Hello, Bealze here. Been playing MMOs ever since EQ came out along with D&D forever.
I've lurked on this board ever since the kickstarter and am in EE but not affiliated with a guild. A bunch of my friends also got in on the game (like around 10) that are all gamers so not sure if we are goign to form our own guild or join up with one.
Sounds like it is a bit like Guild Wars 2 events and a bit of Warhammer onlines 'event's (forget what they were called). Though the ECs seem to be more prolonged and threatening as they will persist and potentially cause much more of a problem to the surrounding areas.
The best part is that the rewards are meaningful that there should be a substantial amount of players wanting to quash the ECs to further build their own character and the settlement.
Very interesting blog to say the least. I think it becomes imperative that if you are wanting to properly defend your wilderness outpost to have a watchtower (if possible with funds) so that you can 'see' into other hexes. At least that's what the blog made it sound like watchtowers give the benefit of.
I wonder (and sorry if it has been stated there have been a lot of blogs) if the monster hexes always stay monster hexes no matter what the PCs do to it. For example lets say there are valuable resources in there and a group of adventurers goes in and defends (which if you always have to defend it then I would think it would get stale after awhile) and clears out the monsters completely will it revert to another hex?
It would be cool to be able to ally/trade with the monsters (if they are intelligent enough). Also could see settlements piggybacking off of the monsters attacking another settlement to take advantage of their weakened state.
I could see the basic arrows/bolts having unlimited ammunition but anything that is of masterwork quality and above would be limited. granted finding a +1 bow/crossbow solves that b/c your arrows are +1 when shot.
It all depends on how much they want to throw strategy into the game. It would make wanting to find a magical quiver (and if there is a slot built into the character for that) quite important for those that are ranged.
I would not see this as griefing as long as the evil person is willing to compensate the person (or persons) that follow through on the crop burning and so forth. Its another layer added to the game IMO.
just like that good aligned players will steer clear of the 'evil bad guys lands' so they won't be attacked or they themselves will try to invade it to take back the old widows farmland from him.
Pretty much its a more overt way of being evil instead of a thieves guild asking the innkeep for 'protection' money.
Well you can always have mines that people find on the maps and say its loaded with diamonds, rubies, or just gold/copper. This would fit in with even some players lying to set up an ambush (possibly a one time thing but would work) or maybe the person wants them to clear out monsters so they can move in on it.
Obviously once mined out it becomes null or at least gives very little resources left and if a settlement abandons it then it could become a haven for monsters or another settlement of like dwarves to start digging deeper. if that would be possible in the game.
A group of mages or archers sounds fine but i guess it would depend on what benefits such a group would get. I'd rather see a mix of different classes in a group be the 'balanced' group (like having mages reduces magic as maybe they counterspell, while the clerics heal them) then having one class in one cluster and all they do is attack.
Not to mention depending on what the benefits are I could see when the time comes to fight that players just immediately attack the most powerful group that gives the most benefit.
It's a great idea that will definitely take some time to test and see how it develops.