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(Bonus!) Dev Discussion - Level Progression

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  • Regardless of the speed you guys choose for the speed and width of the levelling experience I believe that any alts that are made should level between 20% and 30% Faster, Up to the max level of your highest lvl character.

    The process of changing characters for either professions or changing Main as changes are made to classes within the system are vital for me to want to continue playing the game ( Biggest example of changing Mains for me is Paladins in World of Warcraft in the 1st 4 expansions. having started of as largely the worst class to play in a general sense in comparison to others in each spec. through iterations in each expansion became one of my favourite classes to play and brought me to the class after spending much time as another class

    losing time releveling a new character when your guild/friends are doing "endgame" activities through storylines or activities we could possibly have done several times should be completed faster.

    if my 1st character took 2 month to level i don't want to have to lose that much time to do it again.
  • BrianDaddyBrianDaddy Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
    edited September 26
    For the progression speed between activities, I feel that most content should be pretty similar in XP gain. As an example if an average quest line is to take 20 minutes and reward 500 XP, then 20 minutes for grinding mobs should net you around the same. Thus driving players to do quest content not only for the double dipping of XP but for the story content as well.

    For XP gains in terms of dungeons and raid bosses, I feel open world dungeons that have Elite Mobs are a dangerous thing to balance for XP as well being as there could be many ways for people to exploit a certain mob that gives large XP. I would keep the XP from the Elite mobs similar as to normal mobs with maybe a slight increase 1~5%. But to balance the mobs not being worth as much I would make a quest that takes you to that dungeon worth twice as much as a normal quest. Thus driving social interactions and teamwork.

    For XP gains in terms of Gathering/Processing/Crafting, I would love to see a good amount of XP from it (Ex. if 500 XP is suppose to be the avg quest and mob grind for 20 minutes I would like to see maybe 1 hour of grind of gathering net around the same.

    Level progression speed is vital to the long term health of the game and is near impossible to balance for the wide range of players that play the game. Pulled from the Wiki is approximately 45 days if you play roughly 4-6 hours per day. Thus around 225 hours. Unfortunately there will be players that play 14 hours a day and hit max level in just over 2 weeks. Then there will be players that only have 2 hours a day and take 4 months. At first I was going to lean on the shorter side but I feel like actually raising it a little to about 300 hours may be more beneficial to keep players interested and feel more accomplishment when reaching max level.

    Also on the subject of ALT characters, I feel that the journey of hitting max level should be fun once, but afterward if you want to do it again, should not be extremely daunting. I will most likely lean more toward the non hardcore group for this subject. I feel that maybe have a piece of gear or a considerable quest chain reward be an item, a Necklace for example that would increase the players EXP gains. Not sure how much Rested XP will be? 200%? Maybe allow a skilled crafter to make several items that increase the cap of duration of rested XP? Neck, Rings, Earrings All level 1 Items with little to no stats but allow you to keep rested XP for twice as long.

    Just some example thoughts in my head, would love to hear others takes!
    Thanks for reading have a great day.
  • Happymeal2415Happymeal2415 Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
    I would love for levelling to take months. No BS exp gain potions or anything. I think exp should come from everything based on difficulty. If you group up it should get split between the group etc. Fuck ur alt :D
  • After reading through all the posts, what strikes me is that based on the comments and suggestions, quite a few seem to view leveling as a chore, something to endure before the (end) game begins.

    Late on the bandwagon, no clue of what (if anything) has been said officially about vertical vs horizontal progress etc.

    I find level based systems slightly boring in general, as there is a disconnect between what you do and the reward, which breaks the immersion of the character progression. And as implemented in many other mmorpg, it also makes it hard/impossible to enjoy content together with friends of different levels and interact with other players in pvp in a meaningful way etc. No idea what the plan is for Ashes?

    What should give the most xp? Whatever aspect of the game you would like to promote I assume? As long as there is a vertical progression with character power connected to level, a very large portion of the player base will rush to max level doing whatever gets them there fastest.

    In regard to the progression speed - I want to be able to take part of, and have a meaningful impact on all aspects of the game from start more or less. If I have that, I prefer a progression curve with steep diminishing returns where it takes ages to complete it all. If any major content of the game is gated by max level, I want the opportunity to buy a max-level boost please...
  • pyrealpyreal Member, Warrior of Old
    Tarner wrote: »
    After reading through all the posts, what strikes me is that based on the comments and suggestions, quite a few seem to view leveling as a chore, something to endure before the (end) game begins.

    Late on the bandwagon, no clue of what (if anything) has been said officially about vertical vs horizontal progress etc.

    I find level based systems slightly boring in general, as there is a disconnect between what you do and the reward, which breaks the immersion of the character progression. And as implemented in many other mmorpg, it also makes it hard/impossible to enjoy content together with friends of different levels and interact with other players in pvp in a meaningful way etc. No idea what the plan is for Ashes?

    What should give the most xp? Whatever aspect of the game you would like to promote I assume? As long as there is a vertical progression with character power connected to level, a very large portion of the player base will rush to max level doing whatever gets them there fastest.

    In regard to the progression speed - I want to be able to take part of, and have a meaningful impact on all aspects of the game from start more or less. If I have that, I prefer a progression curve with steep diminishing returns where it takes ages to complete it all. If any major content of the game is gated by max level, I want the opportunity to buy a max-level boost please...

    Leveling has generally been a bore for me, but isn't that the fault of the game? The 'real' content was at 'End Game'. Playing the game should have been the content, not after you move through all the lands.

    Now I do appreciate The Hero's Quest to gain power, and there certainly is an element within most MMOs regarding this. Most MMOs have the same general premise: Big Bad needs to be defeated, you have to gain power before you can vanquish it.
    But since having a Big Bad Guy to whoop and save the worlds doesn't keep the players occupied, they had you kill the same Big Bad Guy over and over. What a crappy plot. How does make sense within a story arc? You have to grind the story elements of these games. For me, after the conclusion, I am done. I don't reread the last two paragraphs of a book every evening. I already know the resolution!

    However I feel that AoC is fundamentally different than all MMOs that have come before.
    The 'plot' of the game isn't to defeat the Ogr King and save the Princess. The 'plot' in this sandpark game is to exist in it. Stephen is making a MMO for people to 'play'.

    Freeholds. Nodes. Mayors. Community focus. Sieges. Player driven economy. Player resource production and processing systems.

    A dedicated Trader/Crafter/Farmer should be able to reach max level pursuing their trade. Max level should be another tier.
    I would prefer function max level be 5-10 below max level.



  • NepokeNepoke Member
    edited September 26
    I'd like every activity to give a roughly equalish amount of xp (gw2 did this kind of okay), with some exceptions that give much higher xp. This way people can level up doing the content they like, but opportunities for big chunks of xp here and there are used to incentivize the player to mix things up every now and then.
    • Big quests. Maybe these are universal, maybe they are tied to a specific node being at a certain level, or maybe they are tied to class advancement. But I'd like there to be big bags of xp tied to certain quests and quest chains, so that there are these memorable gauntles most people go through. Something every ten levels that you can look forward to doing.
    • Anything that is related to nodes. Node advancement quests, node warfare events, monster coin events and even getting citizenship for the first time or a mayor post at a node should all give big xp. Why? This is the stuff Ashes wants to get players involved in for the long term. It's better to start bribing players early with xp so they naturally get tied up in the node business later on.
    • Dungeon mob grinds. While I never played L2, apparently this thing worked and it sounds great. If there are limited amount of the "good" xp spots, they attract competition which in turn causes player interaction, which is what mmos are all about.

    So in summary players can do their normal slow and steady leveling via grinding/crafting/questing/exploring/whatever but they occasional have chances for bigger xp that sneakily pull them deeper into the game.
  • BOTH! Quests are fine for leveling and killing lots of mobs too.

    Obviously people is gonna find the faster way and spam it, and that's okay, but for me I would take both.
  • I appreciate the idea of being able to either grind mobs, quest, or gather in order to level up effectively. I generally will do quest myself, because It gives a clear objective that I can achieve and maybe learn more and explore the world in the process, but sometimes I either don't have time to quest or maybe I get board and just want a break to just kill creatures and bosses. Other times I decide I want to make some new armor or weapons and I'll just spend my time gathering the materials and crafting. It would be nice if these methods had roughly the same speed for progression so that I'm sacrificing some advantage because I decided to go with one that is slower because its what I'm in the mood to do that day.

    I also loved the original idea that leveling should take time and maximum level should be a feat. It always bothered me getting into a new mmo and seeing players at max level on the second or third day of release, it almost makes being max level mean a bit less.
  • RavnoRavno Member
    edited September 27
    From my point of view, you should make it so, the optimal path for leveling is doing various activity for 3 or 4h a day and then you run short on tasks and you have to switch to mob farming for a lower xp rate (like 50% of the xp rates of activities) for the rest of the day.

    That will limit the bridge between a player who play 4h a day and one who play 12h a day. Instead of gaining 3 time the xp of the first player, he will only gain double.

    That does not mean you can't do activities outside the 4h scope, just make it gain something else than xp or an equal or lower rate paste that point.

    And i'm not a fan of gaining xp for your fighting class with gathering, or activities not related to fight. I mean, how do you explain that your warrior character will be stronger with a training where he spend his days picking flowers ? This kind of activities should only impact Artisan classes not adventuring class.

    And yes please, make the leveling long and difficult, especially the last part. Max level should be a feat, not a pre-game that can be deal with in few days.
  • Homogenized in terms of time & effort probably.

    If you have a large variance between progress speed, from my past experience ppl will likely just gravitate towards the most efficient content (e.g. FF14 fate train, GW2 event train, wow quest / dungeon grind) and~ it might get boring.
  • Sargarius wrote: »
    ....Collecting kobold foreskins for food and water is not a quest....

    Haha! OMG - I am stealing this example and using it from now on, for lame game quests.

    This is why it pays to read entire threads; You never know when you're going to happen upon a gem like this.



  • VaknarVaknar Moderator, Member, Staff
    Thanks for your awesome feedback everyone! I'll be updating the OP with some top feedback points very soon! :)
  • OdalOdal Member
    edited October 1
    Collecting kobold foreskins for food and water is not a quest.

    LOL! :D What in the name of....

    Well I agree with all of the points made in this post by the community. The only game that has done that for me is really vanilla WoW/TBC and that's my most beloved in time in an MMORPG. It's just something about WoW for me. The art-style, the areas, the music, the sound-design, Battlegrounds, Early dungeons etc.
    More so of course than just the questing (which by the WAY... by the way!..) should be extremely improved 15 years later. Not like New World, which with a trillion dollar mother company 2021 cannot make better quests than "durr, gather 3 boxes here.. durr and kill the same mobs for all the game without any relevant context.. durr"

    I think gatherquests can be a okey, it's a staple in MMORPG:s. Like a part of a grind quest, I can even find that relaxing. But please, have some variety and not the same mobs and areas the whole game. I played New World beta for 70 hours and I remember one time I went to the SAME place... for 5 different quests in 5 areas. Not even kidding. Doing the same quest: gathering boxes. It's not a joke. It's that scelly place above light's... whatever that town was called again.

    So take WoW but make things voiced (or at least partly voiced) and much much better and that's a good questing system today, imo. I do realize it's a lot of work, but .. I mean MMORPG:s aren't the easiest things to make exactly..

    Rewards could be:

    1. Things you can actually use. It was great when you got a blue item I think after a long quest chain or a instance dungeon last boss in Wow. Not so very much when you got a grey item for most quests.
    2. Discovery, secrets, cultists.. humor. Stuff like that. Unexpected things. A paralell would be when I discovered Cultists in a random dungeon in Pillars Of Eternity, who worshipped the god of deceit, revenge, servants and poor people.... basically bullied people who wanted to give back on their bullies, I thought that was really cool. Many RPG moment examples.
    3. Just classic gold or crafting items.
    4. Unlocks for dungeons or other things.
    5. Fun items for larping... like getting snowballs in the winter to throw at eachother and similar things. (WoW had festivals like Darkmoon Faire)

    A game which I did not enjoy for example is FF14, despite it's popularity I found it incredibly souless. The questing was way too easy and just an endless fetch quest, the dungeons had no character and people barely spoke a word. The chracter aesthetics are for me just ridiculous etc. The world looks amazing sometimes though in detail.
    It was just a bad experience for me though anyway. Except I met some really great people, the guild I was in was super good and helpful. Many oldtimers of the game, but it just wasn't for me. Quit after a two weeks or so. At least I gave it a try.
    Im like the King of Sweden. Except I don't wear funny hats.

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  • HoozierpopzHoozierpopz Member
    edited September 30
    Is there a need to get to max level quickly? Does the game start being fun at max level? If the answer to both is no, then let us enjoy the journey to max level by making our own choices of how we get there. Maybe someone just wants to chop down trees for 3 weeks. Let them put that work in without the penalty of never leveling up.

    PS - I know you've been seeing the wait times for New World. No doubt in my mind AOC will have double the issues if not addressed BEFORE launch.
  • RpgFanatic96RpgFanatic96 Member, Braver of Worlds, Alpha One
    I wouldn't mind if levelling took a bit longer so we could have everyone's activities resulting in similar amounts of experience. If the game is going to promote player choice then all actions should be equal experience-wise. This would make leveling fun for everyone, and make it so people aren't being 'pigeon-holed' into a certain playstyle.
    Although, I do think the levelling system will have to use larger amounts of xp per level for this to work properly over time.
  • HevelHevel Member
    I usually stick to questing because I don't find killing mobs for the sake of killing mobs to be all that engaging. Quests are there to give purpose to action and to tell a story.

    When taking quests I am usually more concerned with the material rewards rather than the experience rewards. As long as the quest reward (combination of material, reputation, and exp) is respectful of the time and effort the player puts is to completing the quest, everything should be fine. I don't want to deliver lunch to the gate guard and jump half a level, and I don't want to trek half way across the world for two shilling and a headpat.

    I think it would be better if grinding is slightly faster than questing, maybe 10%-15%. This can help offset the likelihood that the grinder will be an easy target for gankers since they are staying in the same area for long periods of time and will frequently be at low health. Though, I would recommend that the mobs with the highest exp/time to kill ratio not be quest mobs. This will help prevent questers and grinder from getting in each other's ways, especially in the first couple of weeks when the entire player base is in the early areas.
  • BaSkA13BaSkA13 Member
    edited October 2
    Vaknar wrote: »
    Bonus Dev Discussion - Level Progression
    Do you like to see a larger variance in progression speed between different leveling activities (ex. questing, grinding mobs), or do you prefer a more homogenized progression across different leveling activities?

    The more ways to level up, the better. It adds more content to the game and pleases more people than not.

    Regarding speed, I think that questing should be more efficient exp/h most of the time, on the other hand mob grinding should give better gold/h. It would be cool if hidden/secret quests could have some unusual rewards, incentivizing people to find them. There could also be a mix of quick quests with consistent exp rewards and also long chain quests with very big exp rewards only at the end. I would also like to see decent exp drops for discovering new areas on your map. Other than that, maybe running dungeons and grinding bosses/elites could also be a slow but viable training method.

    So yeah, I don't see a problem with some speed variance in leveling, as long as there are always pros and cons to your choices.
    Vaknar wrote: »
    How do you feel about progression speed generally?

    This is a difficult question because it depends on what's locked by level progression. Generally speaking, it would be nice if all primary archetypes were fun and useful in combat early on, unlocking important skills (not necessarily the best/main skills of that class) in less than 2 hours of playtime, whatever that translates to level progression. So, for example, if you generally need 2 hours to reach level 10, it would be nice if every archetype felt good to be played by then.

    I once watched a video that said something along the lines of "if you need to invest 100 hours to have fun in an MMORPG, people who only have 10 hours a week to play will not wait 10 weeks to start having fun", and it's the absolute truth. The sooner you have fun and understands how that primary archetype feels like, the better.

    After the initial hours of the leveling phase, when the real grind begins, if progression revolves around gear and skill unlocks, for example every 10 levels a new gear set and every 5 levels a new skill, I think that's a good indication of how progression speed should work. If the level cap will be generally reached within 270 hours, Intrepid needs to think about how many hours will be needed for players to unlock their next advancement, without breaking the 270 hours "cap". In any case, I enjoy games where the exp needed x level function is quasi-exponential, as in it's faster to get from level 1 to 40 than 40 to 50, like in OSRS where level 92 is halfway to level 99, I like that.
  • I feel that group content should be the most efficient way to level. Having positive conditioning for interacting with other players from the onset could be a fantastic way to grow a more outgoing community. As players will naturally gravitate the "optimal" way the play the game, having the optimal choice involve social interaction would bring people together.

    Granted, leveling by yourself should be acceptable. Sometimes you're just not feeling it or don't have much time to play. But, I feel that it would benefit the game if social interaction was encouraged, especially early on.

    Alas, I'm not exactly sure what format this would take. Maybe there are tough high level mobs that drop loads of exp but need multiple people to take down. Or maybe crafters, in the same party, earn bonus when taking their raw resources all the way to finished goods.

    However it's done, I feel player interaction being emphasized at every stage of a player's journey would make the world feel more alive then everyone playing solo till they hit cap.
  • Lets not forget the core foundation if an MMO when we think about leveling. Even with leveling there should be a slight incentive to play with your friends. No matter the game setting (pvp, dungeons, questing, raiding etc.) there should be a slight experience/time ratio incentive bonus when you play with friends. One of the main aspects that have shot previous MMOs to the top of the charts was the ability for people to play and engage with friends and also possibly make new ones. If I’m part of a group of dear discord friends, but I'm lower level than them, then I would like to enlist their help and have them help me level through that slight (and I mean slight bonus) bonus of experience. Experience gained over time (of course in my opinion) should be on a exponential curve. Lower levels should require less time to commit to than higher levels. Higher levels should take more time to complete. An example of this would be levels 1-15 should take anywhere from 10-45 minutes of continuous play to complete. L15-30 should take 30-90 minutes. L30-45 should take 90-150 minutes. Now depending on the level cap, I think normal progression leveling should take 2.5 weeks from character creation and a average of 6 hour commitment to the game daily, to max level. The intent there should be a sense of sentimental value to a character through time spent with that character because the ultimate goals is to have a sense of attachment with your character. To sum, I think a homogeneous leveling experience is preferential with the caveat of small bonuses for group play to encourage friendship and community. Every aspect of the game should have a tie back to the core values of the MMO trying to be created. Thanks all!

    - Nuttie
  • Hayhaka SapaHayhaka Sapa Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
    My favorite system simply had no defined classes and overall levels. Fight with a sword and you get experience with a sword. Heal someone with a wand (including yourself) and you get experience with a healing wand. Gather rocks with a pickaxe and you get experience in pickaxe. Craft a wooden bowl and get experience in woodworking. Selling an item gives you trading experience. Etc. All activities give experience and nobody will ever be a master of all activities even among fighting methods.

    That system allows you to be whatever kind of character you like. You open up new abilities on various trees with experience. Say for healing you get level 1 spells this time or perhaps bandage making ability opened up? You can specialize as a fire mage or an ice mage and become top level someday at one but not both as you are limited to say no more than 5 skills types past level 10 in the tree and 3 past level 19 in the tree, 2 past level 29 in the tree and 1 past level 39 in the tree. You can do everything up to level 10 in every tree. So, as you progress you can work hard on one thing while doing many other things. You can become a journeyman at many things, an apprentice at a few, a master at a couple and truly elite at only one. There is no end game. There are things you will never be able to do alone without levelling some weapon past a certain point. You can never gather or craft a thing past early stages and kill very little past certain stages if killing isn't your thing.

    As for quests. In the beginning to help you get an idea of things you get some quests that introduce you to different weapons, to making basic items and potions, to hunting, cooking leatherworking, metalcrafting, etc. Do at least one basic thing in every weapon class, crafting class, gathering class, healing, etc. That is in a large learning zone. Once you are as ready as you want to be then leave the area never to return again and join that whole world of adventure waiting out there for you and do whatever it is you choose to do. Have quests around and dungeons etc. for a variety of things to do but you still level skills and not an overall rating. Do dungeons non-stop if that turns you on. Fish and fish and fish if that is what you like. Or, do some of everything. Get some titles to choose from including something like "Elite ___" for what you skills you get to level 30 and "Elite" for what you get to level 40 and Supreme Leatherworker or Swordsman, or whatever for reaching max level. Something catchy that shows who has truly mastered whatever. There isn't going to be even 10% of top level that are top level at the same thing. Top level fighting classes will be wanted for different things and top level people of any class will know they can only get the best gear, potions, tools, etc. from the appropriate people. Most will become very good at a few things and good at a lot of things. Very few will be the great ones in any skill and truly valued for that specialty. Different skills can have different quests to give story and reward with items for that skill. In order to do those you will need to use that skill and thus gain experience in it.

    It takes a long time to become elite. If you want alts then after completing the initial learning area you can go through that as fast as you like on more characters.
  • SkuldSkuld Member
    Considered that I grew up with with a full Grinder MMO, I'm not a fan of being forced to waste my time with Questing. Quests CAN be interesting if they are made for storytelling purpose and not leveling purpose.

    I like having a choice (I'd say "SURPRISE" but you really don't have that in MMOs nowadays).
    If a quest is gonna give me 1000000000000exp and a ledendary item (because you usually get the good stuff from questing and not from mobs), and killing mobs only gives me 100exp per mob, then you already took that choice away from people.
    I think every content that can be used to level up, should obviously be worth it and not force me into "choosing" one.

    I love slow level progression because I love leveling but I also understand that people (myself included) don't have the time for such a slow progress especially in a game where there's so much to do.

    Coming from Ragnarok Online, Leveling was practically your main content to a certain point and there was not that much else to do except for endgame content. What made the slow level progression not as tedious was the way leveling up FELT. Every class had a fairly big skilltree and you felt every single skillpoint you put into a skill which made you really look forward to every level.

    I think with how Ashes is designed, the time it takes to hit max level is fine as it is. As long as you have enough things to do in endgame.
  • How is level progression compared with artisan skills. If i love to craft or gather, am i locked behind an adventurers level, for being able to craft certain items or even equip certain tools?
  • BaSkA13BaSkA13 Member
    edited October 4
    Kesthely wrote: »
    How is level progression compared with artisan skills. If i love to craft or gather, am i locked behind an adventurers level, for being able to craft certain items or even equip certain tools?

    I once asked a content creator this question, giving as an example runescape characters known as "skillers": people with level 1 combat stats but high non-combat skill levels (crafting, woodcutting, fishing, etc). This content creator told me you will not be able to be a skiller in Ashes, you'll have to level up your "combat level" to be able to progress further down certain artisan trees.

    I cannot confirm if this is true, I'm just letting you know what I know since I was also curious. I guess it's a way to combat bots, I don't know.
  • ValentineValentine Member, Pioneer
    I think progression in mmos needs to be redone from the ground up, the idea of strict linear progression seems archaic. I don't know what would replace it though. Would be nice to have trade quests attached to the caravan system in any case, maybe contributing to a profession level?
  • DraksDraks Member
    Here's my take,

    The majority of players would like to see a balanced, or perhaps homogenized leveling experience in which there isn’t a ‘best’ way or a way that can be exploited.

    If the overall experience gain from any activities are about the same, I feel like players will just do what they enjoy the most in the game, how they feel like playing on that evening etc., which bring me to the next point;

    Quite a few players would like to level via their preference. Specifically, many players would like to efficiently level via questing, gathering, exploring, grinding, PvP, or crafting.

    If there's only one way to efficiently level up, I think alot of player will use this method, instead of what they prefer doing.

    Many players are ok with the leveling experience taking a considerable amount of time - sharing the sentiment that ‘the journey comes before the destination.’

    I think this is one of the best moment of a new MMORPG. Getting to learn, explore the game as you level up. As long as we can make use of the many system the game as to offer (Nodes, Pvp, Dungeons, etc) while leveling, it wont feel like a chore.

    Some players shared their desire for questing, especially main story quests, to be impactful and meaningful with experience, while side quests encourage exploration or yield unique rewards.

    I love following Main story quest, mostly when they get you to learn the game in general and the lore. For Side Quest, I think that some solo quest and mini chain are fun to do, they can be used to explore a bit more of the world and also give a mean to the player that love questing for leveling.

    There are some who would enjoy the main form of leveling to be grouping with players and grinding mobs or completing group-based PvE content.

    For me, Group-based content is fun, unless is it to mindlessly grind mobs. Grinding mobs in group should not be the best leveling option, but a decent one. Player that like that method of leveling should be able to do so, without it being either the best or the worst.
  • Vaknar wrote: »
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    While many people shared many wonderful ideas, I found this one to be equally disturbing and thought provoking:
    Sargarius wrote: »
    A quest should be like they were in everquest, Long and epic and rewarding.

    Collecting kobold foreskins for food and water is not a quest.

    I just read through your post, and then Sargaruis's quote …. The Shawl trade skill epic quest was and still is the best quest I have seen. The idea that you build and improve an item over your characters growth through the game was and is amazing.

    Hissy
  • Homogenous levelling… yawn. Risk vs reward and skin in the game..shibby.

    I would rather be able to choose between something that has either higher risk and higher reward, say on my weekends. Or choose the lower risk route with modest returns, say during my work week.

    Absolutely understand why people would wish for homogenised levelling because it minimises inequality or min/maxing.


    Generally in most games, levelling or progression seems to have the least amount of thought placed on it. At least from my own end user perspective, it’s arguably one of the most important parts of an MMO. And It’s good to see some thought inspiring comments in this thread.

    I absolutely love the idea of progressing a node. Or having a rare chance of owning a flying mount. I also believe there is a place for boring progression (work).

    Toon 1 “How’d you get that sweet looking flying mount?”
    Toon 2 “I had to collect 1000 goblin foreskins”
    Toon 1 “Sounds… terrifying”

  • truenoirtruenoir Member, Braver of Worlds, Alpha One
    Well speed is mostly relative to how much content is there at end game and how quickly you guys plan to put out updates to keep the player base engaged from a keeping community entertained basis.

    Ashes is different in regards to the Node system but even still you need to be able to pump out content for PVE players as well keeping them actively searching for the next big boss and content release.

    If it takes 4 weeks for the average player to burn through the game to max level and it takes around a month to fully transition a NODE to max and acquire most of the content then you have to have a next update ready in that amount of time.

    On the other hand if say it takes the average player a month just to get to max level and a month to upgrade a node fully and another month to acquire most of the things for the content. That gives you guys 3 months to start working on some kind of content release that is gonna push players towards the next great thing. I ran a game server for 13 years. What I find is you want content to take longer for players to burn through so it gives you more time as a development company to create new content and then have it tested and ready for release .
    Quest wise if you want to be memorable and not just be a copy of any game that ever existed add things that haven't been done before quests that have good storylines or quests that have puzzles and mini games. If you really don't care about that then just make every quest "go pick 10 flowers" or "go kill 10 x monster" like every game has ever done.

    Quests that offer some kind of lore similar to world of warcraft are always a good option throwing in those cut scene's and getting the player immersed in the world is a great way to do a quest.

    Borrowing from older RPG games such as quests which have secrets that are unlocked such as puzzle type ones are always a good option. One quest I've done before in a game was they had to explore the area and find parts to a puzzle written on stone pillars and then had to put the codes correctly the right way in stone hedge pillar in order to spawn a boss that dropped unique items and to get the quest completed to get a set of ice dragon wings after fighting a ice dragon. The dungeon area was also filled with difficult monsters so they couldn't just walk through and gather anything. And it was more or less optional as a side quest they didn't have to do it but it was there as an option. It was also a side story they found a letter left behind by an explorer telling them to check out a fountain and the quest would pull people into the fountain to a secret dungeon.

    Mini-games are another great method of providing something fun for games to keep players entertained. There's many examples of this via old RPG's such as:

    ff7 chocobo racing
    Blitzball - Final Fantasy X
    Cooking Contest - Suikoden II
    Resident evil- escape rooms
    Mortal Kombat- Armageddon
    Warframe- Fishing mini game spear fishing
    Twilight Princess- Fishing
    zelda majora's mask- Gorgon race

    I could go on and on about minigames that are fun in different games. Even adding like a card game system in game where people can kill monsters collect cards then use them to battle each other is a great option. Or having a casino type system that uses the game's currency to win rewards or more money. Or just little quest mini games honestly I always enjoyed making those types of systems when I'd be doing my quest writing. I had a NPC that would play rock paper scissors and was a gambling based system players would pay a large fee and be able to have a chance to win cosmetics in game based on winning 5 games in a row at rock paper scissors if they lost 3 games in a row the NPC had a chance to shoot them and make them die losing experience. If they had some other combination of like 1 win / 2 wins /3 wins or /4 wins it would give them other prizes that where considered somewhat lesser maybe other cosmetics or weapons and items. The other mini game I created was a mining based one a NPC would request people go mining in specific area and they had to play a mini game based on searching for a spot that contained something rare. they would get points and rewards based on what they brought back to the NPC and awarded accordingly.

    Lastly made NPC's using a system called defpattern
    http://www.weitz.de/regex-coach/
    https://www.regular-expressions.info/tutorial.html
    Which had some pretty unique functions which could be used in questing. Was able to create a system that NPC's could listen to what a player was saying and execute functions accordingly. I used this type of system with a NPC listening channel the player could type privately to the NPC and hold a conversation and the NPC would talk directly to the player which would avoid spamming text windows. Used it in some puzzles quests which had to do with asking the right question and gathering more information from the NPC in order to get ranked quest completion based on how well you did asking the right questions. Though never run into that type of use in any games so couldn't really tell if it places stress on the server when used on player populations over 5,000. I know 5,000 and under it didn't add any noticeable stress on the server though also talking about a game that was built in 2000. But one of the most funny uses of this type of skill was creating a NPC which looked completely liked another player and using a x y z movement pattern so the NPC would walk around town and was actually talking out loud. So many players would follow her around asking hey are you new? did you just join the game? and with a really detailed programmed AI she could respond it took them awhile to run through all of the things she said till they would get her quest but added a lot of mystery. People would tell me the friend system was broke cause they tried to add her to friends and it didn't work. And id have to tell people she's only a NPC and they thought I was trolling them o.o'

    Programming and what we could come up with has changed over the years especially AI systems so I'm sure even more amazing things could be created now. Its just a matter of someone using creative mind to come up with stories and quests that others find interesting. I always used to get so excited coming up with quests I thought player base would find fun. Cause not every player likes a I win button some still like to use brain and enjoy fun questing.


  • NerrorNerror Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
    edited October 10
    If Ashes can do away with all the stand-alone kill and fetch/courier quests I would very much appreciate it. I think questing for XP as one of the primary sources of XP is good, but it should not come from those small "oh no, rats infested my basement, please kill 10 of them" quests. Meaningful and lore based quest-lines is where it's at. It's fine to add some kill quests in those quest-lines as part of the story and plot though. They can be a good tool to direct players to new areas and to fight monsters they might not encounter otherwise.

    Grinding mobs as an option to levelling is fine. I never want to see it being a requirement for levelling, nor much faster than any other primary method.

    All the artisan activities should give some adventurer XP as well I think, but it's fine if it's significantly slower than questing or grinding mobs.
  • Nerror wrote: »
    If Ashes can do away with all the stand-alone kill and fetch/courier quests I would very much appreciate it. I think questing for XP as one of the primary sources of XP is good, but it should not come from those small "oh no, rats infested my basement, please kill 10 of them" quests. Meaningful and lore based quest-lines is where it's at. It's fine to add some kill quests in those quest-lines as part of the story and plot though. They can be a good tool to direct players to new areas and to fight monsters they might not encounter otherwise.

    Grinding mobs as an option to levelling is fine. I never want to see it being a requirement for levelling, nor much faster than any other primary method.

    All the artisan activities should give some adventurer XP as well I think, but it's fine if it's significantly slower than questing or grinding mobs.

    Yours truly did enjoy seeing LazyPeon's video about the Alpha 1 - in part because it confirmed that there will be some "exploration" quests; He had to visit 10 waypoints across a Node to complete the quest he was on.

    Haha - and a mix of combat/looting/crafting is pretty welcome. I have no objection about running around and collecting 50 kobold foreskins - so long as it's for a quest to learn how to make a really unique(I didn't say 'cool') cloak....



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