Maybe there is a way to set the xp system so that the lower levels get their regular xp if their in a party of three or more characters with one or more high levels. That would limit the duo's going out with their alts to "grind" xp as the rule seems to be in place for.
Fourthly; What do PC's at the top of their game do? what incentive is there for a level 40 player to join a group of level 10's? They might enjoy some Rp but both parties know the situation is untenable if they want to get some xp or do something so invariably the level 40 leaves as they dont want to spoil the L10's fun.
I already see the words exploit, powergaming/levelling (as you already put), cheating on the way because that is essentially why there is an xp penalty. It prevents friends bringing lowbies along with their high chars, doing all the work and the lowbie essentially functions as a bot. You could say its for RP but with no GM there to ensure you are actually RPing training, explanations etc in detail. Its impossible to tell if its serving an RP purpose or a powergaming purpose.That is why there is a small level range allowance so lower chars can mix with higher levels chars and this RP would still take place (depending on who commands a superior build ofc). Perhaps expanding the range a bit would be better than lowering xp penalties. It would encourage more interaction even if it makes some areas much easier to grind depending on whos online.. but tbh, the spider caverns see this done and frequently so, maybe its not that big a deal.
What do you consider the "regular XP" to be for a low-level character who in a party that kills a high-level monster?
This will prevent the "Oh I'd like to invite so and so but they'll kill our xp". If you venture out into an area above your pay grade you shouldnt get the same xp as the higher ups I agree.
Don't take this the wrong way (meaning, I'm not coming down on you), but is this truly a common thing?
Quote:Originally Posted by willhoff View PostThis will prevent the "Oh I'd like to invite so and so but they'll kill our xp". If you venture out into an area above your pay grade you shouldnt get the same xp as the higher ups I agree.Don't take this the wrong way (meaning, I'm not coming down on you), but is this truly a common thing? If so, it's a pretty terrible way to treat other players.
It is, let me give you an example. I'd love to help Rag get stronger for RP reasons through the cailomel's shop and such. Planning for Shop trips has been hard for that as some of our members are too low levels for some area's that's fine, but also because for the time invested, although fun and with RP, they get very little out of it. One of the reason why I have a few chars was to be able to play with different people but also not be a drain on levels for those who are lower than mine. Heck over time, as I was talking with Jil about it lately, I have even stopped the level progression of some of my chars so they would remain close to their rp spouse/loved ones, in the hopes that they would be able to travel together and not be a drain on them.So yeah it happens daily I would say.
That's pretty sad.