Freeform Changes Update (2020-09-19)

Dread

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Hi everyone! We've been announcing some changes due to the return to freeform. We've been making updates here and there on the site but here are the changes that are in place as of now. We will update you if/when we do more:

List of changes
  1. Plots have been removed.
  2. The Reputation System has been removed. This was not announced before, but we've observed that this hasn't played too much of a significant role in the story. Instead the focus will be on characters organically gaining infamy through story and word of mouth.
  3. The Bounty System has been removed. We will be going back to the drawing board to figure out how this can exist in a free form system, but for now the old system is gone. Members are still encouraged to document and track major things their characters have done.
  4. There is no longer a four (4) character limit. Members may create as many characters as they want.
  5. PvP Rules have been simplified and updated for a freeform setting.
    • Changes to lock-in rules, posting orders, and NPC use are the most notable changes
  6. The Character Rules & Creation Guide has been simplified.
  7. The Role Play Rules have been updated. Some highlights:
    • Characters cannot die without their authors permission.
    • Plots are no longer required to create PC factions. If you wish to create your own PC Organization, you must role-play it’s creation, recruitment of other player characters, acquirement of assets and any other gain. For further PC/NPC Organization changes, read the Role Play Rules thread.
    • Although the plot system has been removed, before an espionage operation begins, a plot outline must be submitted to Administration.
Thoughts and questions may be posted here. Be aware that there may not be answers to every question yet.
 

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Any issues with us targeting the NPCs created for the Bounty Boards? Dr. Xavier Fields feels like someone I'd want to hunt down.
 

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Any issues with us targeting the NPCs created for the Bounty Boards? Dr. Xavier Fields feels like someone I'd want to hunt down.
No issues. We may be moving the bounties to the lore forum for people to refer to/use anyway.
 

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Apologies if it's covered else where and missed it, with the omission of the plots. What are the current processes for acquiring restricted tech?
 

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Apologies if it's covered else where and missed it, with the omission of the plots. What are the current processes for acquiring restricted tech?
We can do it organically in story without the need of a plot. (As I understand it)
 

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Ah cool thanks Taz
 
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I really, really dig these changes. And I know they weren’t considered on the fly but were considered with great consideration.

It was probably thought about already by the powers that be but one way to preserve ‘bounties’ is to otherwise make them superficial; less impact on reward and more on story.

I once had a character who was drugged by another person’s char and ended up committing a serious political murder, all of this developing organically and post-by-post, and suddenly my PC is on the most wanted list. What that meant for the freeform community is they could target my character and capture him dead or alive via collaborative or competitive combat (whatever I agreed to as the target PC’s owner) and would gain some in-universe reward such as money and/or reputation, but ultimately it was all about building a story.

There was a ‘Bounty List’ OOC thread but the emphasis was always on whether you could add to the story (such as building off the bounty’s origins to begin with) rather than add to your username.

Again, probably already lines and circles on the drawing board, but I wanted to toss it out there just in case!
 
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