The Lord of the Rings Online official site has been updated with a developer diary detailing the new reputation system that will be released with Book 10: City of the Kings.
Hey folks! I'm Jessie "Vastin" King, Annumvin's arch-nemesis in the choose-your-own adventure dev diary, Escape from Vastin's Castle . It's been quite a while, so it's high time for me to make another dev diary entry. If you've kept a keen eye on the boards till now, you'll know me as the dev who inflicted most of the Deed quests upon you, letting you work to earn new virtues and titles throughout the game.
Today's subject is: Reputation.
Reputation in LOTRO represents two things:
- In lore/story terms, it represents how indebted a faction is to you for favors you have done for them in the past. In some cases, a faction might not deal with you at all until you've managed to curry some favor with them.
- In gameplay terms, it represents an alternate ladder of advancement, a form of gameplay that players can pursue to give them access to high-end rewards that might otherwise only be accessible through group play.
The amount of effort required to pursue reputation rewards tends to be fairly high, but we try to keep it as accessible as possible. Most of the reputations can be pursued by solo players fighting non-elite monsters on the landscape - indeed, they can even be pursued by crafters or simply by buying faction trophies from the auction house and turning them in. Call it the "slow but steady" approach to end-game rewards, if you will.
Read the full article here.