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Equip and crafting list

A list of things I can craft, as well as things I'm romping through the dungeon with now. I'd change the background colors on these things to show what I own (but can't craft) if I could.

If the item can't be crafted, you should assume that I don't have the recipe. :P

Icon-sword.png Hopscotch's swords
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Proto Sword
Equipment-Proto Sword icon.png

Bolted Blade
Equipment-Bolted Blade icon.png

Equipment-Cutter icon.png

Equipment-Striker icon.png

Vile Striker
Equipment-Vile Striker icon.png

Equipment-Brandish icon.png

Equipment-Nightblade icon.png

Silent Nightblade
Equipment-Silent Nightblade icon.png

Equipment-Flourish icon.png

Swift Flourish
Equipment-Swift Flourish icon.png

Grand Flourish
Equipment-Grand Flourish icon.png

Final Flourish
Equipment-Final Flourish icon.png

Equipment-Flamberge icon.png

Fierce Flamberge
Equipment-Fierce Flamberge icon.png

Snarble Barb
Equipment-Snarble Barb icon.png

Dark Thorn Blade
Equipment-Dark Thorn Blade icon.png

Equipment-Spur icon.png

Equipment-Troika icon.png

Sealed Sword
Equipment-Sealed Sword icon.png

Equipment-Avenger icon.png

Equipment-Faust icon.png

Fang of Vog
Equipment-Fang of Vog icon.png

Wrench Wand
Equipment-Wrench Wand icon.png

Icon-handgun.png Hopscotch's handguns
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Proto Gun
Equipment-Proto Gun icon.png

Super Stun Gun
Equipment-Super Stun Gun icon.png

Voltech Alchemer
Equipment-Voltech Alchemer icon.png

Voltech Alchemer Mk II
Equipment-Voltech Alchemer Mk II icon.png

Volt Driver
Equipment-Volt Driver icon.png

Storm Driver
Equipment-Storm Driver icon.png

Equipment-Pulsar icon.png

Kilowatt Pulsar
Equipment-Kilowatt Pulsar icon.png

Gigawatt Pulsar
Equipment-Gigawatt Pulsar icon.png

Equipment-Polaris icon.png

Equipment-Autogun icon.png

Equipment-Pepperbox icon.png

Fiery Pepperbox
Equipment-Fiery Pepperbox icon.png

Equipment-Magnus icon.png

Mega Magnus
Equipment-Mega Magnus icon.png

Icon-bomb.png Hopscotch's bombs
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Proto Bomb
Equipment-Proto Bomb icon.png

Equipment-Firecracker icon.png

Blast Bomb
Equipment-Blast Bomb icon.png

Super Blast Bomb
Equipment-Super Blast Bomb icon.png

Graviton Bomb
Equipment-Graviton Bomb icon.png

Haze Bomb
Equipment-Haze Bomb icon.png

Freezing Vaporizer
Equipment-Freezing Vaporizer icon.png

Freezing Vaporizer Mk II
Equipment-Freezing Vaporizer Mk II icon.png

Freezing Atomizer
Equipment-Freezing Atomizer icon.png

Shivermist Buster
Equipment-Shivermist Buster icon.png

Toxic Vaporizer
Equipment-Toxic Vaporizer icon.png

Toxic Vaporizer Mk II
Equipment-Toxic Vaporizer Mk II icon.png

Icon-shield.png Hopscotch's shields
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Proto Shield
Equipment-Proto Shield icon.png

Emberbreak Shield
Equipment-Emberbreak Shield icon.png

Firebreak Shield
Equipment-Firebreak Shield icon.png

Blazebreak Shield
Equipment-Blazebreak Shield icon.png

Frostbreaker Shield
Equipment-Frostbreaker Shield icon.png

Icebreaker Shield
Equipment-Icebreaker Shield icon.png

Blizzbreaker Shield
Equipment-Blizzbreaker Shield icon.png

Circuit Breaker Shield
Equipment-Circuit Breaker Shield icon.png

Volt Breaker Shield
Equipment-Volt Breaker Shield icon.png

Owlite Shield
Equipment-Owlite Shield icon.png

Horned Owlite Shield
Equipment-Horned Owlite Shield icon.png

Wise Owlite Shield
Equipment-Wise Owlite Shield icon.png

Grey Owlite Shield
Equipment-Grey Owlite Shield icon.png

Bristling Buckler
Equipment-Bristling Buckler icon.png

Swiftstrike Buckler
Equipment-Swiftstrike Buckler icon.png

Icon-helmet.png Hopscotch's helmets
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Spiral Tailed Helm
Equipment-Spiral Tailed Helm icon.png

Emberbreak Helm
Equipment-Emberbreak Helm icon.png

Firebreak Helm
Equipment-Firebreak Helm icon.png

Blazebreak Helm
Equipment-Blazebreak Helm icon.png

Cobalt Helm
Equipment-Cobalt Helm icon.png

Wolver Cap
Equipment-Wolver Cap icon.png

Dusker Cap
Equipment-Dusker Cap icon.png

Ash Tail Cap
Equipment-Ash Tail Cap icon.png

Magic Hood
Equipment-Magic Hood icon.png

Elemental Hood
Equipment-Elemental Hood icon.png

Miracle Hood
Equipment-Miracle Hood icon.png

Divine Veil
Equipment-Divine Veil icon.png

Drake Scale Helm
Equipment-Drake Scale Helm icon.png

Icon-armor.png Hopscotch's armor
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Spiral Culet
Equipment-Spiral Culet icon.png

Emberbreak Armor
Equipment-Emberbreak Armor icon.png

Wolver Coat
Equipment-Wolver Coat icon.png

Dusker Coat
Equipment-Dusker Coat icon.png

Ash Tail Coat
Equipment-Ash Tail Coat icon.png

Skolver Coat
Equipment-Skolver Coat icon.png

Magic Cloak
Equipment-Magic Cloak icon.png

Elemental Cloak
Equipment-Elemental Cloak icon.png

Miracle Cloak
Equipment-Miracle Cloak icon.png

Skelly Suit
Equipment-Skelly Suit icon.png

Drake Scale Mail
Equipment-Drake Scale Mail icon.png


Current opinion of Spiral Knights

I like it as it is. I have no complaints about the systems or the mechanics, and I think I'll thoroughly enjoy the game (as it is) until I reach full 5★ equips. I'll probably enjoy the end game too, replacing 5★'s with other 5★'s and crafting items for new players for cheap. And I like how paying players don't have shinier toys than the rest of us, they just get their shinies earlier; this removes the degrading division between the rich snobs and the commoners.

Also, the players don't know perfection when they see it. The size of the mist tank doesn't matter. What matters is that you can finish a tier, any tier, with one day's worth of energy.

Tier 1 only has 6 floors, which is just dandy for players who are new to the game and need to revive often. If you play for 2 hours and never die, you can even afford to craft a 50e item after that. Tier 2 raises the bar with 8 floors, and tier 3 truly tests your skills with 9 floors. But if you (almost) never die on tier 3, or if your friends rez you with HP, you are guaranteed a full run through the hardest (and most profitable) tier in the game, every day.

However, the game system has a unique quirk about it.

The quirk

There are three weapon categories in Spiral Knights: Swords, Guns, and Bombs. In some games, weapon types are class-specific (or similar); warriors use swords, Selkies use rackets (and bows), and that's that. (Ragnarok Online is an example of this.) But no, Spiral Knights doesn't distinguish between classes or races. Spiral Knights lets you put any weapon type on any character. This is not bad.

The quirk is this. Because the weapon types are so defined and so interchangeable, players can't help but take the swapping idea to new levels. They want new weapon types (not just new swords or guns), they want different shield types. The system itself triggers a fierce creative rush among a large portion of the player base; they can't help but generate hoards of new weapon (and shield) types and share them with the world. They want to see these items created inside the game they love so much, so that they can enjoy the game even more. This truly is love.

I don't advocate that all these suggestions be implemented. None of the players know the game inside-out; only the developers do. Players won't know the implications of their new ideas on the rest of the game. On the other hand, it seems a waste to let all the players' enthusiasm pour down the drain.

I think it would be worth their while for the developers to come up with a way to address this issue. A simple "No, we won't implement new weapon types" would crush the players' hopes. Implementing all the ideas would be a disaster on game play balancing (and development work!!).

The Emporium

Let us assume that the most unlikely of scenarios occurs; that there are player-conceived items made playable. The development (and appraisal) of such items would keep the developers busy from doing other development work; in other words, they aren't doing the thing that earns them money.

What if the reverse were true, that these items indeed generate revenue for Three Rings?

For this, I propose the concept of The Emporium.

Each player may propose exactly one concept item. Artistic submitters might produce concept art and textures. Other players may choose to promote this item, if they deem the idea to be good. Over time, a list will develop of the community's favored concepts. They may not be refined ideas. However, more experienced players will understand the system better and provide a better perspective on how the item would affect the rest of the game. We can prorate the voting by the number of stars on your current equipment set, to favor experienced veteran players.

At this point, we now have an item that players generally wish to see in the game. Players may choose to further support this item by backing it with cash; they may choose to donate $5 or $10 towards this cause, perhaps more. If an item has reached a total of $100 (for example) offered from a set of players in the game, it becomes approved. The developers now have an item to produce and funding to produce it, should their schedule be free. Balancing of final stats could be a candid discussion between the designer of the winning item and the developers themselves.

To prevent this from becoming a rich snob's game, the newly conceived item would be available to the entire player populace. Concept items must rank high among the player base in order to be funded, to prevent a rich player from creating an unpopular item and funding the whole cost themselves. There should be a limit to the rate of new items conceived this way, to prevent the developers from being overloaded with work; one new item every two weeks is reasonable.

The result of this is a Community. Every player's opinion matters when it comes to promoting items. The creatively-inclined have something to drive for. Players with access to credit cards and Paypal can make it happen. Finally, everyone feels like the game is their own, that the game is something to be treasured and protected. This can go a long way in developing a strong community that stays with the game for many years to come.

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