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MMO Developers: I Need More Developer-Driven, FOMO-Causing RP Events In My MMORPGs, Please. | MMORPG

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The last two weeks have seen major story-driven events happen in EVE Online. As someone who doesn't necessarily care about annual events in MMOs, these events have Bradford intrigued for a few reasons: they feel spontaneous, they are story-driven, but most importantly: they are limited to a one-time affair.

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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 19,873
    edited May 2021
    Developer driven RP events are yet another of those elements of gameplay that a streamlined 'fun focused' modern MMO apparently does not need. But there is hope, have you seen the way all those MMOs in development have never ending dev chats? Surely then if/when they launch the devs will find no end of time to interact with the community. ;)

    Seriously they are sorely missed, perhaps done no where better than Asherons Call. These were not 'meet a dev' as a toon who handed out gear to favourites, as some people seem to think that's what we are talking about. These were overarching storylines that had effect (admittedly rarely in a huge way) on the landscape of the game.

    Indeed I can remember when MMO's had player volunteers given certain staff abilities who could help new players. These are but a couple of ways you help to build disparate MMO players into a community interacting with a vibrant changing world.
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  • Slapshot1188Slapshot1188 Member LegendaryPosts: 15,865
    Best Developer driven RP events I ever experienced were in Shadowbane believe it or not.   My favorite was when a GM spawned in an absolutely HUGE demi-god who was bringing an army to destroy a player owned city.   My character was a "confessor" which were were playing as heretic burning fanatics so I actually spoke to the demon creature and he appointed me a Lt. and I led some of his troops into our ultimately doomed battle.


    Fun stuff.

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  • repubrepub Member UncommonPosts: 24
    MXO had excellent GM driven stories. WISH was the one that I remember fondly - I think the cost of GMing the events constantly was too expensive for the business model and they had to call it quits.
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  • NeoyoshiNeoyoshi Member RarePosts: 564
    Only type of event i participated in like that that I can recall off the top of my head is the very first Living Story event they held in Guild Wars 2, where they had the Scarlet War in Lion's Arch; and we had to fight this giant boss that was wreaking the city.

    But that was a one-time deal, and while I'd love for ArenaNet to do something like that again, it was fun to be apart of it.
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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 19,873
    repub said:
    MXO had excellent GM driven stories. WISH was the one that I remember fondly - I think the cost of GMing the events constantly was too expensive for the business model and they had to call it quits.
    Yes, I think GM events may need to be rare if they are brought back, that keeps down the costs and keeps them special.
  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 41,484
    edited May 2021
    My character was a "confessor" which were were playing as heretic burning fanatics

    Hey, isn't that the same role you play here on these forums?  ;)

    I recall four or so years back EVE had a one time event involving an assassination attempt on the Amarr Empress which even had an actual player having a part which triggered a huge battle in the Throne Worlds.

    They seem to be expanding on this again and I confess has me interested in going back, might be time to undock once more.
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  • UngoodUngood Member LegendaryPosts: 7,287
    EQ1 had a few Dev/GM events going on with it, I had the good fortune to partake in a few of them. There was the iconic one, where the Dev playing Feronia Vie DC'ed from the game, in the middle of the event.  Good stuff.

    GW2, also had their Living World thing they tried at the start of the game, where the game world evolved and changed as this event unfolded, leading to the physical destruction and rebuilding of lions arch. From what I understood, many players were unhappy about the prospect of missing out on these "One Time" events, and they changed their mode to be Living Story, where players could do older stuff, and thus no miss out on the special rewards.

    Anyway, super cool that EvE is doing this.
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  • toxicmangotoxicmango Member UncommonPosts: 119
    edited May 2021
    Eve had events way back when it first started. They stopped them after the devs and GMs were exposed for corruption and player favoritism in their events. Things like rigged events with fixed outcomes despite supposedly being open ended for player participation, loot pinatas for their friends, which seemed to occur in suspiciously higher frequency of such in areas occupied by the devs' friends, who due to insider information seemed to be in the right place at the right time. I doubt the writer would be so happy if devs for example used NPC forces to smack down a player and his friends, no matter how official the smack down was.

    Live GM'ed events only work if the people running things have no vested interests and are not corrupt.
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  • ILLISETILLISET Member UncommonPosts: 119


    Eve had events way back when it first started. They stopped them after the devs and GMs were exposed for corruption and player favoritism in their events. Things like rigged events with fixed outcomes despite supposedly being open ended for player participation, loot pinatas for their friends, which seemed to occur in suspiciously higher frequency of such in areas occupied by the devs' friends, who due to insider information seemed to be in the right place at the right time. I doubt the writer would be so happy if devs for example used NPC forces to smack down a player and his friends, no matter how official the smack down was.



    Live GM'ed events only work if the people running things have no vested interests and are not corrupt.



    It also requires the devs to play thr game enough to understand the metas and what the event needs to be like to be neither too difficult nor too dismissable.
  • MendelMendel Member LegendaryPosts: 5,496
    Kyleran said:
    My character was a "confessor" which were were playing as heretic burning fanatics

    Hey, isn't that the same role you play here on these forums?  ;)

    I recall four or so years back EVE had a one time event involving an assassination attempt on the Amarr Empress which even had an actual player having a part which triggered a huge battle in the Throne Worlds.

    They seem to be expanding on this again and I confess has me interested in going back, might be time to undock once more.

    And I thought merely logging in to EVE triggered a huge battle.  Guess I learned something today.



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