The Chicken System – What the Cluck is going to happen?
As most of you know, Mythic’s answer to ganking players lower level than you is an interesting one. Since the game is still under a NDA there are many questions going unanswered regarding the exact details of how this will work on the different rulesets; important details at that.
Here is what we know from officially released information:
- You are turned into a chicken based on your RvR Flag being on in a tier you have out-leveled.
- When you are a chicken you can be one-shot by a level 1.
Looking at the Core Ruleset, we know that there will only be specific areas where a player’s RvR Flag is forced on. These locations can be easily avoided. So it stands to reason that on a Core Rulset server you will only become a chicken if you go to a tier below your level and enter these RvR areas or force your flag on manually. This will keep the higher level players from returning to lower level areas and engaging in RvR combat. Good thing!
Now if we look at the Open RvR Ruleset though we start to see a few potential problems. On a Open RvR ruleset your RvR flag is -always- on. Mark Jacobs has stated that the chicken mechanic works exactly the same on both server types. BUT… what does he mean when he says that? Does he mean that it only chickens you when you go into RvR areas or attempt to engage on RvR combat with players lower than you -OR- does it mean that since you have your RvR flag on that you will be chickened the instant you enter a tier lower than you?
These are the questions that I would like to see Mythic clarify:
- On a Open RvR server can I return to a lower level Tier and work on PvE, Tome Unlocks, and Quests I may have missed or will I be turned into a chicken?
- On a Open RvR server am I restricted purely to my level’s appropriate tier? If the answer is yes, then wouldn’t this essentially block my ability to help friends/guildmates/etc in the lower tiers with PvE?
I can hypothesize several ways that Mythic could make this system work. I already stated above that perhaps on a Open RvR ruleset players will not be chickenized unless they engage enemy players. Mythic could also enable it so that if you leave your race’s CHAPTERS in the lower level tiers then you are chickenized. This would not only ensure that you are staying on your side of the fence but if you combine the ‘attacking other players’ you also ensure that on a Open RvR server they can’t interfere with RvR should it make its way into your PvE areas.
It’s a fairly sensitive issue right now. Blocking players from going backwards on a Open RvR ruleset would really diminish the Tome of Knowledge and essentially create this nasty sense of content block. When players reach Tier 4 they would be blocked from Tiers 1-3 completely – that’s a tough pill to swallow.
All this said, I still have to weigh out the positives and negatives of the system and decide whether or not it’s all worth it. The answer is easy – although I really hope Mythic handles the chicken system properly, and based on what I’ve read from Mark Jacobs I feel they will, I would still happily play the game on a Open RvR server if the tiers were completely locked out to me once I out-leveled them. Why? Simply because the Open RvR ruleset is worth it to me. The alternatives would be: Me playing on a Core server where I can fight alongside a dwarf and not be able to kill him, or playing without a chicken system and risk being ganked by higher levels all day, or having higher levels affect the outcome of RvR in a tier they don’t belong in. None of those alternatives sound good to me. And honestly, I have to ask myself in all seriousness how often I actually return to lower level content in a mmorpg when I’m higher level – not that often; so being restricted to appropriate content for my level isn’t something I would be unaccustomed to… I think perhaps it’s just the idea of KNOWING that I am restricted to the content that would bother me.
This will be interesting to watch and see how it turns out.