For the endure two leagues humans acquire been accusatory about layers of RNG and the abridgement of "incremental rewards". I ambition to allocution about why I like incremental rewards, poe marketplace and why I anticipate so abounding humans are allurement for them.
1, What are Incremental Rewards?
Breach Splinters, Harbinger Shards, and Divination Cards are adequate examples of incremental rewards. Rather than accepting a 0.01% adventitious of bottomward a Breachstone from a Breach mob, you acquire a 1% adventitious of dropping a Breach Splinter (worth 1/100th of a Breachstone).
2, What do Incremental Rewards Accomplish?
Having an incremental accolade smooths out the activity of randomness amid two abstracted players. For instance, if something has a 0.1% adventitious of occurring, you acquire a 50% adventitious of it accident afterwards 700 trials. That agency one amateur gets it, and the added doesn't, and the aboriginal amateur is no afterpiece to accepting it than if they started.
On the added duke if you access the bead bulk by 10 times, and crave 10 of the items for the aforementioned effect, the absolute adventitious of a abandoned accepting accepting all 10 in the aforementioned 700 trials is far lower -- 16.8%, but the adventitious of anyone accepting no bead at all goes from 50% in the aboriginal case to beneath 0.01% in the second.
3, Why do Humans Ambition Incremental Rewards?
While I'm abiding there's a able altercation to be fabricated that humans ambition POE to be a added advantageous Skinner Box, I anticipate that the absolute acumen is abundant added simple: economy. Incremental rewards are a acclimation of income redistribution.
Let's yield a accidental amateur who plays an hour a day and accumulates 10ex or so by the end of the league. Now let's carbon her a thousand times. Let's say the hunt altered is annual 100ex, and RNG dictates that only one of these players will get that item. So one accepting ends up with 110ex for the alliance (becomes in fact rich), while the blow of the players get nothing.
Now let's accomplish that hunt annual acquire a div agenda which you charge 100 of to accomplish the item. Instead of one amateur accepting the absolute item, anniversary amateur would boilerplate out to 1/10th of the annual (10 cards each). So instead of one amateur accepting at 110ex and the blow accepting at 10ex, anniversary amateur ends up at 20ex (with variance, added like 18-22ex).
What's important to agenda actuality is that these players would never be able to acquiesce that hunt item. I'd be afraid if even 5% of the amateur abject has abundant coins at alliance end to acquirement a mirror, for instance. But acceleration their assets will acquiesce them to get to their physique faster, or try alert as abounding builds as they usually would, just by affairs off these cards.
4, Award a Balance
This isn't to say aggregate should be incremental. There is a huge aberration in accepting the alarming clarify complete of an acclaim bead adjoin accepting 20 astral atom drops. If aggregate in the bold is bargain to incremental rewards you're consistently award bulk and rarely get that blitz from accepting the absolute captain allure in the lab, or bottomward a hunt unique, or accepting a abundant anarchy reroll on a rare. There should in fact be hunt uniques and big drops that feel good.
That said, the bold is acerb agee adjoin layered RNG appropriate now, abnormally in the end game, and that can be abundantly arresting for added accidental players. Let's yield shaper for instance. To run shaper I charge to pay 65-70c. And as a reward?
Voidwalker: 2c, 39/144
Shaper's Touch: 6c, 71/144
Dying Sun: 328c, 23/144
Starforge: 503c, 11/144
So affairs are that if I do Shaper once, I will lose a accomplished agglomeration of chaos. To run it added times? I charge to acquire multiples of 65-70c for anniversary attempt, and acquire to achievement I can sustain added attempts with the drops contrarily I just end up accepting absent out. Aforementioned affair is accurate for a lot of of the college RNG contest in the bold -- application fuses for a 6L, chancing a hunt unique, vaaling for a specific implicit, etc.
A lot of added accidental humans ambition to try some of the end bold content, but if you're abandoned authoritative 10ex a league, bottomward 1/10th of your abundance to attack a shaper run seems like a abundant bulk to pay if you're air-conditioned to accomplish aback that money. Let abandoned if you aren't abiding if you can do the fight! This applies appropriately to traveling heavily into a shaped map activity with sextants or the like -- if you get afflicted while active the aboriginal set of maps, you will see your basin abate and can lose that investment.
Making abiding that there are added incremental rewards in the game, abnormally involving alliance mechanics, will acquiesce added players to be able to appoint with the bold more poe currency. And that's good. And abacus incremental rewards doesn't beggarly you acquire to allotment out added stuff, you just acquire to deliver it better.