First, I started this discussion to talk about Player Killing, what it means and how to make it more enjoyable Role Playing experience and less of a OOC rant.
Second, I am sorry, I find Hunting and Questing boring, the reason is, because when I was young here, I couldn't hunt or quest at all because I was constantly hunted and killed. You would probably be in shock to know that I have read about 10 actual room descriptions in my entire time playing Achaea. That's how much I had to run and survive this place. It's in my blood, so I am not used to the lazy walk around, hunt without a care attitude ok? If I go hunting, I am ALWAYS on guard, never feel safe, and constantly worried ANYONE is going to attack me at any moment, hence why being a Mark appeals to me.
Third, I am not trying to suggest that everyone finds Hunting, Gathering, Questing and Crafting boring, Just us (ME) PKers. OK? No offense to anyone that enjoys the "softer" side of Achaea, it's very fun and enjoyable. Now...
My thought is this, when I was a kid playing MUDs I had a 256 IBM boat anchor tethered to an even heavier 19" tube screen monitor (totally upgraded from those nasty 14"'s, ewww) but more importantly, I HAD A KEYBOARD.
Now, kids today, don't have keyboards or computers, they have Tablets and mePhones. So. 20 years later, I see a big push to make Achaea, not dumb and watered down, just EASIER to use on today's devices. And frankly I understand that if places like these are to survive, they have to go with the flow, stick with the times and change and morph into what the "population of earth" is doing.
I have read a few people suggest they are happy with the new curing system because they can hunt from a mobile device, THIS is something I would never do. Here is my mobile device that I play Achaea on, currently enjoying MechWarrior Online, (AWESOME!)...
My point is, not to show my system but tell you that if your 30+, you might have an entire room dedicated to PKing on Achaea? Anyone?
NO ONE is going to be able to do any sort of PvP or PKing and enjoy it on any hand held device, in my eyes, it's just not even doable. That's why the KEYBOARD is so nifty!, Now I tried Achaea without a hefty computer on the Blowtorch app on my s4....oh god. I hope the IRE mobileapp is better.
Anyways, I love the server side curing, it's the best, really is. What I would LOVE even more is server side aliases that you can add an RETURN in and run multiple commands. I have tried and can't seem to figure it out, maybe this is already a feature, but if is was, it would make mobile/tablet play even easier.
PK to me, is FUN, and I will tell you why, because I enjoy the complex details, it's like a good game of chess with the right people. But, I like a RUSH with it, and the Arena/Raid/Duel is not it. Fun, don't get me wrong, but defiling shrines day in and out to get some PK action is, not really what we should have to do. This should be a fun side of Achaea that everyone can enjoy, just like Quests and Hunting and Role-Playing.
So I want to end this with, How can we make this more enjoyable for the rest of Achaea? I STUDY, print logs, highlight, think, tinker, try again, study the log some more, I don't Rant and complain...But I can see why some do.
Also, PK is not MASS MURDER ok? There is a difference, I understand "some people" are jerks and will kill you OVER and OVER again, been victim to it myself, and people will JUMP you, (that's what we called Ganking in groups in my day), usually happens when One PKer is outstanding and the other side needs 3-4 people to even get them pinned down. I frown on this type of behavior.
So PKing is just the natural use of all those skills that don't actually involve crafting and hunting. No skills are need to Role-Play here, but when I look at my list of serpent skills they are geared to be an ambush/surprise attack, one vs. the world. All my skills are used mostly ALONE. If you don't understand, your probably not a serpent.
Anyways, I am going to wrap this up, and add more thoughts later, I want to talk about PKing and don't want to offend people by injecting my thoughts all over the place. So. Here it is, the PKing - Improvements Discussion!
Edit: Arg, I always find that ONE typo! Ruins my whole day...