This is a story of a Founder player looking back over the years.
I'm not asking for anything, nor am I aiming at criticizing, I’m simply showing a founder side of things in-game. Some people will probably disagree with my story, and they're allowed to, this angle to the game have always been causing stirs throughout, since Founder packs were launched. Stories from other Founders will probably vary too, that is also the beauty of it. I am simply feeling nostalgic and pulling the old 'Deckard Cain' -card ("Stay a while and listen").
Back when Founder packs came out, people were scavenging to get any Mastery Rank XP they could get hands on. Nothing much have changed in that area over the years. People were also quite fascinated by these golden (already from default state) shiny gear with a bit more edge to them than the regular versions or in some cases compared to the most alternatives of their respective type of gear. Skana Prime was especially standing out with its visual imprint compared to most melee form back then. That said, strength-wise both melee and secondary weren’t that strong compared to the competition and was mostly fashion items after getting the Mastery Rank XP from mastering them. Excalibur Prime was of course marginally stronger than the original and now with a shiny head (+ some minor pattern changes), So it remained a contender on the Frame scene. The Excalibur Prime profile icon pictures were also popular either for those loving Excalibur in general or, and probably mainly because of the exclusivity from the icon pictures, back when there mainly were basic pictures of the Frames available. The price tag that followed the Founder packs in its versions received some different feedbacks from players. Some simply said, “Pricy, BUT I WANT IT!!”. I played with some players who saved up over 2-3 months to buy one of the packs. I fell into that category myself as well, since I ended up buying the Grand Master Founder pack and was still a working student back then. Most Founders I talked to simply considered the Design Council Forum section and Chat tab as added boons from the purchase.
While the Founder packs were still available the Founders were greeted with different responses to their purchase and use thereof, but mainly two types of responses were common. Some players approached Founders with fascination and awe and often wanted them themselves, others were badmouthing them quite bad like show-offs or rich kids and connecting Founder players to a part of the game they considered Pay2Win. Some cases went as far as treating Founders as cheaters and slandered them without it having anything to do with the actual person’s actions besides the Founder pack purchase (ridiculous as it may sound).
Through the years Founders have often turned to either showing-off their Founder status with honour and ignored all the hateful remarks occasionally coming their way, others got fed up with the hating and hid their Founder gear and picture, so it only showed on their profile. I did hear on one occasion that one Founder left the game entirely, because the remarks had destroyed his ability to enjoy the game anymore. That was probably 3 years back now. That said, some did go under the radar entirely and haven’t heard any remarks to them being a Founder. After the packs were gone a lot of players were sad they missed their chance to get one of the Founder packs, some took it with fascination when they some of the gear show up in groups with other playing occasionally, others were going almost frantic about Founders having an unfair advantage with exclusive gear with Mastery Rank XP.
At one point in time I was running low of weapon slots and since the Skana Prime was stat-wise close to a starter melee, I sold it. Of course, I sort of regret that decision all this time later since I can’t get it back, but it would still only had been a fashionable object. The Lato Prime did manage to stay in my collection throughout the years, which led to a decent competitive option with a strong riven, mainly due to a buff it received many years later. Excalibur Prime have also stayed in my collection over the years, although no one can recognize it if I use it with other colours or attachments than the default settings for the Frame and assume it’s a regular version Excalibur, possibly due to Founders being a remnant of another time in this state of the game’s life cycle. I kept on using the Excalibur Prime profile picture throughout the years partly for its exclusivity and the fact I never collected many those icon pictures. I do use it for a functional purpose though, I use it to get into talks with the occasional Founder I meet in public groups, since we quickly recognize each other when we see those icon pictures, even if we aren’t using any of the Founder gear at the time.
With the release of Excalibur Umbra and the documentary about Warframe’s development. Players throughout Warframe brought two new tendencies and opinions to view. General players started calling Excalibur Prime for an ugly and weak version of the Umbral version and only showed little resentment over the Master Rank XP part. A lot of players started taking note again when they saw a founder and started contacting them to say thanks for them buying Founder packs back when they did.
Founders in general do feel Excalibur have been left in the dirt as the game developed and everything came more detailed, intricate and shinier one after the other. We have often tried to petition Excalibur Prime to get a slight update over the years, but when I founder have spoken up either on forum or stream, they have been met by a huge backlash by the community. With players annoyed by founders or fearing Excalibur Umbra will lose its shine, most founders have given up on that topic after many attempts, realizing that we’re simply a minority with an unpopular opinion.
I might have gotten a more grey tint to my hair since back when I clicked that button to support this game as a Founder, but the game has certainly gotten more fluid, smooth and shiny over the years, and I’m less likely to encounter a bug compared to back in the early days (it is true, so don’t give me weird responses about this in the comments).
Thanks for entertaining me over the years.