Howdy. Used to play GF a ton and reading this is practically like opening a time capsule. Kind of depressing really... Looks like things just kept going as they did. I’m not currently playing, but this was a favorite topic of mine. So here’s my two cents.
First off, a good economy is centered around what the average person can afford, not the currency itself. A good solution should try to balance out the ability that old/new p2p/f2p players have to succeed. That doesn’t mean people should be equal, but people should have the ability to put in effort and be meaningfully rewarded. (Note: an MO run is not rewarding if inflation makes it worthless.)
The underground gold shop was amazing and widely well recieved. If I remember correctly, the two issues with it were that it required far too much work to do manually and there was no support for creating a more official form of it. This was definitely in the correct direction though. It increased supply of items bottlenecked through cash and allowed a very direct way of controlling the price of many staples. At the same time it lowered the gold contained in the game, decreasingly inflation. No clue how much attention it’ll get, but this should definitely be argued for until people act on it. It’s not a silver bullet, but helps a ton. Of course, other gold sinks help too. Their purpose would generally be a bit different though, being aimed at the large clumps, strictly with the goal of decreasing gold on the server.
As my past meal ticket it’s tough to say, but MO limits should be part of the solution. Like the UGS, it’s not a silver bullet. People need a way to progress in game, and unfortunately many players aren’t cut out to play merchant. But as the chief gold source, the faucet should certainly be tightened more.
The whole thing is a complicated problem. Thank goodness it’s mostly restricted to a virtual world. A good solution would require multiple adjustments and time. The sooner it gets put into motion, the better.
Edit: Funny. Finally got around to reading all the posts after the original. Looks like I just repeated what’s being said over and over again here. MO limit, gold sinks, UGS. Guess it’s good to know everyone is clamoring together. Now just got to get this thread noticed somehow. Suppose a ton more people repeating main points here won’t hurt.