節點階段

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曠野 (階段 0) 到 大都會 (階段 6)的節點發展展示影片。

Nodes advance by collecting experience from the actions of players nearby. As players complete content inside of a Node’s Zone of Influence (the area around the node), they contribute that experience toward the Node’s development. The experience given to the Node may then be modified based on certain Events and Accomplishments. When a Node reaches the experience required, it undergoes the process of advancing to the next stage. There are a few exceptions where a Node cannot advance even though it has the required experience - most commonly, a Node can not advance if a Node is a Vassal of another Node and would advance to the same stage as its Parent Node.[1]Margaret Krohn

節點有七個 (7) 發展階段,每階段也有升級所需經驗值。節點集滿經驗值後,就可以發展成下一階段[2]

節點階段[3] 圖示 別名[4] 發展所需時間[3] 玩家房屋[5]
0. 曠野 -
1. 遠征 Expedition symbol.png 十字路口 (Crossroad) 數小時 -
2. 營地 Encampment symbol.png 野營 (Camp) 許多小時 -
3. 村莊 Village symbol.png - 數天 小型房屋
4. 市鎮 - 許多天 中型房屋
5. 城市 - 數週 大型房屋
6. 大都會 都會 (Metro) 許多週 宅邸

節點發展

概念圖 — 位於較高等級的節點的影響區域內時,節點的可發展等級會設有上限。[6] 影響區域的形狀將會是不規則,圖中的圓形只用於方便解說。

從第三階段起,節點升級時,鄰近的節點會被納入成附庸節點。附庸節點是由上級節點擁有,且等級必須低於上級節點一級。這代表上級節點升級後,附庸節點才能升級。附庸節點會提供大量經驗給其上級節點,且同時可以有自己的附庸節點,但條件是這些節點也位於其上級節點的影響區域內。附庸節點受上級節點的政府、同盟、戰爭、稅務和貿易影響,且可以獲取聯邦援助。附庸節點不能對上級節點或自己的附庸節點宣戰。附庸節點的公民亦受上級節點的外交狀態約束。[2]Margaret Krohn

玩家 (公民或非公民) 於節點影響區域內進行活動 (任務採集團隊戰鬥等) 時,將有助該節點發展提升節點至更高階段[1][3]

隨着節點發展,其發展區域將會是出現文明的地方。節點發展至不同階段時,其發展區域內將會出現不同的建築物、NPC 和服務。節點等級愈高,發展區域便會變得愈繁盛,人口亦會變多。發展區域也會根據節點種類 (經濟、軍事、科技、神聖) 而變化。未來我們將會更詳細介紹每種節點種類。[1]Margaret Krohn

隨着節點發展,將會有獨特遊戲內容解鎖,但其影響區域會同時擴大,限制相鄰節點的可發展等級[7]

The way that the algorithm expands the territories takes into account a few things: One it takes into account the coast like where's the closest coast. Two it takes into account the neighboring nodes so it can take over and essentially vassal state those nodes, but what's more important is essentially the initial population based on like how players choose their races. Because we have nine different races and four different starting points that branch out, each server's population density is going to dictate essentially the first few nodes that are highly populated and then that initial seed is what's going to determine the node structure as it moves inland into the into the world essentially; and based on the performance and successes of different sieges will determine which nodes that got locked out from the previous the initial advancements what nodes can now be available to advance further. So I really think that with so many variables that are present in the equation of how nodes advance and stay existing with the more variables you have, the higher likelihood there is for there to be a significant diversion in world progression.[12]Steven Sharif

Normally the algorithm that's applied to the node territorial expansion will prevent significant nodes from being in close proximity to each other... There could be a perfect storm where all of the algorithmic progression of territory leads to having these nodes very close to each other because there's certain requirements that should that need to be available to satisfy node vassal takeovers; and it's possible that two nodes would never take each other over as vassals and end up kind of close together and spanning their territories in kind of opposite directions: The Tale of Two Cities kind of thing.[13]Steven Sharif

  • 影響區域內的其他節點達到等級上限後,才會從這些節點獲得經驗值。[6]
  • 玩家在節點升級時,與新出現的建築物處於同一位置的話,會被傳送至安全場所。[14]
  • 某節點的公民仍可以協助其他節點發展。[15]
  • 為了避免出現「為做而做」的情況,玩家不會明確知道節點升級實際需要多少物品或擊死多少隻怪物[16]

Different people have different resources invested in nodes progressing and it would be a little "gamey" if you could know exactly what was necessary at that point because that would disincentivize people from participating.[16]Steven Sharif

附庸節點

Village (stage 3) or higher nodes enslave nearby nodes, converting them into vassal nodes.[2][11]

  • Vassal nodes must remain at least one node stage below their parent node.[2]
  • Vassal nodes give excess experience to their parent node and may have their own vassals; so long as they fall within the parent node’s zone of influence.[2]
    • If a node is capped and is both a vassal and has its own vassals, any experience earned from itself or its Vassals is first applied to its own deficit. Experience beyond that is then sent to its parent node.[1]
  • Vassals are subject to the government, alliances, wars, taxes, and trade of their parent node, and are able to receive federal aid from them.[2]
  • Vassal nodes cannot declare war on their parent node or any of their vassals.[2]
  • Citizens of vassals are bound by the diplomatic states of the parent node.[2]

If a Node is a Vassal Node and is capped from advancing further, it first applies any experience earned to its own deficit (see Node Atrophy section), and then applies excess experience earned to its Parent Node. If the Parent Node advances and the Vassal is able to grow, it becomes uncapped. If a Node is capped and is both a Vassal and has its own Vassals, any experience earned from itself or its Vassals is first applied to their own deficit. Any experience beyond that is then sent to its Parent Node.[1]Margaret Krohn

相鄰節點

Adjacent nodes (Neighboring nodes) starting from Expedition (階段 1) will block (lockout) the growth of their immediate neighbors.[10][11]

節點佈局與風格

Racial architecture of the same 村莊 (階段 3) node on different servers. Dünir Dwarven influence (top). Kaelar Human influence (bottom). Alpha-1 非 NDA 截屏.

The layout and architecture within a Node’s development area are determined by influential race. For example, a stage 3 Node with the majority of player contribution being Py'rai would have a Py'rai village with Py'rai architecture. Most NPCs would be Py'rai elves, and offer questlines within the Py'rai narrative.[2]Margaret Krohn

Each player’s contributed experience is flagged with their character race and other identifiers. When a Node advances, the race with the highest experience contribution determines the Node’s style and culture. This style and culture change can happen at every Node Stage. For example, if a Node advances to Level 2 - Encampment Stage and 51% of all experience was earned by Ren’Kai players, the Node will be a Level 2 Ren’Kai Node. If that same Node advances to a Level 3 - Village Stage Node, but the Py'Rai contributed 62% of all the experience earned, then the Node will be a Level 3 Py'Rai Node.[1]Margaret Krohn

節點佈局與風格 is determined by several factors:[17][18]

  • Environment (biome) and location of the node.[19][17][18]
    The way that the node system is built is that they can exist across a spread of 18 biomes, but at the same time have to represent the cultural influence of these cultures that are intrinsically a part of a specific biome.[19]Steven Sharif
    • Nodes will adjust the local topography to fit the aesthetic and mechanical requirements of the node.[20]

Currently the way that the platform system is set up, is it's capable of adjusting the topography of the node's footprint, regardless of the surrounding terrain. So the reason for that is we want to have flexibility in the presentation of the node's layout and how it is essentially both from an aesthetic standpoint as well as a mechanical standpoint with node sieges- how it's constructed and that construction should have the ability to take on a variance of different types of topography. So it shouldn't be dependent on the surrounding area. Now that's not to say that the surrounding area isn't going to have some influence over. So for example... we're experimenting a little bit with the platform tech and putting up a node up against the side of a mountain or on the edge of a cliff or something that has a beautiful vista. Those are things that we're going to test out obviously as we continue to work on the node tool and how that platform system works, but the idea is to have the node independent of the surrounding terrain.[20]Steven Sharif

Some parts are determined by the area it's in. Some parts are determined by the type it is. Some parts are determined by the race it is; and then the rest of it is determined by the mayor.[18]Jeffrey Bard

All nodes whether they're associated with a castle or associated with normal node structure has cultural influences that replicate over to the buildings that are produced and the NPCs that are present.[26]Steven Sharif

  • The rest is determined by the node's mayor.[18]

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