I know there have been a million threads and thoughts on this. But just for some lively discussion and forum movement while we eagerly await new info on this much anticipated game. I'd like to talk death penalties.
I'm in the camp that death should be avoided and feared at all costs. Therefore I would like to see some kind of tangible loss upon death.
I know EXP loss is frowned upon, and with an "EXP-less" system in place i think that would be a hard road to navigate.
HP/MP timed percentage penalties (rez sickness) are minimal but successive deaths would keep a player down and out for too long if timers weren't curable. On the flip side i believe that even a hefty financial cost to cure the player is too easy to overcome.
Equipment wear and tear. I think this is where we'll find FFXIVs death penalty.
Stick with me a minute. You fall in combat must have been an intense fight. you lose 10% of your armors durability. So to keep in ship shape you'll have to repair your gear.
Not only does this include the community since SE stated that crafter will be able to repair armor. These classes will be essential to the gameplay. I'm sure we'll have NPC blacksmiths that will charge for their services so we'll never to worry about finding a player to interact with. Finding a friend or linkshell mate thats skilled in armor repair will be invaluable!
-EDIT - (for after thoughts and format change)
Lets put a hard core spin on this, some examples of penalty effects:
1) Does the amount of durability translate into how well you'll preform as a character? So 10% reduction on your armor = 10% more damage taken
2) Maybe upon death a random piece of gear is damaged so it doesn't outright cripple your character for receiving just one death, but over the course of many deaths you'll start to under preform
3) Does your armor become less durable with normal use which could lead to dire times for repairs?
4) the less durability your gear has, the longer it takes to skill up.
I'd be ok with ideas 2 and 4, they seem fall into "i don't want death to happen but if it does at least i can keep playing" catagory
So I ask everyone what would your acceptable penalties be?
Edited, Jan 14th 2010 5:22am by SevenLittleChipmunks