We want to be able to allow raiding to happen in Imperian. It can be fun for both sides, offering ways to engage in PK and defence of your holdings. However, defence of such raids can become very 'not' fun after several hours of sustained death. What we would like to offer players is the opportunity to raid a city to kill an offending player or mangle a few guards, before the main city defences come to bare on the player.
Here are our ideas:
- Cities will gain access to automated archers and psychics that can attack players anywhere in the city.
- Auto defences will only start targeting enemy players when a guard sees them, or a player issues a command that the player is in the city. For players, it will require that the attacker and defender are in the same room. We want players to be able to sneak around if possible.
- Damage from auto defences will build up over time. This means that an enemy player that has just been spotted will only take minimal damage at first. This damage will slowly ramp up over time.
- This damage build up will take several hours to clear. We are tentatively thinking 24 hours. This means a player could raid 'damage free' once per real life day.
- The damage would not be unmanageable and archers would only hit when you are outdoors. However, combined with defender and guard damage, it would be significant.
- Death would not clear the damage build up, only time.
- Players that can enter a city and manage to go undetected will never take damage from these defences.
- We may offer different levels or types of 'defences' for cities that will have varying degrees of upkeep cost that will cost more gold based on damage.
- We will be scaling damage based on two things. One, the time a player has been raiding. Two, the number of targeted enemies in the city. This means a single player or small group could spend more time in the city. A larger group would be seen as a much larger threat to the city and the damage would ramp up faster. The idea is that a large raiding party is seen as a bigger threat and the defences will come to assist much faster.
Please provide some feedback on this idea.
PS: I am working on a Sect/Cult post for later today as well. So save up your rant power.