Role playing

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There are different systems that allow stories to be told in Ashes of Creation.[2]

A MMO lives and breathes on its community and we don't really want to give short shrift to any one of those types. All of them are important: the RPers are important, the people who just want to hang out in the Inn and talk are important, they all add to the game and so we want to make sure that we take care of all of them... You can run a business based on RPing.[4]Jeffrey Bard

Housing decoration

Players may decorate their player housing and other types of buildings.[6]

  • Furniture and artwork may be freely placed within player housing.[7]
  • Prized items such as achievements and trophies may be displayed.[8]
  • Characters will be able to interact with furniture items such as sit in chairs and lay in beds.[9]

Social organizations

Social organizations are ways for players to interact with the world around them in a different manner. They are about creating micro communities within the game.[11]

The whole idea of these societies is that they are a mechanism for progression that do not have to rely on your level progression. These are different progression paths that players can participate in. If you don't want to leave a node in your gameplay experience and you want to find as much as you can do within that city, these offer those things. Now, some quests might take you outside of the city to you know hunt and pursue things, but you could also perfectly be a person that is a merchant and purchases them from other travelers instead of having to go do it yourself. We want to offer players a diverse method of progression; and these systems house those benefits.[12]Steven Sharif

Social organizations function a little bit like factions, but without flagging mechanics.[13]

Sometimes two organization's goals might not align with each other and there'll be conflict there, but it's not going to be like everybody in the Traders Guild is at war with everybody in the Thieves Guild.[13]Jeffrey Bard

Social organizations are run by NPCs, however there will be ranks that certain members can attain that will grant some influence over the organization.[14]

Social animations

There are interactive social animations and emotes.[16] Some will be agreed-upon emotes that you can initiate with other characters.[17]

Emoji

Emoji adds additional flare either for chat or character representation.[18] Emoji packs were available in the Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding campaigns at the Explorer level and above.[18]

There will be role-playing emoji such as dice rolling.[19]

Parlor games

Parlor games are games that are played in player-built taverns or in-node taverns.[20] They will vary based on the racial influences of a node. Some will be dice games, others will be card games; and some will be less savory.[21]

  • These games will involve aspects of both chance and skill.[21]
  • They must be played between 2 or more people.[21]
  • Players will be able to wager in-game currency against other players.[21]
  • A portion of the income from the game goes to the tavern owner or node.[20][21]
  • Parlor games may reflect the predominant race of a node.[22]

Mobile interface

There may be a mobile application that allows players to interact with parlor games (tavern games).[23]

Character sheet

A character web page (character sheet) will be available closer to live launch that shows the following:[24]

The character page will be accessible in game by opening a browser through the UI.[25]

That's part of the character sheet desire for us which hopefully will be accessible in game as well by opening a browser through our UI where you can get back history of a character that that character has input themselves into journal entries that they may choose to share with others... For role play perspective we want people to be in depth with their characters.[25]Steven Sharif

The player can manage what info is shown on the character page.[24]

Marriage

There is a marriage mechanic in Ashes of Creation, including same-sex marriages.[27]

Marriage may unlock different activities that are not available to characters who are not married.[28]

Story arcs

Story arcs drive one or more quest lines in Ashes of Creation.[29]

  • Personal quest lines.
  • Cultural quest lines.
  • Regional quest lines.

Every stage a node develops it's unlocking narratives, storylines, it's changing the spawn population of the area around it, changing what bosses exist, it's triggering events where you may have legendary dragons attack the city. It's basically writing the story of the server based on the actions and determination of the players. So, you may experience a dungeon one month earlier and have a completely different story that relates to this location the next month, because something has changed either geopolitically or from the node standpoint.[30]Steven Sharif

Certain story arcs can be unlocked through the bulletin board system. Certain requirements would need to be met in order to access story arc quests.[31]

Server types

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