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Join Date: Jun 2012
01-22-2013, 02:33 PM
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I'm curious, I often hear that STO isn't set up for RP, or doesn't support the RP community, but I never hear specifics. What are some things we (Cryptic) could be doing to support you guys better, without negatively impacting those who are not interested? Is there something specifically on the Environment side of things that I could keep in mind going forward? I'm always up for suggestions on other socialish places to include in maps besides bars/restaurants, but time/existing assets/lack of ideas often lead to more bars, etc.
Like some have said, the problem isn't as much social areas or zones but social instances. Since we are on a full single server everyone from PvPers to PvEers to hardcore mega method actor RPers are together. Rpers are in most cases the smallest group. In any particular instance of say ESD there is no way of knowing if there is anyone in the instance you are in open to RP other than asking in zone which... feels odd to many. If we just started RPing in local, hoping for a response, we'd be subjecting people who would call that spam or harass us openly.
Many other games get around that by having a server or shard devoted to RP, that way most people who start characters on that shard are aware of RP presence on the server and at least know what they are to expect even if they don't take part. Since STO isn't divided that way there is no way to make a simple judgement call for open world RP or to know anything you do will not garnish guaranteed RP griefers or open harassment.
A possible solution would perhaps be an instance marked for RP, such as ESD RP 1, or Drazona RP 3. That way players who want to be in that environment could probably find one another where now they are reliant on luck and fleets. Griefing would still be a problem, but, the Non-RPers wouldn't be "bothered" unless they chose to join those instances of the zones and the RPers would know they had an environment with other RPers in them. Not sure if possible, but, it would be perhaps one of the biggest things you could do to make that better environment.
It's a heck of a lot better than us trying to work out on our own that DS9#2 is for RPers or that if you want to RP you need to move to the Justice server or what have you.