Raid Preparation

For those who do progression raiding, a lot of time is spent outside of the raid, preparing gear and resources for the raid. Getting the best enchantments for your gear, farming ingredients for potions and food buffs, etc. This is all to be expected of someone who is pushing the hardest raiding content in a game.

The question is, how much time do you think players should need for raid prep? Ideally how long should it take to gather everything you need for a single raid?

I know it's impossible to design for a set amount of time and there are a lot of factors to consider, but it's still an interesting discussion to have.

Comments

  • damoklesdamokles Member
    edited July 5
    Two days, if you do everything on your own, in my opinion if you go for two raid days per week.
    One day to gather mats and another day to craft everything and gather other consumables.

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  • shoklenshoklen Member
    I read the topic title as 'Raid Repetitions'...

    My dyslexia brings up a good point.. though.. I use to raid for years and always striving for server firsts. That said, it did get very repetitive taking a boss down after the first few successes. What I'd like to see is dynamic raid bosses, strategy, tactics, pulled from a deep list of things that 'could' happen but do not always happen. Would keep things more interesting... In my opinion.
  • ravudharavudha Member
    edited July 5
    If the economy is healthy I'd like to think players could pick up everything they need within an hour from a marketplace.

    It's hard to say because we don't know how raid pacing works. I really hope they follow through with the 'we don't want players to have to put raids on farm status' approach. It's just not clear how that'll work at this stage; i.e. how often players would want/need to do raids.
  • wanderingmistwanderingmist Member, Founder
    edited July 5
    ravudha wrote: »
    If the economy is healthy I'd like to think players could pick up everything they need within an hour from a marketplace.

    It's hard to say because we don't know how raid pacing works. I really hope they follow through with the 'we don't want players to have to put raids on farm status' approach. It's just not clear how that'll work at this stage; i.e. how often players would want/need to do raids.

    This is linked to raid prep and I'm glad you brought it up. In WoW at least raiding doesn't pay for shit. You can spend anywhere between 1000g and 5000g a week on consumables during progression, and yet the bosses only give you 150-200g per kill.

    This means your raid prep either involves farming gold to buy your consumables, or farming the mats to make them yourself. Either way it takes a lot of time. This is why the top guilds offer raid boosts after progression is over in order to get enough gold to pay for the next raid's progress.



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  • damoklesdamokles Member
    edited July 7
    shoklen wrote: »
    I read the topic title as 'Raid Repetitions'...

    My dyslexia brings up a good point.. though.. I use to raid for years and always striving for server firsts. That said, it did get very repetitive taking a boss down after the first few successes. What I'd like to see is dynamic raid bosses, strategy, tactics, pulled from a deep list of things that 'could' happen but do not always happen. Would keep things more interesting... In my opinion.

    Steven said that raids will be randomised to a specific degree.

    "Raids will have elements that can be pre-planned:
    Required composition of DPS, healers and support.
    Key positioning.

    Raids will also have dynamic elements that can change from session to session.
    The types and numbers of bosses and mobs present in the raid and their skill repertoire.

    Variables are manifested based on node progression:
    The number of metropolis nodes developed.
    The types of metropolis nodes developed.
    "






    https://ashesofcreation.wiki/Raids
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  • Well I think raid prep is one of the number one reasons people do not raid. Especially when the prepetime is longer than the raid given a 4 hour raid. If some how they could make preparing for a raid fun.....Plus you might not be allowed to raid until you are fully prepped.

    On the other sided it does make sense for some of the more difficult content to require best preparations. Would like to hear from Steven and the Developers how they intend to approach this problem.

    Normally prepping is not fun you can do one raid or ten fun dungeouns. Plus if you are a multiclasser well you then you have to prep for 2 or 3 classes

    I think it should be between 1 and 2 hours mainly cause the more time it takes to prep the less people you will have raiding. Time is a factor. But think if you have to do a few dungeouns to unlock raid that is ok but ouce it gets unlocked then 1 to 2 hours would be acceptable. Plus if prep time is low this encourages multiclassing even for people that do not play as much.
  • dygzdygz Member, Braver of Worlds
    I don’t think it’s that kind of prep that stops most people from raiding.
    Casual Time players are going to balk even at the length of the raid plus the time for everyone to show up - even if they had prepped days before.
    Casual Challenge players will balk at the hardcore challenge of a raid.

    It’s the Hardcore Time/Hardcore Challenge players doing repeat raids.
    But, those are supposed to be rare in Ashes.

    People will have incentive to prep for days to get rid of the W tee Dragon causing the perpetual winter.
    The raiding dynamics should be significantly different in Ashes than in previous MMORPGs, like EQ and WoW.
  • noaaninoaani Member
    edited July 6
    To me, this question shouldn't be exclusive to raiding. It should, in my opinion, apply to anything in the game if you want to do that thing the best way possible. Grouping and PvP at the top end should also require an amount of preparation - though for grouping this is dependent on there being content that is tough enough to require such preparation, which most games simply don't have.

    Obviously people will have differing opinions on this, but my opinion is that for every hour raiding, there should be an hour spent in preparation for that raiding. In other games, I would have said a half hour for every hour of raiding, but with gear degrading in Ashes, I think it is fair enough to expect players to put in more time to maintain a minimum standard of equipment, which I am hoping will take just as much effort to maintain as the traditional raiding expectations take.

    Obviously that time doesn't need to be spent by the raider - they can farm coin and by the products of someone else's effort if they wish - however, the time taken to gather the materials and craft the items to provide the rider with the expected buffs and consumables, as well as the coin or materials needed for repairs should be about half an hour for every hour of raiding, and then another half an hour of raiding to collect materials or gear replacements for every hour of raiding.

    As the degrading of gear is likely (I assume) to be tied to character deaths, as a raid becomes more successful and deaths are less common, the time required should naturally drift down closer to the half an hour per hour of raiding, as with the raid successes, there are less deaths, and thus (I assume), less need to replace gear.

    As I said at the start though, this should apply fairly equally to grouping (content dependent) and PvP, and potentially even solo players if they wish to get the most out of soloing. If buffs and consumables persist through death, then this amount of time should apply to anyone that wants the best possible buffs.
  • ravudharavudha Member
    It doesn't necessarily need to be a one size fits all answer.

    There could be various raids with different requirements. Maybe the early raids are very accessible with less than an hour of prep, advanced raids that need hours of prep, and unique raids that need weeks of prep (e.g. due to a quest chain or acquiring specialised resistance gear).
  • bloodprophetbloodprophet Member, Braver of Worlds
    There will always be those players that will go above and beyond regardless of the the time/gold sink necessary to complete what ever content is put out.
    Doesn't matter if PvP or raid if a potion or gear will give someone an edge their will always be someone that will go and get it even for the 0.1% edge in combat regardless of the cost.
    I personally have never been one to pursue world first stuff. I prefer to enjoy the journey and there when I get there but some people will stay on for days at a time just to get anything for the slightest edge.

    It is all perception on how much time/gold is to much.
    Most people never listen. They are just waiting on you to quit making noise so they can.
  • varkunvarkun Member, Braver of Worlds
    From my perspective, the prep as such may be somewhat different in AOC sure you may need to farm mats for consumables etc but once the raid train gets rolling there should be more opportunity for raid groups to make gold. With rare harvestable materials from some/all bosses and raid drops not being bound there should be the opportunity for groups to make good gold and thus be able to purchase needed raid supplies.

    It will be interesting to see just how the raid dynamic shapes up in AOC.
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  • noaaninoaani Member
    ravudha wrote: »
    It doesn't necessarily need to be a one size fits all answer.

    There could be various raids with different requirements. Maybe the early raids are very accessible with less than an hour of prep, advanced raids that need hours of prep, and unique raids that need weeks of prep (e.g. due to a quest chain or acquiring specialised resistance gear).

    While this is all true, this isn't what I would consider raid preparation - this is raid access.

    Access is what you have to do in order to be considered ready and able to attempt the content. This includes things like leveling up to an appropriate level, getting appropriate quality gear with any specific stats or effects that are considered required for the plan your guild has on the target content.

    This could be considered the process of achieving raid readiness.

    Preparation is what you have to do between raids in order to maintain that raid readiness. It is making sure your gear is repaired, making sure you have consumables that are expected of your class/role.
  • karthoskarthos Member, Braver of Worlds
    The biggest let down I found with raiding was that the downtime between the raids meant people were busy preparing for the next raid. Grinding for mats to make potions, flasks, ect.

    Let's the players play the game, a good balance should be struck.
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  • wanderingmistwanderingmist Member, Founder
    karthos wrote: »
    The biggest let down I found with raiding was that the downtime between the raids meant people were busy preparing for the next raid. Grinding for mats to make potions, flasks, ect.

    Let's the players play the game, a good balance should be struck.

    Balance is the key to everything. That said, I have a feeling raid prep will be very different in Ashes compared to other mmorpgs. If Intrepid go with their intent of having raid events/bosses pop up "organically" instead of as a fixed released schedule, that will change things considerably.

    In games like WoW, raiders know months in advance when the next raid is coming out, and plan accordingly. They also know that the raid will reset on a certain day and have raid nights set up throughout the week. However, if a raid boss can appear at any time, you will need to have raid consumables ready at all times.
  • noaaninoaani Member
    karthos wrote: »
    The biggest let down I found with raiding was that the downtime between the raids meant people were busy preparing for the next raid. Grinding for mats to make potions, flasks, ect.

    Let's the players play the game, a good balance should be struck.

    Balance is the key to everything. That said, I have a feeling raid prep will be very different in Ashes compared to other mmorpgs. If Intrepid go with their intent of having raid events/bosses pop up "organically" instead of as a fixed released schedule, that will change things considerably.

    In games like WoW, raiders know months in advance when the next raid is coming out, and plan accordingly. They also know that the raid will reset on a certain day and have raid nights set up throughout the week. However, if a raid boss can appear at any time, you will need to have raid consumables ready at all times.
    While not true in all games, or on all servers even in the games it was true in, raid guilds often do have a lot of influence on a server - more than people realize.

    Content will come and go in Ashes based on what state nodes are in. In terms of raid content, I personally expect that to be as simple as changing the content based on what node type the closest metropolis is (I know this isn't how many people think it will work, it is how *I* think it will end up working).

    If this or something similar to it turns out to be true, I can see raid guilds on some servers basically manipulating which node will be a metropolis in any given area based purely on what content they want to take on.
  • caelroncaelron Member, Braver of Worlds
    I have a completely different take on the "hardest raiding content".

    I'm the type of person that likes specialization. Think about the anime: Goblin Slayer
    If I'm a Fighter that specializes in Goblin slaying, I'm going to be crazily suited for just that: hunting and killing goblins. I'd be the best at it. Even seasoned adventurers might have a hard time with goblins without the goblin slayer making the preparations and calling the shots. Now, let's say a giant Troll shows up. Well, I might get my butt kicked by that troll.

    Now, translate that to Ashes of Creation: Let's say the "hardest raiding content" is a Giant Black Dragon that is immune to acid, unholy or death magic, and non-magical weapons. Well, if my character is specialized in hunting and killing dragons, you'd expect all my armor, weapons, and skills to be suited for best killing dragons. But at the same time, if there's a bunch of undead minions at his disposal, I might do really well. But if he has a bunch of minions weak to acid and death magic, but immune to everything else - I'd get my butt kicked.

    What's that mean overall related to this discussion? The whole character path from start to finish is the ultimate "raid prep" in the hardest content there is: but that character would never be the "top tier" so-to-speak against other raiding content/bosses.
  • neuroguyneuroguy Member
    edited July 12
    @caelron
    There should already be specialization to some extent like if a tank wants to focus on evasion tanking or block tanking which may be good or bad depending on the encounter. But in general, you have to leave room for players to explore and walk back some decisions. If you could never re-spec or change secondary roles, you'd be forcing way too many re-rolls for anyone to enjoy the game properly.
    Also, demanding hyper-specialization for content is how you get many people unable to experience content and things like class/spec stacking in raid groups happen. All things in moderation.
  • neuroguyneuroguy Member
    I'm not sure if raid prep in AoC should be soloable at all. I think without fast travel, you will have sufficient interdependencies to have some support circle around raiding guilds with contracts or just assumed demand doing the work (and making the profit) from doing that prep. This would be nice actually so that social dynamics between guilds and between a guild & the community will be important. Also, this allows for competitive markets, betrayals etc haha.

    To clarify, no fast travel means you can't really teleport wherever and gather the resources you need for prep but it also means that you can't just carry with you infinite prepped items to the raid location (we still don't know details of storage but I think this is a safe assumption at this point). So raiders will need to buy "prepped" items closer to the raid location at some point (or add the travel time from and to the raid to the "prep" list).
  • caelroncaelron Member, Braver of Worlds
    @neuroguy

    Well, half of my point was that hyper-specialization is potentially a great thing - but it's not for everyone. It "can't" be for everyone.

    Also, there's nothing that "forces" or "demands" raiders to be hyper-specialized. It's a personal choice based on play style. Of course, I understand the feeling like raiders "need" to optimize their characters in every way for competitive-style raiding. But, like you said: all things in moderation. We have no boss mechanics, no class skills, abilities, bag space, etc. really "released" yet.

    And with Intrepid saying that each raid boss encounter will be different from the last time (at least for the single-boss encounters) - how will you even know how to maximize your character for that fight beyond just being the best you can be at what you chose? If anything, it just means that people can go even further with customization to their liking/play-style instead of specific-encounter or specific-raid stacking (assuming they know how to adapt as a player to different encounters.)

    Of course, the more knowledge you have, the better you can prepare. But without seeing it or experiencing, it's all guesswork.
    Who knows? Maybe you need a guy in the back of the room with a cauldron making potions for people non-stop during the encounter. Maybe there's a weird gas in the cave that causes you to choke if you swallow (i.e. a no-potion mechanic)? Maybe the weight of the gear you bring slows you down so much that you need to wheel a supply wagon with you to the raid... which leaves you open to other players/groups stealing the stuff from your wagon?
  • Think there are so many things to do in MMOs like questing and achievements and mount hunting and farming cosmetics and farming gear really no need for long prep time think devs need to find ways to get people ineterested in this areas other than just raiding. Plus there there are professions and pvp and exploation and farming for pets. Who wants to have a long prep time with all the things that you can do in MMO plus if you have alts then they need to be geared up too.......
  • dygzdygz Member, Braver of Worlds
    Keep in mind that Ashes has prep time for sieges, too.
  • noaaninoaani Member
    dygz wrote: »
    Keep in mind that Ashes has prep time for sieges, too.

    Every game has prep time for every type of content - if you're playing properly at least.
  • dygzdygz Member, Braver of Worlds
    :/
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