Guild wars

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Guilds may wage war with other guilds.[1] Guild war mechanics include:

  • A war declaration period.[1]
  • Objective based components.[1]
  • Victory and surrender conditions.[2]
  • Guilds may war multiple guilds/alliances at a time.[2]
  • Guild wars operate outside the PvP flagging system.[2]

We're taking guild politics to a whole new direction in regards to playing those conflicts out.[3]Steven Sharif

Guild war objectives

Objectives spawn in the world based on the level of the guild war and the assets available to the guilds, whether it be a guild hall or guild fortress.[4]

If you have a guild hall and a certain type of guild war is declared that is maybe a higher stakes kind of war, some of those objectives will be centralized either at your guild hall, at the opponent's guild hall; could be a progression step towards the guild hall. It might be a specific a period of time that accumulates into into a central battle at the guild hall for an objective.[4]Steven Sharif

Guild war features are currently still in the design stage, but the overall goal is to make guild wars more objective based and include greater risk for each side.[4]

I can't really define exactly what those features are yet because that design stage is still up in the air from a discussion standpoint. There's a lot of different ideas that relates to how those two can come into play, but I will say that in every MMO I've ever played guild wars are very binary. They're very like 'Okay you've declared, you have a number of kills to deaths and the guild war's over, thank you...' My objective to kind of change that dynamic is to include greater risk for the sides to initiate the war and also to make it more objective-based than just a binary kill death ratio; and the fortresses and guild halls come into that type of facilitating that change.[4]Steven Sharif

Guild alliances

Guild leaders can create an alliance at a certain level by completing a quest.[5]

  • Once created, the leader can invite up to three other guilds to this alliance.[5]
  • There is no member cap in an alliance, only a maximum of four guilds.[5]
  • Guild leaders will be able to pool resources into a guild alliance bank.[6]
  • There will be alliance specific quest lines.[6]
  • Alliance members will share a common chat channel.[6]
  • Alliances will have affiliations and gear that can be attained.[6]

You can only invite a number of guilds to the alliance before you must form a new alliance; and then those alliance can have a de facto friendship but they won't have any game component of connection. What the alliance system would allow is pooling of resources into by guild leaders into an alliance guild alliance bank. Will allow certain participation in different quest lines. It will allow common area chat for members and it will allow affiliations and gear that can be attained as well.[6]Steven Sharif

Due to the lack of fast travel, guilds will need to plan to have people in the right place at the right time. Alliances with other guilds will help enable that.[7]

There's going to be some mechanics at play that could have even Alliance Wars so to speak: A war between guilds and a war between alliances maybe. When we delve into the blog about Guild Wars we're going to talk about alliances.[8]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation may have specific content that revolves around Alliances.[9]

Content that revolves around alliances specifically and progression within the development of that alliance; and the ability to share some common services between guilds that are part of that alliance. I think that additionally allowing alliances to toggle certain relationships with nodes as an interaction is beneficial. That's going to provide an interesting dynamic for players who are either members of the particular node that has the relationship established or members of the Alliance. So I think that obviously building systems is is about creating the channels by which these players can form bonds and the more layers you have around those you know channels of bonding between the different guilds or players, the more sustainable that relationship.[9]Steven Sharif

Affiliations

An "affiliation tree" is still under development that determines which entities can participate in attacks against other entities within its heirerchy.[10]

There is guild affiliation, there's party affiliation, there's a raid affiliation, alliance affiliation, there's a citizenship affiliation, there's society affiliation, there's religious affiliation. All of these things have some hierarchy; and within that hierarchy there's the ability to participate within certain systems. So for example, if you have a node that has fallen under your vassal state and you're a citizen of the parent node, then you could participate in a siege against the vassal node but if you're a citizen of the vassal node you could not participate as an attacker against the parent node; so there's a hierarchy, unless you were to renounce your citizenship.[10]Steven Sharif

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