“This month, we’re introducing a major enhancement to the fellowship system which should make it much more appealing and useful for all players. In the past, players were limited by the narrow level restrictions of the system, and many disliked the proportional experience point (XP) sharing. Many players didn’t want any XP sharing at all, but wished they could utilize the communication and targeting enhancements that fellowships allowed. In addition, upon reaching extreme levels, the 10-level restriction made even less sense, as a level 55 and a level 80 player might very well wish to collaborate on the same quest but were unable to use the fellowship system to help them do so.”
Did they say they were removing the ten level limit cap from fellowships? I think they did.
“Alternatively, any ten players can join a No XP-Sharing/No Level Limit fellowship, which functions pretty much as it sounds. A level 2, a level 20, and a level 80 player could all be in the same fellowship for targeting and communication purposes, but no XP would be shared between them.”
Now that’s indeed a welcomed change, executed perfectly.
Boy, I sure wish I knew the numbers on XP-Sharing fellowships to see if they were going to make the right changes…
“If all members of the fellowship are within 5 levels of the founder, XP will be shared equally. If members are all within ten levels of the founder, XP will be shared proportionally, much like in the old system.”
Hmm. I need numbers, man, numbers!
“If all members of the fellowship are level 50 or above, all members will share XP equally, and there will be no limit to the levels of the members involved! Players of level 50, 55, 70, and 90 could all be in the same fellowship, each earning 25% of the XP.”
Well, no one’s perfect. It’s a fantastic start, and a definite sign that they care about what the players’ want and need, I don’t feel it’s quite enough yet. In a perfect world, all members within five levels or over fifty would get a true equal share of the experience (50% each), making a fellowship a true partnership where everyone involved is on equal footing, and gaining enough at the same time to make it worthwhile.
However, knowing Turbine, I have faith that this small discrepancy that is left will too be fixed, making grouping worthy enough to be an “option.
For the entire article with even more mathematical explanations of the system, please click on this quite prophetic statement from it: “Well, say hello to progress!” Progress indeed, gentlemen – For the industry as a whole.