Lately there’s been some friction over in Lord of the Rings Online due to what players see as mishandling and miscommunication over the game’s vaunted “legendary” servers. Just about everyone has strong opinions about the pace of content unlocks for this progression shard, and that’s made me think about how we all kind of want to be in control of these special rulesets.
So let us have some fun today. Let’s say you won some sort of bizarre and very niche contest in which the MMO studio of your choice allowed you to design a special server for the game. You get to call the shots and make all of the rules. So what would it be? Progression? Permadeath? Super fast leveling? Pure vanilla fun? Only you and six of your closest friends could play it?
Whip up an imaginary server ruleset and then let us know what it’d be like down there in the comments. This will be, of course, a total popularity contest; if people like your idea, I expect you might get a lot of kudos and admiration for splendid armchair game design.