Right now we have a slightly artificial mechanism in place to deal with the whole law vs chaos/good vs evil conflict. I ould like to share some thoughts on what I think would be a good way for this to work post prelude and welcome constructive critisism or idea's: -
As things are now, chaos rules (but of course with enforced safety zones) but eventually as tribes create their homes they will want to ensure their own security. Leaving aside mechanisms for when people are offline I have been thinking what I personally would like to be able to do, as a good homesteader but this applies to tribes really) so here are some om my idea's.
One of the first step a tribe might take to establish a bit of order from the chaos is to introduce tribal laws. These laws could only be effective on tribal land but perhaps some laws might be applicable on their members outside their own land. Some of these might be: -
Anyone who is not a tribe member or given access rights by the tribe (such as having an allies system) is tresspassing. Some tribes might welcome anyone while others might be a bit more secure. But essentially the basic law of tresspass would be a minor 'crime'.
Anything on tribal land is effectively the property of the tribe. Anyone not from the tribe who takes these items would be stealing. anything contained on a tribe members person is also considered the property of the tribe and so anyone removing such items from a member of the tribe unless through trade or picking the item up when outside tribal land is also stealing.
Any structure on tribal land belongs to the tribe. Anyone destroying a tribal owned structure is commiting an act of vandalism.
Hitting another person on tribal land (could be set up to be just tribal members or anyone) is an act of harm. Tribes you are at war with will probably be exempt but you could ahve it so anyone can be a victim.
Killing another person on tribal land is murder (again could be set up to be just tribal members or anyone). Tribes you are at war with will probably be exempt but you could have it so anyone can be a victim.
Detecting a crime
How can a crime be detected? Perhaps ANY crime commited within tribal lands is automatically detected or perhaps only if a tribal member is close enough to witness the act. You might need to have 'detecting towers' built to make it automatic.
You know the criminal but how to capture them?
This could be done a few ways. Perhaps you would need to hit them till they fall unconsious, perhaps you only need to hit them a few times, perhaps simply having a 'police station' structure does it automatically. But once you know WHO is a criminal you need to capture them.
Punishment could be done using various ways. It could be an automatic punishment such as being moved to the edge of tribal lands, having all possessions removed, put into a jail for x minutes depending on crime (for example you might set it up so someone harming a tribal member goes to you 'jail' structure' for 2 minutes but murder would mean 15 minutes or whatever would seem like a reasonable punishment without being too abusive).
So as an example: -
Tribe A has a lookout tower built that covers their entire tribal lands so they can detect any crime. They don't mind anyone coming onto their lands but punish stealing with 2 mins (double for enemies) in jail plus all possessions are stripped from them. Anyone hurting a tribal member is locked up in their 'jail' structure for 5 mins (double for enemies) and their punishment for murder is 15 mins (double for enemies) in 'jail'. They have to hit a criminal on theri lands 2 times to effectively 'capture' them. They are at war with TRIBE B and see anyone from tribe B entering tribal lands as a crime and so anyone caught is sent to jail for 10 mins.
Tribe B is an Evil guild and has set up things so that all crimes are just against non tribal members and all jail time is 30 mins.
Tribe C does not have any laws and wishes to be chaotic and police themselves.
Of course, outside tribally owned lands there is no law so ffa pvp is totally open.
Thoughts on these idea's?(and appolgies for spelling).