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Creating Might & Fealty / Monsters, Dungeons, and Brigands
« on: August 02, 2017, 03:09:27 PM »
So it was kicked around in IRC, but I think it's a gold idea. Combine brigands/dungeons, convert dungeons to a brigand estate, and shackle the brigand character to the the nearby regions of the dungon. The brigand has an estate with a bit of defense, a production site, and the dungeon has a reason to be cleared. Then turn the brigand and troops into monsters.

Ideally, piggybacking off some of the monster dungeon thread, make brigands into fantasy creatures and such. Brigands would have different 'classes', the class and location would still be a 1-slot-per-account random draw. Necromancers, beastmen, and dragons....popping up among the demi-gods as they try to rule over humanity...their lairs and crypts needing to be dealt with or they become lords of their domain. It can go Hesoid, Tolkien, or any lore you want to draw from.

Might change the game dynamic a bit much, but it would be more robust.

General Discussion / Re: Quests
« on: June 29, 2017, 08:48:54 AM »
Sure, except for when new player realise they can't actually be completed. If we need public notices, let's implement that properly, not maintain a system that will only cause confusion within the player base.

You can't complete a quest? I've been able to, I thought at least. Lord places quest, someone takes it, then lord marks it compete and it goes away after the adventurer confirms payment.

General Discussion / Re: Quests
« on: June 29, 2017, 05:43:10 AM »
Makes for a good 'public notice'. I think they actually function fine, at least between my own characters.

Stories to tell / Re: The Greenwardens
« on: June 25, 2017, 03:08:48 PM »
I've also come up with some in-game plans. Estates that demonstrate things fairly well (village, town, capital), and some watchtowers with enough blindspots to play a game of hide-and-seek. I can tell them about the overtly complicated tribute system the Wardens pay out.

I'm also going to try a more RP heavy Greenwarden in Molk. I'm not sure if I've mentioned the Molk Town Melee, but slumberblighted-old-man Greymane demands blood. It's about as quirky, but I'm going in an entirely different direction with how to keep knights.

General Discussion / Re: Wanted: Your Top Ten Changes
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:19:05 AM »
I had an idea about troop training. Why not a building, that modified militia? Is it feasible to have a "practice field" where your veteran troops (humans with experience) can train your newbies for you? Say, 1 veteran at 50 xp can give 5 or 6 fresh recruits 1 xp a week (or month, whatever balances. Probably cap max training xp, too). Suddenly those human veterans aren't just expensive fodder, but start to flesh out as individuals. It could even modify production in an estate, and be a proper burden to stack too heavy.

It's a bit of a twist on the drill grounds idea above, I suppose.

Stories to tell / Re: The Greenwardens
« on: June 22, 2017, 05:05:07 PM »
So I've worked grammar and spelling some. Fleshed out odd bits that were suggested. I'll post a foreward I did, something kind of orienting new players for 'wat do'...rather than 'how do'.


So you have taken the prerogative of a First One, the rightful command of humans. A worthy deed in itself, but there is much to it that you will need to know. Your first step, swearing to a liege, should be complete (if you've taken a knight offer). Finding a position in a power structure (a realm) is vital to survival and finding out about your surroundings. There are those who strike off on their own, but such a task is risky.

Now what to do? A liege may have tasks for you. They are your go-to for questions, problems, and concerns. What you intend to do will require different things, some of which your liege may provide...some you may have to find on your own. You'll find realm chatter, which varies from quantity to quality, tyrannies to paragons of freedom of expression.

Were you able to find help to decide what to do next? Good, do that...and figure out what might be best for the long term. No? Greenwardens typically offer mentoring, you may find others nearby in similar situations, or this might be a chance to come up with your own goals. Big events can take time, sometimes, First One's living life at different paces.

So now you have a goal. Be it grow and prosper as lord of an estate(s), or serve as a warrior knight commanding troops in glorious battle for your liege. You'll need to know how best to do these things effectively. So here is the Mad Keeper's Primer, the first entry in a helpful collection of observations by mentor Greenwardens. Presenting, the Steward (or Marshal's) Handbook.

A bit bare-bones like the handbook drafts, but that is the essential keypoints. I'll flesh it out some, maybe incubate a few more ideas before I post it... then I'll run some knight offers and see if it helps retention. Maybe it goes full blown academic journal-ish if other authors/armchairexperts get interested.

Creating Might & Fealty / Re: Equipment Overhaul
« on: June 17, 2017, 08:17:17 AM »
Again it is going to depend on tactics. If you have ambushes that can negate the advantage of heavier armour. Of course you are now talking an entirely different form of combat then general battle. Pitched battles within forest are going to favour those with shorter weapons in general. Solid battle lines are less important then you think here, since you aren't fighting against an enemies battle line either. What counts in forest combat (and I am generalising here since my own military training extends to jungle warfare not forest, but many concepts remain) is the ability to fight in loose formations, ie the training and awareness to maintain close proximity to your comrades. Most assuredly narrow visors would limit that, but then narrow visors presented awareness and vision problem in all terrain and by no means were universal among heavy infantry.

Like I said, its not that in certain cases, under certain conditions and certain enemy troop compositions that forest would not confer advantages, simply that it is rubbish to say that light infantry in all circumstances gain some sort of advantage from forest.

Oh, I agree that lighter gear wouldn't always help in the real world. I'm more talking about a general "what can be helpful" in the real world...then a way to translate that as a minor game mechanic that gives the world flavor. Where the battles are calculated for us (and with some randomization), all the 'tactics and formations' of battle are RP after the fact. A mechanic that gives skirmishers and non-shinies a (minor) boost would simply help promote more flavored variety in how the dice can fall for combat. XP already kind of covers combat awareness/training, but that would be a great modifier for forests.

Creating Might & Fealty / Re: Equipment Overhaul
« on: June 17, 2017, 07:43:25 AM »
I'm not gonna say that heavy armor would slow someone down a great deal, 25-60 pounds evenly distributed isn't harsh, but I will say that a narrow vision helm and bulky grieves would probably be a bitch to try and charge an enemy in dense brush/brambles (with trees all around for quicker troops to flank from). I just don't imagine heavy infantry being as effective in forests where they wouldn't be able to form a solid line and engage an orderly pitched battle.

Think of Teutoburg forest. Not an ideal case (experience, familiarity with the grounds, and other things factoring more than Germanic light vs Roman heavy), but if you abstract the battles in your head you get the idea. 60 pounds isn't much if you are hiking or for a short sprint, but climb a tree with it (or try to hide with reflective surfaces on you).

Wouldn't want modifiers to be 'make or break' type things, though. Just little advantages that add up or can be capitalized on.

Creating Might & Fealty / Re: Equipment Overhaul
« on: June 17, 2017, 06:04:47 AM »

I like the idea of expanding on equipment but I wouldn't throw too many redundant options at people. A high class shield (metal instead of the low-class wood shield) and cheap slings (as a low-class javelin) would be great additions. I figure most people go with 'what is best' with high investments or 'what will suffice' with less investment, then a bulk of mids. Cheap, middling, and elite gears seem a good spread that shouldn't confuse anyone.

I'd like to see specialty gears available for culture-packs. Maybe orientals get metal-less scale armor, maybe northern European axemen are more frightening. Little quirks that might see a large effect en masse, but are tied with flavor/RP. Mostly swag, but with a small yet noticeable effect they become swaggier.

Talking of different types of terrain there makes me think how useful it could be to the game as a whole if this greatly expanded list of equipment types could confer advantages and disadvantages based on where a battle takes place. For example, cavalry would get their advantages in grasslands but lose them in dense forests. Heavy infantry would be at a severe disadvantage fighting in marshes, where light infantry would get greater bonuses. That sort of thing.

That would force people to put greater thought into where they intended to fight, rather than pumping out the best equipment they can produce all the time. It would also present the interesting possibilty of 'inferior' troops outclassing 'superior' troops if they were clever about where they brought them to battle.

The drawback is whether it would be possible to make terrain count enough across the board for it to have much of an impact. Most of the weapons we have here could comfortably be used in any terrain.

I do like that, equipment/terrain modifiers. Buffs to cavalry in grass/scrub (charging/flanking), buffs to light-inf in forest (where dense growth restricts maneuvering), buffs for archers in marshes/hills (where it's a rougher time for infantry charges). It would at least add an extra dimension to war.

Realms Chat / Re: Something That Probably Shouldn't Happen: The Realm
« on: June 15, 2017, 12:36:26 PM »
Steeples fingers in contemplation. Soon the seahorse shall kiss the shaft, and a ancestral homeland will be born. Checks map. Damn...Tor Dun and Strenvale did look like a seahorse a month back, at least.

Not gonna go full Tor, though. A little barony or county for Givenses within a larger barbarian hierarchy. I probably will keep the wacky stuff to one estate and a jester character, innuendo and quirkiness more common.

Stories to tell / Re: The Greenwardens
« on: June 15, 2017, 12:27:47 PM »
Hmmm, I had an estate's total go up after mobilizing some heavy cavalry. Not sure what mechanic would be doing that, though. Might just be too many militia and efficiency went up per human.

I'll incubate the primer a week or two more. Good stuff rolling in here and there. Other characters are taking priority right now so I could do without a knight for a bit.

Helpline / Re: Regarding Subscriptions.
« on: June 13, 2017, 06:01:55 PM »
Not sure what you mean by buying a GM spot though.

Oh, just that by flooding an area with nobles you could conceivably control a larger part of the map. GM as a kind of artificial powerful kingdom, I guess (you'd essentially have dozens of NPCs). Part of me doesn't care how density increases, but would just like it to increase. Ideally with interesting characters in a fleshed out world, but even if someone wants a thousand drones roaming and be known as 'that guy'....let 'em. As long as they don't harass other players.

Fight the good fight, integrate into their sandcastle dominion, or go find greener fields. All apart of a little story.

Helpline / Re: Regarding Subscriptions.
« on: June 13, 2017, 03:13:36 PM »
It does open up the "pay to win" option, but if someone wants to buy a isn't real densely packed. They aren't so much paying to win, but buying a GM spot. It's still kind of the same thing, but doesn't Might and Fealty have the same "playing with friends" clause about being a dick (as Battlemaster does)? Let them have at it if it'll add to the game, ban them and keep their monies if they start to take away from it (after proper warning).

I feel like 8 characters are a bit much with regular activity on a normal subscription. Not sure what you'd do with dozens of char to need multiple paid accounts. Alotta drones I suppose.

Developing Might & Fealty / Re: Third slot overhaul
« on: June 10, 2017, 01:43:52 PM »
+1 for the whole idea, except about cavalry. I think currently they kill fleeing enemies at a higher rate (or they should), which is the perfect effect. Probably already a defense/offense boost for war horses.

Developing Might & Fealty / Re: Javelins
« on: June 10, 2017, 01:29:55 PM »
Bringing them down below shortbow effectiveness and linking to a cheaper blacksmith-build would be a good tradeoff, I think. Would help make still effective militia that were cheap and easy. Resupply would be less issue since you could forage most anywhere for pointy sticks to throw.

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