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Hi all,

I'm back at it again with some feedback/food for thought.
As always, i try make suggestions which would fit into the current mechanics and shouldn't be to much development effort.
A significant portion of this post is all base around getting players moving throughout the world and encouraging them to interacting with other players, something I think is sorely missing.


This post aims to provide a small amount of feedback for the current Resource Outpost System, and to suggest some new ideas, including;


2) A Potential Land Administration System, and some

3) Potential Coin Faucets and Sinks.




https://i.imgur.com/49OYiKk.jpg



1. Feedback: Resource Outpost System

I am only going to talk about outposts as if their was only one server, and wont be talking about the exploitation of the system on Epiland. I will talk about;



a) The Capture Process

b) The Destruction Process


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg

So firstly,

The Capture process


Firstly, players should not be able to horse jump into a outpost area, outside of JH, and then log in during JH and claim the outpost instantly at 1 minute till JH ends. Im not sure if this is a bug or not.

Regardless of the time of the week, a player should be teleported off a outpost claim when they log in if they do not have access to the claim.


Furthermore, for outposts to act as true players hotspots , online defenders should be prompted when someone is attempting to capture our of their outposts. Sniping Outposts

Personally, i think the IB time could be integrated to alert defenders and make it a little bit more challenging/fun to capture a outpost. It should pop up at the top of any online defenders screen.

https://i.imgur.com/Ubd9WEc.png

Not sure how you would handle 13 different outposts being captured at one time under this system, maybe just have a it push down or have a toggle system switching between the timers. Just an Idea.


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg


The Destruction Process

I personally think that a outpost should become immune to damage for at least 1 or 2 weeks.

I.e. cannot take siege damage and the "Destroy" button should be disabled. This would give the original owners a chance to recapture a outpost.

The point of implementing outposts were to encourage hotspots of PvP activity.

The current system of ninja capture and delete is counterproductive to the original concept.




https://i.imgur.com/49OYiKk.jpg




2) A Potential Land Administration System

I think there is a real opportunity to use the outpost mechanic to control land in a way that the guild claims cannot.

The kingdom and vassal system is great for permissions and rights, but its not very good when it comes to land administration and control. And I think implementing a land administration system could really create a lot more endgame.


So, whats the idea?


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg



Introduce Military Fort (Outpost)


And what would a Military Fort be?

It could be a pre-made fort structure or it could just be a blank claim, smaller than a regular town claim but slightly bigger than a outpost claim that guilds can built fortifications on. I don't think castle walls should be allowed, maybe a castle tower or two.

Every Judgement hour these Military Fort could be assaulted and captured by holding them for 30 minutes.


https://i.imgur.com/9ppwOdH.png


https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg


And what kind of area would these military forts cover?


The area of "influence" would be much larger than a T4 guild, and cover many guilds, ranging from T4 to T1.
These land zones would only be visible through a toogle option in the Map. (they would hopefully be displayed a bit better than my paint skills..)

Something along the lines of;

a) a radius of 750 tiles, or

https://i.imgur.com/lpjzAJP.png

On second throughts, 1000 radius with 750 between would allow for minimum gaps.

b) nine outposts per server, or

https://i.imgur.com/y8GaY6B.png

c) one outpost per server.

https://i.imgur.com/uEO1dMi.png

They need to be large so to cover many guilds. My personal favourite is either 750-1000 Radius or 1 per server. I think 9 is too many and 1 is too few. needs to be 2-5 per server in my opinion.


https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg


And what would they do?


They would generate a land income depending on the number of guilds and the tiers of guilds inside the area of "influence". Tier 4 guilds would generate more land income than T1 guilds.

**THIS LAND INCOME WOULD COME FROM THE CROWN AS A NEW COIN INPUT, NOT FROM PLAYERS**

This income could be something like 25-100% of the total claim maintenance. This depends on other coin Faucets and Sinks which I will discuss later.

The guild who controlled the military fort would be able to set;

a) Land tax rates - what percentage of land income taxed from the guild (effectively how much coin is returned to each individual guilds).
b) Commission of trade sales, and
c) Resource Outpost Production tax.

https://i.imgur.com/fQ6dtch.png

The Land Income would vary between Forts as the total income would depend on the number and tiers of the guilds inside the influence zone. Some fort might govern many guilds and have a total land income of 20 gold coins per day while another might only govern a few and have an land income of 1 gold coin per day.

Land Income would need to be balanced by the developers to insure than inflation does not run away. You would have to change how the current coin faucets and sinks operate. But ultimately, you would want to reduce the coin slightly gained from "Sell to the crown", "Arena Victory" or "Native Loot" so that the coin gained from land administration was Significant and worth fighting for.


https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg


And what would this mean?


For the current Kingdom/Vassal setup, not much.

Loyal vassals would have very low land taxes, trade commission and resource outpost taxes. Well you would expect that.

https://i.imgur.com/EJLoH57.png

But say you want an advantage over a long term enemy, you could attempt to capture the military fort that covers their guild or guilds. If you succeed, you could impose harsh sanctions, 100% of the land income for enemy guilds, 20% commission on all trade and 50% of their Regional Outpost Production.

https://i.imgur.com/Bexp2bA.png


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg


Scenario

Two Small Kingdoms. Red vs Blue.

https://i.imgur.com/ENbbq4Z.png

Blue decides to invade the Red territory and captures one of the Red Military Forts.

https://i.imgur.com/Fhbbtas.png

The Blue team could impose harsh taxes on all guilds and outposts.

OR

They could single out your enemy, only imposing harsh restrictions on them and try to win over there neighbours by giving them better terms than their original liege-lord.

https://i.imgur.com/o8WxsXY.png

Maybe even one day down the track, and if the terms are lowered, some or all of these guilds might fight for there new liege-lord.

No kingdom will ever be able to hold control for very long if they do not provide the guilds inside their lands with fair terms.


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg


The Capture process

Again, I think there should be a IB timer for capturing a Military Fort. The current administrators of the Military Fort should be prompted.

By default, you should have to assault, and hold for 30 minutes.

https://i.imgur.com/ooeTcTZ.png

I know this is a long time, but it leads into another concept of daily. "Skirmishes".


Skirmishes

https://i.imgur.com/0Z4nR2X.jpg

To encourage more sandbox PvP, you could implement skirmish mechanics. By this, i mean create incentives for players to conduct skirmishes into enemy lands.

Successful skirmishes would reduce the time taken to capture a Military Fort during the weekend Judgement Hours.

The first incentive: Every time you kill an enemy in their lands, you take 10 seconds off the capture time up to a maximum of 5 minutes. Down to 25 minutes to capture.

https://i.imgur.com/ljVAtub.png

Obviously, every time an enemy kills you or someone else from your guild, 10 seconds is added back onto the capture time required. Thus, you would need to have killed more enemies than they have killed you in order to reduce the capture time.

The second incentive: Add daily "mini" judgement hours.

During these mini judgement hours, you would be able to assault and "capture/damage" military forts. It would take 5 minutes to "damage" the fort. Each time you damage a fort, you take 2 minutes off the capture time up to a maximum of 10 minutes (Monday-Friday). Mini-Judgement Hours would only apply to military outposts, all other types of claims would remain unaffected.

By utilising both forms of skirmishes, you could reduce the capture time to half, at 15 minutes. 15 minutes is a lot easier to hold than 30 minutes.

https://i.imgur.com/GVIlAxc.png

These are just some ideas i just quickly thought up but you could include other things like;
- Poaching - Killing wild animals in enemy lands.
- Stealing/Plundering - Acquiring enemy horse-carts/horses?
- Burning - off claim crops maybe?

https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg


The Destruction Process


Like resource outposts, I personally think Forts should not be able to be deleted instantly after capture. I don't think there would be any reason to just delete a fort if you can gain significant coin from the taxes of the land.

You should be able to delete/move the location of the fort to somewhere you may think is better (i.e. a hilltop or off the coast). Or maybe you want to move it slightly to cover a guild that is 2 tiles outside of the influence area for tax reasons.

But depending on who it is setup, pre-made fort vs player made forts out of fortifications/terraforming, players should be able to re-fortify or change the defences to what they think might work better.

Likely the same rules should apply which apply to the resource outposts suggested above. I.e. you can delete/move the Fort CLAIM (just the monument sword itself) for 2-4 weeks for continuous ownership can you delete and quickly erect a in a new location. With the exception that you can remove/destroy the fortifications/terraforming before this time.


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg


Benefits from Land Administration


I thought another incentive to controlling land could be titles.
https://i.imgur.com/BelCxTS.jpg
Guild Leaders of guilds who controlled forts would have the title of Liege Lord or Liege Lady.

The top five guilds that controlled the most forts, would have the title of King or Queen for there guild leader.

The guild who controls the most forts would have the title of High King or High Queen.

You could even go as to provide small benefits to the lands of the top five guilds. Such as;
- Increased produce of Resource Outposts say 10%
- Increased action times such as faster farming actions, faster digging/mining, faster road building, faster Terraforming. Etc etc. slightly faster actions.
- You could even have things to boost trade in their region like slightly faster horse-cart speed (say 125-150%) for friendly guilds in the lands they control.

High King could have the same but just higher percentages.

Although it would not want the buffs to be too much, which could result in a snowball effect where the rich get richer and eventually it would be impossible to dethrone. But TBH, i dont think this would happen in LiF as manpower/skill/knowledge is often more valuable than gold.

There are many possible slight benefits you could come up with to make Land Administration a core part of the game.


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg



Summary


Why bother?

When a lot of people look at the map, they see all the claims, but overall it doesn't really mean anything. No one guild seems to have complete control of one area. Sure, some areas have lots of guilds with blue heraldry and some area have more yellow heraldry.

With the land management system above, you would be able to see visually the current extent of all kingdoms.

Plus it creates more sandbox politics. Vassals would actually function more like vassals. If they don't provide men for battle when asked, you increase there taxes. If you think your Liege-lord is not offering you fair terms, side with some who promises better terms.

You would not have to completely destroy peoples bases to have some control/influence over the guild. The fort/skirmish system could really open up the world for more small scale sandbox PvP.

Instead of Red v Blue, it could be many guilds fighting for the one of the five Crowns.




https://i.imgur.com/49OYiKk.jpg




3) Potential Coin Faucets and Sinks.


If you implemented the above system, where you are effectively flooding the economy with coin equivalent to the only major coin sink we have currently; monument maintenance. This would cause hyperinflation.

You might as well add a few more coin sinks while your at it and ill mention some possible ideas later on.


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg


Potential Coin Faucets

Including:
- Land Administration
- Skirmish Winnings
- Arena Winnings
- Sale to the Crown
- Native Loot


We know about Sale to the crown and Arena Winnings, but what could the others be?

https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg

Land Administration

As discussed in the previous section, land administration could be a big coin faucet into the game. 25-50% of claim maintenance would probably be an rough estimate but this should probably be balanced to counter inflation/deflation by the developers. Trade commission is not really a faucet as the money is coming from players.

https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg

Skirmish Winnings


I think it would be cool if, when undertaken in skirmishes mentioned above, that when you kill an enemy in their lands, you receive 1/100th of there weekly allocated land income (pre-tax). This would equate to a couple of silver per kill that would appear in your inventory.


This could further incentive skirmishes and sandbox PvP, which would be a great thing in my opnion.
Obviously, as this coin would be added into your inventory, if you died you would lose any coin you may have gained.

https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg

Native Loot


The developers have suggested that they want to implement the Natives soon, and that they will drop loot. Not much is known if they will drop items or coin, or whether or not you can sell the loot to the crown (coin faucet/item sink) or whether they will only be valuable to players.

https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg

Balance


You would want to make sure that you balance the coin faucets (inputs) in a way that you think would provide the most benefit/enjoyment to gameplay.

Each different type of coin faucet results from a different style of gameplay.

Players who want to PvP can do Skirmishes or the Arena.
Players who want to PvE can Sell to the Crown or kill Natives.
Players who want to play politics can attempt to make money out of it through Land Administration.
Players that want to do all of the above can.
Players that want to trade can make money by buying and selling from people that don't want to travel.
etc etc

However, this will only occur if there is balance. I cant imagine that many people enjoy making coin by Selling to the Crown. It is quite boring and time consuming (with current active playerbase)

You would want to incentive "fun" coin faucets such as;

- Land Administration = 40%
- Arena Winnings = 20%
- Native Loot = 20%
- Skirmishes = 10%
- Sell to the Crown = 10%


The developers would want to watch the numbers and see what the major faucets into the game are (say at the weekly level)


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg

Potential Coin Sinks

Currently the main coin sink is Claim Maintenance. There are many more possible sinks that i don't think would be a detriment to the game as a whole. These could include;

- Teleportation between servers fee.
- Central City Services
- Over-forging
- Buiding Upgrades - Storage/Convenience


https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg

Teleportation between Servers

You could add a small fee such such as 1 silver - 1 gold to - 10 gold. This value could depend on inflation and be flexible.

https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg

Central City Services

You could implement services such as;

- Gambling Minigame

Self explanatory

- Guild House Rentals

I think Bobik has mentioned this in the past, could be a good coin sink.

- Blacksmith - Item quality "Increaser" Service.

Similar to effect to Baromsag except is would cost a bucket load. Maybe along the lines of 10 gold to 100 gold per 1 increase in quality of a tool, weapon or armor. This is a bit of a controversial one but since its only in-game currency which you cannot buy with real money, its not pay to win. Let me know in the comments what you think about this one.

https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg

Over-Forging

I'm not overly sure about this one, the old "every second enchant will break the item" trick....

Basically, you would have an option in professions to "over-clock" your items to be just the tiny bit better, but at the risk it will break the item. Just food for thought.

https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg

Building Upgrades


I personally think this could be a massive coin sink that player would like. I basically ripped this idea from the WoW Bank system.

You could do things like "Upgrade Large Warehouse" to have more room.
Say the first time is 5000 extra storage for 10 Gold.
The second time is 5000 extra storage for 100 Gold.
The third time is 5000 extra storage for 500 Gold.

I.e. You pay exponentially more in-game currency as you continue upgrading buildings.

You would want to cap it at a certain amount i.e. 100000 or something like that.

You could apply this upgrade system to buildings such as;

- Warehouse - Pay for more storage
- Houses - Pay for more room slots
- Barns/Stables - Pay for more food capacity
- Keep - Pay for more rally points (not sure about this one)
- Create a log storage - Pay for more log storage


https://i.imgur.com/xLaHGPL.jpg

IB Cost

Not overly sure about this one. IB's could also cost a small amount of coin.

To create a 50x50 IB Totem, part of the resources required to make would be 1 Gold Coin.

To create a 100x100 IB Totem, part of the resources required to make would be 2 Gold Coin.

The values are complete guesses and would need balancing.


https://i.imgur.com/rhLADJO.jpg


Considerations


- Basically, you would not want to implement the above Land Administration/Skirmishes/Military Forts without first creating more coin sinks and tweaking the coin faucets.

- You would also probably need to apply the system to a new world or soft wipe the current coin/resources/animals on current worlds for any chance of this to work.

- People may not like the more feudal based system. Although, in my opinion, it does allow for land control without having to lose your base/town/city which might be preferable.

- First couple of weeks would be a clusterf$#k. Alliances will war amongst themselves for top dog. It will be bloody.

- Would likely need a different implementation on green servers but could ultimately be quite similar without upsetting anyone.

- Alliances might just cover there areas with proxy T1-T2-T3 claims for the coin. Maybe the Land Income should also be based off the guild rating (as this already existing guild rating takes many different things into consideration) A empty guild with the minimum players would generate very low income.




https://i.imgur.com/49OYiKk.jpg



What do you guys think?
Let me know if you have any questions.
Let me know if you think these are good ideas or bad ideas.
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  • Accepted Answer

    Sunday, September 16 2018, 07:59 PM - #Permalink
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    The text is all messed up as the main post is from the forums which has different formatting rules. See link for better fromatting.
    https://lifeisfeudal.com/forum/post160772/#p160772
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    Sunday, September 16 2018, 11:47 PM - #Permalink
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    I like your territory idea but I have few problems with it.
    1. Taxes should be payed by the guilds (or private claims) under the influence. That is how it worked in real life.
    2. If you have influence over a guild you should be able to remove them completely. Maybe add something that you could stop them from adding points to the monument. They would be forced to remove your claim over them or move off the land. They would have time depending their monument since it will decline at the normal rate.
    3. I would go with guilds would have to build their own outposts and it would connect to each other and the monument. This could be used to increase realm claims. Realm claims should then be open 24 hours on the red worlds and the blue worlds daily to remove these new outpost (or just make it a red world only thing). The added realm claim would also raise the maintenance fee. This would increase the sink and encourage tax rather than removal.
    4. Private claims on realm claims could pay a fee to the guild owner instead of to the maintenance. Guilds could set claims fee and permissions. I think this game is really missing out on the soloist. I know it was meant to be about big guilds, but a lot of people do not like to share everything, in real life everyone has a home that others are not allowed to enter and we have our own personal items. Guilds could have a land tax that people could pay and claim as much land as the guild sets it to. Taxes could be payed thru the monument at the beginning of a claim, once weekly after that, and guilds can evict claims but have to give a weeks notice to prevent abuse.
    5. I will leave the capturing and destroying up for discussion as I am a PvEer.
    6. I think IBs should be coins only, but instead make it like 500 gold for a 50v50.
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    Friday, September 21 2018, 09:50 PM - #Permalink
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    The General Idea is Fine.
    But there is 2 Killers in the Idea which need to be prevented.

    1.
    The System Adds a Tremendous Money Income towards Larger Guilds and Draws it away from Smaller Groups.
    Which not only Adds additional Money to the System but also Adds it to the Group of Players which is already having no Problems to gather insane amounts of it anyways.
    While taking it away from the Group of Players which is often Struggling to even get enough Money to Pay their Claims.

    Taxes should be Purely in Goods and should not Involve Money.
    And the Primary Money Gain should remain Trade with no Exceptions.

    It makes no Sense if Large Guilds that have all Crafter Types and thus rarely need to Buy other things on top of that get all of Money.
    While the smaller Groups which cant cover all Skill Fields and thus constantly need to Trade for things are being Cut off from Money and thus end up Selling what little they have just to get their Claims Financed.

    2.
    The Influence Zone is too Powerful.
    Such Forts/Outposts should only be able to Affect Private Claims in a limited area around their direkt Position. Maybe a 50 Tile Radius.
    Not inside their entire Tax Range.
    Outside this 50 Tile Radius the Outpost/Fort should only be able to Tax. Not take any other Actions against Claims.
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    Friday, November 02 2018, 02:27 AM - #Permalink
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    I comment frequently on this suggestion in Discord, but I evidently keep forgetting to comment on here as well... I really like the idea.

    I personally am a solo player, and mostly PVE, but I would love to see a system like this implemented.

    This is a feudal era game, more steps toward a manageable feudal system within the MMO could only be a good thing.

    I mean no offense, but in it's current state, most guilds tend to favor a more isolationist or socialist system, where all guild members share everything, quickly max out, only use coin and trade goods with outsiders because they all share everything within, and then once they no longer need anything, become bored.

    There are wars and PVP, but for no real purpose, it is either just for the sake of aggression, or it is roleplay by the warring factions in an effort to create a reason for war and conflict.

    It would be great to see an actual game system that more encourages actual feudalism. Military outposts that generate revenue, that are also dependent on 'sheep' pve farmers to increase it's income would serve both play styles I would think. One would not 'drive' solo players of the land, because doing so would hurt their revenue; more people, more income.

    As a solo farmer, I would be happy to see the potential of generating income off my land, and then paying rents to the overlord adds content and the potential to have minor or major conflict that isn't just straight griefing or pvp to the death.

    It could add some real political depth to the game: rather than large guilds and IB that reduce claim size and the subsequent loss of all structures through decay rather than actual siege, you would have within that 'realm' a much more chaotic and loose group of both guilds, bands and solo players. And all sizes would have a degree of influence.

    A lord of a military outpost could choose to lightly tax the income of the tenant players and create loyalty and prosperity for all. Or he could try to rule with an iron fist and rely on his guildmates to enforce his high taxes and demands, but in turn risk an uprising from within to overthrow him or not enough support in war if a neighboring guild tried to take his claim... his tenants may even side with the enemy to fight against him in hopes of better taxes and trade.

    That same system could even expand to the ability to have a 'king' similar to the religion system, where lords of military outposts could vote to have one rule over several, thus increasing the overall income of all joined in the alliance, but with that king able to also tax the vassal kingdoms. That system could also allow 'kings' to issue decrees and add buffs to his vassals much like the pope does now, and that could be in addition to the religion aspect of the game.

    And with proper coin sinks as mentioned above, and many many other excellent ideas I've seen in discord, it could breathe life into the world, into the economy, give all play styles something to do : solo play as a simple tenant/serf, make a meager living and either aid in the wars or just watch your masters change hands while they play their game of thrones. Be a true mercenary soldier or bandit, serving whichever castle lord pays the best. Strive to become a lord of a castle, either through the band/guild system, or just by gaining favor from all the residents of that area and even as a solo player, could manage to be allowed to be the lord of the outpost. Or strive to be a king, and after gaining an outpost, strive to get other lords to agree to be your vassals, either with politics or with war.

    I can only imagine it is much more difficult than it sounds to implement. But it would truly be an amazing system in my opinion. I feel like it would be more in harmony with the original vision of the game even, because while the band/guild system could be good, it seems in practice in our modern age, that it simply becomes groups of equals that share everything, and then max out and get bored. There needs to be encouragement to have classes and for each to work in their roles, and coin and coin sinks to encourage trade and legitimate reasons for land and conquest.
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