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"On the battlefield I am a god. I love war. The steel, the smell, the corpses. I wish there were more. On the first day I drove the Northmen back alone at the ford. Alone! On the second I carried the bridge! Me! Yesterday I climbed the Heroes! I love war! I… I wish it wasn’t over."
It would also make it way too easy to do the "hur hur disposable murder alt" thing.
I wouldn't mind a character tradein style thing, as long as the sacrifice was significant enough(or there was enough of a delay on it) to prevent it from being a thing you see with great regularity. Faction balance is a rather delicate thing, and I don't think the ability to just ragequit to alts with regularity would be beneficial for the game.
I also don't see any benefit for the game in "Every alt I make can just use my main's artifacts, so characters become somewhat disposable."
A simple age requirement would be all that's needed to prevent regular use of it. 150+ years maybe? Delrayne is 235 years old, and he was created in 2004(i think) hard to think back that far. So that would be what five RL years before being able to retire them?
Could the administration be a bit more strict on custom deathsight messages? I know that would be an improvement.Edit: Or give us an option of seeing just the standard ones.
This idea may again be beyond the scope of this thread, but something along the lines of forming a band/group/squad/team whatever, similar to a ring where you share experience, but also allow this to support dividing gold on pick up between members who are in the room. Also possibly dividing corpses among the squad, too.
Allow players to recycle characters at a 60% to 70% return on their investment. I feel like if you did this not only would people purchase more credits to bring their characters back up to par, they would also make their characters more story driven and Imperian desperately needs that. Don't make it a mechanical process. Get someone to talk with the admin, make sure it's on the level, sign a waiver or something and then take all but the levelling lessons, compute a number and put the lessons and bound credits on a predetermined NEW character. Set something up to where a player can only recycle a character once every three to six months. I honestly feel like this would do so much to keep the game fresh and make people more willing to retire their characters in a meaningful fashion rather than the constant org hopping followed by inactivity.Additionally, allow players to write their own event posts if they want to explaining how their characters go out. It doesn't need to be on the Events board, make something else. If not that, have a forum thread. Make Imperian about the storyline just as much as it is about the endless PvP arms race.