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  1. #1
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    Sep 2009

    Default Character Familiarity

    This is one of those ideas that is fun to speculate on, but highly implausible to implement. The premise is that by traveling with others more frequently, the more familiar you get with them and can work better as a team. It offers a little bit for everything - bonuses for static groups, additional motivation for pugs, a little more for power gamers to tweak their toons, and a little RP flare for people to modify their characters.

    Each time you complete a quest with someone in your party, you gain +1 Familiarity progress with them.

    Rank 0 - Stranger/Unfamiliar
    "Stranger" is the default rank when you come across another character, and motivation to join pugs. If you party with 2 or more characters that have Stranger status, you receive the "New Adventures" bonus. Each stranger in your group provides a +2% drop rate for rare items on Heroic, and a +1% drop rate on Epic; this stacks to a total of +10% and +5%, respectively.

    "Unfamiliar" is an alt countermeasure. If a character has rank 1 familiarity with yours, all of their alts are considered Unfamiliar at rank 0 instead of Stranger. An Unfamiliar character does not count toward the number of Strangers you need to initiate the "New Adventures" bonus; however, if you do party with enough Strangers to get it, they do add to the bonus to drop rate.

    Your Familiarity progress with Strangers/Unfamiliars decays at a rate of 1 per day.

    Rank 1 - Acquaintance
    This rank is earned fairly quickly (8-10 progress), and reflects you are starting to get to know the other character a little better. They no longer trigger New Adventures bonuses for you. You can toggle the choice of locking the progress, or letting it decay. If locked, it will not go down over time; if toggled, it decreases at a rate of 2 per day. Once the progress reaches 0, an Acquaintance goes back to being Stranger or Unfamiliar.

    Ranks 2-4 - Title Ranks
    Each time you reach a new rank, you select one title to describe the other character. This provides a small bonus when you are close to the other character. You may choose the same title multiple times for the same person, increasing the title's effects and potentially unlocking new effects.

    - Comrade - You trust your comrade to have your back in a fight. When you are within a short distance of your comrade, you receive +1 AC and +2 PRR. If taken twice, you also receive +1 to saves.

    - Friend - You consider the other character a true friend. You receive +5 Positive & Repair Spell Power when healing your friend. You receive +5% Healing Amp when healed by your friend.

    - Mentor - You view the other character as a mentor, and you learn much from their example. You receive +1 to all of your skills while within a short distance of the mentor.

    - Teammate - You fight more fluidly and work more tactically with your teammate. While you are within a short distance of your teammate, you receive +1 Hit while flanking and +1 to Tactical DCs. If taken twice, you also receive 1% dodge while within the radius of your teammate.

    - Rival - Seeing your rival excel in combat drives you to try and surpass them. Whenever your rival kills an enemy, for the next 10 seconds you gain +1 Hit, +2 Melee and Ranged damage, and 2 Spell Power. If Rival is taken twice, this effect goes off whenever your rival kills an enemy or scores a critical hit, and the ability can stack up to three times. If Rival is taken three times, it can stack up to 5 times. All stacks vanish at the end of the timer.
    Anything can be explained by drunken wizards.

    "Hey! I got a piece of the +1 Butter Knife of Victory! Ah-oh, wait, wait. It's just a crummy, normal +1 dagger of ghostbane..."

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    Community Member FranOhmsford's Avatar
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    Jun 2010
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    a) They Can't get the Squelch Command to count alts!

    b) That same command doesn't even stop you from joining the party of someone you've squelched {And the Ignore List in Chat is in no particular order and can get very long}.

    c} They Can't even get Guildlists to subcategorize alts under one heading!

    How on Earth do u expect them to implement that Unfamiliar bit again?


    For Casuals that +2% bonus chance at named loot is gonna go unnoticed - For a First time with 5 strangers in Party to make it worthwhile you should be looking at a guaranteed 100% Chance at at least ONE Named Item dropping!

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    Sep 2009


    I'd imagine they'd be able to incorporate the Unfamiliar flag with some sort of program-thingy. Alas, I am unfamiliar with DDO's programming and coding, and lack even rudimentary programming skills, so I do not know how to offer a suitable suggestion. Otherwise, I would have offered this with the initial suggestion. I will gladly defer to your expertise, and welcome your suggestion for a compatible method to incorporate the idea on a programming scale.

    However, I must respectfully disagree with the automatic drop of a named item. Adding a small bonus to drop rate feels more balanced and fair. It also promotes pug longevity, offering a bonus over multiple quests in a session, while a single drop reinforces having a one-and-done experience.
    Anything can be explained by drunken wizards.

    "Hey! I got a piece of the +1 Butter Knife of Victory! Ah-oh, wait, wait. It's just a crummy, normal +1 dagger of ghostbane..."

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