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Originally posted by Bleu
Originally posted by necredon

The point here is that you in your stuborn egocentric attitude fail to realise that although a feature like jumping may annoy you, it adds a lot more depth to the gameplay AND the world. It also saves alot of time..

 

The flaw here is to suggest that to include jumping is to also include content that takes measurable and worthwhile advantage of the feature. This isn't the case, or anything near it. While they could include jumping in such a way as to provide further depth and immersion to the gameplay experience, they could just as easily implement it poorly and to the detriment of those same things. Or, because it's unnecessary to the game they're wanting to provide, they could leave it out. To demand a gameplay feature that has proven excessive and/or unnecessary is to ask for a feature that probably would contribute negatively to the whole.

 

Everytime this jumping issue comes back around, I always want to say exactly what you've just said, except that I didn't know quite how to phrase it. Thank you for your post.

What you have all said about asshats in PvP is all well and good, but I think your terms are a bit narrow. Consider for a moment that there are a lot of people who dislike losing to an asshat in PvP and that each person is going to have a slightly different definition of what "acceptable PvP behavior" entails. Imagine that you went around and asked a whole bunch of MMO players which of these situations could be described as asshattery/ganking:

  • Being killed by someone who, for whatever reason (gear, level, etc.), you could not have beaten in a straight-up fight
  • Being killed by someone who you could have beaten except for a circumstance that they arranged (e.g. while you were fighting a mob)
  • Being killed solo by a party of players
  • Being killed by the same person every time you return to the area (note: I don't mean corpse camping)
  • Being killed by a method that your class has little or no defense against (kiting, stunlock, etc.)
  • Being killed and then taunted
  • Being killed by someone sitting and waiting for prey at an entrance or zone boundary
  • Being killed by a party member leading you into an ambush
  • Being killed by a party member in undeserved retribution for something you did (winning a loot roll, party wipe that wasn't your fault)
  • Being killed by someone who is using tons of cash-shop items
  • Being killed with an exploit
  • Being killed by someone in a way that breaks lore
  • Being killed for fun: in a place or in a way that does not give your attacker any in-game reward
  • Being killed in order to nab the rare spawn you were fighting
Across the wide spectrum of MMO players, you'd get a spectacular variety of responses. There is very little consensus on what is okay and what isn't. You could talk yourself to death about any one of these points and it wouldn't make a bit of difference. There's no Holy Tome of Acceptable PvP Behavior. For any one of these situations, your stance on it is only your opinion. If you think it's fair, you're going to insist that that's just how the game is played. If you think only a scumbag would do it, even a post from the devs/GMs wouldn't change your mind.
 
I think this is a large reason why there's so much animosity between PvP lovers and PvE lovers. Those who enjoy PvP are bound to find more of these methods acceptable than those who don't enjoy PvP. No matter where you draw the line, you view the people to the left of the line as "griefers/gankers" who revel in unsporting behavior that is destructive to the playerbase, and people to the right of the line as "carebears" who have so little skill that they resort to whining about all the fights they can't win. The problem is, people forget it's not THE line, it's YOUR line. Your opinion, neither right nor wrong.
 
You're completely justified in calling people out as asshats or wusses for what they will or won't engage in, but only so far as Your Humble Opinion is concerned.
Originally posted by Wain

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Originally posted by Wain

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Originally posted by Seikninkuru

People who are claiming they like to PvP because other player's offer more of a challenge are so full of bullshit is mind-boggling that people take them seriously.  While it is true that you may find some encounters with other players that are challenging, the majority are not.  Most players suck.  Most players who want PvP really mean they want to camp players with their uber gear or fight with little chance of losing.  Ask the same people if they would play a game that had full loot and/or a penalty for murdering and I'm sure they would make up some reason as to why it's not hardcore enough or they shouldn't be penalized. 

Furthermore, there are so few games out there that actually have any skill component to the combat.  It is a number crunching game in which the player with the better numbers wins.  Damage is calculated by a dice roll and further modified by equipment bonuses via stats.  Wow, you are extremely skilled in pressing a specific sequence ad nauseum(sounds quite similar to PvE doesn't it!?). 

...what are you basing this on? I don't think you are going to find many people agreeing with your claim that PvP is no more challenging — and perhaps even less challenging — than PvE.

You mention people who "want to ... fight with little chance of losing". In PvE, outside of some boss fights, the chance of losing is virtually none. Players do not tolerate party members who have even a "little chance" of getting pwned by a normal mob. Barring game errors, connection errors, and gross incompetence, you cannot lose a typical PvE encounter. In PvP, even if you intend to only attack players that you feel you have little chance of losing to, you run the risk of miscalculating the PvP-ability of your target (which includes their level, the quality of their gear, the quality of their consumables, and their knowledge of PvP tactics), and the risk of fighting someone who has allies nearby to help. In an RvR environment, you also run a large risk of being attacked by someone you have a high chance of losing to while you are looking through enemy territory for a soft target.

The simple act of successfully finding and defeating someone who has little chance of beating you is in itself a challenge.

Originally posted by SaintViktor

Hans Jorgen Olsen, 12, and his sister were walking through the woods in the central Norwegian town of Leksvik, and a rampaging moose noticed them and attacked.

That's a f$&*ing 50 DKP minus! What the f#&$ was that s*#%!

If you stand in the right f#%$ing place, there is NO way you are going to f&*$ing get into the goddamn mooses, whatever f$*%ing fear... tail swipe, whatever the f$*#! Okay?! It's like one in a f#&%ing million! From the f*$%ing north corner, to the central Norwegian town of Leksvik, into the f%&*ing moose cave, it's not even f#$*ing remotely imaginable!

Just to be clear, my post was about MMOs in general and how open PvP is not a suitable solution for KSing in any game whatsoever. I wasn't talking about FFXI or FFXIV specifically; I think you could fill a 500-page book with reasons to not put unrestricted PvP into FFXI. I am not against PvP (last MMO was Aion which is billed as a PvP-centric game), I just don't think it is a positive addition to every game.

Originally posted by lovehina21
Originally posted by Hyanmen
Originally posted by lovehina21

too bad once i got max lvl there was no pvp and i hate raiding and boss killing, i know everyone LOVES to kill bosses but i enjoy pvping more than hunting down some special mob somewhere.

 i hope ff XIV wil have tons of pvp cuz with guild wars 2 and blade and soul on its way. i think im acually gonna do the impossible and try to play multiple mmo's at the same time.

It won't, but should it? Why couldn't you play GW2 for your PvP and XIV for your PvE? Considering one of them is free, it would work better that way. Or not play XIV at all, if PvE is not your thing.

I guess....  thats something i thought of too.  but  i remember getting so frustrated  in FF 11 when we got our party to a lvling spot and right as our tank or puller was going to pull.  another party would pull it and without being able to KS, all we could do was yell at them . 

God i burned with fury cuz i couldnt kill them, i couldnt KS them, i couldnt even heal the mob. just Nothing but whine.

and i remmeber thousands of players complained about this to GM's  people would simply say. quit qqing and get a better puller.

if the game had pvp , players would take matters into their own hands instead of crying to the gms about it.

Ks me ? ur ass is mine.

with an attitude like this a party that took them 2 hours to make and get there will think twice about ksing or stealing or pvping fearing the distance to travel.  and vice versa, a party already at a spot might not want to engage in pvp fearing they might lose and have to run all the way back.

You're talking about nonconsentual non-RvR open PvP as a way to detract people from KSing? Riddle me this, Batman: if you could attack other players, what's to stop the party who wants your spot from attacking you while you're fighting that mob that you pulled? Nonconsentual PvP has always, always, always, always been about attacking your target while you have the advantage over them, either because they don't know you're there, because they are low on HP or MP, because you are higher level or have greater numbers, or because you're in your PvP gear while they're in their PvE gear. The idea that people will take the ability to attack other players anytime anywhere for any reason and use it primarily as a tool for punishing antisocial behavior is a joke.

All your KS rage comes from the fact that you think you're entitled to a mob just because you saw it first... or because you saw it second but didn't see the other guy about to pull it. Is this really a reason to "take matters into your own hands"? Even if you don't realize it, what you're advocating is just another, even more frustrating form of KS: instead of the mobs going to the party with the superior puller, the mobs go to the party with the superior PvP ability (due to higher levels, better gear, OP classes, whatever).

Moot point though, because it's already set in stone that there won't be open PvP in FFXIV.

Reality check: No matter how long, how often, and on how many shards you played, you cannot guarantee that someone is wrong when they claim that they had trouble finding a good plot to put a house. That is silly.

Originally posted by svann
Originally posted by Ichigo83

SE just stated they are changing the battle system up to make it faster in beta they ust throw something together in alpha so they could start teatsing the game sooner then later but it will be faster in beta then it was in alpha so stop crying over  the battle speed being to slow cuz its gonna be hellya faster then before so people stop whining about it and let SE do there job.

 Nice spin, but what they actually said is that they are trying to speed it up based on feedback that said it's too slow.  So to the people that spoke up - good job.  Right or wrong, its better to be honest about it.

As was stated in another thread, the full text of the recent interview quotes Hiromichi Tanaka as saying: "Komoto told the testers before alpha started that the tempo of battle is something we’re looking at. When beta test starts, we will be implementing a completely different battle system, practically remade from the ground up. We weren’t planning on using the current battle system in the first place, but we didn’t want players to wait until beta, so we explained the situation and opened the test."

So it's not just spin. At this stage of testing, S-E's main concern has been server stability. From the beginning, they had no plans to balance the speed of combat during the alpha, nor did they intend to release the game using the battle system from the alpha test. The alpha testers that have given feedback to S-E using the proper, private channels are doing a good job; the non-testers who are making judgements based off conjecture or leaked info, not so much.

Used WASD for ages, then I gave ESDF a try when I started playing Aion last year. It is just so much more natural having my index finger on 'F' for both typing and character control. And then you have pinky finger access to QAZ if you want. Now I have to rebind for every new game I play because WASD just feels awful.

Another trick I use now is to rebind Mouse4 to Alt, and set a second row on the hotbar to Alt+key.

Housing isn't a big deal for me. It's a positive thing but nowhere near the top of my priorities. I liked the FFXI mog house concept, but wouldn't have missed it much if it didn't make it into FFXIV.

What I don't understand, though, is how anyone would prefer non-instanced housing. As in, here's an actual house sitting in the game world, and it was placed there by a player and belongs to them. If we say, very conservatively, that 5,000 people on my server each build a house, that means there are 4,999 locked structures that I have no way of interacting with. Doesn't that strike anyone else as terrible design? Having a game world dotted with thousands upon thousands of locked buildings that you'll never see the inside of? Hopefully someone can explain the appeal to me, because I do not get it.

Originally posted by WSIMike
Originally posted by shokero

you guys are just talking about ffxi, whose to say FFXIV will be the same? In ffxi I think people were way too mature in the game and took them selves way too sersly.  Besides if what FFXIV has been saying that its gonna be more casual then yea youre gonna see more immature people in the game. And you know what thats fine, people arn't robots have a damn funny bone. I hate people who are like "oh he has a foul mouth I have kids who play this game" uh yea you don't think your kids already know these words? I dunno were im going with this rant but yea you get the point.

So.... you're railing against people who prefer not to deal with people who act like ass-hats, and that we should be "less mature" and "have a funny bone"?

So, when some juvenile, ignorant players starts rattling off racial slurs at people they don't even know... we're supposed to find that funny and "not be so mature" about it?

When someone is being completely belligerent to everyone else around them and carrying on like a spoiled brat, we're supposed to find that funny, and "not be so mature" about it?

When someone refuses to learn, mouths off and keeps putting the rest of the group they're in in unnecessary risk - thus wasting everyone else's time, we're supposed to find that funny, and "not be so mature" about it?

 

Straw man much?

Originally posted by Nytakito

OP: tl;dr

But to answer your question, it will have no effect.  Parties should work just the way they did in XI as far as having to conserve resources (particularly MP) in order to maximize XP.  Unless XIV gets rid of XP chains, which I highly doubt.

If you played FFXI and you rested up to full mana after every mob, you never even got to XP chain #1, let alone 4 or 5.

First of all let me say that I was a huge huge fan of EXP chains. I liked the concept a whole lot, and for a specific reason. I like to say that FFXI was a game that was about downtime. There wasn't just downtime in between fights; the best parties took mana breaks at the right times and for the right amount of time. Downtime management was the difference between pretty good and great. And you couldn't reach your potential just by conserving resources all of the time... to consistently reach the highest chains, you'd conserve heavily at first, less after a few fights, then go for broke for the last fight or two. (At least that's the idea in theory.)

I haven't seen anything indicating that EXP chains will be a part of FFXIV, and I think it's probably for the best if they don't make it in. FFXIV doesn't have to be about downtime in the same way that FFXI was; I have a feeling that it will be more about efficiency: making every attack and every spell count as much as possible, making every hit you take hinder the party as little as possible. Tossing in an artificial mechanic that rewards you based on the speed with which you handle these fights with an increasingly short amount of time between them... I don't see that as a positive addition. In my opinion it wouldn't contribute anything more to the fun complexity of the combat. The combat itself should be what our attention is focused on.

In a way, you're already receiving an extra reward if you pace yourself and manage to go quickly without running out of MP: you reach each node more quickly, complete the leve faster, and are ready for the next run sooner.

Originally posted by Kyleran

I have to totally disagree with this idea.  What you are supposed to be doing while waiting for a group is interacting with the rest of the virtual world and the players in it.  Go trade some stuff in the marketplace (auction houses kind of ruin this though), work on your crafting, socialize with other players or just solo for a bit.

MMO's are not all about maximizing your progression and kill rates, that's a treadmill too many players have jumped on today and this OP is the perfect example.  They want to just jump in, run the dungeon, and log out of the game.

This does not make for a virtual world, rather just a cooperative MMO and not the sort of mechanic I favor.  (I despise WOWs dungeon finder tool regardless of the benefits it imparts)

I am also quoting this post to indicate my wholehearted agreement.

Guys, seriously, the jumping issue has nothing to do with the topic of this thread and it is disruptive to continue bringing it up. This is a discussion about MP regen and how the lack of it will affect party tactics, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to follow when the off-topic posts outnumber the on-topic posts. Drop it or take it elsewhere.

 

Originally posted by Loke666
Originally posted by ChaosInc

No MP regen = player needs to be conservative and smarter about his gameplay

This concept already exists in DDO.  Nothing amuses me more than playing on my wizard and watching another wiz/sorc draining themselves on the first fight of a dungeon, whine about how they're out of mana and expect everyone else to carry them to the next rest stone.  They're too used to having their MP automatically regen in other games.  I become even more amused when they get kicked after whining about how non-regening MP sucks and how is better.

The system will weed out the good players and the leechers, pure and simple.  Personally, I look forward to the time past the first few weeks of "this game sucks" and "WoW is da bestest" when the kiddies trail off and the real player community starts to build and shine.

I agree. It is also a balancing thing. Mages can do really horrible damage but not all the time. You shouldn't waste a meteor shower on junk mobs.

I could actually see the same thing be done with hitpoints. No healers, no regen, conserve it or fail. It would offer a very different gameplay but it wouldn't be bad, you would just have to be smarter.

 

A few people have stated or implied that only the mage classes (Thaumaturge and Conjurer) use MP. I haven't dredged up enough Alpha info to know for sure, but it doesn't seem like this is the case. One of the skills for Archer (Replenish) says that it consumes MP. And the following quote hints rather strongly that everyone in the party will require MP:

Sato (S): The party will all move together to where they need to go to achieve their goal, but it will be important to watch their MP. There is a class whose concept is “MP cost controller,” and that member will often be charged with helping the other party members conserve MP.

Perhaps non-mage classes won't have as many MP-consuming skills or will retain a fair amount of effectiveness after running out of MP, but I'm pretty sure all classes will have MP.

And on the topic of not regenerating hitpoints, I don't think that would work as well in an RPG. In something like Half-Life it's fine, because when you take damage it's your own fault. You're technically able to make it from start to finish without taking a single point of damage. The life meter is there to make sure you only screw up a certain number of times between here and the next health refill. But in an RPG, being hit is 100% inevitable and not due to a mistake or lack of skill. While there's some strategy to it, gear and randomness play a MUCH larger part than they do in other games. I don't think a fixed amount of HP would work unless avoiding damage was skill-based and not at all gear/luck-based but then you'd be playing an action game and not an RPG.

Originally posted by twrule

Anyway, on topic: There have already been several abilities announced that would allow classes to replenish their own mp as well as the mp of party members in combat - and there will most certainly be devices such as food and drink so that everyone can replenish them when needed.  I think it will be balanced so that regeneration is not as large a problem as the op makes it out to be - this is supposed to be a more solo-friendly game than it's predecessor, after all.

Can you link somewhere that lists MP-restoring abilities? I have only heard of Thaumaturge getting one. I think it would be really counterproductive for them to sprinkle several abilities like that over multiple classes.

They've got this unique concept that hasn't been done before and I hope they don't neuter it by handing out easy ways around it. It would be like... imagine if someone made an MMO where there were thousands of spells to learn in the game but you could only ever cast each spell ONCE and then never again. Bizarre! Different! Controversial! And then imagine they put in a 20 minute run-around-the-world fetch quest to reset your list of banned spells. Now it doesn't matter anymore.

Originally posted by DerWotan

Hopefully they are doing it like in Everquest 1: sit down and eat drink in order to regain your health mana :-) -> people can socialize during the camp "break" -> way better community building. It also encourages crafting because alchemy, cooking would be finally important again!

The more I'm reading about the game the better.

Err... but we already know for sure that MP won't regen by sitting down and resting, and that parties aren't supposed to have to sit and take breaks to recover from fights.

Additionally, unless I'm mistaken, EQ1 foods were no different than FFXI foods: you eat them to get a minor long-lasting buff. The only difference between the two is that there were many EQ1 foods that didn't give a buff at all; aside from RP purposes, their only use was to keep you from starving. I don't remember cooking being important at all in EQ1 since basic bread cost a few coppers from a vendor.

And this is a bit of a side topic but I feel like I should bring it up. I feel like there are a lot of people who are accepting of the no-MP-regen concept because they're under the impression that there will be foods and potions available to replenish MP. I don't think this will be the case and in fact I really hope it is not the case. Aside from the fact that it allows people to dodge what I think is the main benefit of a no-MP-regen system — punishing parties that can't work together to use MP in the most efficient way — there's also the money sink issue. MP-regen items wouldn't just be "available"... they'd become mandatory. How many people, upon levelling up NIN, said "Wow, this is great! Not only can I dual-wield and commit seppuku, I also have the option to carry some extra tools that let me use Suiton and Utsusemi!" No... not at all. If you were a NIN or a sub-NIN, you had to have those tools (at least Shihei, anyway). They were about as optional as arrows/bullets for a RNG. If MP-regen items are available and useful, you'll need to have them because the game will be balanced with the assumption that you're using them. That's just recreating the NIN problem where you're constantly paying just to be able to be in parties. It was enough of a drawback for me that I never did a single level of NIN.

Originally posted by Hyanmen

The developer's idea is to make groups roam from one crystal to another, not stay in one place.

If most players are going to progress by doing guildleves, this can be easily manipulated by the devs too.

I'm pretty much going on faith that they find a way to force people to branch out, as I don't know how I'd design the game to encourage that. The Sit 'n Camp method of group play is deeply engrained in old school MMO players, and you would need a pretty big stick or carrot to get them to move. Even if HP regens at the same rate whether running or sitting, maybe there's something psychological about recovering from combat by standing still?

"While few companies actually go so far as to abuse their penultimate power over their players,"

Teensy nitpick: "penultimate" doesn't mean "super-ultimate", it means next to the last. For example, Kuja is the penultimate boss of Final Fantasy IX.

Guys, there's already a Speed of Combat thread on the front page as well as several old threads filled to the brim with jumping arguments. Let's not derail; hop over into one of those if you really need to continue on that topic.

Originally posted by jackmcleod

Other than a few RTS... how many games really require you to think? Most of it is learning a rotation.

In WoW its learn a simple rotation, like a mage....  1 , 1 , 1 , 1 , 1 , 1 , 1, or pally 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1

I've always liked Sid Meier's explanation that a good game is a series of interesting choices. The "rotation" phenomenon is the polar opposite of that. If pressing 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 is always the best choice out of all your possible options, you're not making an interesting choice... and therefore not really playing a game. In order to be interesting, the choice must be a choice between some options where one option is best but no option is clearly the best. A problem in MMOs is that you've got literally hundreds of thousands of eyes on exactly the same problem for hours upon hours, some of them VERY heavily invested in "solving" the combat equation, and if the system is too simple then they will find that the correct answer is simply 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 or whatever.

What I'm envisioning here is something that, while not on par with chess, is at least a radically different formula than WoW. The question of "Do I cast 4 lightning spells or a lightning resist debuff and 3 lightning spells?" isn't interesting because there is a verifiably correct answer if you're willing to do a couple trials and some arithmetic. The question of "Do I stay on the mob I'm hitting now or switch to the mob that's hitting me?" can be awesomely interesting if there are a lot of variables influencing the decision, like the HP of all the other mobs and all your groupmates, as well as which mobs are being focused on and how much TP everyone has and how far to the next node, etc. It's an informed choice... one in which a player who has more knowledge of the situation and more knowledge of the game will make the best choice more often.

Actually, on that note, is there a point when an MMO can become too strategic? A static group of veteran players on vent together is all well and good, but the game is a failure if a pick-up group of console players cannot pass along information fluidly enough for everyone to make informed choices and survive a basic guildleve. If the standard strategy for the game is to engage 6 mobs at a time and try to spread damage equally among all group members, while also counteracting mobs' special abilities, is that too much to ask of an average player?

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