Okay, so I want to give my 2 chyen about this topic and also vent a little.
This has happened to more than one of my characters, it’s already bad enough that almost every NPCs and his mother can kick your ass and most likely will do so, in the lifetime of your character.
I’ve seen several oldbies abusing combat, because there is no way that a fresh character (1-6 months) can stand against them. So they basically can drag you around and do crazy shit to your character in a very unrealistic fashion since they know OOCly that the can. It breaks immersion honestly, most often than not is uncalled for and doesn’t generally lead to rich RP for anyone.
Now even if I don’t like the above, it pales in comparison to olbies perming characters under very weak excuses. Oh, your character looked at mine funny? Guess what? I am killing your character and there is nothing that you can do about it, because the UA curve is so steep and the gap between characters power is so big, that is completely unbalanced. (I don’t even want to talk about players who do things so ridiculous and OOCly as stalking people outside Genetek.)
When I mention this, GMs usually tell something like: “Once your character is a year old or more, the gap is not so big and things balance out”. Well, that would sound great if it was easy for a character not to get killed so easily.
Dear olbies, the “theme” is already hard enough on new players to add you killing new characters under lame pretenses to show how much of a badass your character really are. If you want to prove that you’re a badass, please do it in a fashion that promotes RP for both parts and don’t kill the new characters.
All the time, I see people saying thing on OOC chat like “Oh, I wish there were more new players” and “We need all to vote so we can attract new players”. Well guess what? It is kind of a moot point, because if you bring new players and their characters get murdered by olbies for no good reason, then they are not going to want to stick around for very long to RP with anyone.
I keep hearing that the whole point of SD is to RP, well if you turn it into a Dark Souls simulator there is not going to be more new people to RP with. Seriously guys, as seasoned players you should know better and try to make the game more engaging and enjoyable for everyone.
Also I know this game has been around for ages and veteran players must be pretty stuck in their old ways, so I am not expecting my banter to change anything, but I just want to express that I believe there is a better way to things.
Hopefully new players will agree with this to an extent, because mindless killing PCs doesn’t seem okay, especially on a game that prides itself to be about RP and not hack and slash. Because when you are killing a PC, you’re taking a decision for the other player to end all the time and effort that he put into the game with that character, so that decision should not be made lightly.
That’s all, I am done. END OF BANTER.