Brainstorming Roleplay Rewards

VatulVatul Member Posts: 246 Expert
edited February 25 in Common Grounds
Hi everyone,

It was suggested that we needed a forums thread to discuss any ideas on how to reward and encourage roleplay for the playerbase. Some ideas are around in other threads but I think bringing them together and having some new ones will definitely be helpful too!

This is just a thread about roleplay, and in no way an interlude or opportunity to compare combat rewards to any non-com or roleplay rewards.

Let's keep the focus solely on how we can bring the story of all of our characters together in a way that continues roleplay in a manner that serves us best.

I'll be posting links to any main posts about ideas so it's easy to follow here.
The cool night-time breeze shivers in the arid caress of the streets of the capital city, brushing the earthen taste of dust across your lips.
*
A blessed silence falls upon the city for the moment, most activity confined to the towers and the
theatre due to the snowy weather.
*
Pinprick points of light twinkle in the deep black overhead, their brightness full of a cold,
hungering malice.

Comments

  • VatulVatul Member Posts: 246 Expert
    I'll start off with my idea. This was all about some coded in RP-events that would be org focused. Plus a reputation system that wasn't based off of the deduction/gaining points for activity i.e "She is an extremely credible character."



    The cool night-time breeze shivers in the arid caress of the streets of the capital city, brushing the earthen taste of dust across your lips.
    *
    A blessed silence falls upon the city for the moment, most activity confined to the towers and the
    theatre due to the snowy weather.
    *
    Pinprick points of light twinkle in the deep black overhead, their brightness full of a cold,
    hungering malice.
  • LycidasLycidas Member Posts: 555 Master
    Gave the suggestion a read and I think it would be awesome, though definitely coding would be involved heavily. That's not a bad thing! A suggestion I've had and have also heard was something like Esteem Token™ where you are given a token on daily weave that can be awarded to another player to show you enjoyed RP'ing with them. These earned tokens could have small random/set buff attached to them, or act like a mini-currency. These buffs would try to be non-combat oriented, something like increased esteem generation (like 5%) or increased influence crit chance (lesser goop mints). Another option could be just letting them spend the tokens on Czigany coins or some other reward.
    I'm aware this could be gamed, and for example five people shower Vatul in tokens every day just because she demands it, but to me personally that's fine, as I don't really see it becoming an issue because most of the people I know that are focused about RP, won't do it. If it happens, then fine, at least they're minimal buffs that won't have a direct impact on conflict at large.
  • EaEa Member Posts: 25 Apprentice
    edited February 25
    My initial idea was something along the lines of RP Tokens for the purchase of items (objects) that a player could customize to implement further flavor.  Granted, there would need to be restrictions in place to what someone can do/customize, but it would have no impact on things such as bashing/combat.  Strictly role-play oriented.

    Also, I feel like this idea has a lot of complexity in how to discern when to award those points, and how it would be prevented that someone just sits in their manse and emotes to get free tokens.

    I like the idea of a commendation system, as well, but I don't know much about it nor how it would work on Lusternia.

    I'm not entirely sure what or how yet, but I do feel something shiny for actively role-playing would potentially help create more of it.
  • LycidasLycidas Member Posts: 555 Master
    Rancoura said:
    I can't remember if this has been mentioned before on these forums or not (by myself or others -- that memory tho), but I vaguely remember Aetolia having some kind of commendation system where players can submit a commendation of another player including details as to why, which ends up with the commended character receiving credits.

    I don't know if the admins had to review each before passing out the credits, or if it was a limited thing, but perhaps we could adapt a similar system for roleplay commendations?

    Edit: I'm envisioning this for more personal character-to-character interactions rather than large-scale events, of course.
    I like the idea, kind of meshes with the other suggestions here, and also not sure how it would be handled. Though another 'reward' of sorts that these systems could employ would be a special line on the honours, reminiscent of the Bardics and Artisinal winners. Just something cosmetic to point out that "Hey, this person RPs and people say they're good at it." kind of thing.
  • VatulVatul Member Posts: 246 Expert
    Maybe we could meld this token idea with a reputation system? Limit the amount of tokens you could give a year. And they could vary. In order to earn one you’d have to reach a certain threshold? 
    The cool night-time breeze shivers in the arid caress of the streets of the capital city, brushing the earthen taste of dust across your lips.
    *
    A blessed silence falls upon the city for the moment, most activity confined to the towers and the
    theatre due to the snowy weather.
    *
    Pinprick points of light twinkle in the deep black overhead, their brightness full of a cold,
    hungering malice.
  • LycidasLycidas Member Posts: 555 Master
    We share similar thoughts, and I adore the 'cooldown' of it, which by itself fixes the gaming of the system, at least from being casually done.
  • VatulVatul Member Posts: 246 Expert
    I wholeheartedly agree that cooldowns will be necessary for anything that’s this intricate. Maybe if our ideas are implemented we could harken back to the idea of looking into a more non-com VA branch of that skill set. 
    The cool night-time breeze shivers in the arid caress of the streets of the capital city, brushing the earthen taste of dust across your lips.
    *
    A blessed silence falls upon the city for the moment, most activity confined to the towers and the
    theatre due to the snowy weather.
    *
    Pinprick points of light twinkle in the deep black overhead, their brightness full of a cold,
    hungering malice.
  • KalaneyaKalaneya Member Posts: 305 Gifted
    link to my idea in the previous thread, which was a commendation system: https://forums.lusternia.com/discussion/comment/188902#Comment_188902

    probably highly abusable when it comes to daily credits, but food for thought.

    I'm all in for making RP more attractive to people in whatever way.
  • DevoraDevora Member Posts: 194 Capable
    This is a big ask from staff/volunteers, but here's my rp reward fantasy: divine interaction.

    People accumulate points given by other players for their cool rp and the storylines they're bringing into the city/commune/guild/world. Then, maybe once an RL month, the person who has the most points gets to work together with a divine to make a scheduled mini event happen that relates to their storyline.

    There would be one of these for each of the 6 city/communes. The nice thing about this is that even divine who are solely coding-oriented could be a huge help in making this rp happen; players could even offer scripts/guidelines for what divine-possessed NPCs might say.

    Alternately, people could propose plots once a month, like the new envoys system, and players with enough rp weight and presence in the realms could vote on the mini plot / event / storyline they want to see most. Then divine would help implement that.

    The idea here is to take part of the burden of organizing rp off of staff/volunteers and having players do the heavy lifting for coming up with rp ideas, mobilizing players, and maintaining storylines on the daily, while at the same time expanding the admin-side infrastructure for player-organized rp by actually rewarding it in a way that adds to the game and highly incentivizes people, without enabling mechanical abuses or depriving people who don't rp of rewards that matter to them.
    Arix said:
    Tzaraziko died for your spins
  • VatulVatul Member Posts: 246 Expert
    Bumping this thread! Let's see if there are anymore brainstorming ideas out here.
    The cool night-time breeze shivers in the arid caress of the streets of the capital city, brushing the earthen taste of dust across your lips.
    *
    A blessed silence falls upon the city for the moment, most activity confined to the towers and the
    theatre due to the snowy weather.
    *
    Pinprick points of light twinkle in the deep black overhead, their brightness full of a cold,
    hungering malice.
  • SazSaz Member Posts: 179 Master
    A mechanic that awards huge chunks of experience at gmt 0:00, preferably one that scales with levels and is very effective between 90-100 as well, that should work on how many roleplay recognitions that player has earned in that day. Especially people below demigod will have a motivation to spend time roleplaying instead of doing semi-afk, fully automated bashing activities. Not saying they shouldn't do the latter, but what's stopping us to have an awesome alternative for it?
     "Oh the year was 453CE, how I wish I was in Serenwilde now... aletter of marque come from the regent to the scummiest aethership I ever seen, gods damn them all...I was told we'd cruise the void for auronidion and dust, we'd fire no turrets, shed no tears.. now I'm a broken man on a Hallifax tier, the last of Saz's privateers."

    -Kilian
  • DevoraDevora Member Posts: 194 Capable
    edited March 23
    @Saz Any thoughts about how to keep that from getting gamed heavily?
    Arix said:
    Tzaraziko died for your spins
  • SazSaz Member Posts: 179 Master
    edited March 23
    For a start limit amount of recognitions a person can distribute per RL day. And add diminishing returns to the recognitions points you hand out to the "same" players, with a cooldown on it of a few RL days or a RL week. So people can't boost their friends on their own, and also has to earn recognition from other players if they want the benefits of this, which might encourage them to make the world a more vibrant place. Also, if anyone's trying to hand it out to someone without stating valid reasons or in the absence of a roleplay session, I guess admins can reserve right to punish that too for trying to game it.
     "Oh the year was 453CE, how I wish I was in Serenwilde now... aletter of marque come from the regent to the scummiest aethership I ever seen, gods damn them all...I was told we'd cruise the void for auronidion and dust, we'd fire no turrets, shed no tears.. now I'm a broken man on a Hallifax tier, the last of Saz's privateers."

    -Kilian
  • DevoraDevora Member Posts: 194 Capable
    I really like the idea of diminishing returns for boosting the same PC, but I don't know how you could limit it to players rather than PCs without exposing alts. I also don't know about a system of staff/volunteer moderation. They have more than enough on their hands and figuring out whether or not an rp session in fact occurred seems pretty subjective.
    Arix said:
    Tzaraziko died for your spins
  • SazSaz Member Posts: 179 Master
    edited March 24
    I mean it in the same vein that there're warnings against afk bashing/aetherhunting, yes there are examples but how tightly are those moderated again? Just a warning will help keeping people on toes, not that admins should sit down dedicate hours to watching everyone throwing emotes at each other.

    Re: Alts, I think alts can break many things if they are being abused, not just this system. But a decent solution for that could be that you earn a recognition point, that you can later hand out, by spending x amount of time as logged in, rather than having a set number of points for every day.
     "Oh the year was 453CE, how I wish I was in Serenwilde now... aletter of marque come from the regent to the scummiest aethership I ever seen, gods damn them all...I was told we'd cruise the void for auronidion and dust, we'd fire no turrets, shed no tears.. now I'm a broken man on a Hallifax tier, the last of Saz's privateers."

    -Kilian
Sign In or Register to comment.