During this week’s podcast, Justin explained to me something that Trion is up to in RIFT that blew me away: Players who have run a dungeon five times will be flagged as a veteran for future runs, granting them a big bonus whenever they run that dungeon with a non-veteran.
I have looked at this six ways from Sunday and I keep thinking it’s a brilliant way to integrate the community, to give seasoned players a reason to help out — even seek out — newbies to guide and train. It reminds me quite a bit of some of the other community-minded initiatives I’ve loved in other games, like teaching skills to other players in Star Wars Galaxies in order to accrue points to train your own master box, or corralling newbies into your monarchy in Asheron’s Call in order to boost your leadership rank. But I can’t think of many MMOs that do it exactly this way.
What do you think — is it a good idea? Should MMOs reward vets for helping newbies?