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- Posted: Sun, 08 Apr 2012 19:35:04 +0000
I believe the point is that sometimes the alchemist doesn't get the wings. If someone finds the quest formula and doesn't think they can do it alone (almost a given) and isn't already at level 10 (yes, the formulas start at level 1 but with very low success rates and being higher level will make them go easier), they arrange with someone else to craft the formulas. And that may not involve any personal relationships that make the wings shareable between the those involved.
So the formula-finder gets the wings and the alchemist gets nothing to show to others that they were the ones who actually made the wings. Yes, there's an achievement for getting to Level 10 in Alchemy, but in terms of rarity and difficulty, it's not comparable to completing the backwings. Backwings are more like Level 100.
Frankly I see nothing wrong with making it also be an Achievement. How does that hurt anyone except the Achievement-hunters who've made it their quest to get every Achievement on Gaia, which has its own problem of being narrow-focused and with few likely to finish? (Is there an Achievement for getting every current Achievement?)
I think my original point still stands. So what if an alchemist makes the wings for someone else- they still get the bragging rights and for at least a few shining moments they have one of the rarest items on Gaia and one that will stay rare for the foreseeable future- in their account. Well, until they give it to the person who's really been working their a** off for the wings of course. That would be the one who provided all the expensive components. If an achievement is going to be awarded in fairness it should be divided between those who are on the team who manage to pull off that quest. There is no practical or fair way to program that, though.
My point still stands. An achievement for making the wings is unnecessary. The wings themselves are the award even if the alchemist doesn't get to keep them. That's his or her own fault for making the deal to make them for someone else, as opposed to doing all the work and spending all the gold to do so for themselves.
Or are you asking for this because you want something to show you made the wings after you sell them to some poor b*****d for 3x what you spent?
Y'know... I don't think anyone on Gaia has that much gold if the numbers I'm seeing on that wing quest are even vaguely close. Not even the wealthiest exchanger will have that much pure at one time. Maybe they'd be able to trade everything they have... or a golden halo and some other old ultra rares.
So yeah, an achievement isn't needed if you have an item as rare as a golden halo, and even more wanted.