View Full Version : Suggestions for storypoints
11-15-2002, 06:51 AM
1. monthly storypoints for regular accounts
Just a thought that one way to enhance the use of storypoints as a "currency" for player requests to GM's and such would be to make them more widely available across the subscriber base. For instance, if regular subscribers received, say 10-15 storypoints per month, then they would be more aware of their uses, get some less frequent perks via storypoints, and perhaps be tempted to upgrade to premium.
2. allow players to transfer storypoints to other player's on a character basis
Another way to use storypoints once they are more widely available would be to allow players to "gift" them to each other. This should be done either anonymously or character to character, with an option to attach a short comment along with the gift "Thanks for a great job helping me with my plot".
This way, even if I didn't have any use for my storypoints, I could give them away to OOC acknowledge the contributions (role-play, helpfulness, whatever) of other characters, and feel good about it. Some "guidelines" might be needed to avoid IC/OOC issues (storypoints should NOT be used to buy IC goodies from other characters), but I think it would be a nice option as an OOC player to player kudos or thank-you.
11-15-2002, 07:25 AM
1. No. This was a benefit given to premium accounts. Basic accounts can get them as rewards for refering people, among other things. This is the way that it should stay.
2. I like this.
11-15-2002, 09:53 AM
2. Contact the people running the game you are playing and speak to them. I think it's more possible that speaking to them will give you a chance to reward those whom helped with your plot. I don't see this happening for the possible abuse.
Someone, who'd probably have to be nutzo, could go out and purchase two premium accounts, transfering all points to the first account. Which means after say a year, you could have spent $600 to get 1200 storypoints. Adding 600 points a year for each account you did this with. I say nutzo cause that's lots of money to really grant useful amounts of points. But it is abusable.
But if someone came to me, I'd at least be willing to listen to them. As the process of storypoints becomes more and more automated, I'll be more willing to listen. I wouldn't want to constantly be bothering the people who do handle the storypoint system. But if a guide came up and told me about what a wonderful OOC assist someone filed and how it really made their day, I'd certainly be open to listening to them wanting to do something nice in return.
On the other side though, is this OOC favoritism? Say Quigg is friends with a group of five premium players and they all go in to get him a courtier package (TEC equivalent I think is patriarch) which he uses to repay them.
Does this sound paranoid to you? I'm not really the paranoid type, but I do listen to when people complain and see trends. All good things can be twisted.
1. Storypoints are not currency. They are an OOC reward for OOC actions. If they were currency, we would be taking existing things away from players and requiring them to use storypoints to get them. Instead, the points now give everyone a chance at OOC rewards you had to have a good commincative relationship with staff with to get. The thought behind this idea though is very good, "giving more people a chance to gain storypoints so they can see the value of premium accounts more"
11-15-2002, 10:51 PM
I don't agree with these suggestions but I still think that it should be a little easier for non-premium account holders to get SP as reward for their actions, other than just referring people. I don't know how easy it is in other games for mentees to refer their mentor for SP, but in GR the process is terribly inefficient and a lot of mentors are going unrewarded (like myself for example. I started a thread in the GR discussion forum on this topic a few weeks ago if you want my reasons as to why I think this is so), unless their 'mentee' also was referred by them IRL or whatever, and they can just tell them "Oh, when you name me as your referrer don't forget to name me as your mentor as well, so I can get the most SPs". In those cases, they're just getting a bonus 50 SP for referring someone without doing any of the work that is implied by being referred as a mentor. And what about the mentees who are already paying for an account, then decide to try a new game and need a mentor to help them? The mentor can't be rewarded because the mentee is already subscribed and that's all that matters as far as Skotos is concerned.
11-16-2002, 12:34 AM
Please note: From every person that they refer and mentor, they can get 71 SPs.
1 SP for the initial referal
20 SP if they stay and pay.
50 SP if they list you as a mentor when they pay.
11-16-2002, 01:07 AM
You think I don't know that?
I'm suggesting that more often than not, referrers are going to get the full 71 points whether they do any mentoring or not, while mentors who do no referring will get nothing. There needs to be more of a separation between referrals and mentoring, otherwise the whole mentor aspect is really just an extention of referrals where no actual mentoring need take place.
11-16-2002, 10:09 AM
Actually, the mentor more frequently is not the referrer. Unless I'm mistaken, the mentor form is totally blank, without any names filled in.
However, feedback on increasing the likelihood of listing a mentor is quite appreciated. We're right now considering if there's any way to get individual game names out to our user database, to improve the possibilitity of listing mentors.
If you think anything else would help, let us know.
11-20-2002, 06:35 AM
Every three months I get that list thingie...pick your three favourite games blah blah.
Why not have that pop up for a newlie after they've been around a month paid? And if they dont enter anything, its as a click option?
11-26-2002, 03:56 AM
Do they still give Story points for signing up right at the start?
12-20-2002, 09:32 PM
*makes hundreds of new accounts and lists himself as the mentor*
*cackles insanely at his own madness*
*gets kicked off Skotos*
09-10-2008, 10:41 PM
So how many SP if I put a large print magnet advertisement on the side of my Semi?;)
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