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Things I think the team should keep in mind for the new booster

Discussion in 'UHall' started by GalenKnighthawke, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. GalenKnighthawke

    GalenKnighthawke Grand Poobah
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    (And if your response to the subject line was "who cares what Galen thinks," then why on Earth are reading my posts at all?)

    1. Among the most-interested players in the booster will be RolePlayers. It will help us immeasurably if sea-based PvP combat using the guild war system is allowed in Trammel. (Orange to orange ship combat.) The Town Hall indicated that this may not happen. It will be regrettable if it doesn't.

    Furthermore, does not having orange to orange ship combat in Trammel means you won't have it for Factions either? (Orange to orange combat in Felucca.)

    If it isn't practical, it isn't practical. But please at least try.


    2. As most know, I argue that everything (or at least nearly everything) in the game should have a fictional explanation and purpose, or at least the hint of one (or at least to every practical extent). The fictional/RP place of sea travel in UO has always been a bit ambiguous; why use ships when you can use moongates and recalls and veritable armies of pack horses?

    Broadly speaking, you can find a fictional explanation for the sudden interest in sea travel or you could leave it blank and let those who care on each shard approach it how they wish.

    If you have an explanation, there's two broad categories of possible explanation. One approach might consist of something like: "while sea travel has always occurred, a sudden and unexplained moongate incident suddenly made sea trade more profitable than it was. The old-timers were the only ones not surprised." Another approach might be something like: "this stuff was always there, moongates were always impractical for large-scale trade, it's just that the most characters didn't care until now. Talk to your local FCB or other sea-faring organization."

    All approaches have their disadvantages and advantages. Offhand I consider the choice to be a neutral one and have no suggestion, save this: Whichever approach you take stick to it.


    3. A couple of things in the booster, though, should definitely have fictional explanations, if only vague ones. The new monsters; the new ghost pirates; the new island; the new floating city thingie.


    4. Don't forget about Buc's Den.


    5. You have proven that you can integrate new stuff into the loyalty system. (Bane, Meer, Ophidian.) It would be a shame to not have a Queen Dawn's Navy versus Pirate loyalty rating (or something like that). Maybe PC pirates would face the possibility (not the certainty but the possibility) of attacks by, say, Navy Agents encountered in towns. Or PC pirate hunters would face the possibility (not the certainty but the possibility) of attacks by pirates in, say, Buc's Den.


    I reckon that's it from me for now. It looks like fun so far; good luck with it, both for your sakes and for ours.

    -Galen's player
     
  2. Hurley

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    I like your ideas.

    3. I like the idea of things having a back story and some sort of grounding in the actual game, otherwise they've only created a new house.

    4. Too bad they couldn't pick Buc's and move it away from the server lines and all the problems that come w/ them. I have a feeling that Buc's will actually become populated again.
     
  3. cdavbar

    cdavbar Lore Master
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    Heres the backstory:

    We here at EA/Mythic are finally updating the game with content that should of been included in an expansion years ago. But by withholding it until now we can charge you for it, whilst experiencing many bugs.

    We appreciate your longtime loyalty to Ultima Online!

    See you in Britannia!




    Not trying to be a troll but just voicing the thoughts I GUARANTEE MANY people are thinking at this very moment about this booster.

    Will i buy it though? 98% says yes. I love to fish and think the revamp is needed but there is no big story needed to make a new ship or creatures for the sea.
     
  4. TheBlackCobra

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    I agree that this doesn't really need a backstory, as it's an update to an existing system (albeit a massive overhaul at every level). However, while this SHOULD have been done years ago, it's not fair to say the current dev team have been "withholding" something that (if my flawed and often inaccurate memory actually serves me right on) at least two previous dev teams have tackled and failed. It's not like someone at the old offices found a dusty floppy disk stuck between two planks with "the fix to the ship code" and mailed it on to the current studios, after all.

    ..or is it?!
    *tinfoilhat on*
     
  5. GalenKnighthawke

    GalenKnighthawke Grand Poobah
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    Not likely.

    cdavbar or whatever his name is is merely trolling, as he, and the mods, God-damn well know.

    -Galen's player
     
  6. Merion

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    All that priate stuff offer so many possibilities to include Bucaneers Den, I hope they will use the old pirate town in some way.

    Even though I'm pretty exiced about the booster, I'm a bit disappointed that they choose to make that harbour a floating dock city instead of including it into an existing city. We have so many empty cities with docks in UO, no need to spread the playerbase even farther. Would have been great if they used that chance to get a bit of attention to one of the old towns.