The Purity of the Throne event has been run for the past
seven days. While I missed the first five due to vacation, over the past
couple, I’ve been running a few of the sites.
Well, more than a few.
I’m not really a collector of novelty items. Sure, I have a
bionic arm on Talvorian, and I injected any freebie skins we received over
time. But other than that, I’ve bought exactly one skin, the Police Pursuit
Comet Skin. And that one was purchased only because it’s pretty awesome to pull
people over in lowsec (ie. kill them) while flying around in a ship painted
like a police cruiser.
In fact, generally speaking, I’m offended by CCP’s strategy
regarding skins. In my mind, they’re far too expensive for what you receive. I
think it’d make more sense (in-game reason) and demonstrate much better
customer respect (out-of-game reason) for a skin to be equally applicable to
every ship that shares the same hull profile (so, a skin could be useable on
Merlins, Hawks, Harpies, and Worms, for instance). I can’t really think of a
reason beyond the desire to squeeze every cent out of players for having it the
way it is.
Which, of course, is totally viable. I just don’t think it’s
good customer service.
Regardless, it’s a moot point, since I’m not really the
demographic for skins; I’ll never buy them because they’re far too expensive
for me to adopt them regularly. In fact, I rarely even remember to put them on
the ships I own them for. I’m just not built that way.
Nonetheless, I’m finding myself intrigued by the Purity of
the Throne event. Really, the rewards are more akin to the Operation Frostline
rewards – meager and without much inherent value – unlike the Blood Harvest
Yet, I’m consumed by this desire for nearly a whole set of
Purity skins. As far as I can tell, it’s simply the fact that the white skins
look awesome on Amarr ships. With all the other skins I’ve seen (again, with
the exception of the Police Pursuit Comet), they’ve really just been variations
of color combinations.
But these Purity skins are striking, bold, different. I’m
finding myself not only fixated on getting the ones for ships I regularly fly,
but even for ships I’ll never sit in. A Providence
Really? Gotta have it! I may even inject the Aeon and Avatar skins, even though
I’ll never fly them with Talvorian.