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Open world PvP without ganking. Is it possible?

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  • TatercakeTatercake Auburn, WAPosts: 279Member

    naw man your wrong i played the game at launch and played it for 8 years and how it worked then was we hunted the reds  we used icq chat like crazy and we let all know if a red ganked someone and all us went after them  there were times  when it sucked but for most part was about  comunity and  we stuck together  but you players nowdays are not about community your about your selfs and so you probly die a lot more and the fun factor meybee not there for your lack of community

  • nate1980nate1980 Evans, GAPosts: 1,829Member

    To be honest, even though I didn't get into EVE, I like their system. You can PvP anywhere in the game, but most wouldn't dare PvP outside of nullsec. Nullsec is where the territory and resource control happens, and is where you'd want to PvP anyways. So you make money, get used to the game, level up/whatever in regular territory/zones and when you want to participate in the meat of the game, which is territory/resource control and sieges, you travel on over to the PvP zones, which would automatically flag you.

  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 20,008Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Icewhite
    Originally posted by Kyleran
    (Why restrict people from doing what they really want to?)

    Golly, I dunno, Mommy says we have laws and stuff so people can get along.  Ninjas never say that tho, Ninjas have Real Ultimate Power.  These guys are cool; and by cool, I mean totally sweet.

    (Sorry man, just such an elementary question; the only place it ever turns up is in PvP threads and Junior High.)

     

    Well, I was being rhetorical when I asked it (hence the parens) but didn't make myself clear enough apparently.

    But it's true, if a game or server's stated purpose is open world, FFA PVP, why would you (the player) expect any sort of rules that would restrict people from killing each other mercilessly?

    EVE btw, isn't that sort of game.  They go to great lengths to try and find a balance of sorts, so that players can more or less control their level of risk in determining their game play style. 

    You can go a very long time without ever being killed in a EVE as opposed to say a TERA FFA server.

     

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  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 20,008Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper
    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by Disdena
    Originally posted by Kyleran


     

    The answer should be obvious:

    When games let a minority of their playerbase ruin the fun of the majority, they end up with super tiny playerbases.

    It's like EVE doesn't exist.

    Well EVE does a pretty good job of making it quite possible to avoid this situation in most cases if you learn to fly smart.

    Taking your Hulk into Jita is not smart. 

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  • AxehiltAxehilt San Francisco, CAPosts: 8,749Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper

    It's like EVE doesn't exist.

    For some reason this calls to mind the Meet the Pyro video.

    In reality EVE is a terrible tiny niche product but in your reality it's this magical wonderland of success.

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  • AxehiltAxehilt San Francisco, CAPosts: 8,749Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    But that's a moot point as "only players who want open world ffa pvp should be playing open world ffa pvp games".

    There isn't any ruining of anyone's game play when everyone who logs in should be on board. The issue is that players who have no business playing on these types of servers or in these types of games are logging in and expecting special treatment.

    However, the part that rings more true is the "tiny playerbase" part.

    I don't believe that most of these ffa pvp games would garner a huge population. That should be ok but if developers are thinking they are going to get millions of players wanting to play such a game then they have another "think" coming. 

    When addressing the "Why restrict players options?" question, you only end up with one of two situations:

    1. Restricted: Players are prevented from ruining each other's fun, and therefore your potential audience is large.
    2. Unrestricted: Players aren't prevented from ruining each other's fun, and therefore the audience is quite small.
    The amount of people who mistakenly stumble into the wrong genre is itself moot, because either way you're in Situation #2 if you have unrestricted PVP, which means you have a tiny playerbase.  

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  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,460Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    But that's a moot point as "only players who want open world ffa pvp should be playing open world ffa pvp games".

    There isn't any ruining of anyone's game play when everyone who logs in should be on board. The issue is that players who have no business playing on these types of servers or in these types of games are logging in and expecting special treatment.

    However, the part that rings more true is the "tiny playerbase" part.

    I don't believe that most of these ffa pvp games would garner a huge population. That should be ok but if developers are thinking they are going to get millions of players wanting to play such a game then they have another "think" coming. 

    When addressing the "Why restrict players options?" question, you only end up with one of two situations:

    1. Restricted: Players are prevented from ruining each other's fun, and therefore your potential audience is large.
    2. Unrestricted: Players aren't prevented from ruining each other's fun, and therefore the audience is quite small.
    The amount of people who mistakenly stumble into the wrong genre is itself moot, because either way you're in Situation #2 if you have unrestricted PVP, which means you have a tiny playerbase.  

    The only reasn why that would be bad is if the "tiny playerbase" couldn't support the game.

    But where that line is drawn is uncertain. EVE brings in a die hard playerbase and the game continues. Heck, even DAoC still has a following.

    The one thing that I'm sure of is that most games have a following. It's the balancing of that following to how much money the game needs to bring in that is the trick.

    It should be ok for a game or any type of media, to have a small following provided that the creators were realistic when making the game in conjuntion with the audience they were expecting.

    Most of the things that I tend to like are NOT mainstream. Because of this they have small audiences but they can survive. Of course, I can turn to a mainstream bit of entertainment but I know enough not to criticize expecting something great because the more people that need to be entertained the more whitewashed the final prodcut is going to be.

    There's some great stuff out there but it's not mainsteam and does  have a small audience. That's just the way of it. It's reality and it has been going on a lot longer than video games.

    If we are to say that everythign needs to be made to gather as large an audience as possible then we cut off a lot of experimentation, a lot of things that are different.

    I'd rather have the experimentation, the different. So again, as long as game developers can build and develop a game that works and has an audience then "good".

    Of course, in some ways we are talking in the abstract. What are the most successful ffa pvp games? I suppose EVE is right up there and possibly L2. Not juggernauts as far as population but they both have found ways to continue.

  • 5thofFikus5thofFikus Miami, NVPosts: 50Member
    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    But that's a moot point as "only players who want open world ffa pvp should be playing open world ffa pvp games".

    There isn't any ruining of anyone's game play when everyone who logs in should be on board. The issue is that players who have no business playing on these types of servers or in these types of games are logging in and expecting special treatment.

    However, the part that rings more true is the "tiny playerbase" part.

    I don't believe that most of these ffa pvp games would garner a huge population. That should be ok but if developers are thinking they are going to get millions of players wanting to play such a game then they have another "think" coming. 

    When addressing the "Why restrict players options?" question, you only end up with one of two situations:

    1. Restricted: Players are prevented from ruining each other's fun, and therefore your potential audience is large.
    2. Unrestricted: Players aren't prevented from ruining each other's fun, and therefore the audience is quite small.
    The amount of people who mistakenly stumble into the wrong genre is itself moot, because either way you're in Situation #2 if you have unrestricted PVP, which means you have a tiny playerbase.  

    What if

    3. self governed: players have the tools to determine what type of pvp they want to have. PVE (lambs) players by sheer  numbers alone  would hold the player killing and ganking to a minimum better than any coded rules other than removal. They would do so out of pure gaming bliss.  It would also give opportuniy for dynamic content.

    Ive only seen it happen once in a game that i used to play. It was like crack to the casuals.

    Impossible?

  • AxehiltAxehilt San Francisco, CAPosts: 8,749Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    The only reasn why that would be bad is if the "tiny playerbase" couldn't support the game.

    But where that line is drawn is uncertain. EVE brings in a die hard playerbase and the game continues. Heck, even DAoC still has a following.

    The one thing that I'm sure of is that most games have a following. It's the balancing of that following to how much money the game needs to bring in that is the trick.

    It should be ok for a game or any type of media, to have a small following provided that the creators were realistic when making the game in conjuntion with the audience they were expecting.

    Most of the things that I tend to like are NOT mainstream. Because of this they have small audiences but they can survive. Of course, I can turn to a mainstream bit of entertainment but I know enough not to criticize expecting something great because the more people that need to be entertained the more whitewashed the final prodcut is going to be.

    There's some great stuff out there but it's not mainsteam and does  have a small audience. That's just the way of it. It's reality and it has been going on a lot longer than video games.

    If we are to say that everythign needs to be made to gather as large an audience as possible then we cut off a lot of experimentation, a lot of things that are different.

    I'd rather have the experimentation, the different. So again, as long as game developers can build and develop a game that works and has an audience then "good".

    Of course, in some ways we are talking in the abstract. What are the most successful ffa pvp games? I suppose EVE is right up there and possibly L2. Not juggernauts as far as population but they both have found ways to continue.

    Sure, and if we're talking about non-MMORPGs or indie-budget MMORPGs or MMORPGs on life support (DAOC) then that's totally correct.

    There's only an issue when that niche audience objects to an appropriately-budgeted game being made for them, like Darkfall, implying that they deserve more.  Which I guess isn't really a surprise, because I shouldn't expect many people to understand how niche their own tastes are.

    To make matters even more complicated, I think that a non-FFA PVP sandbox which focuses on great crafting gameplay actually has a chance in the current market.  In fact exactly like Salem, minus the PVP*

    (* ...and having looked at recent screenshots, minus 3D too.  More and more I'm wishing they'd have stuck with H&H's 2D view, but completely rebuilt the engine and hired a solid artist to lead the visuals.  2D would've also meant that new content was that much easier to implement.)

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  • AxehiltAxehilt San Francisco, CAPosts: 8,749Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by 5thofFikus

    What if

    3. self governed: players have the tools to determine what type of pvp they want to have. PVE (lambs) players by sheer  numbers alone  would hold the player killing and ganking to a minimum better than any coded rules other than removal. They would do so out of pure gaming bliss.  It would also give opportuniy for dynamic content.

    Ive only seen it happen once in a game that i used to play. It was like crack to the casuals.

    Impossible?

    Of course it's possible. PVE vs. PVP Server Rulesets you see on virtually every MMORPG are basically that.

    You'd be hard-pressed to convince me that a server could democratically settle on a better set of rules, for those not interested in bad MMORPG PVP.  "You never have to engage in bad PVP ever, unless you want to," is pretty much verbatim what would get my vote.

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  • k61977k61977 Pendleton, SCPosts: 145Member Uncommon

    This is actually a great idea, and it would pretty much get rid of ganking sure the higher level may have more skills to use but then it becomes a kill of player skill and not level.  It still wouldn't solve the player sitting back and waiting till you are 1/4 life and jumping you but would make things a lot more interesting.  Being one of the older gamers that actually played the one of the first MMO's Ultima Online I remember the good old days of PK'ers and losing all your gear you worked for that day.

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  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,670Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sovrath
    It's the balancing of that following to how much money the game needs to bring in that is the trick.

    ATITD, Puzzle Pirates, DAoC, Vendetta Online, EVE Online... pre-WOW devs had a handle on that.

    After WOW, it seems that devs forgot that part of the math.

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  • paulocafallipaulocafalli Sampa, CAPosts: 256Member

    The best PVP I've ever had was in SWG. I just don't understand why any developer has never tried to make anything similar to that. It was real great IMO.

    EVE also has a great PVP system that could be used as basis for other games.

    Instanced PVP, arena, etc, for me sucks badly. Fun sometimes yes but it's very limited.

  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,670Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by 5thofFikus

    What if

    3. self governed: players have the tools to determine what type of pvp they want to have. PVE (lambs) players by sheer  numbers alone  would hold the player killing and ganking to a minimum better than any coded rules other than removal. They would do so out of pure gaming bliss.  It would also give opportuniy for dynamic content.

    Ive only seen it happen once in a game that i used to play. It was like crack to the casuals.

    Impossible?

    Of course it's possible. PVE vs. PVP Server Rulesets you see on virtually every MMORPG are basically that.

    You'd be hard-pressed to convince me that a server could democratically settle on a better set of rules, for those not interested in bad MMORPG PVP.  "You never have to engage in bad PVP ever, unless you want to," is pretty much verbatim what would get my vote.

    See: UO.

    Your PVP choices are

    • Faction
    • FFA
    • GvG
    • None at all
    All on the same server. The dual-facet servers were a band-aid fix at the time, but they offer a design that I'm really surprised few have tried even travelling down that road as a feature save for AC's PKLite and  RIFT's character/guild transfer system.
     
     

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  • 5thofFikus5thofFikus Miami, NVPosts: 50Member
    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by 5thofFikus

    What if

    3. self governed: players have the tools to determine what type of pvp they want to have. PVE (lambs) players by sheer  numbers alone  would hold the player killing and ganking to a minimum better than any coded rules other than removal. They would do so out of pure gaming bliss.  It would also give opportuniy for dynamic content.

    Ive only seen it happen once in a game that i used to play. It was like crack to the casuals.

    Impossible?

    Of course it's possible. PVE vs. PVP Server Rulesets you see on virtually every MMORPG are basically that.

    You'd be hard-pressed to convince me that a server could democratically settle on a better set of rules, for those not interested in bad MMORPG PVP.  "You never have to engage in bad PVP ever, unless you want to," is pretty much verbatim what would get my vote.

    I was thinking enforcement of the rules would be in game by the barrel of a gun as well. With the right tools once the pve players get that first taste of blood and see how massive their numbers are, any Pk or unwanted pvp seen would become hunted by 10's or 100's of players.

    The hatred runs so deep,and the desire to hold onto this new found high, and power, and resposibiily,people who had never pvp'd before dropped whatever they were doing to come gank that sob. They started planning attacks and leading assaults. I've never seen anything like it. 150 v 5 blood baths. Pure gaming bliss.

    Do you think it's possible to recreate that?

  • itgrowlsitgrowls newport news, VAPosts: 2,951Member

    Originally posted by Sovrath

    Originally posted by Axehilt
     

    The answer should be obvious:

    When games let a minority of their playerbase ruin the fun of the majority, they end up with super tiny playerbases.

    But that's a moot point as "only players who want open world ffa pvp should be playing open world ffa pvp games".

    There isn't any ruining of anyone's game play when everyone who logs in should be on board. The issue is that players who have no business playing on these types of servers or in these types of games are logging in and expecting special treatment.

    Here's a thought, not all games that force pvp on players actually have separate servers, it would be fine if that were the case but it's not sadly and the ones that force pvp do not in any way have enough security forces to create an adequate defense or consequence system.

    Also, there's the majority factor, the majority by volume pays the most and shouldn't have to deal with snot nosed virgin basement dwellers revenge complex. It's just not sound business.

    Moving on to the next logical fallacy.

    Originally posted by bunnyhopper

    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by Disdena
    Originally posted by Kyleran


     

    The answer should be obvious:

    When games let a minority of their playerbase ruin the fun of the majority, they end up with super tiny playerbases.

    It's like EVE doesn't exist.

    There's a problem with your post, namely the mechanics of having other players huge guilds that have large economic forces back players up when they play so they basically take on a paid job with benefits, so EVE is not typical.

  • bunnyhopperbunnyhopper LondonPosts: 2,751Member
    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper

    It's like EVE doesn't exist.

    For some reason this calls to mind the Meet the Pyro video.

    In reality EVE is a terrible tiny niche product but in your reality it's this magical wonderland of success.

    No in terms of consistent subscription numbers and growth over the years in comparison to it's mmorpg peers. I see you ignore that reality.

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  • bunnyhopperbunnyhopper LondonPosts: 2,751Member
    Originally posted by itgrowls

    Originally posted by Sovrath

    Originally posted by Axehilt
     

    Originally posted by bunnyhopper

    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by Disdena
    Originally posted by Kyleran


     

    It's like EVE doesn't exist.

    There's a problem with your post, namely the mechanics of having other players huge guilds that have large economic forces back players up when they play so they basically take on a paid job with benefits, so EVE is not typical.


    So it has to be the typical case does it? I can see your reasoning but, well WoW is not typical, especially in regards to subscriber numbers within the genre. Given the retention rate of the rest of the themepark mmorpgs has tended to rubbish, that means themepark, non OWPvP mmorpgs are also all niche, non in demand.

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  • bunnyhopperbunnyhopper LondonPosts: 2,751Member
    Originally posted by Kyleran
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper
    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by Disdena
    Originally posted by Kyleran


     

    It's like EVE doesn't exist.

    Well EVE does a pretty good job of making it quite possible to avoid this situation in most cases if you learn to fly smart.

    Taking your Hulk into Jita is not smart. 

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    A player can avoid getting ganked in DF as noob for the vast, vast majority of the time and certainly reduce the impact on any gank if they play "smart".

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  • The_KorriganThe_Korrigan EastPosts: 2,630Member
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper

    A player can avoid getting ganked in DF as noob for the vast, vast majority of the time and certainly reduce the impact on any gank if they play "smart".

    Replace smart with lucky and I would eventually agree. Very lucky. If someone really wants to camp a noob, the noob will be almost completely stopped of playing the game unless he wants to repeatedly die. That's very bad game design, something EvE did much better.

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  • stayontargetstayontarget Tacoma, WAPosts: 6,068Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper
    Originally posted by Kyleran
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper
    Originally posted by Axehilt
    Originally posted by Disdena
    Originally posted by Kyleran


     

    It's like EVE doesn't exist.

    Well EVE does a pretty good job of making it quite possible to avoid this situation in most cases if you learn to fly smart.

    Taking your Hulk into Jita is not smart. 

    image

    A player can avoid getting ganked in DF as noob for the vast, vast majority of the time and certainly reduce the impact on any gank if they play "smart".


    This is true for any FFA pvp game,  play smart and live with the rule sets.  But sadly most gamers are carebears and dont understand what makes games like "Day Z" so enjoyable.

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  • bunnyhopperbunnyhopper LondonPosts: 2,751Member
    Originally posted by The_Korrigan
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper

    A player can avoid getting ganked in DF as noob for the vast, vast majority of the time and certainly reduce the impact on any gank if they play "smart".

    Replace smart with lucky and I would eventually agree. Very lucky. If someone really wants to camp a noob, the noob will be almost completely stopped of playing the game unless he wants to repeatedly die. That's very bad game design, something EvE did much better.

    If someone wants to camp a noob..

     

    Well they would have to find the noob first. They would then in order to camp him find him at his bind spot, or the noob would have to repeatedly keep going back to the same area for that period of time. It has little to do with luck. Getting caught the odd time out is unlucky, even then you can do things to minimise this happening by utilizing the terrain to give you the vantage point to spot people, whilst remaining in cover etc.

     

    If you are skirting around goblin spawns near noob towns in human lands then you are increasing your chances of getting killed.

    If you are mooching around selentine chests near noob town without paying attention then you are increasing your chances of getting killed.

    If you are not going off and exploring (nothing to lose as noob) to find nice little spots out of the way then you are increasing your chances of getting killed.

    If you are sticking to running along road ways between towns then you are increasing your chances of getting killed.

    If you are not using the terrain to take advantage of vantage points then you are going to get yourself killed.

    If you are mindlessly minding iron ore nodes just out of proxmity of town towers then you are more likely to get yourself killed.

    If you are carrying an hours worth of loot on you, you are making trouble for yourself if you get killed.

     

    The problem is some people cba, so they find it a better idea to just moan about being killed in the first place. Or (which happens alot on these boards), we have people who have spent a month or less in FFA OWPvP games who bang on about them from an uninformed position and hypothesise about endless ganking.

     

    EVE offers more protection than DF, but then in order to get repeatedly ganked to such an extent that it is having an impact on your longer term play then you are either exceptionally unlucky (as in don't go outside you are going to get run over son unlucky), or exceptionally bad.

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  • sazabisazabi VilniusPosts: 389Member

    its possible, but not from the game mechanics perspective.

    i mean its up to the player to choose the safest routers from one place to another.

    do you really want to go to this fabulous place.... which is infested by gankers?

    you dont. you avoid that place and make it impossible for yourself to get ganked. genius isnt it?

    thats the price you have to pay for playing an open pvp game.

     

    another way is obviously the point of mmorpgs - grouping with players.

  • 5thofFikus5thofFikus Miami, NVPosts: 50Member
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper
    Originally posted by The_Korrigan
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper

    A player can avoid getting ganked in DF as noob for the vast, vast majority of the time and certainly reduce the impact on any gank if they play "smart".

    Replace smart with lucky and I would eventually agree. Very lucky. If someone really wants to camp a noob, the noob will be almost completely stopped of playing the game unless he wants to repeatedly die. That's very bad game design, something EvE did much better.

    If someone wants to camp a noob..

     

    Well they would have to find the noob first. They would then in order to camp him find him at his bind spot, or the noob would have to repeatedly keep going back to the same area for that period of time. It has little to do with luck. Getting caught the odd time out is unlucky, even then you can do things to minimise this happening by utilizing the terrain to give you the vantage point to spot people, whilst remaining in cover etc.

     

    If you are skirting around goblin spawns near noob towns in human lands then you are increasing your chances of getting killed.

    If you are mooching around selentine chests near noob town without paying attention then you are increasing your chances of getting killed.

    If you are not going off and exploring (nothing to lose as noob) to find nice little spots out of the way then you are increasing your chances of getting killed.

    If you are sticking to running along road ways between towns then you are increasing your chances of getting killed.

    If you are not using the terrain to take advantage of vantage points then you are going to get yourself killed.

    If you are mindlessly minding iron ore nodes just out of proxmity of town towers then you are more likely to get yourself killed.

    If you are carrying an hours worth of loot on you, you are making trouble for yourself if you get killed.

     

    The problem is some people cba, so they find it a better idea to just moan about being killed in the first place. Or (which happens alot on these boards), we have people who have spent a month or less in FFA OWPvP games who bang on about them from an uninformed position and hypothesise about endless ganking.

     

    EVE offers more protection than DF, but then in order to get repeatedly ganked to such an extent that it is having an impact on your longer term play then you are either exceptionally unlucky (as in don't go outside you are going to get run over son unlucky), or exceptionally bad.

    Did you play DF at launch? Some people had maxed skills in 2 weeks or less. Then a fix added 2 months. Then another added 2 more. The power gap was so huge and everyone was killing everyone else that a new player would get killed constanly. Yes constantly.

    Im not sure how it was their fault. Or what you're trying to say. But DF at launch was a PK fest. And they PK'd non stop.

    It settled down after a while, but the elf (myridian or whatever) got hit every 5 - 10 minutes.

     It wasnt unlucky. It was for real. The alternative became the blood wall afk for 15 hours a day for a month. And people LOL'd and bailed.

    thats why we quit, which was a shame because we were hooked. But to blame the poor nubs for the pk fest that was DF's first weeks as if they could have done anything about it. c'mon . Should they join a city and bitch about seiges non stop instead? Oh the devs helped blah blah blah. Everyone was bitching lol.

    Thats why no one plays now. This was the EU server at launch.

    Edit:

     I Dont know if you were talking about the launch or something else so ignore this if it doesnt apply. to get repeatedly ganked in DF though was easy right after launch.

  • bunnyhopperbunnyhopper LondonPosts: 2,751Member
    Originally posted by 5thofFikus
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper
    Originally posted by The_Korrigan
    Originally posted by bunnyhopper

     

     

    Did you play DF at launch? Some people had maxed skills in 2 weeks or less. Then a fix added 2 months. Then another added 2 more. The power gap was so huge and everyone was killing everyone else that a new player would get killed constanly. Yes constantly.

    Im not sure how it was their fault. Or what you're trying to say. But DF at launch was a PK fest. And they PK'd non stop.

    It settled down after a while, but the elf (myridian or whatever) got hit every 5 - 10 minutes.

     It wasnt unlucky. It was for real. The alternative became the blood wall afk for 15 hours a day for a month. And people LOL'd and bailed.

    thats why we quit, which was a shame because we were hooked. But to blame the poor nubs for the pk fest that was DF's first weeks as if they could have done anything about it. c'mon . Should they join a city and bitch about seiges non stop instead? Oh the devs helped blah blah blah. Everyone was bitching lol.

    Thats why no one plays now. This was the EU server at launch.

     

     

    It was a pk fest right at the beginning because groups were exploiting/unattended afking up their skills before many had even thought about venturing away from the starter towns. That was a grind issue, not a ffa issue, nor was it is a safe zone issue.

     

    Bloodwalling and afking everything to death was done in order to close power disparities, not to avoid getting found/smashed in the first place. You can have skills maxed out of the ying yang and yet if that noob is moving around the massive world, it is unlikely that you are going to spend much time ganking the crap out of him.

     

    The lack of skill cap and the endless and boring grind did for the game for many, not the fact they got beat on and lost 5 gold. It is the fact that they had to face endless months of tedious grinding in order to catch up that put most off and quite rightly so. But again that has nothing to do with FFA pvp and everything to do with an insanely stupid grind.

     

    It is strange to be speaking about "the first few weeks" of a title launch in isolation. Even if you considered the scenario that the first week or two (or more) where a nightmare, that doesn't really account for all the time that followed now does it. The simple fact of the matter is that yes, new players CAN do plenty to avoid making being ganked the "norm" for the vast majority of their play time. Will they still get ganked.. yep, can it be annyoing, yep. But as often as it is made out? No not by a long shot.

     

    EDIT: Noticed your edit, no I am talking about the full life cycle of the game (and other games), not just the launch. Often at launch their can be issues and you are right to point that out.

    "Come and have a look at what you could have won."

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