Project 2501, on 18 November 2012 - 05:20 PM, said:
once you breach the occult floors, the XP is more or less comparable to the same floor done on large under similar XP conditions.-
Mmmm... I disagree on this count. I did f60 as a medium and finished at ~13 mins (slow, flame me later), granting me 101k XP. The same floor as a large would have been completed in the same amount of time, but given me 198-206k XP. The same concept holds true for all floors really... It's about 1/2 the XP gained for the same amount of time spent. It is still smarter to buy floors or do floors yourself with a team, just not a REQUIREMENT to train the skill. I personally don't really like the update, as it is just making a dead skill even more dead. I can see why some people love it though. It is difficult to work your way into the community unless you're dedicated (aka, are willing to learn and want to apply to somewhere like DGS).
That being said, the community is the biggest reason of why I still DG. I love working through floors with friends, seeing how fast we can get them done. It's pretty relaxing to me... I guess if other people aren't into that, so be it, but I don't think that a major skill rework (or XP buff) is necessarially the answer to try to get people to level the skill. There are more people who are 200m DG than any other stat in the game, even though it was released most recently. The problem isn't the XP rate or the way to level the skill, the problem is the way it is being trained. S/L is a major problem within the DG community. Am I a bit of a hypocrite in saying that? Sure. I've profited billions and funded not only my own maxing, but the maxing of two other accounts through selling floors. Is it still ruining the community? Absolutely. If Jagex could add in some form of activity requirement or XP nerf for those who leech (get the leecher title, don't leave base, etc), I would be significantly more happy. Even if leechers were required to skill, at least they aren't completely AFK.
I think that this update was unnecessary and the wrong way to look at the situation. Fix the leeching situation. Add more incentives (rewards, floors, areas, whatever works...) to DG. Don't just make it easier to bot (since there are DG bots out there that work on solo floors). Actually fix the problem, not just add to it.