Something that has caused issues in both Lusternia and other IRE games is the way cloaking gems work. While a valid and useful tool for both combat and general hiding, the problem we face with cloaking gems is that they leave the game feeling somewhat empty and it can drive away newer players.
Lusternia is the last of the IRE games to retain the current system of cloaking gems, all the others moving away to a better system which enhances player visibility while retaining some effect of being hidden. This is something that we have decided to move on as well and we have conversed amongst ourselves a bit to come up with some plans and ideas on how to move forward.
Below are all the changes we are planning on making, but wanted to get some feedback from the player base before we make the changes.
Cloaking gems will no longer remove a player from the WHO list completely. It will remove their location, but not their name (Example below).
The bottom line of the WHO list (the ‘Currently, there are x Lusternians’ line) will be adjusted to show the total number of players online (Example below).
Cloaking gems will have the ability to use their current effect (being removed from WHO completely) for 10 minutes with 5 uses maximum per real life day.
All players, regardless of their in-game location, will be shown on the WHO list.
Thirdeye will function the same for players on the same plane, but not others.
We are going to add little location blurbs for players not on the same plane as the one you are standing on (Example below).
The EWHO command will function essentially the same, showing room names of players, aside from those who have a cloaking gem.
The one exception to this will be manse room names. It will show players in manses similar to the normal WHO example below.
We are also going to remove the little bit at the end of the line which has [PLANE] from the EWHO command, and correct the player count at the bottom of EWHO.
Example new WHO (WITH Third-eye):
Aeral - [Travelling Off-Plane]
Aisha - a solemn graveyard
Alysi - [Traversing the Aetherways]
Aramantos - (cloaked location)
Ayisdra - the northern tower wall-walk
Calista - the Garden of the Moirae
Etra - [Travelling Off-Plane]
Evette - the northern tower wall-walk
Exeryte - the northern tower wall-walk
Faragan - the northern tower wall-walk
Freja - (cloaked location)
Galaphyrae - the northern tower wall-walk
Huskii - the northern tower wall-walk
Iazin - [Within an Aethermanse]
Kalaneya - the northern tower wall-walk
Kalliope - [Travelling Off-Plane]
Keegan - [Traversing the Aetherways]
Currently there are 17 Lusternians, 8 of which are hidden from you.
As an explanation:
Any player not on the same Plane as you will be shown as [Travelling Off-Plane].
Any player in an Aethership in Aetherspace or on a bubble will be shown as [Traversing the Aetherways].
Any player in an aethermanse will be shown as [Within an Aethermanse].
We are also considering adding more lines such as [Delving the Ruins of Grimkeep] for Grimkeep and other areas we may release in the future, to show players actively doing cool and fun things.
The total number of players will always be every online player, however the ‘x of which are hidden from you’ will account for cloaking gems, manses, off-plane, off-continent etc.
We are going to adjust CWHO/GWHO to show ‘Currently, there are x visible citizens and y travelling far-off places’ to account for players off-continent or off-plane, etc.
We are going to remove the BWHO command, as it functions the same as QWHO.
As stated, we are looking for some feedback on this before we make any changes, and want to take your opinions on board before we start making changes.
Thanks in advance,