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Getting bored with gathering my home instance how about a 400 gem item Butler who gather for me.

Anet can make some sweet money by selling Butler skins

Skritt/ Ogre/ Golems and and and ....

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  • phokus.8934phokus.8934 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Sounds awfully lot like a slave.

  • Linken.6345Linken.6345 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Would you be able to use this butler in other peoples home instance?

  • Would you be able to slot Glyphs in their harvesting tool slots? Is this a walk into instance talk to butler standing right next to entrance, press F to collect everything sort of thing, or do I have to watch them run around for me?

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Yeah, nothing adverse could happen to the economy from this suggestion.

    I am a very casual player.
    Very.
    Casual.

  • Balsa.3951Balsa.3951 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 11, 2021

    @kharmin.7683 said:
    Yeah, nothing adverse could happen to the economy from this suggestion.

    Well it's in a way a gold sink, the home instance gather value is nothing u can not get in the open world anyway.

    (or in ur home instance urself, it's a pure QOL item)

    It affects the economy the same as endless gathering tools do already.
    But curious to know ur opinion what u mean it will disturb the economy, I admit I didn't think that much through.

  • DeanBB.4268DeanBB.4268 Member ✭✭✭✭

    And have them interact with the cats, too.

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  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Balsa.3951 said:

    @kharmin.7683 said:
    Yeah, nothing adverse could happen to the economy from this suggestion.

    Well it's in a way a gold sink, the home instance gather value is nothing u can not get in the open world anyway.

    Not really a gold sink if you need only purchase it once.

    It affects the economy the same as endless gathering tools do already.
    But curious to know ur opinion what u mean it will disturb the economy, I admit I didn't think that much through.

    Endless gathering tools may have had an impact on the economy, but players still have to actively go to a node and farm it. Many players may not take the opportunity to do this each and every time that they log on. Your proposal would basically give mats to players for "free" without any effort. IMO, this would add more mats to the TP as people cash them in for gold which would devalue the mats. Converting gold->gems would then affect the gem prices (as well as de-incetivize players from purchasing gems with real cash), much like what was seen during the heyday of the Istan farm. Gems were a lot cheaper then than they are now (almost by half!).

    I am a very casual player.
    Very.
    Casual.

  • sorudo.9054sorudo.9054 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @kharmin.7683 said:

    @Balsa.3951 said:

    @kharmin.7683 said:
    Yeah, nothing adverse could happen to the economy from this suggestion.

    Well it's in a way a gold sink, the home instance gather value is nothing u can not get in the open world anyway.

    Not really a gold sink if you need only purchase it once.

    It affects the economy the same as endless gathering tools do already.
    But curious to know ur opinion what u mean it will disturb the economy, I admit I didn't think that much through.

    Endless gathering tools may have had an impact on the economy, but players still have to actively go to a node and farm it. Many players may not take the opportunity to do this each and every time that they log on. Your proposal would basically give mats to players for "free" without any effort. IMO, this would add more mats to the TP as people cash them in for gold which would devalue the mats. Converting gold->gems would then affect the gem prices (as well as de-incetivize players from purchasing gems with real cash), much like what was seen during the heyday of the Istan farm. Gems were a lot cheaper then than they are now (almost by half!).

    i only see a good thing, this makes stuff less overpriced and actual casuals can play normally.

    the truth is harsh, my opinions are too.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @kharmin.7683 said:

    @Balsa.3951 said:

    @kharmin.7683 said:
    Yeah, nothing adverse could happen to the economy from this suggestion.

    Well it's in a way a gold sink, the home instance gather value is nothing u can not get in the open world anyway.

    Not really a gold sink if you need only purchase it once.

    It affects the economy the same as endless gathering tools do already.
    But curious to know ur opinion what u mean it will disturb the economy, I admit I didn't think that much through.

    Endless gathering tools may have had an impact on the economy, but players still have to actively go to a node and farm it. Many players may not take the opportunity to do this each and every time that they log on. Your proposal would basically give mats to players for "free" without any effort. IMO, this would add more mats to the TP as people cash them in for gold which would devalue the mats. Converting gold->gems would then affect the gem prices (as well as de-incetivize players from purchasing gems with real cash), much like what was seen during the heyday of the Istan farm. Gems were a lot cheaper then than they are now (almost by half!).

    I think it depends on how exactly it works. The way I imagine it working the only difference between now and using the butler is you'd go to your home instance, locate the butler and they'd give you all the items harvested from the nodes that day in one go, rather than you having to go around each node. In that case I think the impact on the economy would be minimal because players wouldn't get anything they don't get now. They'd still have to buy the nodes, log in and go to the home instance, it just cuts a few minutes off the process. It would be less effort, but not by much.

    On the other hand if it was something like you get the mats mailed to you each day even if you don't log in I think that would have too many downsides, not just the impact on the economy but the fact that it removes an incentive to log into the game. I'm sure I'm not the only one who logs in intending to just do something quick like harvest home instance nodes or do the dailies and then gets drawn into doing a bunch of other stuff, so it could lead to less activity in the game as well.

    @Lan Deathrider.5910 said:
    Would you be able to slot Glyphs in their harvesting tool slots? Is this a walk into instance talk to butler standing right next to entrance, press F to collect everything sort of thing, or do I have to watch them run around for me?

    That's an interesting point. I imagine it would be difficult to make it work with the glyphs on gathering tools (especially since players might have more than 1 set of tools, how would it know which ones to use?) but maybe that trade-off could be used to minimise the concerns some players have raised? If you have enough time (and tools with glyphs or built-in bonuses) it's better to gather everything manually so you get the extra stuff from the glyphs. But if you're rushed or just don't feel like doing it today you accept losing those bonuses in return for the convinience of faster gathering?

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  • Balsa.3951Balsa.3951 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @kharmin.7683 said:

    @Balsa.3951 said:

    @kharmin.7683 said:
    Yeah, nothing adverse could happen to the economy from this suggestion.

    Well it's in a way a gold sink, the home instance gather value is nothing u can not get in the open world anyway.

    Not really a gold sink if you need only purchase it once.

    It affects the economy the same as endless gathering tools do already.
    But curious to know ur opinion what u mean it will disturb the economy, I admit I didn't think that much through.

    Endless gathering tools may have had an impact on the economy, but players still have to actively go to a node and farm it. Many players may not take the opportunity to do this each and every time that they log on. Your proposal would basically give mats to players for "free" without any effort. IMO, this would add more mats to the TP as people cash them in for gold which would devalue the mats. Converting gold->gems would then affect the gem prices (as well as de-incetivize players from purchasing gems with real cash), much like what was seen during the heyday of the Istan farm. Gems were a lot cheaper then than they are now (almost by half!).

    Good points.
    I can't really say if is will impact the economy, IMHO Anet prefer to sell u items in the gem store over having the mats prices devalued by an unknown %.

    @Lan Deathrider.5910 said:
    Would you be able to slot Glyphs in their harvesting tool slots? Is this a walk into instance talk to butler standing right next to entrance, press F to collect everything sort of thing, or do I have to watch them run around for me?

    I was thinking the same,

    I go into more detail how I imagine the Butler works.

    The Butler is an NPC comes with the ability to be equipped with glyphs, those glyphs can be removed again by the player or exchanged for other ones. (Glyphs need be bought separate from the Butler)

    The Butler can be transmuted with skins from the gemshop.

    For example u buy a Skritt Butler from the Gem shop, later u get bored with that look u can buy another skin like a Golem Butler (Ghost, Bunny, Ecto Ooze... imagination is endless) that way the Butler stays a gold sink like mounts do.

    Functionality
    The Butler is a little like an SIMs NPC he has his own personality and animations. When u just visit the home instance he will walk around doing stuff like gathering or sweeping the ground. He will have some dialogues he randomly talks like NPCs in the open world do (funny ones is the hope and enough diversity that it needs a while before u heard all he has to say)

    How to Gather mats
    After you arrived your home instance u get a special action key (Butler Bell), after pressing this one the Butler will run to u, it can be a few seconds till he reaches u depending on where in the home instance he is at that moment. He then has a welcome sentence like (Welcome Home Master, Dialogue will be different with each different Butler skin) U than interact with the Butler select collect mats to get ur mats.

    This I imagine will give the home instance some flavor and not just be a thing must do. It also will be a nice addition when player housing arrives and people will be busy with many other things in their H.I. Than gathering mats.

  • Linken.6345Linken.6345 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Balsa.3951 said:

    @kharmin.7683 said:

    @Balsa.3951 said:

    @kharmin.7683 said:
    Yeah, nothing adverse could happen to the economy from this suggestion.

    Well it's in a way a gold sink, the home instance gather value is nothing u can not get in the open world anyway.

    Not really a gold sink if you need only purchase it once.

    It affects the economy the same as endless gathering tools do already.
    But curious to know ur opinion what u mean it will disturb the economy, I admit I didn't think that much through.

    Endless gathering tools may have had an impact on the economy, but players still have to actively go to a node and farm it. Many players may not take the opportunity to do this each and every time that they log on. Your proposal would basically give mats to players for "free" without any effort. IMO, this would add more mats to the TP as people cash them in for gold which would devalue the mats. Converting gold->gems would then affect the gem prices (as well as de-incetivize players from purchasing gems with real cash), much like what was seen during the heyday of the Istan farm. Gems were a lot cheaper then than they are now (almost by half!).

    Good points.
    I can't really say if is will impact the economy, IMHO Anet prefer to sell u items in the gem store over having the mats prices devalued by an unknown %.

    @Lan Deathrider.5910 said:
    Would you be able to slot Glyphs in their harvesting tool slots? Is this a walk into instance talk to butler standing right next to entrance, press F to collect everything sort of thing, or do I have to watch them run around for me?

    I was thinking the same,

    I go into more detail how I imagine the Butler works.

    The Butler is an NPC comes with the ability to be equipped with glyphs, those glyphs can be removed again by the player or exchanged for other ones. (Glyphs need be bought separate from the Butler)

    The Butler can be transmuted with skins from the gemshop.

    For example u buy a Skritt Butler from the Gem shop, later u get bored with that look u can buy another skin like a Golem Butler (Ghost, Bunny, Ecto Ooze... imagination is endless) that way the Butler stays a gold sink like mounts do.

    Functionality
    The Butler is a little like an SIMs NPC he has his own personality and animations. When u just visit the home instance he will walk around doing stuff like gathering or sweeping the ground. He will have some dialogues he randomly talks like NPCs in the open world do (funny ones is the hope and enough diversity that it needs a while before u heard all he has to say)

    How to Gather mats
    After you arrived your home instance u get a special action key (Butler Bell), after pressing this one the Butler will run to u, it can be a few seconds till he reaches u depending on where in the home instance he is at that moment. He then has a welcome sentence like (Welcome Home Master, Dialogue will be different with each different Butler skin) U than interact with the Butler select collect mats to get ur mats.

    This I imagine will give the home instance some flavor and not just be a thing must do. It also will be a nice addition when player housing arrives and people will be busy with many other things in their H.I. Than gathering mats.

    You mean if player housing arrives right?

  • DaFishBob.6518DaFishBob.6518 Member ✭✭✭

    @kharmin.7683 said:

    @Balsa.3951 said:

    @kharmin.7683 said:
    Yeah, nothing adverse could happen to the economy from this suggestion.

    Well it's in a way a gold sink, the home instance gather value is nothing u can not get in the open world anyway.

    Not really a gold sink if you need only purchase it once.

    How about we pay the butler some coin every day we use their service? Like the salvage-o-matics?

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  • Solvar.7953Solvar.7953 Member ✭✭✭

    This would probably lead to some sales for Anet. People buying the butler (I would), and then people buying the home instance nodes because gathering would be so quick and simple.
    So it would have some impact on the economy, but I doubt it would be significant. GW2 does a pretty good job on the economy with the trading post, so even if more of some materials were produced, it may also result in more people buying them for whatever they need. And a fair amount of the materials (LS ones) are account bound anyways.
    For glyphs, could be a something in the interface where you select what glyphs/tools you want your butler to use. May for simplicity, these have to be permanent tools (more sales there), if the user doesn't have permanent tools, then only basic gathering is used (you can't buy the limited used special tools and have the butler use them)

  • Fenom.9457Fenom.9457 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @phokus.8934 said:
    Sounds awfully lot like a slave.

    If the pact commander asked you to gather rocks and plants for him, would you tell him no? Didn’t think so

    I'd rather keep going.. wherever the wind takes us

  • Tsakhi.8124Tsakhi.8124 Member ✭✭✭

    @Fenom.9457 said:

    @phokus.8934 said:
    Sounds awfully lot like a slave.

    If the pact commander asked you to gather rocks and plants for him, would you tell him no? Didn’t think so

    If he'd give me a hug and a head pet, I would totally mine rocks and plants. I love to garden and also like to destroy things. <3 (and if he gives me spicy food and sweets, that's a plus)

    On topic! I would actually like that. Especially if I can have a Skritt and I can pay it with shinies junk and food. And booze.

    "How so big the sea hills how so deep the blue beneath.
    Hail from the main and comest thou home."

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    Will work for hugs and head pets.
    Also food.

  • Only if you have to pay him a salary and he constantly gives you backhanded insults.

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  • lokh.2695lokh.2695 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Randulf.7614 said:
    Love it. Love it completely. As long we got plenty of inane chatter from the butler as they went around (with possibly some reactionary ones from us), this would be hilarious

    When would you listen to said chatter? In the three seconds it takes you to you load into your home, click "gather all" then leave?

    Why bother, just delete the official Forum.

  • Rauderi.8706Rauderi.8706 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I'd use this, for sure.

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  • Cobra.6509Cobra.6509 Member ✭✭✭

    Can I send him to my guildmates home instances ??? They have much more nods than me.

  • Altion.9576Altion.9576 Member ✭✭✭

    I want a cute Charr maiden for my home instance, and Yes, you know why.

  • Linken.6345Linken.6345 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @lokh.2695 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:
    Love it. Love it completely. As long we got plenty of inane chatter from the butler as they went around (with possibly some reactionary ones from us), this would be hilarious

    When would you listen to said chatter? In the three seconds it takes you to you load into your home, click "gather all" then leave?

    I think the idea here is that the butler would take as long time as the average player to gather instance, so for some people it would be faster to gather yourself.

  • mindcircus.1506mindcircus.1506 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @The Greyhawk.9107 said:
    Only if you have to pay him a salary and he constantly gives you backhanded insults.

    This would be the only way to get me on board with this ridiculousness.

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  • Tsakhi.8124Tsakhi.8124 Member ✭✭✭

    @The Greyhawk.9107 said:
    Only if you have to pay him a salary and he constantly gives you backhanded insults.

    It would be like: "Wow, I slave away while you're out gallivanting around acting like a hero or something. You must think you're awesome or something, but you'd think that the great hero of blah blah blah would pay better." (It's not the best choice, it's Spacer's Choice~●☆)

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    Hail from the main and comest thou home."

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    Will work for hugs and head pets.
    Also food.

  • phokus.8934phokus.8934 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Fenom.9457 said:

    @phokus.8934 said:
    Sounds awfully lot like a slave.

    If the pact commander asked you to gather rocks and plants for him, would you tell him no? Didn’t think so

    Asked and being forced are two totally different things.

    Just be warned that you heard it here first - robot slaves will rebel.

  • Linken.6345Linken.6345 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Maybe add Drooburt as butler so he finaly pay us back for all the seasonal currency he gets.

  • Fuchslein.8639Fuchslein.8639 Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 12, 2021

    So, harvesting tools where Skritts, Otters and robots mine stuff for you isn't slave work?
    What's the difference between pressing a button so they gater for you and pressing a button so they harvest the homeinie for you?
    Sure the one needs a few more key pushes, but I doubt that is so important to the tied creatures :''D.

    And why only creatures? There could also be magical harvesters, like in the harvesting tools.
    I could really imagine how the Homeinie suddenly darkens and lightningstrokes comes from the sky and mine the stuff with. I would find that pretty cool and I would even pay more than just 400gems for.

  • Fenom.9457Fenom.9457 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Tsakhi.8124 said:

    @Fenom.9457 said:

    @phokus.8934 said:
    Sounds awfully lot like a slave.

    If the pact commander asked you to gather rocks and plants for him, would you tell him no? Didn’t think so

    If he'd give me a hug and a head pet, I would totally mine rocks and plants. I love to garden and also like to destroy things. <3 (and if he gives me spicy food and sweets, that's a plus)

    On topic! I would actually like that. Especially if I can have a Skritt and I can pay it with shinies junk and food. And booze.

    Of course you get headpats and praise for a job well done! He’s lonely too so somebody to hug is even better than a butler

    I'd rather keep going.. wherever the wind takes us

  • Tanith.5264Tanith.5264 Member ✭✭✭

    What's wrong with M.O.X.? He plays music for us and talks about the cats. What more could a battle-weary commander desire?

  • lokh.2695lokh.2695 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Linken.6345 said:

    @lokh.2695 said:

    @Randulf.7614 said:
    Love it. Love it completely. As long we got plenty of inane chatter from the butler as they went around (with possibly some reactionary ones from us), this would be hilarious

    When would you listen to said chatter? In the three seconds it takes you to you load into your home, click "gather all" then leave?

    I think the idea here is that the butler would take as long time as the average player to gather instance, so for some people it would be faster to gather yourself.

    As I read the OP it's about getting things done faster and without moving. So: Port to home, click on butler to gather all, port out. While I wouldn't care much about the feature, I doubt ANet would generate lots of income from it. Think of the butler skins less like mountskins(which you see all the time, can show off in public and are a big thing of everyday gaming), think of them more like mail carrier skins(hardly noticeable, mostly a private thing no one thinks of). I doubt ANet makes bank from mail carrier skins or else they would have continued to release them.

    Why bother, just delete the official Forum.

  • Svarty.8019Svarty.8019 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Balsa.3951 said:
    Getting bored with gathering my home instance how about a 400 gem item Butler who gather for me.

    Anet can make some sweet money by selling Butler skins

    What does a butler do?

    This post contains my opinion.

  • Sobx.1758Sobx.1758 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 12, 2021

    @Rauderi.8706 said:
    I'd use this, for sure.

    Of course you would. It would be effectively a limited-usage bot that makes you some money every day with no effort, why wouldn't you use it? :D

    Also give me a raid butler, fractal butler, wvw butler and overally open world gathering route butler per map. ^^

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Sobx.1758 said:

    @Rauderi.8706 said:
    I'd use this, for sure.

    Of course you would. It would be effectively a limited-usage bot that makes you some money every day with no effort, why wouldn't you use it? :D

    Also give me a raid butler, fractal butler, wvw butler and overally open world gathering route butler per map. ^^

    Thanks for helping make my point. This is why I believe such an addition to the game would have an adverse effect on the in-game economy, too.

    I am a very casual player.
    Very.
    Casual.

  • Sobx.1758Sobx.1758 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @kharmin.7683 said:

    @Sobx.1758 said:

    @Rauderi.8706 said:
    I'd use this, for sure.

    Of course you would. It would be effectively a limited-usage bot that makes you some money every day with no effort, why wouldn't you use it? :D

    Also give me a raid butler, fractal butler, wvw butler and overally open world gathering route butler per map. ^^

    Thanks for helping make my point. This is why I believe such an addition to the game would have an adverse effect on the in-game economy, too.

    Oh no. That's my point, go find your own. :grimace:

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Sobx.1758 said:

    @kharmin.7683 said:

    @Sobx.1758 said:

    @Rauderi.8706 said:
    I'd use this, for sure.

    Of course you would. It would be effectively a limited-usage bot that makes you some money every day with no effort, why wouldn't you use it? :D

    Also give me a raid butler, fractal butler, wvw butler and overally open world gathering route butler per map. ^^

    Thanks for helping make my point. This is why I believe such an addition to the game would have an adverse effect on the in-game economy, too.

    Oh no. That's my point, go find your own. :grimace:

    Wait, it was my point first. Why.... why you.... oh, nevermind. =P

    I am a very casual player.
    Very.
    Casual.

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I disagree. I don't believe that players with home instance nodes log in every day and farm them. This butler idea would farm the instance every day whether or not the player logs in. This could only increase the amount of mats that are introduced into the economy which, in turn, would affect the economy as a whole. At least, that's what I would expect to happen. I'm no economist or expert in the field; I'm just going by business experience. /shrug

    I am a very casual player.
    Very.
    Casual.

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 12, 2021

    @kharmin.7683 said:
    I disagree. I don't believe that players with home instance nodes log in every day and farm them. This butler idea would farm the instance every day whether or not the player logs in. This could only increase the amount of mats that are introduced into the economy which, in turn, would affect the economy as a whole. At least, that's what I would expect to happen. I'm no economist or expert in the field; I'm just going by business experience. /shrug

    I don’t believe the op suggested it does it when not logged in. That would be an absurd thing to add to the game. It would need activating on entry to the instance and farms in place of you moving from point to point. A suggestion to farm when not logged would be nigh on impossible and worthless to implement

    Plus the op wants to buy skins and that’s incompatible with an auto mail out system which is a different suggestion entirely

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  • Solvar.7953Solvar.7953 Member ✭✭✭

    My presumption on such a system is that whenever you enter your home instance, the butler would be there and say something like 'Pardon me sir, here is the stuff I gathered today while you were away', and basically gives that 1 day of harvesting - not weeks or months of stuff.
    Also, I already have random skritt or ogres living in my instance (depending on which path I took when playing through the core game). So giving them something to do wouldn't be unreasonable.
    The complication here would be pricing - the value of it really depends on how much stuff you have in your home instance. Most home instance nodes have a payback of 1-2 years.
    In terms of economy, the game has sold lots of stuff in the gemstore which in theory could mess up the economy (tools that no longer break, salvage kits that are cheaper, or just nodes themselves that produce goods). It does save the players a few minutes per day, which they could presumably use making gold elsewhere, I can't see that being a significant impact.

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Then we will have to simply disagree. Good luck with your proposal.

    I am a very casual player.
    Very.
    Casual.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @kharmin.7683 said:
    I disagree. I don't believe that players with home instance nodes log in every day and farm them. This butler idea would farm the instance every day whether or not the player logs in. This could only increase the amount of mats that are introduced into the economy which, in turn, would affect the economy as a whole. At least, that's what I would expect to happen. I'm no economist or expert in the field; I'm just going by business experience. /shrug

    The OP didn't say that. The first post didn't specify how it would work, and when they did explain later on they said:

    @Balsa.3951 said:
    Functionality
    The Butler is a little like an SIMs NPC he has his own personality and animations. When u just visit the home instance he will walk around doing stuff like gathering or sweeping the ground. He will have some dialogues he randomly talks like NPCs in the open world do (funny ones is the hope and enough diversity that it needs a while before u heard all he has to say)

    How to Gather mats
    After you arrived your home instance u get a special action key (Butler Bell), after pressing this one the Butler will run to u, it can be a few seconds till he reaches u depending on where in the home instance he is at that moment. He then has a welcome sentence like (Welcome Home Master, Dialogue will be different with each different Butler skin) U than interact with the Butler select collect mats to get ur mats.

    This I imagine will give the home instance some flavor and not just be a thing must do. It also will be a nice addition when player housing arrives and people will be busy with many other things in their H.I. Than gathering mats.

    So you'd still have to log in and go to the home instance to collect the materials. The only difference is that instead of running around the whole area collecting each node yourself you speak to one NPC and get everything together.

    It would be slightly more convenient and might make it slightly more likely that some people gather from their home instance. (I have sometimes been so short on time that I skipped doing it because otherwise I wouldn't have time for the specific thing I logged in to do - most recently there was a day when I literally just logged in, did 3 quick Wintersday dailies and logged out again.) But it still doesn't gather for you if you don't log in at all.

    It sounds to me like the main appeal for the OP is actually the novelty value of having an NPC you can talk to who does some of the 'work' for you. Since the original post skipped over functionality to focus on possible skins. So I think the intention is something like infinite gathering tools with a minimal convenience factor and a lot of appeal (and potential for repeat sales to some people) from the novelty.

    In a game where people will spend real money on chairs to sit in while afk and new animations for mail delivery which last a few seconds, or spend hundreds of hours or thousands of gold to turn their character a different colour I doubt a home instance butler needs to be useful to sell.

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  • DeanBB.4268DeanBB.4268 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Maybe you can hire more than one, or when housing arrives with EoD, hire different staff.

    I'm hoping for Bates/Thomas-type interactions, but realize that is a lot to hope for (for those who understand).

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  • Linken.6345Linken.6345 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @DeanBB.4268 said:
    Maybe you can hire more than one, or when housing arrives with EoD, hire different staff.

    I'm hoping for Bates/Thomas-type interactions, but realize that is a lot to hope for (for those who understand).

    If housing arrives with EoD we have no clue, stop trying to make it look like we do please.

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    Agreed. Just like we thought there would never be mounts. But you are correct, nobody knows.

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  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    The problem is if you talk about "when" housing arrives with EoD it creates the false impression that it's something Anet has announced, or which we know is definitely going to come. Which then risks disappointing people if it's not included.

    I know it probably seems like no one would read it that way, but it wouldn't be the first time someone's confused fan assumptions with actual announcements. (It's even worse on music forums because then you get a stupid feedback loop with trash "journalists" reporting "a source close to the band said..." where their kitten source is 'some guy on an internet forum who seemed pretty sure of what he was saying'.)

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  • Rauderi.8706Rauderi.8706 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Sobx.1758 said:

    @Rauderi.8706 said:
    I'd use this, for sure.

    Of course you would. It would be effectively a limited-usage bot that makes you some money every day with no effort, why wouldn't you use it? :D

    Also give me a raid butler, fractal butler, wvw butler and overally open world gathering route butler per map. ^^

    Wait, there's raid nodes and fractal nodes and wvw nodes (I could definitely use those!)? Why, those are positively great! Where do I get those?

    Edit: upon further investigation, those don't exist. Much like the point of this hand-wringing sarcasm.

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  • Sobx.1758Sobx.1758 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Rauderi.8706 said:

    @Sobx.1758 said:

    @Rauderi.8706 said:
    I'd use this, for sure.

    Of course you would. It would be effectively a limited-usage bot that makes you some money every day with no effort, why wouldn't you use it? :D

    Also give me a raid butler, fractal butler, wvw butler and overally open world gathering route butler per map. ^^

    Wait, there's raid nodes and fractal nodes and wvw nodes (I could definitely use those!)? Why, those are positively great! Where do I get those?

    Edit: upon further investigation, those don't exist. Much like the point of this hand-wringing sarcasm.

    Nah, just automatically complete content for me. Not sure why you try so hard to pretend you didn't understand the point here, but ok.

  • Touchme.1097Touchme.1097 Member ✭✭✭

    @Balsa.3951 said:
    Getting bored with gathering my home instance how about a 400 gem item Butler who gather for me.

    Anet can make some sweet money by selling Butler skins

    Skritt/ Ogre/ Golems and and and ....

    Great idea, I don't understand why the dev team never considered this to be added into the game. I would consider also adding home decorations and NPCs just for the sake of variety.