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Ask Your Producers: September 2016

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  • MakariosMakarios Posts: 1,575Administrator Achaean staff
    Jurixe said:
    What sort of advice would you give to players who are trying to create their own additions to the game's lore and/or carve out their own niche? (past examples include POM, Revolutionaries, things that didn't exist before) What, in your opinion, is likely to be the primary reasons for their failure/success?

    How would the Garden choose which sorts of player-driven plotlines to support, and which to ignore?

    Is there any chance of getting more love in regards to drinks (drink creation or at least just the ability to pour a bottle into a glass?

    How do you choose what's more important to work on first (combat vs rp things)?

    What sort of advice would you give for people who want to run events but have never done it before? How much help can the Garden give players in events?

    Is there any chance future promotions might be housing-related? There are just soooooo many minipets that it's getting ridiculous. Admittedly I know they might not be as popular.

    Sorry if it's a lot of questions, I'm just throwing out a few that I think would be interesting to hear from you guys on!


    1. Stick at it, and be consistent. Not everyone is going to like what you're doing, so you'll probably face a lot of opposition initially (or forever, even).

    2. Too many factors there really. Quality of content, if we currently have need for something that said player created lore could help with, whether we think said lore is long-term sustainable, cohesiveness with the rest of the game world, etc.

    3. There's always a chance!

    4. We don't. We just do both. Often they go hand in hand, particularly for event systems! Classleads are the only combat scheduled thing that we try not to be flexible on where possible, but as you can see we shifted them a couple of weeks earlier this month to account for (..........................).

    5. Try to plan out as much as possible, then accept that you'll probably have to throw out about 80-90% of it once players get their hands all over the proceedings. As long as you're ok with that, you'll probably do ok! For player run events, we can offer help but a lot of it comes down to content. If you want a ton of content creation we have to weigh up if its a good investment of time, like with all projects. Usually in that case the game as a whole is going to come first, unless your idea is particularly awesome (or you have a patron willing to invest the time, of course).

    6. Too early to say. We will be doing something re: minipets cleanup, though.

  • TahquilTahquil Posts: 3,746Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited September 2016
    I think just lower the thresholds, but don't scale it to online citizens. You don't want to punish a city for having low citizen numbers.

    Edit: It would also potentially promote raiding and tank blowing at times people know there are low citizen numbers. Maybe have it slightly inversely affect it? The more citizens online it is slightly easier to power the tank? Promote defending.
  • MakariosMakarios Posts: 1,575Administrator Achaean staff
    Anedhel said:
    Would it be super complicated to tie tank detonation thresholds to the current population in a given City while the kills are being recorded for feeding the tank? As in, a tank vs. a City with, say, 6 people in it, on-plane ('cuz they shouldn't count if they're on a ship or on an island or something), will blow with less kills than a tank vs. a City with 20 people in it, on-plane? Maybe there could be some time to get to the City if you're not available to defence before the threshold gets set, or something, and if the numbers change lots, it could go back to the standard? 

    It just seems like, a lot of the time, one side'll get bored before you get the kills necessary for a level 2-3, unless to start with, it's like 15-against-15. 

    The big issue there is it promotes people to either log out or just think "eh, if I log in, I'll just be hurting us when Cyrene comes raid us again".

    Big no no as far as we're concerned, we never want to give people reason to think being logged out is in any way better than being logged in.

  • MakariosMakarios Posts: 1,575Administrator Achaean staff
    Karren said:
    @Makarios @Nicola ;Are there any auction plans for a one time name change? I will choose a much more masculine name this go around.

    And doubtless rob the forum community of months of entertainment? I'm not sure we could ever do that.
    BannAhmet
  • TahquilTahquil Posts: 3,746Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    How many pairs of the fairy wings have been won from the wheel this month?
  • MakariosMakarios Posts: 1,575Administrator Achaean staff
    Tahquil said:
    How many pairs of the fairy wings have been won from the wheel this month?

    Six or so, but people keep trading them in.

  • TorrentTorrent Posts: 40Member ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Now it seems, that ultimate question has to be asked.

    Due to the popularity of Skittles will they be allowed in game?
  • XadenXaden Posts: 2,081Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Karren said:
    Puxi said:
    Karren said 20 RL days. He said he hated himself and all if you after it. I believe it. 

    Fixed that for you. You're the second person today :angry:


    It's entirely your own fault.

    Who takes the name Karren and doesn't expect to be thought of as a woman forever?!

    <3
  • TorrentTorrent Posts: 40Member ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Though in all seriousness, Is there any thoughts on new islands in seafaring  or the development on the adventurer discovery and visiting of Therophage or Azatlan in the future?
    Asmodron
  • AnedhelAnedhel Posts: 2,367Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Makarios said:
    Anedhel said:
    Would it be super complicated to tie tank detonation thresholds to the current population in a given City while the kills are being recorded for feeding the tank? As in, a tank vs. a City with, say, 6 people in it, on-plane ('cuz they shouldn't count if they're on a ship or on an island or something), will blow with less kills than a tank vs. a City with 20 people in it, on-plane? Maybe there could be some time to get to the City if you're not available to defence before the threshold gets set, or something, and if the numbers change lots, it could go back to the standard? 

    It just seems like, a lot of the time, one side'll get bored before you get the kills necessary for a level 2-3, unless to start with, it's like 15-against-15. 

    The big issue there is it promotes people to either log out or just think "eh, if I log in, I'll just be hurting us when Cyrene comes raid us again".

    Big no no as far as we're concerned, we never want to give people reason to think being logged out is in any way better than being logged in.

    I was saying the opposite, having a low population makes it easier to blow a tank, because it's fewer kills than a tank with lots and lots of people around to defend against it! (The rationale being that if you need, say, 30 kills to get an L2, as an example, and there are only 6 people around, you gotta kill each person 5 times, as opposed to, in the case of a defending City having, say, 15 people around, each person only has to get killed twice to get to the same number, so it's much tougher to get a big tank on low-population places, cuz you somehow have to get defenders to stick around for more deaths per person.) That encourages people to show up and defend their home town, I think?

    I suppose punishing Cities in off-peak hours is a side-effect, but late-night raiding's always been a thing, and Cities can still opt out of defending altogether, so I don't really see much of the concern there. 
  • AegothAegoth Posts: 2,170Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Makarios said:
    Aegoth said:
    How close was the tank Mhaldor just blew in Hashan (cuz they stopped fighting :() to getting lv 2?

    I'd not have left.
    I am immeasurably sad. % probes cannot come sooner :(
    Melodie
  • KorbenKorben Posts: 345Member
    Makarios said:
    Karren said:
    @Makarios @Nicola ;Are there any auction plans for a one time name change? I will choose a much more masculine name this go around.

    And doubtless rob the forum community of months of entertainment? I'm not sure we could ever do that.
    Not to mention the entertainment when I get killed by mistake at some point.
  • NicolaNicola Posts: 575Administrator Achaean staff
    @Quisse

    I think the choices of enjoy/resent don't factor in that this is employment for us, we judge all submissions on various factors including suitability, fit with canon, and the current workload faced by the Garden team at the time.

    I definitely do, but I can't share which/where.

    The scope of player interests make all projects much larger than you'd initially expect, so many people want so many conflicting things, or won't play if certain themes, buzzwords, motivations aren't met.

    @Ahmet I meant @Achimrst


    @Jurixe
    1. This is advice I give to all creators, be they Celani or players looking to do something new. Be very very flexible and don't fall in love with the specifics of your idea. Criticism is going to happen and you need to be able to take it on board, taking it personally creates a conflict that only stifles any possible progress. This is also the common reason for failure, someone has an idea and it has to be enacted 100% their way or they throw their hands up and give in.

    2. Depends on content of plotline and whether or not we have available hands to support it. (This is much easier when you have active Org patrons.)

    3. As Mak says, there's always a chance.

    4. We don't choose! We've always got something bubbling.

    5. See the plotlines answer above. I'll also add that sending in a fully scripted event for X and friends who will follow it to the letter is almost always going to be turned down. As players you often don't know the profiles and personalities of denizens, and much like players, our denizens like to be able to react as is appropriate for themselves. An event plan needs to be broad enough to allow (within reason) for everyone to be able to engage with, choose their reaction, and what part they'll play.

    This does make event planning very difficult as you cannot account for how things will play out, in these cases you have to at least come up with optional endings (reinforcing things as more of a choose your own adventure than a script for actors in a play.)

    6. It's not entirely not on the table.


    @Zulah
    As @Cooper said, AREAS, and even AREAS <level#> will give you this.

    @Torrent
    There are always thoughts about new islands, areas, continents, and other unmentioned fun, translating an idea into a 100+ room build is another matter entirely.

    Bann
  • NicolaNicola Posts: 575Administrator Achaean staff
    On that note, I think we're done!

    Thank you for your questions, everyone!
    KorbenBannAesgarHalos
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