I want to share my experience with the lockout system in hopes it can be updated to better suite playing with friends and guild mates.
I’m running a small guild with a bunch of friends. We have people all over the place in terms of ilvl. Currently I’m the only person in our guild that is over 1370 ilvl. I need to be running Hard mode of Oreha each week to progress my main character. By running the whole Oreha Abys dungeon on hard mode it locks me out of doing the normal version on that character. My guild has two nights a week dedicated to running abys dungeons with friends. But I’m not able to run normal Oreha with them anymore. Just let me do it god damn it. I don’t need no rewards, no gold, no nothing. I just want to play with my friends. Why is this concept of playing with friends in an MMO being this restricted? What’s an MMO even for if not to be able to play with friends?
I have alts that are in T1 and T2 just so I can get around the lockout and be able to run the low ilvl abys with friends. But even that is limited. Just let me play with them! I don’t need nothing I just want to have fun with them!
I understand that once we all have multiple characters maxed out in T3 we will potentially be able to run it multiple times on alts. But that’s a long way from now to do that since everyone is focusing on single main character for now.
I also get that completely removing the lockout and even just removing the rewards for sequential runs might start a boosting/bus community. Who cares tho? Let em have it I guess. You can P2W your way up anyway so why would boosting be any different anyway. There is very little in the game that requires a coordinated raid/party and even the little there is has these sort of restrictions that make it imposible to enjoy the game with your guild mates. What even is the guild system for then?
I beg of you please reconsider your stance on hindering your players ability to play with their friends!