Force Ranking System
JustG from the FRS designer
In order to advance the player must first acquire the appropriate amount of experience. This experience is granted through PVP actions. The experience can also be lost through PVP defeats as well as not performing prescribed. Only Jedi within the FRS may earn or lose this PVP experience. Same-side PvP will generally not yield any XP exchange between players. The only exceptions are XP exchange as a result of either a dark side arena challenge or a dark side pvp "condition" – "petitioner sudden death" for instance. I.e. if two same-ranked petitioners in the force rankings kill one another, they should exchange XP.
Once the experience costs have been met, the player is eligible for advancement into the next higher Rank. Whenever an open slot becomes available for a Rank in which that player meets the requirements, he may petition for it. After 1day of open petitioning, every existing member within the Tier that is granting the advancement (with the exception of those petitioning) have 1 day to vote on their selection. Open petitioning is the phase of voting during which players interested in advancing, "put their names into the hat". After the petitioning phase, voting starts. Voting simply consists of indicating which player you think should get the spot. There are no "against" votes, only "for" votes. Think "tick marks". Votes within the rank of advancement count double. The player with the most votes is given 1 day to accept the promotion via the voting terminal. If he does not accept within the one day, his win is nullified and a new round of petitioning begins. In the advent of ties, the winner is randomly selected. If there is more than one seat open at the close of voting, the top vote getters each receive a chance to accept the promotion. In the advent that no seats are available at the voting close (someone was demoted into that slot), the highest vote getter is recorded. Once a slot is freed, he may immediately accept the promotion without further voting provided that he still meets eligibility for the new rank.
Within the Dark Rankings, this petitioning for a new Rank enables PvP among all candidates of also seeking that same position. If a Jedi slain by a rival candidate during this time, he is removed from the vote. All votes on him are transferred to the victor.
All Dark Jedi PvP conditions (currently the only condition active in the system is the "Petitioner Sudden Death" condition, mentioned above in connection with the voting system) are registered in the enclave. When a player comes online, the player object queries the enclave for his/her "PvP Condition Enemies". The player then activates a "permanent" enemy flag against all enemies returned from the enclave. Whenever a PvP condition starts, all players are currently notified via system messages that explain which player/group they are enemies with.
In the case of the "sudden death" pvp action, if a dark jedi is slain by a fellow petitioner, all votes that the loser has accumulated will be distributed amongst all of the fellow petitioners who were involved in the players death. It is possible (known, shippable issue) that a perma enemy flag persists beyond the expiration of the PvP condition. This can occur if a PvP conditions expires (i.e. voting concludes, in this case) while the players are online. If the Jedi choose to kill each other after the condition has expired, but they are still flagged, they will neither gain nor lose Jedi XP for that kill/death. This is an issue we hope to be able to resolve in the future.
When a player advances to a new Rank, he automatically gains the corresponding skill box, receiving all of its benefits.
Player A is of Rank II. He has 30,000 experience and is therefore eligible to advance to Rank III. When an opening within Rank III is created, he petitions for it. Two other players within his Rank do likewise. After 1 day, the voting begins. Every player in the first Tier (Ranks I, II, III, and IV) is able to vote. Since this is a promotion into Rank III, the votes of the players in this Rank are doubled. If Player A receives more votes than any other player he is eligible for promotion. If he accepts this promotion from the voting terminal during the "Acceptance" phase, the Rank III skill is automatically granted to him, along with any abilities it contains.
Players will receive email notifications in regards to voting issues.
Update: Addition to the Light Side FRS advancement opportunities
A new system in the Light Side FRS that enables a Jedi, at the cost of Force Rank XP, to issue a No-Confidence Challenge against a member one rank above their own. Everyone at the challenged rank and lower can vote. If 2/3 of the votes are for the challenge, that player is reduced by one rank, opening it up for a new petitioner. This is similar to the Dark Side’s Arena Challenge system, but with a Light Side twist, providing a chance for ranked Jedi to progress once the upper ranks become bloated.
Nothing happens to the challenger if the vote fails (of course, the challenged player may want a little revenge). A player can only issue one challenge a week and it costs 2000 experience regardless of the outcome. Also, if a player is demoted and the lower rank is full, the system will make “room” for them by temporarily overloading that rank.
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