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On the Virtues of Gold Sinks

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Megilhir, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Megilhir

    Megilhir Guest

    Aside from never really bothering with the Virtues due to my perception of their difficulty in gaining and maintaining I have an idea that might be the BomB or simply SuXxZorzz.

    First: Stop or severely reduce Virtue decay.

    Logic: A virtue does not decay if not used, it decays if a counter-virtue act occurs. Kind of simplistic but not so much if you apply critical thought to the process.

    Second: Make Virtues buyable by amounts.

    Seriously, why not? Think of it in the manner of Reputation Management campaigns that you are exposed to daily. One current example is BP and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. With all the commercials and marginally lowered prices BP is attempting to buy their way back to a place of, if not of Virtue, at least uncriminalness (yes, that is a made up word – why not? You know what it means and language is about communication…)

    So why not? A character can go buy up a virtue, the value of which decays slowly over time. If the Virtue in question is gained through game play mechanics it decays at an EXTREMELY minor rate. Something like 10% over a year if not used.

    Another way to think of it is via the current free-to-play business model being embraced by leading on-line game systems. You can adventure for the ultimate Sword of Kill All or buy it from the On-Line Store. In this instance it is an easy way to get rid of the Billions of extra gold many players profess to have. (I don’t have billions, just millions…)

    Ask yourself this; Would I pay 1,000,000 gold to max Compassion and be willing to see it degrade 10% over a year? If the answer is yes we have a creative solution for Virtue advancement and gold reduction.

    What is your assessment or how would you modify this proposal?
  2. I just dont get why I need the virtues anyway?

    Until they fix that... why bother.

    So much in this game thats half done.
  3. Lord Frodo

    Lord Frodo Grand Poobah
    Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    May 12, 2008
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    Yes. HONOR.
  4. Trebr Drab

    Trebr Drab Guest

    Your signature:
    Taking care of new players the preTrammel way.
    Megilhir: "Wow you are really hurt. Quick, drink this potion, green is good in this game."
    Newbie: "OO oo oooo OO oOO o Oo oo"
    Megilhir: "What did you call me?"

    And your proposal:
    Ask yourself this; Would I pay 1,000,000 gold to max Compassion and be willing to see it degrade 10% over a year?

    I say nae. :D
  5. Babble

    Babble Guest

    As you pay chivalry by points and those paladins are sort of close to virtuous then I guess virtue points should be buyable too.

    Giving gold for sins is something comonly used by the church to forgive sins.
  6. Megilhir

    Megilhir Guest

    LOL...well played sir!

    I guess the Compassion is hidden, you see...,

    The player given the potion is a NEWB and as such has not experienced the nefarious portion of UO. How irresponsible would I be were I to not incculcate their awareness if I did NOT give them the potion.

    It IS an act of Compassion that I slay them.

    In that:

    - I do not take their goods.
    - They get to experience how to rezz - see new game content. :)
    - They learn that death is not conclusive.
    - They learn to research (a quick google search reveals that Green is bad.)
    - They learn to rely upon themselves and not expect a hand-out.

    On a separate point: I don't see the use of Virtues in the game really---not RL virtue ---the in-game manifestations.

    If anyone reading this wishes to post a link or submit a concise summary I would be happy to learn.