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Hello. As the title of this thread states, I'm starting a kinship for RP mixed with self imposed permadeath. I figure it's a good way to spice things up and make the game more interesting/challenging.
Q: What server are you on and how can I join?
A. Elendilmir. Rindi is the kinship leader. Right now we are only taking players under level 20, and I doubt that will change. If you are higher than that we would love for you to make a new character to play with us. Most characters will probably be created specifically for this kinship, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Q: What is perma-death and how does it work?
A: Strictly speaking, perma-death means that when your character is defeated it is permanently erased. LOTRO does not support perma-death, so in <By Life or Death> perma-death is based on an honor system. We also have some exceptions and alternatives that make it not a 100% strict perma-death playstyle.
Q: Why would someone want to play when your character can be erased?
A: There are several reasons. The main thing is that it adds an element of excitement and realism to the game. It fundamentally changes how you play and view the game. For players who have a high level character or two and might be getting a little bored, this can be an attractive playstyle. I would not recommend this for someone who is just starting unless you just really like the idea.
Q: You mentioned exemptions to perma-death. What are those?
A: First off we do not expect anyone to penalize themselves for things that were completely beyond their control such as bugs, death caused by lag or disconnect, etc. We also are planning on two other alternatives to character deletion. One is exile and the other is injury.
Q: What is exile?
A: If you do have a character that dies, technically you won’t be forced to delete them. If you want to keep the character, he can be exiled. The character is removed from the kinship and barred from all kinship events, quests, activities, etc. As far as the kinship is concerned, the character is dead. You can continue playing that character if you want, but we will encourage that you either get a name change or transfer the character to another server.
Q: What is injury?
A: The injury system is something that I have been thinking about. It’s not fully developed, but the basic idea is that if you are defeated and you can get rezed within a certain period of time, then you have a chance to avoid permadeath. This would be determined by a /roll. Roll above a certain number and you are just injured. Roll below a certain number and you face permadeath (or exile). If you are injured then you must rest your character for a period of time, determined by another roll. Serious injuries (low second rolls) might even cause permanent damage (self imposed loss of certain traits and abilities). The purpose of an injury system would be to make certain extremely dangerous content more accessible. Like I said, this isn’t fully developed yet. I’m hoping to get input from players in By Life or Death so that everyone is involved in the process.
Q: What about skills like Desperate Flight and Hide in Plain Sight? Won’t those give a huge advantage to hunters/burglars.
A: Yes, so we will be asking our members to refrain from using those skills to escape death. It’s fine to use DF as a travel convenience or to HIPS in a group so that you can execute a Trip. Again, this will be an honor system issue for our players.
For anyone interested, I can be contacted on the character Rindi on Elendilmir. Or if you want to share any ideas, please do!
~~~ Currently Playing ~~~
LOTRO- Guardian Wrymstrum & Lore-master Stabler on Nimrodel.
Conan- Zoltar <Angels of Death> Guardian on Stormrage.