Pirates of the Burning Sea Developer Log: PvP Rewards

Posted Thu, Apr 10, 2008 by Aelryn

PvP is full of treasure! Treasure!

The latest Pirates of the Burning Sea developer log discusses PvP rewards on the high seas!

I’ve got a love-hate relationship with the economy in Pirates. On one hand, it’s a system that I designed from the ground up, and of every system in the game it’s the one that most closely matches my original design vision. I continue to be happy with its overall robustness, particularly given how player-driven economies are considered a horrifying design challenge in the MMO industry.

On the other hand, I admit to being really, really tired of discarding changes that I think would be positive for the game as a whole because they’d unbalance the economy in some subtle but important way. I am deeply envious of games that have the freedom to simply toss new rewards into their loot tables and create repeatable quests that are massively rewarding.

Read it (along with the other dev logs) at the PoTBS site.


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