Esteem Update: XP for Roleplaying

Date: 8/22/2012 at 8:17
From: Ishap, the Matrix
To : Everyone
Subj: Esteem Update: XP for Roleplaying

On a *trial* basis only, we have implemented XP rewards for esteeming other players for excellent RP, in order to help promote and encourage RP in Midkemia. I have been very wary about doing something like this in the past, but I've been convinced that our playerbase is mature enough to use this successfully to encourage and reward good RP.

Here's how it works:

- Every day, anyone who has credibility above the baseline amount will gain a small amount of experience as it decays back towards the baseline, based on the level of his or her credibility.

- This experience gain is only loosely connected to your level, so it is more useful for lower-level players (i.e., those who are just getting started roleplaying in Midkemia). The XP is not particularly amazing, either, but it's a small reward for creating an enjoyable RP environment for other players.

There are also some new safeguards built in to detect and prevent abuse:

- As part of this update, we are going to be more stringent in requiring details for your esteem reasons. Be more specific than just "good rp" or "always making my roleplaying fun."

- Continually expressing esteem for the same player has diminishing returns, up to a point where no further credibility is gained for a period of time. The player will still see the normal esteem messages if you just want to acknowledge the good RP.

- All esteem reasons are logged and can be viewed by any Immortal at any time. Esteeming patterns that are deemed suspicious are flagged for review. Reasons we deem silly or frivolous will result in lost XP as well as having the ability to express esteem and to be esteemed removed.

- Short answer: Don't abuse it. You'll lose the ability to participate, and lose more XP than you gained.

I want to reiterate that this is on a trial basis, and I may decide to pull the plug without any warning if it becomes too onerous for us to monitor or is being rampantly abused. Thanks to everyone who makes Midkemia a great environment for roleplayers and RP in general!

Penned by my hand on the 8th of Wochem, in the year 35.