Well, I now have a heartbreaking pet story. This is my version of Where the Red Fern Grows.
*hands out tissues*
I don't know if you've seen this pet in the derby awards:
Sure you have! It's awesomeness. I wanted that Dark Crow pet as did a few of our friends, so we set up a system over at the pvp arena to trade wins in order to get arena tickets because quite honestly, no one derby's at the ancient pet / pet warlord level. It's lonely at the top and it's hard to get the pvp tickets you need through Derby alone.
It took quite a while to spin up 750 arena tickets, but eventually I GOT MY CROW! Love my crow! I rushed over to the dance game and worked my pet up to Adult, and this is what I found:
Selfish talents and a couple of "meh" derby talents. Oh man, 750 arena tickets for that is painful. Sure sure, now at least I have the bird model and I can mix that with other, more uber pets to get better stats on my crow, but that could equate to a TON of time and gold depending on how unlucky I am. It's definitely possible to make a better crow . . . it's just time consuming (keep that "time consuming" idea in mind and stick with me here).
Now, on the flip side of that, I also recently received a fierce hound from the Double-wide gamestop card (which Kingsisle was kind enough to give to me and a few other fansites for free). Check out what manifested on my free fierce hound when I leveled him up:
Not bad at all, right? In fact, that might be the pet I first use in trying to build a better Dark Crow!
It's just ironic that the pet that me and my friends worked our tails off for manifests junk traits, and the pet I get for free and with no effort manifests sprightly of all things. (Actually, I take that "free and with no effort" statement back; keeping the Friendly Necromancer blog going for two years to earn one of those pets is a lot more effort than it is to spin up 750 arena tickets . . . .)
SO IT GOT ME TO THINKING!
I don't know if this has ever been proposed before, so I'm going to throw this out there and see what you all think. You know how you can pay good old Professor Lincoln to reassign your training points on your character? Sure you do, it can end up being quite costly reassigning your points, but if you want a perfect character build, you go for it, right?
What if you could go to the ringleader there in the Pet Pavilion and pay to have one of your pet's talents reassigned? You just know there are better talents hidden on that dark crow pet, right? What if you could select a talent, click a button, pay some crowns, and *poof* the pet magically unlearns the unwanted talent and instead chooses another talent on a pet's pedigree chart?
You know, I've seen worse than my Dark Crow. I've seen some heart breaking pets out there where people have spun a pet all the way up to epic and their pet manifested nothing but selfish talents. I bet you those people would love this feature. You could even make that a stipulation to using the pedigree enhancer. You could require that the only pets that could use the pedigree enhancer were epic.
What do you think?
I guess the next logical step after that would actually be going to a "training school" where you can pick a better pet talent from a menu and replace your unwanted talent with one that you buy, which might be simpler and more direct.
What do you think?
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