Just going to put this right here. If you don't care about the new community site or Project Redshift but you are interested in what various game staff have to say on game design, roleplay, and other topics. Than this is the thread for you. I will be updating this thread whenever we post a new article or announce a contest. Why? Because I don't think you should have to religiously visit Optional Realities just to read articles and get in on sweet contests that's why. Also it's in the title, shameless plugging.
Alucard, a former SOI storyteller, reveals his thoughts on events & RPTs! Do you agree with him? Do you not agree with him? Do you think I'm wasting your time and you want better articles? Comment here or Join the Discussion on Optional Realities!
Do you think you you're smarter than your current games staff? Do you know all the answers to the deep questions of game design? Have you just been waiting for the right engine to break the entire mold and make the minecraft of MUDs?
Somebody mentioned Project Redshift considering a p2p model. What does the team at Optional Realities think about the viability of p2p schemes with MUDs, especially RP-focused MUDs? Is there a place for p2p in permadeath MUDs?
I do not believe that the text-based game community would support an RPI/RPE/RPG that is pay to play. Whether it is a one time purchase or a monthly subscription. MMOs with 10s to 100s of people are not able to get that kind of commitment from much larger playerbases. In addition the legacy of the diku engine has ingrained a very suspicious response to trying to profit off of MUDs.
That being said I do believe a system similar to Riot Games - League of Legends or a Patreon campaign could be a viable means to fund the development or running of a game with a full time staff. This is of course assuming that you have an engine with a license which allows for this.
TLDR - Project Redshift will not require a purchase or monthly subscription, ever.
To clarify the Riot - League of Legends model is purely cosmetic and provides no 'perks'. No housing, no buffs, no XP gains, no reward which affects the actual gameplay. In addition the Riot - League of Legends model (for the most part) allows you to achieve the same thing with money as with 58 hours of playtime.
Pay for Perk does not belong in any serious RP game.
EDIT - Example you can buy a champion with RP (which is cash) or IP (which is earned by playing). I believe the formula is 58hours of playtime will get you the most expensive champion options possible. As it pertains to League of Legends.
Thank you for your article Alaire and also for you and Jazet actually engaging with players who have critical feedback about your game and your staff approach. Even if it has been on this board and not OR, I think it's important for the health of our genre that we stop trying to keep things behind closed doors or downplay them.
qwerty: and if someone is unexplainably hostile to you for no good reason. Chalk it off to being an asshole and slit their throat
Sept 5, 2019 12:41:42 GMT -5
qwerty: All in all, in my observation. OOC relativity comes about cliques, then hostility. As in, players might not care if you offed their previous character. But they might like and include another PC whom they talk to more often ooc.
Sept 5, 2019 12:42:44 GMT -5
qwerty: But again. You cant control it. Cant prove it. The nagging suspicion will ruin your gameplay. I just try not to worry about it and react to the gameworld events as if there is no ooc influence. Doing anything else makes for a really shitty experience
Sept 5, 2019 13:01:26 GMT -5
qwerty: You cant stop people from talking ooc. And if people talk ooc, it's bound to happen that they cooperate ooc. Or ... or not. But you wont know and therefore, you'll suspect. And this suspicion will kill the game for you.
Sept 5, 2019 17:46:21 GMT -5
qwerty: 4/5 times someone rages against staff, staff had nothing to do with it. It's just number one suspicion people go to.
Sept 5, 2019 17:47:19 GMT -5
mehtastic: Ignorance is bliss.
Sept 5, 2019 17:50:44 GMT -5
delerak: I recently accused staff of some nonsense. They showed me the log and I felt embarrassed. It's hard to shake the paranoia of days gone by when you were slayed by staff for going afk and using a script to forage wood.
Sept 5, 2019 18:32:02 GMT -5
jkarr: look east. near: agafari forest. far: agafari forest. very far: the ghost of halaster is here grinning evilly
Sept 5, 2019 22:30:43 GMT -5
mehtastic: I posted it on the Discord server a long time ago, but unfortunately I don't use Discord much anymore. If you can get a Discord invite you can get the code, probably.
Sept 26, 2019 19:33:50 GMT -5
qwerty: ask jcarter. I think he's giving it away
Sept 27, 2019 17:34:42 GMT -5
mehtastic: I am back on Discord. If you want a copy of the code dump, join the shadowboard Discord and ask, or DM me: meh#0490. Feel free to DM if you feel addicted to Armageddon and want help detaching yourself from it, too.
Oct 10, 2019 9:01:42 GMT -5