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Nova Gem to Star Captain Crisis: Part II

Posted by The Peanut Master on June 27, 2008

In this final post on the Nova Gem to Star Captain crisis, I will examine case examples of the crisis in-game and also offer a solution to help solve the problem.

Part II, Section 1: The Crisis In Action

In Part I we established that AE seems to be favoring Nova Gem players over Star Captain players in the sense that with every buyable object in MechQuest, there seems to be an even better one for Nova Gems. In this section I’m going to go straight into MechQuest and examine this problem in action.

And what better way to start than the opening Soluna City screen. One of the mani things that I’m sure pops out at most of you when you enter Soluna City’s main area is the Special Items Shop in the bottom right corner. Clicking it will open up a selection screen that looks like something you will see a LOT of throughout your playing experience:

And there you have it: Items and Mecha, and also Nova Items and Nova Mecha. I won’t even point out that the Nova Items and Nova Mecha buttons are nice and gold, which almost gift-wrap the point that they are better. (oh wait, I just did say it). Examining the weapons and mecha in the shops easily shows that the Nova Gem stuff is just flat-out better than the credit stuff in every way imaginable. I won’t post images of the shops, but you can check it out if you haven’t already and see for yourself

Now let’s move over to the Knife and Spork, where we find a similar interface to the previous example in each of the 3rd Place, 2nd Place, and Grand Prize reward shops. Here is the Grand Prize one for your viewing pleasure:

And sure enough, the Grand Prize Nova Gem weapon does more damage than the Grand Prize Star Captain weapon.

Next we will travel to the Museum, where sure enough, we have another clear separation:

And of course, the two Nova Gem weapons are superior to the two Star Captain weapons, while the Nova Gem mecha is superior to the Star Captain mecha. And remember, this superiority is not just in one aspect of the comparison (example: health only), it’s in every way possible. For the mechs, the Nova Gem mecha has more health, energy, energy regen, and its weapons do more damage than the Star Captain mecha.

Why don’t we go to GEARS, maybe we will get some differ — nope, nothing to see here, move on, move on:Dean Warlic's Reward Shop after you beat his quest chain
Dean Warlic’s Reward Shop after you beat his quest chain


RuneHawk Non-Upgradeable Mecha Models


RuneHawk Weapons Interface

In each of these cases, the Nova Gem counterpart is superior to the Star Captain counterpart in *every* way possible.

Even Westion, the new planet in MechQuest, continues this trend. Every single shop, whether it be for weapons, mechs, or anything else, has a credit shop and a Nova Gem shop, and in every single one of these circumstances the Nova Gem stuff is better than the Star Captain stuff (save for one shop when the Star Captain and Nova Gem weapons are at different levels and have different power levels).

Even aspects of MechQuest that don’t directly relate to mecha combat have this same trend: Energy Blades Fighting…


Grayson Light’s Energy Blade Shop

…and Starship Items:


Starship Interface

In fact, the only buyable shops where Nova Gem items are not listed are in some of the earlier professions (Police, Hospital, Pizza, Mysterious Johnson, etc.) and the rewards go up to only level 10, which makes them absolete now.

I went full throttle with this section because I really wanted to illustrate that I was not exagerrating when I said Nova Gem stuff owns Star Captain stuff. It’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and I wanted to make sure everyone realized that.

Part II, Section 2: Summing It All Up

Here’s an ultra quick summary of my two posts on this issue and how they all relate to my main point: AE seemed to establish from the beginning that Star Captains would have priority and would be “better” than everyone else, Nova Gem players included. Then, with clear in-game examples provided, I proved the point that Nova Gem players actually have it better in the most important (and seemingly only) category of comparison: buyable equipment. This is a problem for two reasons: Firstly, AE is favoring Nova Gem players over Star Captain players when that did not seem to be their original intention. Secondly (and more controversially), this should just flat-out not be the case. Star Captains SHOULD be able to access the best of the best in every category and should NOT be outclassed in *every* single aspect of buyable equipment. That’s not the case with AdventureQuest and DragonFable and it should not be the case in MechQuest. Maybe my opinion is biased because I am a non-Nova Gem user who is a Star Captain, but I truly feel I would have this same opinion even if I did own Nova Gems. AE needs to realize they are corrupting the game by doing this and they need to adjust this now.

Part II, Section 3: The Solution

It really doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out: Make Star Captain stuff more powerful than Nova Gem stuff, or at least make them equal. Nova Gems were supposed to be a side option for the players who didn’t want to spend the time earning credits to get the best equipment who could still get access to comparable equipment, but now it’s not comparable: It’s just flat-out better. If AE stopped making Nova Gem objects superior in every way imaginable to Star Captain objects it would make more sense in line with AE’s other games, with what AE is advertising, and with the way the game should be running.

*breathes a sigh of relief* Well, there you have it. That’s my take on the Nova Gem to Star Captain Crisis, and if you have any comments regarding this issue, feel free to post them in the Comments section below. If you have anything to add to what I said, agree with what I said, disagree with what I said, then feel free to say so. Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

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4 Responses to “Nova Gem to Star Captain Crisis: Part II”

  1. Shindia said

    My main response would be that yes it’s not wonderful that Nova items beat SC ones in almost all cases, however the fact that it’s an almost universal trend suggests to me that it is completely intentional by AE and so unlikely to change anytime soon (in fact the trend on Westion has been to increase the gap between Nova and SC – with mechs that are higher level for Nova).

  2. sinani200 said

    I hate to say it, but I do agree with you here. WE is showing no signs of letting off on this trade, and I do not see this changing any time soon. Oh well…

  3. Nathan said

    I am a Star Captain. And to be honest, there aren’t many extra benefits, leaving out the star ship and … well, one or two quests. Most of the mecha I want all cost Nova Gems. I regret choosing Star Captain over Nova Gems.

  4. The Peanut Master said

    I pretty much feel the same way as you do, and if that’s the case there is indeed a major problem.

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