Kinship Cloaks

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I like the idea of having kinship cloaks available to equip. Unfortunately, implementing such a system seems much more complicated that is immediately apparent, particularly to me as a layman and non-programmer/designer. There's a lengthy discussion/debate on the forms about kinship cloaks with the developer known as "floon". He makes great pains to explain why the current technology in LOTRO prohibits a kinship cloak system as envisioned by the OP without serious performance trade-offs. Some appreciated and accepted the insight, some didn't understand. That's normal. In any case, it's an interesting debate worth skimming through. I recommend using the Dev Tracker feature of the forums to find floon's statements in this thread.

Honestly, I can accept what floon has said. Because I realize I know less than he does - considerably less - in how such a system might work. Certainly I can conceptualize with the best of them. I'd like to think I have a robust imagination. There is mention, however, of a system that could work without straining the game's resources too much. Anything is better than nothing so long as it's well designed. It would be more limited, but I could go with that.

Then, of course, is the question of would I actually wear a kinship cloak and furthermore, would my kinship even bother? Well, if my kinship really wanted to have their own kinship cloak, I'd wear mine because I appreciate and support my kinship. But, in all honesty, I love the fact that I can customize and color coordinate my character. A kinship cloak might clash - and while I'm a guy that doesn't care too much about clashing, I do have at least a small semblance of visual design sensabilities. I suppose I would probably just recolor the rest of me to fit my kinship colors. No biggie.

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