You make some good points, but I would like to counter and say that there are many items on your list that are nearly impossible to get (the rare IS and ToTW drops come to mind). It is far easier to get Improved Tango Dirks and Newland Fish Knives than it is to get those NoDrop items. A couple of hours of dyna-hunting will net you the Newland Fish Knives (and the team mish can be rolled pretty easily). I can't say the same of a few hours of killing Uklesh for the Frozen Tear (I've camped for it before for about 20 hours, and I've never seen it drop). Also, for the IS items, you often have to hire a team anyway, and it's just as difficult as finding a tradeskiller to find an IS team or IS services.Pete wrote:Not everyone can always count on being able to get Improved Tango Dirks, Newland Fish Knives, or especially Slayerdroid Crystal Claws. There are certainly more desireable weapons on those lists, but sometimes the ease of just being able to roll something and go with it (like a Mole Stinger for piercing) is great. Who wants to be stuck in a city for what could be hours asking the shopping channel every 15 minutes if anyone can improve your Tango Dirks or if anyone has a pair of Newland Fish Knives for sale (no one ever does)? I think everything I listed, although might not be "uber", is certainly useable. Not everyone has the time, credits, connections, or desire to always have the most accepted weapon on at all times.
Also, look at your list of Piercing weapons... the other options include the Tarasque and another weapon that needs to be "improved" by an MRR (Improve Thrusting Weapons). Not sure what the Mole Stinger or Fear-Forged Blade is like in the grand scheme of piercing, but I'll be sure to take a look. EDIT: Oh. The Fear-forged blade is pretty abysmal. The Mole Stinger is fairly decent, but doesn't compare to the Improved Tango Dirk. I suppose if you were stuck with rolling a weapon, it could be worse.
For the record, I do Improved Tango Dirk work on my Trader tradeskiller (who is also my main). I'm sure WorldTrader also does this work. Spamming on the shopping channels may not be the way to go... as a froob, you'd probably get better exposure on the AOFroob forums (which, if they are reading your list, they should already be at). You can also turn to Mrshop in-game if you want to get a hold of Newland Fish Knives or tradeskillers to improve Tango Dirks.
As stated before, Guard of the Gentleman does not require Parry or Riposte at low QLs, which is exactly where they are most useful for a fr00b. It's a great lowbie weapon, and the only wrinkle is getting a friend who can go to SL to buy them.
I'm fairly certain, from reading a post on Funcom's forums, that these items are in the clear. There are plenty of other SL items that don't have an SL tag like the Focus-Funneling items and the tradeskilled buffing rings.You couldn't get them without an SL hookup and they're tradeskilled nodrop items, so just because they're lacking an SL requirement doesn't put them in the clear.
EDIT: Just one more note. Not all shop buyable items are rollable and vice versa. It would be nice to note where things can be bought, if possible.