I had meant to write a post this week about the nature of the changes to the GCPP. These are exciting changes and will hopefully make the entire project more accessible by all. However, I have just seen something which has sidetracked me.
As most players are aware, there are doll trinkets for each Ocean Master. We have the option to award these as we see fit. The requirements to receive one vary significantly from Ocean Master to Ocean Master and usually reflect some degree of our interests and involvement with the game.
Initially, I awarded my dolls to players who helped out with my bake-off events. Eventually, I devised a way to run bake-offs without assistance, and the number of dolls awarded decreased somewhat significantly. The change was not due to a wish to have fewer dolls in circulation, just that it was more efficient for me to run a bake-off myself than to coordinate with others.
The last time I awarded a significant number of dolls was to my judges in the Microfiction Deathmatch. Since then, I believe I have awarded two, both prizes in contests.
Somewhat inevitably, dolls were posted for sale soon after they appeared. They seem to have settled in a value somewhat below a familiar but above nearly any other item in the game. It is inevitable that any tradeable commodity in the game will be traded. Even personalising the dolls does not seem to make a difference.
Professionally, we do not care what happens. Even so, I did sigh slightly when I noticed that my latest award had been offered for sale soon after it was received. Such is the way of things.
But I confess that I was taken aback when I saw this:
I am touched.