|In Development :: Player Owned Bartenders –|
Players will now be able to purchase and own a Barkeep, that can be placed in the player’s house. The barkeeps will serve as a method for players to support and announce their own events and quests. The barkeeps will have the following properties:
The original proposal is here. The thread for this update is here. Of course, some quotes from Gromm follow ((that’s why you come here, right? for the 1337 cut-and-paste?)) –
Barkeeps will be in the various taverns throughout the cities, to support the scenarios as well, with the scenario rumors. However, players will not be able to add rumors to these barkeeps.
- Saying “news” to a barkeep will give a scenario hint, just like a town crier.
- The “tip rumor” will be optional and customizeable by the player owner. Amounts of gold under 50 gold will cause the Barkeep to speak this rumor. Amounts over 50 gold will be returned.
- In addition to the one tip rumor, players can put 3 “oracle style” rumors with keywords on the Barkeep. (oracle style rumors are spoken once certain keywords are said by the player. The rumor and linking keyword are added to the Barkeep by the player owner).
- There will be no limitations on what style of housing the Barkeeps can be placed within.
- Barkeeps will be customizeable like a player vendor, with clothing/dress options.
- The Barkeep owner can make the Barkeep male or female.
- The Barkeep owner can choose another title for the Barkeep other than “Barkeep”, from an list of between 30 – 50 different job titles.
- Two Barkeeps will be allowed per home.
Ladies and germs, we have an update for you on the Barkeep. I give you… Barkeep 2.0!
First off let me get this out of the way – NO MORE HOUSE LIMITATIONS!! That’s right, friends and neighbors, anyone who has a public house can have a barkeep. As a matter of fact they can have two.
Also we’ve changed the message system on the barkeep as well. Before the barkeep would say a pre-scripted message when “tipped” with gold. There will still be a tip message. However the tip message will be completely customizable by the owner. If you don’t give him a tip message, he won’t take tips.
In addition to the tip rumor you can now add three, count them, three oracle style messages to your barkeep. That’s three phrases that the barkeep can say when the keyword you choose is spoken. You say “jump”, he’ll say “How high?” Well, if you want.
Many of you wanted personal town criers. Now you’ll have them. Say “news” to a barkeep and he’ll give you the current scenario rumor.
Now for the big changes…
Barkeeps are going to be fully customizable just like a player owned vendor. Actually, even more so because he’ll have an option to change his title as well. We’re planning on putting a list of “job” titles that you can choose from so if you’d rather have a butler, pirate, paladin, mage, etc… do it. Note that if you change him from a barkeep to (for example) a paladin he’s not going to sell you drinks.
Now let’s say you want an elderly grandmother in your house to give people a clue for a quest you’re running. You go out, you buy your barkeep deed with your hard earned gold, bring it home and WHAM-O! You’ve just dropped a strapping male barkeep! OH NO! What is a RP’er to do?? Change it’s sex of course with the handy dandy “Male / Female” option! You want a male, make it male. You want a female, make it female. You want to confuse your pet, switch it back and forth really fast.
Many of you wanted a greeting attached to the barkeep. We didn’t quite get that in, however, add a greeting and make the keyword “vendor buy” and anytime people buy drinks the barkeep will say your greeting.
Have a phrase too big for the barkeep to say? Divide it into two phrases and give them both the same keyword. The barkeep will say both phrases in order when he hears the one keyword. If you want you can use all three custom messages with just the one keyword.
Want people to know about your involvement in the event scenarios? (Of course you do!) Let’s say I had a barkeep right now. I could set a message “Lord Gromm is leading a hunt tonight for the beasts!” and set the keyword as “news”. If someone were to say “news” to my barkeep he would respond with “Orcs are attacking various cities throughout the realm! Lord Gromm is leading a hunt tonight for the beasts!” because “news” is the keyword for the scenario rumor and the message I entered.
Setting up your own quest? That’s where the tip rumor comes into play. Anyone can get the tip rumor with gold, so that’s your gateway. You can now make additional phrases with the three oracle style messages that relate to the tip message. For example, you could set up a barkeep with the tip message “There is a hunt on for Gromm.” Now you set one of your 3 other messages with the keyword “Gromm” and the next clue you want to give visitors.
We want you to get creative with this sucker and we feel now we’ve given you the tools to do it. A HUGE thanks to all of you that gave us feedback when we first announced the barkeep, your ideas and concerns have had a massive impact on the design. Want to have some more impact? Here’s a tentative list of the job titles we’re going to put on the barkeep. Let us know what you feel needs to be added or taken away.
Well… ok no you can’t, BUT, with the Male / Female option, the name gets changed every time you change the sex. So if you get a male with a name you don’t like, switch it to a female and back and he’ll have a new random name. :)
The keywords are going to be completely customizable by the player. Yes, technically this means any word can be used however being a potty mouth through your vendor will not be tolerated. I’ve already discussed the matter with the support dept. and they are fully prepared to act on anyone that puts nasty language on their barkeeps. And, yes, we already have tracking coded into the barkeep for just such an occasion. :)
Also forgot to mention there will also be a “no title” option just in case none of the available titles fit your needs. Just the name will show. Keep the suggestions coming, I’m writing some of this down!
If the barkeep has a title like “barkeep” or “waiter” or “innkeeper” etc, it will sell food and drinks. There will be no upkeep for the bartender but you will not collect any gold from it either. One time fee and it’s yours as long as you want it.
As far as placing a barkeep, it’s going to be placed and behave exactly like a player vendor. Non-moving, etc. The current plan is that you will buy a deed from NPC Inkeepers.