|Gerrik Goblin Squad Member|
Before our guild makes any considerations to alliances, It would be nice to know what alliances our would be allies have drawn. It would also be nice to know if any of your orders have any enemies we should be wary of. At this point I must confer with my council and discuss such friendships. Know full well that we mean no offense; and the offer of peace from so many already speaks worlds of your character as well as the character of your organizations. Alas, a swift descision without the slightest consideration as to the consequences is a foolhardy descision at best and I must discuss such an important descision with my fellow compatriots.
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Thank you Nihimon, if you wouldn't mind posting us in the help links I would appreciate it. Here is something you can add in the description for us:
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There are plenty of solutions but just to make sure I have the Itemized list of problems correct:
1) Time limit to incarceration
So now that they have been identified here is a proposed solution:
I absolutely agree that players should be expected to resolve their own conflict.. I have agreeed with that from the very beginning, like you said it is a sandbox; the problem is when there are no checks against players being taken advantage of.
You seem to believe that this imprisonment system is permanent.. that if you do something wrong that you will be in prison forever.. the mechanic proposed is meant as both a deterent for unacceptable behavior and an IN GAME way to deal with unscrupulous characters. You kill someone and maybe your character spends a half hour in prison as per the descision of the one that created the bounty in the firstplace (a bounty for which you can only create if you have been killed by the character in question). I hate what the American judicial system has become; Good people are found guilty while those who commit inhuman atrocities walk our streets free of the law because our system thrives off of money... without certain protections against unlawful insurrectioun our society collapses into corruption and chaos.. those checks and balances must be upheld to ensure justice for each and every person within their own society.
Granted you have to take into account that there will be societies operating withing the game that will not follow any kind of nuetral good alignment or even a true nuetral alignment. but my guess will be that most evil societies won't have laws against such things as murder.
The idea of imprisonment in the way it is proposed here does nothing but further the interaction between players and create content for other players to enjoy.. players will be urged to come up with creative ideas to escape! they recieve a whole new motivation for playing and It adds a whole new dynamic to the game!
but you know I dont think your problem is with how imprisonment will work as much as it is with how the contract system works but as it stands that is somthing you will have to take up with GW because they have already set that fascet of the game in stone. The contract system is how players will be able to create content for others players, which I believe would be enhanced by an imprisonment system.
wow you really dont read do you.. contracts ... contracts... contracts.. you can only issue a bounty contract if someone kills you unlawfully. if thats too much power than you must be one of those guys that thinks he should have the porogitive to ruin the expierience for others for his own amusement .. killing another player unlawfully SHOULD warrant a reprecussion... otherwise its just like eve..
Who do you propose should adjudicate any given case?
thats the point.. its a game you dont have to adjucate if its automatic..
you kill someone unlawfully, you are flagged for murder.
you steal somthing you are flagged as a thief..
you commit fraud you are flagged for fraud... Etc...
Because this is a game we can do better than trials in the real world.. you will only get those flags if you actually commit a crime.. I.E. if you get flagged, the person you wronged recieves the option of sending out a bounty .. some bounties its possible depending on the severity of the crime that they will be capture only .. at which point it should be up to the antagonist and the protagonist of the contract to resolve the issue.. if it cannot be resolved because either the protagonist wants justice or because the antagonist will not yield.. then the sentence would be carried out.. whether that be banishment, imprisonment, payment, etc..
with the exception of the capture feature and the imprisonment feature.. this is pretty much how contracts are going to work..
wrong.. I want it to work WITH the bounty option.. you get the OPTION of bringing that person back instead of outright killing them! its not up to anyone but the person who recieved the prompt and the bounty hunter.
A citizen review will not work! Some people just don't care.. you have a whole nation of idiots 70 percent of which dont even freaking vote IRL and you expect them to take any interest in something as petty as "this guy isnt doing what I think is right". In a lot of cases thats going to be a matter of opinion. not only that but you could be inciting grief by kicking someone out of that position when he thought he was doing a good job but the person who got judged rose a vote and got him kicked out.. how is that right???
some people wont give a crap about their positions.. after all it is a video game.. corruption is everwhere.. whats to stop that when he has no alignment or reputation consequences.. or on the other end you have people tip toeing every line because they are afraid they are going to judge somthing wrong causing unnessesary stress for the person playing the game... games are about having fun not being stressed out..
the more people you kick out of a kingdom the less of a kingdom you have.. yes its a viable option but again that should be reserved for petty crimes.. kicking someone out of a kingdom (especially when thats all that character knows) could be seen as even worse than spending a bit of time in prison where you can still do stuff.. break out, organize, bribe, etc.. you advocate against the improsonment idea for specific reasons then propose somthing thats even worse .. I wonder about you..
You cant have system without working cogs.. without appropriate checks and balances your machine will fall apart.. and again you can only enact a bounty if something happens to trigger that option.. its up to the person that was wronged to decide... not me, not you, and certainly not some other stressed out player that has a bug up his but to play a paladin.
So you want everyone to be able to confine each other for anything they feel like, right? Or are you appointing yourself the omniscient judge?
YOU CAN ONLY ENACT A BOUNTY IF YOU ARE WRONGED!!!! YOU CANT ARBITRARILY THROW UP A CONTRACT FOR ANYONE!!! that has already been decided by the GW staff...
So you want all players to be able to imprison one another?
you must not have read the OP or several of my posts because I explained in each one.... you will not be able to imprison ANYONE unless specific conditions are met.
1) A bounty must be up for the person specifically naming for capture (see the blog on contracts for more).
2) the character in question must be CAPTURED not killed.
3) the time must match the crime (you stole a candy bar you get 5 minutes in the box)
I think it would be better to have the character that did weong brought before the character that put up the bounty and talk things over and if things cant be resolved then they are imprisoned.
there are so many problems with that its almost hard to discuss.
1) there is no check or balance on that.. how would you be absolutely sure the sherrif or marshal was being fair.
2) whats to stop them from making descisions against alignment if there is no alignment consequence when a descision is made.
3) what control would they even have to keep the peace besides kiling people??? other than that my guess is ... nothing. "hey you, you better stop that or else!" " or else what!? ... make me !" this especially wont work for small crimes .
4) what is to stop people like this from becoming zealots to their cause and exerting their controls (if any) on others especially if the marshal or sherrif is wrong... you will have a lot more people wrongfully judged under this system than any other
But Gerrik that is just it: WE are supposed to play the game. WE are supposed to handle it, and with the ability to work together and coordinate our efforts we can. IF we have the will, the wit, and the wisdom to do it. If we don't we will have earned the world we allowed to happen. It is a sandbox. It can be evolved into an enlightened world, but the Devs cannot enlighten it for us we have to do it ourselves.
which is exactly why this is being discussed. The developers wont be the ones handling improsonment...PLAYERS are... it is a tool that is being discussed not having the DEVs solve our problems for us.
@Being: But this conversation isnt just about griefing... its about dealing with other in game crimes with an in game mechanic... there WILL be societies that have laws against things like stealing, fraud, etc... what mechanic has GW provided against those as of yet??? with the exception of alignment changes and reputation.. as far as I know there is none... thats why I like this idea.
I guess thats where our point of view differs because I think thats a total excuse and nothing more. I played wow for nearly 6 years without being incorrectly flagged and killed on a PVP server. point being, flagging works... as long as GW is one step ahead of griefers you wont have any problems.
and again noone said anything about playtime being taken away. you just start into another dynamic... you will still be playing possibly trying to put together some kind of escape... its not a time out from the game that the OP was proposing its just another meaningful obstacle that your character must overcome.. but if youre so unimaginative and dull that you cant see that then maybe youre advocating for the wrong game...
As soon as you have players using the incarceration mechanic to imprison the innocent, especially anyone unjustly accused, then you have a griefing situation. The bounty hunter has not been killed by the suspect: Unless there are safteties put in place he could walk up and 'capture' the wrong guy. Me, for example. He might 'capture' someone he just wants to pick on, and extort payment in some form to let the player out.
Dont think that is likely to happen in an MMO where you can only be flagged for murder if you actually murder somone.. and also with the proposed ways this would be handled; certain conditions would have to be met for characters to actually undergo imprisonment... the reasons for why people get wrongfully imprisoned in the real world are vast. However in a game where things are certain I don't think you will find anyone wrongfully imprisoned.
certain conditions already have to be met for characters to draw up a bounty contract against a character..
@Gerrik, I'm not sure what that has to do with my post. Someone was suggesting that incarceration would somehow be acceptible if people could instead choose to fight to the death. I am asking in what situation people would voluntarily choose to give up their ability to play the game rather than take the death penalty. If there is no such case, or it's sufficiently rare, then there is no gain to creating a game mechanic for it. If people just want it for RP, there doesn't need to be a mechanic.
perhaps it was the wording that made me think you were trying to convey something else; however, in regards to the current argument, I don't believe it would be up to the antagonist of a bounty to die or be taken prisoner.. it would be up to the protagonist or in this case the bounty hunter as to whether or not the situation would allow for him to take the victom alive..
@ Being: I believe you may have some concepts confused.. according to wikipedia the definition of a "Griefer" is as follows:
A griefer is a player in a multiplayer video game who deliberately irritates and harasses other players within the game, using aspects of the game in unintended ways. A griefer derives pleasure primarily or exclusively from the act of annoying other users, and as such is a particular nuisance in online gaming communities, since griefers often cannot be deterred by penalties related to in-game goals.
what we are talking about here with the implementation of an imprisonment feature is not considered a griefing mechanic for several reasons:
All I am trying to say is that the proposed idea may not be perfect but it has elements and dynamics that could be applied very well to this type of setting. And it isnt your duty as a crowdforger to shoot down ideas like this specifically because you dont like them or because you dont thing they will work but instead work with the idea, consider it seriously.. and make a descision that isnt based on personal opinion but rather on reasoning. Leave GW to decide whether its a good idea or not but let's try and polish this idea so it can get to that point.
@Keign, what incentive does a bandit, or anyone else for that matter, have to submit, and literally lose the ability to play the game, rather that just dying and losing their unthreaded stuff? Sure, they might have something really valuable on them they want to keep, assuming being incarcerated doesn't let them loot you either (guards make off with your stuff while you're locked up?). Role-play is not an incentive. Roleplayers do not need a mechanic for this. A mechanic is to enforce it on people who *wouldn't* do it anyway.
There is no forcing the idea... the game is intended to be an open world for MEANINGFUL pvp.. not "im a highwayman and a bandit and Im going to take your stuff and there is nothing you can do about it" in reality there are consequences for bandits thieves and murderers... thus the bounties.. without in game consequences for behaviour that does nothing but upset other players (victoms of bandit antics) the entire game would be nothing more than meaningless PVP and chaos.. there should not be incentive for players to be inconsiderate to others; in fact it should be quite the reverse which is exactly what was proposed here. So don't be blinded by a good idea just because you want a fantasy clone of Eve Online.
I actually started out leveling everyone based on the plot line but switched to the fast xp track for a couple of reasons. 1) I found that it is easier to keep teack of levels easier this way and It gives players incentive to show up every week due to the fact that when players dont show up, they lose out. I still keep a minimum level for charcters that bounce in and out because I dont want 2nd level characters.goin g into a CR 15 encounter. I feel this helps maintain a party balance whilr awarding those who show up to games while not punishing those that dont to severely. 2) I also award bonus xp to characters accomplish impressive acts of heroism, cleverness, and daring. I think this provides players with mor incentive to roleplay their characters to accomplish truely heroic deeds. to me, thats what pathfinder is all about. right now my grouo is about to head into book 3 and most of them are 6th level. there is 1 or 2 that are 5 but should be 6th by the time I actually start the 3rd book. Im ok with this because there are about 6 players for this campaign so the APL is actually a bit higher than 6th. anyway i guess what i am tryong to say is that you have to tailor your levelibg system to the AP and your style of play. (sorry for any grammatical errors. typing on my phone is not easy.
Ok, got some more time, read some more, so here are some more Ideas
I'll think of some more later, but hopefully one of those is a step in the right direction.
i'll think of some more and post later.. let me know if any of these stick.
I like that the ephasis on "pilot" because it gives a general idea about how what phase of development that you are in; however, im not sure if it will stick specifically because the term "pilot" carries with it negative conotations of having the possibility of being unsucessful.
I have done a lot of thinking these past few days about what I think would be a good name for this type of release, specifically oriented around the idea that players will be basically building the infastructure for other players to enjoy while working within the lines of the developers rules and using player feedback to strengthen the experience. That being said, here's what I came up with.
"Player SPAWN Program/process/test/etc..."
I took this one step further and came up with an acronym for SPAWN that I think really encapsulates what you guys are trying to do.
If GW is going to allow poison chances are that the potency and abundancy of poison will rely heavily on the abilities of the crafter/user as opposed to the world of warcraft model "I need poison, Ill go ask this NPC named 'poison vendor' and see if he has any". Also the more effective poisons are going to be rather expensive/difficult to craft/require rare materials/ and some knowledge of how to use an apply poisons (that last part will probably be required for all poison use). This is to ensure that not everyone is running around with large quantities of deadly poisons that devastate players with a single application, otherwise, why would anyone bother doing anything but using poisons.
Alright heres the deal. I know about poisons pretty well; however some of this rules on them are quite unclear. Here's what I need to know.
1) inhaled poisons stack and can be inflicted at the same time. What i need to know is how many doses of inhaled poison are you allowed to stack together before you would have to make a second attack to deliver more.
I found this on another thread:
Secondly we have the sentence that is throwing you off: "Poisons delivered by injury and contact cannot inflict more than one dose of poison at a time, but inhaled and ingested poisons can inflict multiple doses at once." I believe what is throwing you off here is the way you are interpreting the bolded sections. I take this to mean that you can only inflict one dose of injury/contact poison per injury/contact or per attack. However, if you pack three doses of inhaled poison into a vile and then throw that into someone’s face, he will be inflicted be all three doses in a single attack. Same with ingested, you can load up three or four doses into one drink. You can only put one dose of contact or injury poison on a weapon though. And so you can only deliver one dose at a time. But they do still stack with each other as per the first sentence of the quote as well as the example at the end of the quote."
In a roleplaying perspective what the character would be doing is "packing" several doses of the same poison into a singular container. But as far as mechanics are concerned I have not found anything that reveals exactly how many doses you can pack into such a container. So lets say i have 20 doses of small centipede poison that I crafted for 30g a dose and then changed the property to inhaled via the master poisoner ability available to the poisoner rogue archetype and combined all 20 doses into a single flask. When I throw the flask (considering this is possible), the unfortunate creatures caught in the 200ft cube of this massive cloud of poison would have to make a dc 49 fort save or take 20 points of dexterity damage. Is this right????
All im looking for is some clerification on exactly how this is supposed to work or a ruling one way or another if this is legal or not.
That is what PVP is for, you are never going to have a PvE system that isn't a cookie cutter to some degree. There needs to be an intuitive mind behind your enemy for combat to remain 'fresh', otherwise it is just a matter of time until all the winning strategies are discovered.
The only reason i know you say this it just hasnt been done before.. But just because it hasnt been tried before doesnt mean its not possible. Other mmo's choose to make "cookie cutter" mmos because it cheap to design millions of mobs the exact same way and then change the skins. But because goblinworks is trying for something atypical of the current mmo market, following cookie cutter AI systems is not a good idea.
I dont know if you have ever tried playing terra, but they really have come up with an original approach to combat. Everyone in terra is given a reticle through which you target creatures, you must place the reticle over the creature AND activate a chosen ability to achieve a hit. If you fail to place the reticle over over the creature when you attack, you miss. Pretty simple system, which forces players to rely on some amount of skill and not completely on gear and abilities. This probably isnt the path that PFO will take, but this is the out of the box thinking that I think developers need to consider when creating a revolutionary mmorpg.
I Also would like to see what you can come up with on netlogo dorje, kind of excited really.
Well, to be honest, heres the way that I see it. Yes there are mobs in the game that should act "without a brain" and do nothing but attack you relentlessly. Most creatures of low intelligence will only do as much in real life so why expect any more out of them in a video game; however, there are some creatures that are a little smarter than your average bear and should be treated as such.
For example, there was a game I ran with some friends a while back, It took place in a maze that was composed of plants(various types of shrubs, hedges and the like). As the players began their way through the maze, They were attacked by a small trio of creatures that popped out of the hedges and harrowed them with spells that hurled thorns and splinters at the PC's and then the creatures would again dissappear as quickly as the came. The heroes were only able to get a couple of swings in on them before they once again became a part of the hedges. what's more is the creatures were restricted to the plantlife, BUT they had spells like entangle which would then allow them to move around more freely. It was really an interesting strategy that I had never seen before and although i can see how it must have been frustrating from the players view, once the things had been defeated, everyone looked back on the combat and saw it as a rather memorable experience.
These are the kinds of strategies that I would like to see come alive in pathfinder online. To be completely honest I would rather have 600 intelligent mobs that made the game more interesting than 6,000,000 that existed for nothing more than to be mindlessly slaughtered for fluff XP.
Ryan Dancey wrote:
I just wanted to say that by no means was I insinuating that the mobs should be so powerful that they leave the corpses of players in thier wake! All I meant was that I really don't want to see the same cookie cutter mob mechanics that ive seen in every other mmo. I.E. I run up and attack.... mob attacks back... mob low on health... mob heal..... mob low on health again.. mob run away... player chases mob.... mob dead... loot and repeat... Gets kinda boring after the 1,000,000,000 time of repetition.
Through the years I have played a managery of mmorpgs and so far there are very few that differ when it comes to fighting NPC monsters or "mobs" as some people call them. These fights are often times dull and repetitive. What I want to know is would it be possible to program these monsters to:
The worst and best feeling you can get as a player is the feeling that you are going to die and coming within a hairs bredth of being defeated only to find yourself a cut above the creature at your feet.
Is this something that would be possible in the PFO mmo.
I think the main goal of the skymetal trading is to beat out gold farmers by out marketing them to players. If I had the choice of two different companies, and one company costs more than the other AND I have a chance to have my information stolen, then chances are I'm going to go with the other guy.
As far as faucets are concerned, such subtle changes to the economy can be adjusted via drains (i.e. the farmer NPC that wants 2g for that carrot you want.) The adjustments of drains and faucets should allow the developers to keep a relatively close eye on the economy of the game reguardless of how much coin comes in and goes out of the game. that being said, I dont believe that such exchanges will cause the uneccesary inflation you are suggesting.
Yes players will be able to essentially trade skymetal currency for coin. I do not beleive that trading coin for skymetal should be allowed because then there is no reason to differentiate between the two currencies and it may cause GW to lose out on business. The only reason I can see from prohibiting players from trading skymetal bits between players is that it allows players to utalize that secondary currency for things other than the rewards that would be available only through the use of SMB, (I.E. "Hey ill give you this +3 flaming longsword for 3000 Skymetal bits.")
Ryan Dancey wrote:
Pricing may prove difficult to do, especially if the skill training packages only provide a minute benefit. Balancing supply and demand is never a sure thing, if it was, then wall street would be more of a track than a roller coaster; However, it might be possible to have a simple exchange of skymetal bits for coin and cut out the market completely to eliminate the supply and demand and keep the exchange prices of SMB (sky metal bits) to coin at a desired ratio.
I already have... as I said before there are quite a few things that will be different.. mechanics for a computer game are bound to be different in order to creae a fine tuned balance and a game that will continue to keep players interested. But MMO mechanics amd TTOP mechanics dont work together because they work off of two completely different systems.
for instance death. In TTOP pathfinder the general rule is, if you die .. you die, theres no coming back unless you have a resurection spell/raise dead/ETC... But for a MMO computer games its not really feasable. Thats why the system they have created reguarding death works well and still gives players hard incentive not to die with the threat of losing all thier gear.
At the same time however if you look at the leveling aspect of the game they are keeping the capstone at 20 and the level progression is going to be REALLY REALLY slow just as it is in the TTOP. Granted the way that skills and abililties will be allocated will be different but essentially character development will remain relatively the same.
perhaps you are interpretting things differently than I am, because you are focusing on the smaller details and mechanics.
All im saying is that I think we can expect them to do the TTOP version of the game justice with this MMO and even though the mechanics will be dramatically different, the embodiment of the Pathfinder world will still be evident.
By no means do I expect the MMO to replace the TTOPRPG because personally I would rather have that face-to-face gaming experience with my friends.. you cant really replicate that with a computer game.
I like the idea of a skymetal economy, with skymetal bits being purchasable for cash and redeemable for cosmetic or metagame (training) rewards, or transferable to other players for coin or items. It doesn't create a faucet anywhere, and it doesn't add coin to the economy or create the incentive for someone to try to make money by gold farming (since skymetal cannot easily be turned back into money). At the same time, it handles some of the cash-for-coin demand, reducing the demand for illicit trades.
As do I.
PFO won't have the Pathfinder ruleset either, so...
Well, that debateable... I mean obviously you can't take absolutely everything from the Core Rulebook for the tabletop and expect all the mechanics to work on the computer the same way.. thats just sillyness. But in all actuality it sounds as though the game will mimic the kingmaker AP and have that same overall pathfinder feel to it. I'm sure the developers won't leave out memorable feats like power attack and cleave and skill enhancing feats (for those who wish to roleplay more than fight). In general I think we can expect something very similar to the TTOP version of the game.
Additionally, I did read in the blog about how Goblinworks intends to control the flow of money into and out of the game which should allow them some control over the in-game economy and should help couteract gold farming activities or at least the large influx of currency that they drop on buying players.
You think about it though ... you are kind of shooting yourself in the foot in the longrun if you buy gold and the the supply of the money into the game automatically compensates for that influx. (depending entirely on how much gold you buy and the inflation rate of the currency of course)
I don't know how many of you guys have been reading the blog, but it sounds like GoblinWorks is actually doing something similar to what LOTRO did with turbine points with a twist. Basically subscribers will be getting what's called "skymetal bits" which they can use to buy in game rewards. most of the rewards from this system are going to be benign, with the exception of training packages. Training packages will be available for skymetal bits which players will be able to buy and then turn around and sell for coin, if they so choose, essentially allowing players the option to trade real money for in game currency.
Now as far as the PVP part of this conversation is concerned: The type of PVP that goblinworks is proposing is a revolutionary step in the right direction. Players these days are getting too spoiled with easily soloable MMO's that:
1) Have little to no incentive for people to interact with each other.
I applaud what Goblinworks is trying to do with PFO. They are creating a "have your cake and eat it too" scenario in which players will be able to choose a play style and suits them and run with it. If all you are going to want do is craft and getting killed by other players really isnt your thing. OK you need some muscle to get you through the forest of unspeakable evil, you make a concract for an escort through the forest. Maybe you like PvP and you want to make some quick coin... oh hey look some crafter needs to get through the forest! I'll protect him and make some quick loot.
These are the kinds of things that I look foreward to with PFO, I'm tired of playing games where the players are treated as the only person in the game.. if I wanted to play a single player action RPG I would go play Reckoning on Xbox 360 or WoW on my computer or even Diablo for that matter, but I don't. Its called a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game for a reason.
tying different monetary systems together from other games does help keep the in game currency stable, but essentially you are making gold farming legal (to a point). Personally I would like to see it done away with entirely because I don't like playing with impatient or lazy players and a system where the currency could not be bought no matter how much money you had IRL would mean people would be forced to actually PLAY the game instead of buying their way through it.
But I can see how this could prove to be a lucrative endeavor for GW and where there is money and a market... theres people looking to get a piece of it.
and again I think that the FFA PVP will undoubtably remedy a lot of the issues with gold farming, but if anything, i'm just worrying about this issue because I have seen it destroy other games.. and not all of them were destroyed in the same way. I just really dont want to see greedy people ruin this one.
People who spend RL currency for in game currency generally end up buying in game currency because they are either impatient or lazy. Even if you remove the grind (no matter how fun it is) there will still be people that will get too bored with it or too lazy to bother doing the work.
I do like the assassination contracts because essentially you will be able to eliminate the "loot ninja" form of gold farming through its use. I like the idea of 50 players putting out a hit on the gold farmer... makes me happy, but unfortunately, being a "loot ninja" is not the only form of gold farming and since games like WoW have found ways to eliminate them as well (such as BoP items and different roll systems that decide loot rewards) Gold farmers have found other more intricate and lucrative ways to make money.
1) Doesnt really applly... I dont know if you know exactly how gold farmers operate or not but generally speaking they have 1 or 2 characters that get leveled up and equipped with gear and goes into those "dangerous Areas" and does nothing but gather those resources so this really doesn't apply.
2) As far as this is concerned, sure perhaps making the dungeons irradic and random will help a little bit... but often times people don't even know that there is a "loot ninja" in the group until the guy runs off with the Epic +5 holy avenger that just dropped. But that is not the only way these guys farm gold anyway and it certainly isnt going to stop them from trying.
3) Open PVP may provide some incentive for these individuals to leave the game alone; however, as I said before you don't know who they are until they are gone with your stuff or they could just be farming and you would never know a gold farmer from a random player. Personally if another player is out minding his own business I am not going to go out and blindly attack him with no true reason... besides im pretty sure the alignment system being developed for the game would discourage such acts.
I have played too many MMO's and watched the in game economy get completely thrashed due to online gold farmers and spam bots. Strict rules against selling in game currency for RL currency have proven to be innefective with other MMO's.
I wanted to start this thread to brainstorm some ideas that we could use to keep gold farmers out of PFO and keep the in game economy healthy and ever-flowing. I really like what this game is starting to look like and I really don't want the whole thing to go down because some people can't understand the concept of EARNING somthing as opposed to buying it.
Not to seem self-serving or anything, but it seems like the best defense against this type of an issue is other players. Perhaps some type of rewards system could be used to give incentive to players to report these individuals.
I know when I played WOW these guys would basically make a level 1 character run all the way into town... spam their marketing spiel and then logout and delete the character then start the process over again with a new one to keep themselves from being tracked. You could put a time lock on character slots you are allowed on a server to discourage this, but I can see how that would be not only annoying, but inconvenient.
Ive been reading on this thread for quite a while and Ive seen a lot of good points made; however, I think if we take a step back for a moment it may help us see the big picture here. That being said, I think a lot of people here have conflicting ideas of what a bard really is and perhaps might need a little bit of an inspirational reminder. Per the core rulebook the description of a bard reads as follows:
Untold wonders and secrets exist for those skillful enough to discover them. Through cleverness, talent, and magic, these cunning few unravel the wiles of the world, becoming adept in the arts of persuasion, manipulation, and inspiration. Typically masters of one or many forms of artistry, bards possess an uncanny ability to know more than they should and use what they learn to keep themselves and their allies ever one step ahead of danger. Bards are quick-witted and captivating, and their skills might lead them down many paths, be they gamblers or jacks-of-all-trades, scholars or performers, leaders or scoundrels, or even all of the above. For bards, every day brings its own opportunities, adventures, and challenges, and only by bucking the odds, knowing the most, and being the best might they claim the treasures of each.
Role: Bards capably confuse and confound their foes while inspiring their allies to ever-greater daring. While accomplished woth both weapons and magic, the true strength of bards lies outside melee, where they can support their companions and undermine their foes without fear of interruptions to their performances.
Im not going to spend my time trying to argue everyone elses view of "what a bard should be...,"instead I want to point out what is already in place and translate it for people that don't understand the role-playing aspect of a role-playing game, and that although a good chunk of any mmo is oriented around combat, that doesnt mean that combat is all you should be worrying about. In fact I want less combat. Im getting really tired of cookie cutter mmo's that feature nothing but trash mobs and hours of grinding with a different skin everytime. Im ready for something more dynamic, more third demensional, aren't you?
Bards add a unique flavor to Golarion because they can channel the background of the world and give insight on all of the epic history. They have the ability to effectively inspire thier allies and demoralize foes giving anyone who travels with them the upper hand in any encounter. If you dont like the bard because you think they are weak or lame, fine... Dont play one... But don't deny other people the option just because you can't seem to grasp the concept of what it means to be a bard.
"I don't quite understand your complaint.
Ultimate Combat DOES expand the feats, traits, equipment, and archetypes available-- rather considerably, as I understand it-- as well as adding an entirely new base class, and two new alternate classes. The claim of a "cookie cutter" experience for a Samurai, Ninja, or Gunslinger doesn't hold water, either, as these classes all receive a number of archetypes, as well. Sure, a fighter or cavalier could make for a passable samurai. But how would an archetype for a Samurai have been any better than the alternate class we received?
I really don't understand how having less options would make things more unique"
My complaint is not about the expansion of feats, traits or equipment, i think that is great to an extent! my complaint is why is it nessesary to come out with alternate classes like the ninja when the mechanics for making a ninja are already in the book. But most everyone min/maxes anyway, so where as before most people play lets say a rogue,
in addition adding classes makes it more difficult for GMs and players to keep up with the game, so now instead of having to remember how the 11 base classes worked, you then have to remember those plus the 6 out of the APG, plus the magus from ultimate magic, and now another 3 from ultimate combat. remembering every mechanic for 21 classes is damn near impossible, and everyone knows how having to look up everything hampers play. All I am trying to get at is that there is a lot of new content and quite a bit of it is blatent fluff.