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City of Heroes Issue 13 Day Jobs Preview

Posted Mon, Oct 13, 2008 by Ralsu

Designing Day Jobs, by Game Designer Phil Zeleski


Picking a Day Job gives your avatara bonus when you log out in the correct location.

Day Jobs, a new feature for City of Heroes, rewards players even when they aren't playing the game. It's called offline character progression and while other games have done this before, City of Heroes takes it to a whole new level. Simply put, Day Jobs reward players with additional powers and benefits when they log back in. This also gives characters greater depth by allowing them to flesh out their identities and back-stories. Our goal was to create a robust system that benefits players now as much as possible while also allowing the system to grow with future content updates.

Day Jobs and Badges
The Day Job system allows players to log out from a specific location (like a hospital or vault) and when they return to play, after an extended log out period, they will gain a temporary power or some other benefit. All of the benefits granted from Day Jobs, other than badges and accolades (see below) are temporary or have a certain number of uses before they expire. However, each time a character logs out from the same area, the corresponding benefits are replenished. Most rewards take 10 days of logged out time to reach the maximum benefit.

When characters are logged out from a designated location (consecutively or non-consecutively) for a total of 30 days they will earn a badge associated with the corresponding Day Job. This will result in additional benefits. Once a badge is earned, the rate at which characters accumulate benefits, and even the potency of them increase!

Below is a list of most, but not all, of the Day Jobs available in Issue 13: Power and Responsibility:

Hero Day Jobs

Day Job Name Log Out Location Benefit
City Official  City Hall (Atlas Park) Influence Bonus upon mission complete.
 Law Enforcer  Police Stations Experience Bonus upon mission complete
Commuter  Train Stations Travel speed bonus.
 Shop Keeper  Store Lobbies Enhancement drop on mission complete.
Intern  Portal Corp Lobbies Large Inspiration upon mission complete.
Caregiver  Hospital Lobbies Out of combat regeneration bonus.
Professor  Inside Universities Random tech salvage drop upon mission complete.
Midnighter  Inside the Midnighter's Club Random arcane salvage drop upon mission complete.
Banker  Inside a Vault Influence Bonus upon mission complete.
Clubber  Pocket D Out of combat recovery bonus.
 Fashion Designer  Tailor Lobbies Coupons that will grant a discount at the tailor.
Mortician Graveyards XP Debt Protection


Villain Day Jobs

Day Job Name Log Out Location Benefit
Demagogue   Arachnos Building (Marconeville, Port Oakes) Influence Bonus upon mission complete.
 Arachnos Agent Arachnos Bases and Arachnos Controlled areas. Experience Bonus upon mission complete
Pilot Near Black Helicopters Travel speed bonus.
Smuggler  Ferry Docks Enhancement drop on mission complete.
 Crey Employee Crey Industries Building in Nerva Archipelago Large Inspiration upon mission complete.
 Pain Specialist  Hospital Lobbies Out of combat regeneration bonus.
Professor  Inside Universities Random tech salvage drop upon mission complete.
Midnighter  Inside the Midnighter's Club Random arcane salvage drop upon mission complete.
Thief  Inside a Vault Influence Bonus upon mission complete.
Clubber  Pocket D Out of combat recovery bonus.
 Fashion Designer  Tailor Lobbies Coupons that will grant a discount at the tailor.
Mortician Graveyards XP Debt Protection


Next up are the Accolades and the On Patrol function, which introduces rest XP. Just continue to page two.

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