Garrisons idea: Incude alts!

90 Troll Mage
7590
Love the idea.

They said that you'll be able to recruit followers to run dungeons, craft gear, and gather profession materials. Why not let our alt's do that? Snowballing off the OP's idea, why not allow your alts to be your followers?

Make it like assassin's creed assassin missions, you pick how many and who you send.

Let's say you have a level 55 rogue with herbalism, and a recruited NPC herbalist. Why not send them both off to gather herbs, and upon their return you find your rogue's herbalism skill has increased a little.

But I love the idea OP. Sticky requested, and liked.
100 Draenei Monk
18815
Bumping a great idea for dev. attention! I want my warrior as Captain of the Guard in my Garrison!


They said that you'll be able to recruit followers to run dungeons, craft gear, and gather profession materials. Why not let our alt's do that? Snowballing off the OP's idea, why not allow your alts to be your followers?


Ohgodyes.
Edited by Zashana on 11/11/2013 6:45 PM PST
How is this a bad idea? It would only be cool!
Sadly, I don't think they'd implement something so cool..
100 Human Priest
17810
This is a brilliant idea.
90 Tauren Death Knight
13145
it couldn't work as planned right now... because if you have 5 alts with herbalism, it would kind of ruin the specialisation they're planning on introducting.

rep integration into the quests, dungeons and raids as "hourly" missions... in no way similar to SWTOR companion missions and profession skill training ... sigh.

so if they're going to wholesale implement the companion system, or at least "the good parts", may as well improve on the good aspects of the achievement bonuses from alts, the family integration via capped alts adding levelling bonuses and customisation bonuses, short missions you run to boost companion rep, etc.

i don't mind the pillage from SWTOR, it's some of the better aspects from the game.
what i don't know is the benefit to having 11 garrisons on an account, or 1 good one, and 10 sad panda's on the others.

what could work, is if

1. the garrison is a personal phased city. like sunsong ranch.

probably 5 phases, for variety/expansions. with spawned NPC's depending on the owner's. similar to half-hill's farm where you can add a mailbox, plow, sprinklers, etc. i get it.

2. leave pandaria.
it would have to replace sunsong ranch at some point so we can all GTFO pandaria. so it would probably need to have something to sell or collect, find, craft, discover, craft, buy and sell and collect and craft again, etc.

3. an account bound garrison,
so your level 11 could get a bonus to skinning, mining, herbalism, first aid, whatever, that came from the level 98 you have on the same account.

... +10 to epic bandage crafting bonuses ? etc.

4. each alt gets their own manager / butler / majordomo managed by each alt.

i.e. each alt can alter their companion armour/appearance/race/skillset.

so, if each alt has a majordomo in the guild who inherited your skillsets, a protege/apprentice that looked like your alt, it would add a collective bonus in a group setting.

whatever the garrison is supposed to do for individual characters, it will still do.

5. shared garrison XP, or, account-capped XP per week. i.e. a weekly token/quest to boost garrison resources.

functionally, the only worry i have is if they try to push the idea that a player can use 10 different garrisons with 10 alts. if they use that majordomo concept, they can link the garrison rep to a daily/weekly XP allocation & cap, like the guild levelling cap and the valor cap.

6. "boosting" a single peon/worker with many alts via rep farming = death.

either the garrison will accept that people will create alts to "farm rep" for garrison construction, or there will be people logging in every 2 hrs 14 minutes on alts to complete a quest/dungeon/raid for rep farming garrisons.

like SWTOR.

they can limit some of the reward systems to a daily cap so that alt-heavy accounts don't need to swap between alts every 47 minutes, or 2 hrs 13 minutes, or 12 hrs 11 minutes, etc. to rep farm between garrisons.

7. queueing up garrison tasks for your alts, so you don't have to log out and in on all your alts to check progression.

if players need to be online during that time, i can't expect that a lot of people will enjoy using the garrison system as intended, they will farm up to 1 garrison rep over 2 weeks to a month, then quit the game in frustration. e.g. pandaria dailies.

or, they can realise that people don't really enjoy waiting, and set a Primary Peon/NPC as the garrison VP/2nd in command, who gets their personal bonus when you're logged in, and multiple alts can use the same VP/2IC to boost the rep, or different VP/2IC's up to a capped amount per week.

8. integration into the remote app.

90% of what the garrison appears to do, could be done with a JSON/REST API and a website, i.e. a city RTS / tiny tower implementation.

adding in alts to the garrison, doesn't alter much to the database, it makes management easier to separate if they use something like the void storage or the pet/mount storage system to store garrison inventory, NPC characters and NPC rep/levels , resource and resource unlocks, names for buildings, building progression and building bonuses earned.

if it's stored as an achievement or quest progression, the remote client can even display the current garrison on the screen using a web graphic, and fill in the details in a table, offering quest/dungeon/raid mission progress and accepting/cancelling current missions from a web form.
90 Tauren Paladin
0
I like this
90 Dwarf Warrior
5105
I really like that. i would love to see my alts (even the ones who aren't max level) wonder aaround my garrison.
90 Draenei Paladin
8535
YES !!!! YES!!!! YES!!!! At least the ones who have gotten to Draenor.
Edited by Falkx on 11/11/2013 7:28 PM PST
90 Human Mage
11950
YES !!!! YES!!!! YES!!!! At least the ones who have gotten to Draenor.


Meh that's a matter of opinion. I would die laughing if my level 10 druid was wandering around my Garrison just to have a bird or something from the zone just swoop down and carry her away.

HEY! THAT COULD BE A MISSION! Rescuing your lowbie alts!
90 Dwarf Warrior
5105
11/11/2013 07:32 PMPosted by Thedoctor
YES !!!! YES!!!! YES!!!! At least the ones who have gotten to Draenor.


Meh that's a matter of opinion. I would die laughing if my level 10 druid was wandering around my Garrison just to have a bird or something from the zone just swoop down and carry her away.

HEY! THAT COULD BE A MISSION! Rescuing your lowbie alts!

Maybe the interface could allow you to choose the alts you want to see there. Check their names and they will appear or something like that.
100 Blood Elf Priest
13930
This is an absolutely excellent idea.
90 Blood Elf Warrior
3495
If they did this i would never quit WoW
92 Orc Warrior
11695
OP This is a FREAKING wonderful idea
90 Blood Elf Paladin
9440
I concur with this idea, the thought of having to deal with multiple Garrisons across all my alts is terrifying.

However, if they were faction/server bound, I think they would be a much better feature, it would be awesome to have both a personal Horde and Alliance base on a server for all my characters to inhabit, would really make them feel like a family, and be great for role-play.

Having them as NPCs involved while you aren't playing them sounds even better still, not something I thought of to be honest, but would be great to see my less played, yet equally loved alts contributing to my WoW experience.
91 Night Elf Warrior
12875
I would love this so much!
90 Human Rogue
2900
This is an absolutely excellent idea.


Not to mention we should also be able to have favorite npcs be in our garrison too! Like Amber the sniper from questing in Jade forest or the hozen on the horde side. I wish I had a better memory for his name >.<
91 Night Elf Warrior
12875
11/11/2013 05:10 PMPosted by Zones
Followers are supposed to level up and have a variety of unique traits and rarities. Adding in alts seems pointlessly difficult to fairly and properly work into the system in an interesting way.

I recall a couple quests in Northrend where you interacted with your "future self," which was actually just an NPC who copied your current appearance.

So the tech to copy your character's appearance onto an NPC is certainly there, it's just a matter of saving that to your garrison.
10 Troll Warlock
0
It would be nice if I could replace my profession NPCs with my actual alts who have those professions. Like my leather worker could be in there skinning a pile of dead goats and I could walk up to it and have the same functionality as the profession NPCs would offer.. except sending it off to level up on missions since using your garrison to auto level your alts might be pretty broken.

It would be fun even if it was just for flavor- My goblin mage could be in the inn having a drunken brawl with my Worgen warlock who stopped in from another server. My rogue could be in the basement 'checking' on the wine supply.
100 Human Paladin
13520
I will have 11 90s soon, and would love to have a account based garrison. Seeing them all walking around in the same area would be amazingly awesome and worth every minute I spent on leveling them.

Based on all of the threads and posts on this same topic that I am seeing towards this idea, this looks like most exciting part of this new expansion.

IMO - It will be a huge fail if garrisons are set-up individually for each character. I have zero, repeat, zero interest of managing 11 different garrisons.

One big addition should also be that tabbards, BoAs and toys are now account based like mounts and pets. Then allow you to place them with-in your garrison.

Another cool idea would be to have your garrison be attacked and your alts/followers have to be defended it from the mobs. These mobs could scale with the collective ilvl of your main/alts.

It doesn't have to be crazy complicated, just a fun event where you can see your garrison in action.
90 Troll Hunter
5900
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