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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,118
    edited April 29
    I think they can sort the domain allocation out by hand, here are some tips, You can find all sorts of stuff like this online in PBM showing how easy it is to have a simplistic and fair system. This has all been done before, unfortunately Jeremy will likely come up with a hash of his own devising.
     

    "Have good infrastructure

    I usually set up a phpBB-based forum solely for use with the PBP, rather than using an area of someone else's forum. It makes it much easier for me to administer and tweak. I set up custom ranks for each player to indicate which character he or she is playing, which makes it easier for the players and myself to keep things straight. I encourage avatar use as well. Another advantage of having your own forum is that you can easily set up "private" forums, each of which only a given player can see. This is useful for "note passing," keeping track of xp and private conversations, and so on without having to go through a backlog of PMs. I usually have an out-of-character forum for intros, general discussion, and metagame stuff, and an in-character forum for actual play. I devote a separate thread to each "delve," as I'm currently running an OD&D campaign.

     

    Be active, have active players, and communicate interruptions

    The paramount concern in PBP, in my experience, is having active players. I ask for some kind of substantive post at least once a day. Stagnation is doom in the PBP realm — once things slow down, heat death follows. If I can't post for a few days — which happens — I let everyone know, and expect the same.

     

    Start the game with clear direction

    One thing I discovered running a City State of the Invincible Overlord PBP a couple years back is that too many options at the beginning of play can lead to decision paralysis as the players try to decide what to do. In a dungeon-type game, I'd recommended starting at the adventure site, getting stuck in, then getting to the roleplaying after the players have the swing of things. In a story-type game, I'd consider starting in media res, like with a chase scene or something that gets the players thinking in-character quickly.


    Pace your background exposition

    Finally, I'd avoid excessive infodump. It's great for you, as the referee, to know lots about your setting, but I'd keep the early background to just enough to give the players a sense of things and parcel the rest out through play."

    Gdemami

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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,118
    Kyleran said:
    "we reached out to the 20 monarchs" ....gtfo with this crap
    Believe me, many of the "nobility" in this game believe they "rule" by divine providence.

    Read some of their comments on how they plan to treat mayors and other lesser leaders who chose to set up a town inside the borders of a Duke or kingdom without first reaching out and requesting their "blessing."


    This is why I am not convinced we should bring back the monarchy. :)

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  • GaladournGaladourn Member RarePosts: 1,757
    edited April 29
    oh good, a new episode in the CoE comedy series... let me grab popcorn and a soda....
    bigmilk
  • ConstantineMerusConstantineMerus Member EpicPosts: 2,671
    Scot said:
    Kyleran said:
    "we reached out to the 20 monarchs" ....gtfo with this crap
    Believe me, many of the "nobility" in this game believe they "rule" by divine providence.

    Read some of their comments on how they plan to treat mayors and other lesser leaders who chose to set up a town inside the borders of a Duke or kingdom without first reaching out and requesting their "blessing."


    This is why I am not convinced we should bring back the monarchy. :)
    Bring back? Is Queen on a vacation or something? 
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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,118
    Scot said:
    Kyleran said:
    "we reached out to the 20 monarchs" ....gtfo with this crap
    Believe me, many of the "nobility" in this game believe they "rule" by divine providence.

    Read some of their comments on how they plan to treat mayors and other lesser leaders who chose to set up a town inside the borders of a Duke or kingdom without first reaching out and requesting their "blessing."


    This is why I am not convinced we should bring back the monarchy. :)
    Bring back? Is Queen on a vacation or something? 
    In terms of absolute power. As far as I know the old gal is still going strong. :)

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  • BlueThunderBearBlueThunderBear Member UncommonPosts: 173



    Scot said:


    Kyleran said:



    "we reached out to the 20 monarchs" ....gtfo with this crap


    Believe me, many of the "nobility" in this game believe they "rule" by divine providence.

    Read some of their comments on how they plan to treat mayors and other lesser leaders who chose to set up a town inside the borders of a Duke or kingdom without first reaching out and requesting their "blessing."



    This is why I am not convinced we should bring back the monarchy. :)


    Bring back? Is Queen on a vacation or something? 



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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 32,678
    edited April 29
    Scot said:
    I think they can sort the domain allocation out by hand, here are some tips, You can find all sorts of stuff like this online in PBM showing how easy it is to have a simplistic and fair system. This has all been done before, unfortunately Jeremy will likely come up with a hash of his own devising.
     

    "Have good infrastructure

    I usually set up a phpBB-based forum solely for use with the PBP, rather than using an area of someone else's forum. It makes it much easier for me to administer and tweak. I set up custom ranks for each player to indicate which character he or she is playing, which makes it easier for the players and myself to keep things straight. I encourage avatar use as well. Another advantage of having your own forum is that you can easily set up "private" forums, each of which only a given player can see. This is useful for "note passing," keeping track of xp and private conversations, and so on without having to go through a backlog of PMs. I usually have an out-of-character forum for intros, general discussion, and metagame stuff, and an in-character forum for actual play. I devote a separate thread to each "delve," as I'm currently running an OD&D campaign.

     

    Be active, have active players, and communicate interruptions

    The paramount concern in PBP, in my experience, is having active players. I ask for some kind of substantive post at least once a day. Stagnation is doom in the PBP realm — once things slow down, heat death follows. If I can't post for a few days — which happens — I let everyone know, and expect the same.

     

    Start the game with clear direction

    One thing I discovered running a City State of the Invincible Overlord PBP a couple years back is that too many options at the beginning of play can lead to decision paralysis as the players try to decide what to do. In a dungeon-type game, I'd recommended starting at the adventure site, getting stuck in, then getting to the roleplaying after the players have the swing of things. In a story-type game, I'd consider starting in media res, like with a chase scene or something that gets the players thinking in-character quickly.


    Pace your background exposition

    Finally, I'd avoid excessive infodump. It's great for you, as the referee, to know lots about your setting, but I'd keep the early background to just enough to give the players a sense of things and parcel the rest out through play."

    Err...I'd really recomend you read through the DSS post, it will give you a better understanding of what they are attempting. The TLDR version.

    1) using 72 cloud based servers they are generating four full worlds (which is taking more time than expected)
    2) then they are apply details such as elevations, groundwater flows,  resources,  towns, names of towns, tribal distributions etc
    3) all gets put into a web based portal for players to view these domains prior to selection.

    So it's not just selecting domains, they are actually generating them first in order to have something to select besides a flat map.

    The actual selection process is pretty simple, based on a player's influence and nobility level they are given a window of time to open up the tool, look at the domains and make their choice.







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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,118
    edited April 29
    Kyleran said:
    Scot said:
    I think they can sort the domain allocation out by hand, here are some tips, You can find all sorts of stuff like this online in PBM showing how easy it is to have a simplistic and fair system. This has all been done before, unfortunately Jeremy will likely come up with a hash of his own devising.
     

    "Have good infrastructure

    I usually set up a phpBB-based forum solely for use with the PBP, rather than using an area of someone else's forum. It makes it much easier for me to administer and tweak. I set up custom ranks for each player to indicate which character he or she is playing, which makes it easier for the players and myself to keep things straight. I encourage avatar use as well. Another advantage of having your own forum is that you can easily set up "private" forums, each of which only a given player can see. This is useful for "note passing," keeping track of xp and private conversations, and so on without having to go through a backlog of PMs. I usually have an out-of-character forum for intros, general discussion, and metagame stuff, and an in-character forum for actual play. I devote a separate thread to each "delve," as I'm currently running an OD&D campaign.

     

    Be active, have active players, and communicate interruptions

    The paramount concern in PBP, in my experience, is having active players. I ask for some kind of substantive post at least once a day. Stagnation is doom in the PBP realm — once things slow down, heat death follows. If I can't post for a few days — which happens — I let everyone know, and expect the same.

     

    Start the game with clear direction

    One thing I discovered running a City State of the Invincible Overlord PBP a couple years back is that too many options at the beginning of play can lead to decision paralysis as the players try to decide what to do. In a dungeon-type game, I'd recommended starting at the adventure site, getting stuck in, then getting to the roleplaying after the players have the swing of things. In a story-type game, I'd consider starting in media res, like with a chase scene or something that gets the players thinking in-character quickly.


    Pace your background exposition

    Finally, I'd avoid excessive infodump. It's great for you, as the referee, to know lots about your setting, but I'd keep the early background to just enough to give the players a sense of things and parcel the rest out through play."

    Err...I'd really recomend you read through the DSS post, it will give you a better understanding of what they are attempting. The TLDR version.

    1) using 72 cloud based servers they are generating four full worlds (which is taking more time than expected)
    2) then they are apply details such as elevations, groundwater flows,  resources,  towns, names of towns, tribal distributions etc
    3) all gets put into a web based portal for players to view these domains prior to selection.

    So it's not just selecting domains, they are actually generating them first in order to have something to select besides a flat map.

    The actual selection process is pretty simple, based on a player's influence and nobility level they are given a window of time to open up the tool, look at the domains and make their choice.

    So the generator is not working? But they suggested they can use what they have for the lesser titles when it comes to land? That does sound odd to me, are the maps working on different scales so the map for kings is not the same as dukes?

    Why have generated land and not just place it by hand, are they going to reset the whole game at some point? Otherwise that seems another system they don't need.
    Gdemami

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  • Slapshot1188Slapshot1188 Member LegendaryPosts: 10,639
    Scot said:
    Kyleran said:
    Scot said:
    I think they can sort the domain allocation out by hand, here are some tips, You can find all sorts of stuff like this online in PBM showing how easy it is to have a simplistic and fair system. This has all been done before, unfortunately Jeremy will likely come up with a hash of his own devising.
     

    "Have good infrastructure

    I usually set up a phpBB-based forum solely for use with the PBP, rather than using an area of someone else's forum. It makes it much easier for me to administer and tweak. I set up custom ranks for each player to indicate which character he or she is playing, which makes it easier for the players and myself to keep things straight. I encourage avatar use as well. Another advantage of having your own forum is that you can easily set up "private" forums, each of which only a given player can see. This is useful for "note passing," keeping track of xp and private conversations, and so on without having to go through a backlog of PMs. I usually have an out-of-character forum for intros, general discussion, and metagame stuff, and an in-character forum for actual play. I devote a separate thread to each "delve," as I'm currently running an OD&D campaign.

     

    Be active, have active players, and communicate interruptions

    The paramount concern in PBP, in my experience, is having active players. I ask for some kind of substantive post at least once a day. Stagnation is doom in the PBP realm — once things slow down, heat death follows. If I can't post for a few days — which happens — I let everyone know, and expect the same.

     

    Start the game with clear direction

    One thing I discovered running a City State of the Invincible Overlord PBP a couple years back is that too many options at the beginning of play can lead to decision paralysis as the players try to decide what to do. In a dungeon-type game, I'd recommended starting at the adventure site, getting stuck in, then getting to the roleplaying after the players have the swing of things. In a story-type game, I'd consider starting in media res, like with a chase scene or something that gets the players thinking in-character quickly.


    Pace your background exposition

    Finally, I'd avoid excessive infodump. It's great for you, as the referee, to know lots about your setting, but I'd keep the early background to just enough to give the players a sense of things and parcel the rest out through play."

    Err...I'd really recomend you read through the DSS post, it will give you a better understanding of what they are attempting. The TLDR version.

    1) using 72 cloud based servers they are generating four full worlds (which is taking more time than expected)
    2) then they are apply details such as elevations, groundwater flows,  resources,  towns, names of towns, tribal distributions etc
    3) all gets put into a web based portal for players to view these domains prior to selection.

    So it's not just selecting domains, they are actually generating them first in order to have something to select besides a flat map.

    The actual selection process is pretty simple, based on a player's influence and nobility level they are given a window of time to open up the tool, look at the domains and make their choice.

    So the generator is not working? But they suggested they can use what they have for the lesser titles when it comes to land? That does sound odd to me, are the maps working on different scales so the map for kings is not the same as dukes?

    Why have generated land and not just place it by hand, are they going to reset the whole game at some point? Otherwise that seems another system they don't need.
    Because in their infinite wisdom they decided to make unique worlds for each server.  They all have their own maps. Now don't get me wrong, it's a cool concept... but one that adds a ton of time, costs money and adds complexity to a development project that is years behind schedule, has had to layoff team members and is already drowning in complex concepts.

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  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko Member EpicPosts: 6,849
    Kyleran said:
    Scot said:
    I think they can sort the domain allocation out by hand, here are some tips, You can find all sorts of stuff like this online in PBM showing how easy it is to have a simplistic and fair system. This has all been done before, unfortunately Jeremy will likely come up with a hash of his own devising.
     

    "Have good infrastructure

    I usually set up a phpBB-based forum solely for use with the PBP, rather than using an area of someone else's forum. It makes it much easier for me to administer and tweak. I set up custom ranks for each player to indicate which character he or she is playing, which makes it easier for the players and myself to keep things straight. I encourage avatar use as well. Another advantage of having your own forum is that you can easily set up "private" forums, each of which only a given player can see. This is useful for "note passing," keeping track of xp and private conversations, and so on without having to go through a backlog of PMs. I usually have an out-of-character forum for intros, general discussion, and metagame stuff, and an in-character forum for actual play. I devote a separate thread to each "delve," as I'm currently running an OD&D campaign.

     

    Be active, have active players, and communicate interruptions

    The paramount concern in PBP, in my experience, is having active players. I ask for some kind of substantive post at least once a day. Stagnation is doom in the PBP realm — once things slow down, heat death follows. If I can't post for a few days — which happens — I let everyone know, and expect the same.

     

    Start the game with clear direction

    One thing I discovered running a City State of the Invincible Overlord PBP a couple years back is that too many options at the beginning of play can lead to decision paralysis as the players try to decide what to do. In a dungeon-type game, I'd recommended starting at the adventure site, getting stuck in, then getting to the roleplaying after the players have the swing of things. In a story-type game, I'd consider starting in media res, like with a chase scene or something that gets the players thinking in-character quickly.


    Pace your background exposition

    Finally, I'd avoid excessive infodump. It's great for you, as the referee, to know lots about your setting, but I'd keep the early background to just enough to give the players a sense of things and parcel the rest out through play."

    Err...I'd really recomend you read through the DSS post, it will give you a better understanding of what they are attempting. The TLDR version.

    1) using 72 cloud based servers they are generating four full worlds (which is taking more time than expected)
    2) then they are apply details such as elevations, groundwater flows,  resources,  towns, names of towns, tribal distributions etc
    3) all gets put into a web based portal for players to view these domains prior to selection.

    So it's not just selecting domains, they are actually generating them first in order to have something to select besides a flat map.

    The actual selection process is pretty simple, based on a player's influence and nobility level they are given a window of time to open up the tool, look at the domains and make their choice.







    "Let's just quickly build all 4 game worlds in fine detail, how hard can it be ?"

    Evidently, it wasn't that simple after all...
    Kyleran
  • parrotpholkparrotpholk Member EpicPosts: 4,566
    Scot said:
    Kyleran said:
    Scot said:
    I think they can sort the domain allocation out by hand, here are some tips, You can find all sorts of stuff like this online in PBM showing how easy it is to have a simplistic and fair system. This has all been done before, unfortunately Jeremy will likely come up with a hash of his own devising.
     

    "Have good infrastructure

    I usually set up a phpBB-based forum solely for use with the PBP, rather than using an area of someone else's forum. It makes it much easier for me to administer and tweak. I set up custom ranks for each player to indicate which character he or she is playing, which makes it easier for the players and myself to keep things straight. I encourage avatar use as well. Another advantage of having your own forum is that you can easily set up "private" forums, each of which only a given player can see. This is useful for "note passing," keeping track of xp and private conversations, and so on without having to go through a backlog of PMs. I usually have an out-of-character forum for intros, general discussion, and metagame stuff, and an in-character forum for actual play. I devote a separate thread to each "delve," as I'm currently running an OD&D campaign.

     

    Be active, have active players, and communicate interruptions

    The paramount concern in PBP, in my experience, is having active players. I ask for some kind of substantive post at least once a day. Stagnation is doom in the PBP realm — once things slow down, heat death follows. If I can't post for a few days — which happens — I let everyone know, and expect the same.

     

    Start the game with clear direction

    One thing I discovered running a City State of the Invincible Overlord PBP a couple years back is that too many options at the beginning of play can lead to decision paralysis as the players try to decide what to do. In a dungeon-type game, I'd recommended starting at the adventure site, getting stuck in, then getting to the roleplaying after the players have the swing of things. In a story-type game, I'd consider starting in media res, like with a chase scene or something that gets the players thinking in-character quickly.


    Pace your background exposition

    Finally, I'd avoid excessive infodump. It's great for you, as the referee, to know lots about your setting, but I'd keep the early background to just enough to give the players a sense of things and parcel the rest out through play."

    Err...I'd really recomend you read through the DSS post, it will give you a better understanding of what they are attempting. The TLDR version.

    1) using 72 cloud based servers they are generating four full worlds (which is taking more time than expected)
    2) then they are apply details such as elevations, groundwater flows,  resources,  towns, names of towns, tribal distributions etc
    3) all gets put into a web based portal for players to view these domains prior to selection.

    So it's not just selecting domains, they are actually generating them first in order to have something to select besides a flat map.

    The actual selection process is pretty simple, based on a player's influence and nobility level they are given a window of time to open up the tool, look at the domains and make their choice.

    So the generator is not working? But they suggested they can use what they have for the lesser titles when it comes to land? That does sound odd to me, are the maps working on different scales so the map for kings is not the same as dukes?

    Why have generated land and not just place it by hand, are they going to reset the whole game at some point? Otherwise that seems another system they don't need.
    Because in their infinite wisdom they decided to make unique worlds for each server.  They all have their own maps. Now don't get me wrong, it's a cool concept... but one that adds a ton of time, costs money and adds complexity to a development project that is years behind schedule, has had to layoff team members and is already drowning in complex concepts.

    Trying to make a Bentley game on a Wal-Mart budget.......

    Get one world right before trying to make 4 unique ones.
    MadFrenchieGdemami
  • MatimusmaximusMatimusmaximus Member UncommonPosts: 20
    It would be really wonderful if one of these games that "does it differently" actually came out.
    I was excited for this game in what... 2013?
  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 11,118
    Scot said:
    Kyleran said:
    Scot said:
    I think they can sort the domain allocation out by hand, here are some tips, You can find all sorts of stuff like this online in PBM showing how easy it is to have a simplistic and fair system. This has all been done before, unfortunately Jeremy will likely come up with a hash of his own devising.
     

    "Have good infrastructure

    I usually set up a phpBB-based forum solely for use with the PBP, rather than using an area of someone else's forum. It makes it much easier for me to administer and tweak. I set up custom ranks for each player to indicate which character he or she is playing, which makes it easier for the players and myself to keep things straight. I encourage avatar use as well. Another advantage of having your own forum is that you can easily set up "private" forums, each of which only a given player can see. This is useful for "note passing," keeping track of xp and private conversations, and so on without having to go through a backlog of PMs. I usually have an out-of-character forum for intros, general discussion, and metagame stuff, and an in-character forum for actual play. I devote a separate thread to each "delve," as I'm currently running an OD&D campaign.

     

    Be active, have active players, and communicate interruptions

    The paramount concern in PBP, in my experience, is having active players. I ask for some kind of substantive post at least once a day. Stagnation is doom in the PBP realm — once things slow down, heat death follows. If I can't post for a few days — which happens — I let everyone know, and expect the same.

     

    Start the game with clear direction

    One thing I discovered running a City State of the Invincible Overlord PBP a couple years back is that too many options at the beginning of play can lead to decision paralysis as the players try to decide what to do. In a dungeon-type game, I'd recommended starting at the adventure site, getting stuck in, then getting to the roleplaying after the players have the swing of things. In a story-type game, I'd consider starting in media res, like with a chase scene or something that gets the players thinking in-character quickly.


    Pace your background exposition

    Finally, I'd avoid excessive infodump. It's great for you, as the referee, to know lots about your setting, but I'd keep the early background to just enough to give the players a sense of things and parcel the rest out through play."

    Err...I'd really recomend you read through the DSS post, it will give you a better understanding of what they are attempting. The TLDR version.

    1) using 72 cloud based servers they are generating four full worlds (which is taking more time than expected)
    2) then they are apply details such as elevations, groundwater flows,  resources,  towns, names of towns, tribal distributions etc
    3) all gets put into a web based portal for players to view these domains prior to selection.

    So it's not just selecting domains, they are actually generating them first in order to have something to select besides a flat map.

    The actual selection process is pretty simple, based on a player's influence and nobility level they are given a window of time to open up the tool, look at the domains and make their choice.

    So the generator is not working? But they suggested they can use what they have for the lesser titles when it comes to land? That does sound odd to me, are the maps working on different scales so the map for kings is not the same as dukes?

    Why have generated land and not just place it by hand, are they going to reset the whole game at some point? Otherwise that seems another system they don't need.
    Because in their infinite wisdom they decided to make unique worlds for each server.  They all have their own maps. Now don't get me wrong, it's a cool concept... but one that adds a ton of time, costs money and adds complexity to a development project that is years behind schedule, has had to layoff team members and is already drowning in complex concepts.

    A clear mistake, it is not as if players are going to play on more than one map. Not only that but the tool generates the map, you have to wonder how much thought has gone into the issues you can get from random(ish) allocation of resources. Even if players then pick their land areas, the maps could have all sorts of funnelling points, hotspots and awkward design.
    Gdemami

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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 32,678
    edited April 29
    Scot said:
    Scot said:
    Kyleran said:
    Scot said:
    I think they can sort the domain allocation out by hand, here are some tips, You can find all sorts of stuff like this online in PBM showing how easy it is to have a simplistic and fair system. This has all been done before, unfortunately Jeremy will likely come up with a hash of his own devising.
     

    "Have good infrastructure

    I usually set up a phpBB-based forum solely for use with the PBP, rather than using an area of someone else's forum. It makes it much easier for me to administer and tweak. I set up custom ranks for each player to indicate which character he or she is playing, which makes it easier for the players and myself to keep things straight. I encourage avatar use as well. Another advantage of having your own forum is that you can easily set up "private" forums, each of which only a given player can see. This is useful for "note passing," keeping track of xp and private conversations, and so on without having to go through a backlog of PMs. I usually have an out-of-character forum for intros, general discussion, and metagame stuff, and an in-character forum for actual play. I devote a separate thread to each "delve," as I'm currently running an OD&D campaign.

     

    Be active, have active players, and communicate interruptions

    The paramount concern in PBP, in my experience, is having active players. I ask for some kind of substantive post at least once a day. Stagnation is doom in the PBP realm — once things slow down, heat death follows. If I can't post for a few days — which happens — I let everyone know, and expect the same.

     

    Start the game with clear direction

    One thing I discovered running a City State of the Invincible Overlord PBP a couple years back is that too many options at the beginning of play can lead to decision paralysis as the players try to decide what to do. In a dungeon-type game, I'd recommended starting at the adventure site, getting stuck in, then getting to the roleplaying after the players have the swing of things. In a story-type game, I'd consider starting in media res, like with a chase scene or something that gets the players thinking in-character quickly.


    Pace your background exposition

    Finally, I'd avoid excessive infodump. It's great for you, as the referee, to know lots about your setting, but I'd keep the early background to just enough to give the players a sense of things and parcel the rest out through play."

    Err...I'd really recomend you read through the DSS post, it will give you a better understanding of what they are attempting. The TLDR version.

    1) using 72 cloud based servers they are generating four full worlds (which is taking more time than expected)
    2) then they are apply details such as elevations, groundwater flows,  resources,  towns, names of towns, tribal distributions etc
    3) all gets put into a web based portal for players to view these domains prior to selection.

    So it's not just selecting domains, they are actually generating them first in order to have something to select besides a flat map.

    The actual selection process is pretty simple, based on a player's influence and nobility level they are given a window of time to open up the tool, look at the domains and make their choice.

    So the generator is not working? But they suggested they can use what they have for the lesser titles when it comes to land? That does sound odd to me, are the maps working on different scales so the map for kings is not the same as dukes?

    Why have generated land and not just place it by hand, are they going to reset the whole game at some point? Otherwise that seems another system they don't need.
    Because in their infinite wisdom they decided to make unique worlds for each server.  They all have their own maps. Now don't get me wrong, it's a cool concept... but one that adds a ton of time, costs money and adds complexity to a development project that is years behind schedule, has had to layoff team members and is already drowning in complex concepts.

    A clear mistake, it is not as if players are going to play on more than one map. Not only that but the tool generates the map, you have to wonder how much thought has gone into the issues you can get from random(ish) allocation of resources. Even if players then pick their land areas, the maps could have all sorts of funnelling points, hotspots and awkward design.
    Well, not quite true, many folks have stated they'll split time on NA East and NA West, even Caspian. (On his incognito alt I'm guessing.  :)

    There is already a thread on the COE forums to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each area selection and the possible implications on future game play decisions.


    Scot

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