Does the Eberron mythos Include a Prison Plane? There is already a battle plane (Shavarath) and a crazy plane (Xoriat). I wonder what we would call a prison plane? Definitely need some help from Keith Baker on this one.
This is not all just idle speculation; Eberron may need a prison plane. Or more accurately, DDO may need a prison server, and it would need a name too, right? Like Sarlona or Orien except a giant prison.
But I may be jumping ahead. Let’s roll back to last week, when Daybreak Games announced that Everquest II would open and use a “prison server”.
Wait, what? A prison server? What even is that?
According to EQII developer Windstalker, a prison server would work like this:
Ultimately, players who are caught breaking our rules and disrupting EQ2 live server gameplay will be flagged for this server, and no others — ever. Characters on these accounts will be copied to Drunder (the “prison server”) and can never leave or transfer to another server.
Think of it. No more “time outs“. No more “Exxxxtreme Prejudice“. You get busted for something bad enough, or often enough, and off you go, never again to trouble the good peoples of (the rest of us).
But you can still play DDO.
You get no customer support, but for the most part, we’ve all learned to do with less of that. Maybe, for a certain type of player, you’d actually prefer to play on a prison server. Dupe all you want; no one cares. Harass, grief, and exploit each other to your heart’s content.
I’ve gone on and on about forum and in-game moderation. I have all kinds of opinions. But one of the drawbacks to all of the plans is the lack of a reasonable punishment. You can ban someone, or not. There are variations on the theme (temporary bans) and Extreme Prejudice, but that is all. Either Turbine boots the player, and forfeits whatever money he or she may have provided towards the game, or they do not. But a prison server would give Turbine at least one new tool, maybe more if they expand Daybreak’s idea and work in the concept of rehabilitation and return.
I see only one potential drawback; there might be a sort of copycat phenomenon where people who want to play on the prison server compete to see who can do the most publicly, dramatically bad thing to earn their sentence. Maybe Turbine could offer a free one-way transfer to avoid some of that?
You would think that those who frequent the DDO Vault would be the most interested in such a server, and in fact the topic did get some consideration. Nowhere near as much as more pressing Vault topics like “which account is really a sock puppet of which other account?” but in fairness, no one official is talking about a DDO prison server, and any conversation on the topic is purely wishes and speculation. I expect the conversation would pick up if anyone Turbine-associated gave an indication that a DDO prison server could maybe actually happen.
It makes me wonder.
- How many people have been banned?
- How many would come back to the game if they could?
- How many of them would rather play on a server like this, where they are free to do whatever, whenever, without consequences?
- How many of them would buy stuff from the DDO store?
- Or pay for VIP accounts?
- How many people would go there voluntarily?
- What would the game be like for those of us who remained on the “paladin” servers?
🙂 😀 🙂