There may be a huge gap between veterans vs newbies but the server has provided MUCH MUCH easier ways to be geared to close the gap (division / elite kill scrolls). However, I do agree that it is too time consuming to become a Hero, then an Elite, then to leveling your weapon to Level 4 just to become ‘stronk’.
I’m a veteran in this server for about 9 years now. When I first started playing, Hero/Elite quest seemed interesting at that time. My mates and I farmed for the materials together, spent our time in the Monster Arena grinded ourselves to Rank B/Elite, went into HA/HHH to PvP to level up our weapons (yes this was how us veterans had to go through and not by some stupid scroll or killing mobs in HHH -.-).
This was all done when we had the pleasure of time, when we were still kids, without commitments, without having a job, without worrying if we had enough food on the plate at the end of the day. As we grow older, we slowly lose the pleasure of time, when time is money to most of us, when we have responsibilities & commitments, when we have children to look after, parents to look after.
As a veteran, I have 5 fully geared Level 4 Elite chars (1 thanks to SoH). I’ve always wanted to try/use other jobs in PvP but never bothered as I know I won’t stand a chance not being an Elite char. I miss it when I could just store my equipment and hop on to another char for PvP immediately in other servers when all else were equal in terms of characters. But in DreamerRO, we do not have the privilege for that.
I am well aware that Hero/Elite Quest is an exclusive feature here in DreamerRO and that’s probably what made DreamerRO great but as time goes by, this exclusive feature isn’t worth the time to grind anymore. Most of us now likely have a 9-6 job, some may be an entrepreneur, some may be a small business owner, and we might have 1-3 hours of free time for gaming only. As exscarlet has mentioned, are we willing to sacrifice 2-3 months’ worth of time just to get 1 char geared for PvP? It may have been much easier now to become Level 4 Elite with the added scrolls but it still takes time to farm zeny for it.
I know this isn’t gonna change anything since this is how DreamerRO has been since day 1 but just thought of sharing how I feel as a veteran in the server.