I just don't like the fact that wealthy hardcore players are taking non-crafted items out of the market and driving down supply and consequently raising prices.
I just don't believe this is true, and if it is I'm suspicious that FoV is clearly the cause of any fluctuations in supply/price of Martial Guns.
Kwontos says prices on Martial Gun are now the same as the lowest point he bought any of his 7 at. He's also unaware of anyone else buying up multiple Martial Guns on his server.
My experience on Titan is much the same - Martials are about the same price now as when I bought mine long before Sky FoV NMs existed, and in fact they're cheaper right now than they were a few months ago. There are 3 for sale now, and I remember when I needed mine I had to wait over a week to see a single one. Checking ffxiah.com, I see only one person since the beginning of September who has purchased multiple Martial Guns, and that player has bought 3. My experience doesn't match what you say the consequences are.
Now they are hard to find and 3x as expensive.
Some of this is not due to FoV, but instead due to CORs coming to agreement that Martial is THE gun to get. It's much more accepted now, and the price has risen consistently with this community's understanding that Martial is the most efficient gun for most things a COR does. People understanding that Hagun is great for SAM also led to a more general understanding of TP Bonus and why it's so powerful, and ironically as SAM became more and more bandwagon, Martial Gun become more understood and desired.
few people do the BCNM's that drop martial weapons. Although I guess if the martial gun price goes up over a million, more will start doing it.
You're right that more will do the FREE ENM that drops Martial if it goes up more. Just like people now spam the ENM that drops Hagun (essentially the Martial Great Katana).
And people most certainly do ENMs now. Maybe you don't, but I know lots of people who go. They're free and pretty fun, and have some nice drops (though you can only go once every 3 days to any particular zone and you have to share drops among the group - but that means a lot of people sell and split the proceeds, putting more Martial weapons on the AH).
The Martial Gun ENM (When Hell Freezes Over) also is fairly popular, because it has two valuable drops - Martial Gun, and Martial Bhuj. On my server, the Bhuj is currently the most valuable drop in any Bearclaw Pinnacle ENM (even higher than Hedgehog Bomb from Brothers), plus this ENM is easier to get to than the pain in the ass of Brothers and having to wait for correct weather to get into the battlefield.
ENMs are even good for more casual endgame level people! The same group you say are hurt by FoV allowing Martial weapons to be augmented. You don't need to be in an LS that does events at scheduled times, you don't need large numbers of people, and they're completely free. If you have a small group of friends you can very easily do ENMs a couple nights a week, or just randomly decide to do one when you have nothing else going on. Of all the things you can do in FFXI, ENM is one of the more casual friendly endgame activities around. Edited, Feb 10th 2010 12:46pm by Anza