Whats the Problem?
Well currently nothing, kinships are great, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to earn new ranks and achievements for your kinship? Wouldn’t it be nice to have kinship goals, stats, quests and rewards, bound to kinship only?
Obviously, we are both in two- The Khazad Guard, and Heroes of Eriador on Eldar, and what has struck us is that whilst being able to decorate our own kin house is cool, the kinship rank system is pretty weak and there are no real goals for kinships that differentiate them from one another.
I honestly don’t know, but here are a few things I have been musing. There could be a linear rank system similar to what is present, but more interestingly I think it would be cool to split it into seperate fields each with its own rank- Crafting, Exploration, Dungeon Completions, Slayer, or various other categories, these can be added to as the game progresses and as or seems fit. Probably 4-5 catergories are enough.
Perhaps these ranks have to be earned with group struggles relative to their field? So for example how about and option for certain repeatable quests/craft quests/skirmish barterables where you can collect scrolls or some such and turn them in for Kinship points or ranks.
Exploration quests could be bought from a vendor in the homestead and involve Exploring and finding various points within the landscape and or Dungeons to complete the quest (this can include exploring parts of some old and new dungeons such as the Rift, DN or BG as well as just difficult to find and out of the way bits of open landscape). These can also be drawn from a pool of 20 or so locations, where you have to find 6 randomly generated ones each time, so its always going to be a little different. These can earn the kinship ranks in the exploration field or kinship points.
Crafting Quests can involve collecting a quest to enter say- the Hall or crafting and collecting a crafting component which an SM Guild Kindred member could to craft a special barterable which can be traded for ranks in the crafting field or kinship points.
This idea could be extended to HM completion/Boss Kills/PvMP anything currently in game.
These ranks could then have real rewards in the housing area. So how about achieve rank 4 in the crafting field and you can then spend your next kinship points to buy a superior forge, or workbench for the kin house? Achieve Rank 4 in Exploration you can spend your next kinship points on a Port to Evendim, Earn Rank 6 you can buy a port to Angmar? The Slayer Deeds can always Earn you Special Titles to go over your Kinship house, or Special Housing items. I’m pretty sure the HM raid veterans and PvMPers can think of what they would like as rewards too, but the basic idea is to Allow kins to work together to earn real game benefits, which suit their kinships basis.
This I’m pretty sure won’t happen as it doesn’t look like Kins or Housing will get any attention soon, and this affects both those areas- shock horror! But hey, its my first day back at work after Baby Dwarfs arrival and I gotta kill time somehow right?