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Hi all, I hope I will make some sense so please bare with me as this is my first post.
I would like to get peoples opinions based on sound reasoning (not just a yes or no response) as to whether or not the following idea could be viable in todays MMO's or if you have a suggestion/s that could enhance it. Please think through thoughtfully before responding. I'm hoping to read some great replies. The numbers provided in the below scenario could be modified of course.
A MMO comprising of 5 factions (maintains imbalences having an odd number)
You may have characters of various classes but only with one faction (all factions have the same types of classes)
Each faction through an in game democratic vote system may form or break alliances with other factions once a month. This adds a new dynamic to the game. You could find a 3-2 ratio or even 1-3-1 or 5-0 bringing a month of uneasy truce and no world pvp. This would create very interesting conversations in general chat of each faction leading up to the tally of votes.
Here's the kicker...You can CHANGE FACTIONS (but all your characters would have to change at the same time). I'm thinking a type of reputation system within your faction. High faction rep would give some types of bonuses, once a low rep level is achieved you would qualify to leave and start afresh with a new faction.
I can go into much more detail but this is the basic concept of my idea. Looking forward to some feedback and some flames if needed.