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More specifically, multiplayer RPG's.. yeah, you read that right.

Lately I've been thinking about the possibility of making a permadeath system work in a multiplayer RPG, a genre where players typically get attached to their characters and the progress they've made.

It's always bothered me a little how the death of your character in a lot of games, particularly MMO's, is treated as something so infinitely insiginificant.
Worst case scenario you pay a repair bill or suffer temporary ressurection sickness. I understand the idea from a gameplay perspective, it's a timesink to pusnish the player for screwing up, but it still just bothers me.

So here's what I've thought of so far! I'd love to hear your own ideas or personal criteria to make it appeal to yourself :)

I figure the game would have to be designed with permadeath in mind, in a way that playing through it multiple times doesn't feel like a daunting grind or uninteresting retreading. Perhaps give them a limited amount of lives, so an accidental death doesn't halt their progress early on for new players. A non-scaling progression system so you're always able to compete with higher level players or go visit some other content without fear of being too low level.

Then I got an idea for a Legacy system.
As you go through the game with a character, unbeknownst to the player, you'll be unlocking various achievements. Accomplishing certain tasks will be logged as significant events and everything noteworthy gets recorded in the character's "personal history".

When the character finally dies, this history becomes available to them so that the legacy of their characters "live on".
Achievements and the like might unlock bonuses or perks for future characters, which are only available after the initial character's death.
Perhaps if you manage to reach certain milestones in the previous character's progression, you may be able to create a subsequent character as an heir to the first one, providing them with more or alternate perks. Perhaps valuable items collected by the first character are passed on as heirlooms, and so on.

A bunch of things like this to hopefully encourage the feeling that their progression, and now death, was never in vain. Ideally the players shouldn't walk away with a feeling of having wasted all the hours spent.

What say you?

TL;DR:
Permadeath in online RPGs
Yes?
No?
Maybe?
How to?
What do?
Why?

Nosgoth Fanart - Sentinel sorcerer by Gray-philosophy
Nosgoth Fanart - Sentinel sorcerer
The Razielim were supposedly quite skilled with spellcraft once, they now hide their hideous figures in heavy robes. 
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Nosgoth Fanart - Reaver Samurai by Gray-philosophy
Nosgoth Fanart - Reaver Samurai
Supposedly the Reavers (Dumahim) were inspired by samurais. This is my attempt at making a more visibly samurai-inspired armour.
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Good day...

I spend quite some time drawing when i'm not out and about. And figured i might aswell put it on display..

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Sverdy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello,good day or night)
Here born i group about Nosgoth online:
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If you want and interested you can joun your arts about this game here)
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Gray-philosophy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I'd love to :)
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Sverdy Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's my pleasure (:
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brawlingsilver Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Ive said this before. I have so much respect for pencil drawings because thats what im good at. like yo :D. but i have been practicing digital to broaden my experience. I love all of your art and I think you are so incredibly talented , never stop, please.
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Gray-philosophy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks a lot man! :) I'm not planning on stopping anytime soon fortunately. I should probably start finishing some more drawings that I can upload though xD
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Zebucompany Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
hey you. where are you? be online more.
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Gray-philosophy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was in Bruxelles. Back now :)
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xSnafu Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :)
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Mistgod Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Welcome to the dungeon!
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Gray-philosophy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm sure i'll like it here!
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