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RydelSleak

Stop punishing your players

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 So, I spent about three weeks on PvP, and now about two on PvE. During my 535 hours spent playing, I've made some notes on systems/mechanics that just didn't make sense or were too punishing. Some of these might be more PvE side since that's what I've been playing lately. Honestly, I love the game and would love to see it take on more of an "MMO" aspect because I really think you have a shot at helping start the revolution that would kill Theme Park MMO's, and let's be honest, they need to die.

 

 The post title is because at the root of a lot of this, I see you are trying to make things take time, like any MMO would. But the route you have chosen isn't fun, it's punishing. I don't feel a sense of achievement upon completing my goal, I feel a sense of dred towards the next goal because I know it's going to be more of the same thing I just spent forever doing.

 

 The summary to most of this is that, "The juice needs to be worth the squeeze", and right now I'm squeezing with barely any results.

 
 
- Food drain to stamina regen is ridiculous.
 
- Requiring skills to use higher tier items is stupid, considering,
                       - You have to find treasure maps
                       - You have to then go complete the Treasure Maps
                       - You then have to hope you got the right BP of the right quality, most likely you didn't
                       - You then need to grind the materials
                       - You then need to be able to craft the thing
                       - You then need a skill to even use them? Like, bro, we already did a week's worth of work just to be able to make the item.
 
- Too many "gates", this isn't a Korean MMO, keep people engaged with new content and reaching new goals, not stupid shit in the way to prevent them from reaching something "too quickly".
 
- What the hell is with Thatch gathering? It's the only resource that doesn't have a tame equivalent, meaning we spend our stamina to gather it, meaning we have to eat CONSTANTLY to gather large amounts of it. (Like for a Galleon, for example)
 
- Elephants suck, they drain stamina too quickly and their gather rate is butt. Why are Bears so OP and Elephants so UP? They both need better balancing.
 
- Food mechanic is dumb, it's too punishing. When it's easier to avoid a mechanic completely rather than use it, what is the point?
 
- Land claiming system is chaos, break each island down into small claimable grid squares or something. Trying to refresh them, when you can't even find them, is chaos. Hell, trying to even figure out "the line" between your Company and other Company claims is chaos. Completely remove water claims, they are pointless and just serve as an easy way to try to climb the claim leaderboard.
 
- Trying to take claims from others is also chaos, making a central building where you can take over another Company's claims instantly would be far better when trying to take land from a large Company. It would limit the amount of defensive structures built all over the place and centralize the fighting on PvP / make removing dead companies easier on PvE. Make that building also offer additional perks / controls for land claims, such as being able to change settings for all land claims in a server from that building. (Based on the grid claim system I previously mentioned, that would work really well) Just make it take a super long time to claim so that the defending side has ample time to repel invaders.
 
- Ship weights are garbo, I build my transport ships with nothing but a raised platform and a resource chest just because you have the weight set so low. On top of that, even then I have to keep them below half weight so that I can still travel full speed. If the ship has nothing on it, it can't defend itself, so all I can do is run from Ships of the Damned. Also, this makes the ship look dumb as hell. Ever seen a Galleon with nothing but a tall ass podium for a steering wheel? It's stupid looking, and a sad ass example of a Galleon. I want my ship to look like a Pirate Ship, not a Hull and a podium.

- Get rid of Ships of the Damned, or at least their character model. They are so out of place in this setting and make zero sense. Kiilling other ships that look like ours and work on the same mechanics, not the ability to just go where ever they want without having to deal with the wind that we have to, would be better. Fighting other "pirate ships" and maybe even be able to claim Rare / Legendary ones that have a low spawn chance would make more sense. It would be super cool to be able to find, fight, and claim rare / legendary ships that have super low spawn rates but custom models. You can even balance them by not allowing building, they are what they are. It's also a pretty "MMO" type feature.

- Some of the skills in your skill tree don't even have a function on PvE, such as the time shortening skills for claiming enemy ships. Why can't we claim enemy ships on PvE if we can claim their territory and their buildings?
 
- (This is PvE side specific) Being unable to land on "enemy" ships is stupid, why didn't you just make it so that non-company players don't count toward weight/crew? Just make it so that they also can't access Cannons and what are they going to do, shoot pistols at SotD? It's not like they would have much of a use, and then they couldn't destroy ships by adding too many crew. Most people ignore your food mechanic, and even climate mechanics, they just use beds to keep respawning. So at worst, we'd be able to ferry people around, and at best we'd be able to not lose all our stuff because we accidentally ended up on an enemy ship / we'd be able to explore other people's ships. Showing off our ships is half the fun of building them.

- Don't require points into being able to use items, require finding and using skill books to learn the ability to craft higher tier items. Give crafters more depth and provide another means of trade.

- Break the skill tree down into divisions based on playstyle, not by category. Have fighters go down a skill tree for fighter related things, sailors/captains for the same, and so on. Try a "web" skill tree, not a "multiple tabs" skill tree. It would feel more "MMO" and be easier to plan out builds. Right now you have to use an external site for looking up where certain skills are and such, it's annoying.
 
- Add a way to "stow" or "tie down" tames on ships, making them static structures on a ship like a wood ceiling would be. Travelling through servers with them causes desync that makes it impossible to get by them on even a Brig. When I'm taking fire and need to repair but can't because my Elephant is bugging out it really isn't a fun time.
 
- Region lock China / give them their own server. I stopped playing PvP because they drove the ping up so high I couldn't even reload a pistol let alone fight back, and what is worse is that they do it on purpose. PvE is barely any better, there are certain servers I have to avoid completely because they drive the ping up so high by just living there that I can't even safely travel through the zone. Yes, they are paying customers and you want money, I get it. No, as a paying customer I don't want to have a game I can't fully access because of that fact. They need their own server and we need our American server region locked. Yeah, yeah, VPNs and all that. Great, the lag will be on their end and not the servers.
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