
  • Tunarian Alliance Armor Crate (full set of fluff armor) – 1000SC

The potions are all experience bonus potions.  The Tier I and II potions last for 4 hours, while the Tier III lasts for 2 hours.  The Tier I give 10% bonus, the Tier II give 25% bonus, while the Tier III give 50%. 

While in the Marketplace window, you have the option to add funds to your wallet.  Choosing that option lets me know that I don’t currently have a payment source selected for my account (which leads me to believe that entering my credit card information might be a one time action).  After entering my information, I close the in-game browser which opened and close the marketplace window.  Upon re-opening the window, I’m now able to make purchases to add points to my wallet. 

As suspected, each point is worth $.01.  Adding $10.00 would give you 1000SC, for example.  To test the system out, I buy 500SC for 5 bucks (the smallest amount possible).  The transaction requires my credit card’s security code, which I key in, and the transaction completes instantly.  In my wallet, I now see 650SC (the 500 I just purchased, plus the initial 150 free points I started with).  I decided to go with an Achievements potion since I’m working on that today in-game, so I choose the Flask of Achievements II for 300SC.  The transaction takes a couple of seconds to process, but when it’s done, I have 350SC left in my wallet, and a brand new achievements potion already in my inventory.

So, there you have it.  Whether or not you agree with the system, it’s at least fairly easy to use and the functionality works exactly as expected.

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Station Cash now in SOE Knowlege Base

Posted: December 9, 2008 by Kendricke in Uncategorized

Station Cash Screenshots

Searching the SOE Knowledge Base for the keywords “Station Cash” now turns up the following articles:

Station Currency

Posted: December 9, 2008 by Kendricke in Everquest 2
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With the December 9 patch, Everquest II is adding RMT:

STATION CASH

Station Cash is a new virtual currency from SOE that has been created to allow for the purchase of premium in-game items within EverQuest II.

To get started, access the “Marketplace” from the EQII Window within the game.  Click on the “Add Funds” button to purchase Station Cash to fund your wallet and then select items to purchase.

In addition, the EULA has changed.  Please make particular note of this bit:

YOU PROMISE, THEREFORE, THAT YOU WILL NEVER ASSERT OR BRING ANY CLAIM OR SUIT AGAINST SOE, ITS LICENSOR(S), ANY SONY COMPANY, OR ANY EMPLOYEES OF ANY OF THE ABOVE, WHICH IS RELATED TO OR BASED ON (I) A CLAIM THAT YOU “OWN” ANY VIRTUAL GOODS IN ANY GAME, (II) A CLAIM FOR THE “VALUE” OF VIRTUAL GOODS IF SOE DELETES THEM (AND/OR TERMINATES YOUR ACCOUNT(S)) IF YOU OR ANYONE ACTING IN CONCERT WITH YOU VIOLATES ANY PROVISION OF THE EXCHANGE AGREEMENT, THIS AGREEMENT, THE GAME’S RULES OF CONDUCT, SOE’S TERMS OF SERVICE AND/OR SOE’S PRIVACY POLICY (ALL OF WHICH ARE POSTED AT A LINK AT WWW.EVERQUEST2.COM), (III) A CLAIM FOR THE “VALUE” OF VIRTUAL GOODS THAT YOU MAY LOSE IF SOE DOES ANYTHING THAT IT IS ENTITLED TO DO PURSUANT TO ANY PROVISION OF THE EXCHANGE AGREEMENT, THIS AGREEMENT, THE GAME’S RULES OF CONDUCT, SOE’S TERMS OF SERVICE AND/OR SOE’S PRIVACY POLICY, OR FOR ANY MALFUNCTIONS AND/OR “BUGS” IN THE GAME, AND/OR (IV) A CLAIM THAT THE “VALUE” OF ANY VIRTUAL GOODS HAS INCREASED OR DECREASED BY VIRTUE OF ANY GAME MODIFICATION THAT SOE HAS MADE OR WILL MAKE . ALL OF THE ABOVE APPLIES WHETHER ON AN EXCHANGE ENABLED SERVER OR ON A NON-EXCHANGE ENABLED SERVER.

That’s right.  Log in and (according to SOE) you give up your right to assert that anything you buy/acquire in-game has an intrinsic “value”.  So later on, if they decide to alter the item in question and you get upset about it (especially if you paid real money for it), they’ll claim you agreed to that being fine.  Just a head’s up.

I’m already attempting to gain more information directly from SOE on this.  I hope to have more later this afternoon.