Game started for me for one reason - collect Star Wars characters. I have loved SW since the first movie came out. I literally wore the VHS tape out watching it so many times as a kid. (speaking of which I miss the Original movies, not the CGI remasters) I wanted to get the toons I always liked in the franchise and it was cool to play a game with them with decent graphics and game play. I had no idea about crystals and farming, Arena Ranks, sniping, gearing, etc. I got a toon and played the team. It was only when I got stuck on a level that I searched for help and found the EA forum.
I started playing in early December. I now have a lot of toons. I have most of the toons that I want (at least the ones I can get). Even after I learned about everything I didnt care about Arena rank or gear, I wanted more toons!
So today. Well, I have the toons. And I am BORED to death lately. The gear grind is ridiculous. Yes, I know they dont want everybody to have a gear 11 toon or gear 11 squad but come on now. Teebo needs 200 Carbanti sensors to get to Gear 10. Two Hundred! Plus stun guns, cuffs and that bloody Droid Caller that never shows up (seriously, never. Not once, ever). Add in all the other toons that need raid only gear or you can buy gear at $10 to $25 USD a pop (uh, I can buy a full game for a piece of GEAR).
All this to what end? Seriously, what is the point now? My Arena rank went from the 1000 range to the under 100 range even up to 50 or lower. OK, so what? I get more crystals to hit the Sim button more times to hopefully get a piece of gear that I need TWO HUNDRED of.... Or I hit the Sim button to get shards for the next toon to promote. I am starting to get toons out of boredom now! Biggs, sure. Ackbar, why not? Tusken Raider, OK. Are those toons good? Sure (well not sure about Biggs and TR). Do I use them. Ever. Nope. Only in challenges and raids.
So raids are new. We fight the same battle all the time hoping for good RNG. I hope TM down sticks. I hope I can retreat. I hope I dont get eaten. Etc. Then we win the same awards from Challenges! Or if we do win needed gear I get 8 pcs when I need 100+.
To top it off even if I wanted to spend more money (which I dont at this point), why? If I bought 10 vaults it would barely help my team. I cant get the gear!! Even if I wanted to spend a hundred bucks on just gear, I cant! That Droid Caller has never once dropped in shipments and I check constantly. I got two furnaces to show up and that is it for unubtanium raid gear. Period.
Yes, I can save up 8000 crystals for Guild gear (x 2 to craft one piece). Even placing well in raids and doing daily guild activities that is still up to two weeks of saving for ONE piece of gear. Gee, in two and a half Months I can save up enough to gear up one team...
Again. Anybody getting bored? I know I am getting burned out. I even swapped out Arena to Ewoks weeks ago since I thought they were fun and different. Even that is getting old now. Arena is the same teams over and over. GW was nerfed but at least I am throwing in seldom used toons now just for fun. I actually miss the old old GW with regular retreat and force close days. I used each node as a test bed and had to use near my full roster.