(ATTN: This is long. My apologies to the forum trolls)
There's an ongoing debate on how to foster the RP community, and though I touched on the subject in the original thread I thought that I could clarify with specific steps I would take, because at this point it's not only about creating an environment that will foster RP on both the good and evil side, it's a matter of creating a big enough splash that you can draw people's attention who may have otherwise already made up their minds that IPY just isn't for them.
The main points of contention are as follows:
1. IPY already has many tools which are awesome for good-aligned RP guilds.
2. IPY has many tools which are very effective at controlling the PK population.
3. Many evil RP'ers will not come to IPY because of those very effective tools that control the PK population, since often time being evil involves PK'ing.
While we can talk about champ spawns, pixel crack, skill gain, etc... and while all of those things are indeed good for RP and are things that will attract RPers here, ultimately people will stay for the community, and the centerpiece of any long-lasting RP community is good vs. evil conflict.
So we have plenty of goodies for the good guys... but we really need alot more for the bad guys. Yew has enjoyed alot of success on IPY, but the last few months we found ourselves being the only game in town... the only active RP guild. When you have no one to play with but yourself... things can start getting a little stale.
So since IPY has many tools which are awesome for good-aligned RP guilds, but the tools for keeping the PK population are so effective that they have choked out evil RP guilds... how do you create a system that will be welcoming to evil RPers without also giving carte blanche for griefers to take over? Here's what I'd like to suggest... it's a multi-tiered system that would really have to go in as a group of features in order to obtain the desired effect: drawing evil RPers to IPY and by extension re-vitalizing the good-aligned RP community.
In essense, it involves 3 main systems:
I. Modifications of the Evil Regions
II. Modifications to the Paladin & Justice System
III. Tools for Evil RPers
Since this forum only allows me 10000 character-long posts, I'll be breaking this into 3 posts. Yes, it's that ungodly long. As you might have guessed, I'm a huge UO nerd.