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Nodes are pre-set locations, wrapped in a zone of influence (ZOI).[1]

Every Node is given purview over a predefined geographic area called a Zone of Influence (ZoI). No matter where you go in the world, whether you’re questing, gathering, or raiding, you’ll be helping determine which nodes will develop, and what Zones of Influence will expand. Any area that a Node controls is considered its Zone of Influence, including Vassal Nodes, and all Vassal Nodes exist within the Zone of Influence of their Parent Node.[2]Margaret Krohn

Every node is given purview over a predefined geographic area called a Zone of influence (ZOI). Player activity within the ZOI is weighted and counted toward a particular node’s advancement.[1]

The main thing that differentiates us from other MMOs is that we have a living, breathing, reactive world... Our world is separated into zones, which are then separated into what we call nodes. Nodes are sort of invisible zones of influence that listen to everything that a player does; so as players gain experience from killing things, gain experience from doing quests, gain experience through crafting things, the node is also gaining that experience. Once a node gains enough experience it levels up and then starts to attract NPCs to it .[3]Jeffrey Bard

Each Node can form into towns, but are limited by their neighbors. The Nodes have different levels of advancement. There can only be so many of each level. Think of this as advanced settlements needing more elbow room. Nodes encompass more land as they grow and will require more effort to be sustained. This system is a main driver for change in the world because it creates scarcity. As Nodes advance in stages of growth they will lock out neighboring Nodes from progressing, and will absorb their zones of influence.[1]

There is not a space where you will move in to do something and no node will get that experience.[5]Steven Sharif

Node-Stufen

Illustration of node advancement from Wildnis (Stufe 0) to Metropole (Stufe 6).

Nodes advance by collecting experience from the actions of players nearby. As players complete content inside of a Node’s Zone of Influence (the area around the node), they contribute that experience toward the Node’s development. The experience given to the Node may then be modified based on certain Events and Accomplishments. When a Node reaches the experience required, it undergoes the process of advancing to the next stage. There are a few exceptions where a Node cannot advance even though it has the required experience - most commonly, a Node can not advance if a Node is a Vassal of another Node and would advance to the same stage as its Parent Node.[10]Margaret Krohn

Nodes haben sieben (7) Entwicklungsstufen, mit Erfahrungsschwellen für jede Stufe. Sobald eine Node die benötigte Erfahrung (XP) für die aktuelle Stufe angesammelt hat, steigt sie zu der nächsten Stufe auf.[2]

Node-Stufe.[11] Symbol Alternativer Name.[12] Benötigte Zeit für den Aufstieg.[11] Spielerbehausungen.[13]
0. Wildnis -
1. Expedition Expedition symbol.png Kreuzung Wenige Stunden -
2. Feldlager Encampment symbol.png Lager Viele Stunden -
3. Dorf Village symbol.png - Wenige Tage Kleine Häuser
4. Stadt - Viele Tage Mittelgroße Häuser
5. Großstadt - Wenige Wochen Große Häuser
6. Metropole Metro Viele Wochen Villen

Entwicklung der Node

Die Staatsbürgerschaft sowie Aktivitäten von Nicht-Staatsangehörigen Spielern (Aufträge, Sammeln, Raiding, etc.) innerhalb der Einflusszone eines Knotenpunkts zählt zu dieser speziellen Weiterentwicklung des Knotenpunkts (Fortschritt).[11] Es gibt sechs Stufen der Weiterentwicklung des Knotenpunkts.

  1. Expedition (Wenige Stunden)
  2. Lager (Viele Stunden)
  3. Dorf (Ein paar Tage)
  4. Stadt (Viele Tage)
  5. Großstadt (Wenige Wochen)
  6. Metropole (Viele Wochen)
Konzeptionelle Illustration. Ein Knotenpunkt der sich im Einflussbereich eines fortgeschritteneren Knotenpunkts befinden, wird durch den fortgeschritteneren Knotenpunkt in seiner Entwicklung begrenzt.[14]

Die Weiterentwicklung eines Knotenpunkts gibt seinen einzigartigen Inhalt frei, was einen wachsenden Ring an benachbarten Knotenpunkten vom Fortschritt auf die nächste Stufe ausschließt.[15]

  • Die Knotenpunkte gelangen schnell auf die erste Stufe. Dies ermöglicht Dienstleistungen von NSCs wie Verkauf oder Banknutzung zum Lagern von Gegenständen.[16]
  • Je weiter der Knotenpunkt fortgeschritten ist, desto größer wird seine Einflusszone.[17]
  • Weniger fortgeschrittene Knotenpunkte (genannt Vassalen Knotenpunkt), die in den Einflussbereich eines fortgeschritteneren Knotenpunkts fallen, können immer noch XP gewinnen, müssen aber in einem niedrigeren Fortschrittsstadium bleiben als das des dominanten Knotenpunkts.[14]
  • Ein Knotenpunkt erhält XP von den Knotenpunkten innerhalb seines Einflussbereichs erst, wenn diese Knotenpunkte ihre Obergrenze erreicht haben.[14]
  • Spieler werden in Sicherheit gebracht, wenn sie sich während des Ausbaus der Knotenpunkte mit neu angelegten Objekten überschneiden.[18]
  • Bürger eines Knotenpunkts können zur Weiterentwicklung anderer Knotenpunkte beitragen.[19]
  • Der genaue Prozentsatz des Fortschritts durch den Erhalt von Gegenständen oder das Töten von Monstern wird nicht explizit bekannt sein, um ein "Ausspielen" des Systems zu vermeiden.[20]

Different people have different resources invested in nodes progressing and it would be a little "gamey" if you could know exactly what was necessary at that point because that would disincentivize people from participating.[20]Steven Sharif

Adjacent/Neighboring nodes

Angrenzende Nodes (Nachbar-Nodes) blockieren ab Node Stufe 1 (Expedition) das Wachstum ihrer direkten Nachbarn .[21][22]

Vasallen-Nodes

Village (stage 3) or higher nodes enslave nearby nodes, converting them into vassal nodes.[2][22]

  • Vassal nodes must remain at least one node stage below their parent node.[2]
  • Vassal nodes give excess experience to their parent node and may have their own vassals; so long as they fall within the parent node’s zone of influence.[2]
    • If a node is capped and is both a vassal and has its own vassals, any experience earned from itself or its Vassals is first applied to its own deficit. Experience beyond that is then sent to its parent node.[10]
  • Vassals are subject to the government, alliances, wars, taxes, and trade of their parent node, and are able to receive federal aid from them.[2]
  • Vassal nodes cannot declare war on their parent node or any of their vassals.[2]
  • Citizens of vassals are bound by the diplomatic states of the parent node.[2]

If a Node is a Vassal Node and is capped from advancing further, it first applies any experience earned to its own deficit (see Node Atrophy section), and then applies excess experience earned to its Parent Node. If the Parent Node advances and the Vassal is able to grow, it becomes uncapped. If a Node is capped and is both a Vassal and has its own Vassals, any experience earned from itself or its Vassals is first applied to their own deficit. Any experience beyond that is then sent to its Parent Node.[10]Margaret Krohn

Zonen und Entwicklung

Dungeon, Schlachtzüge, Weltbosse, Mobs, Aufträge, Events, Ressourcen, Narratives and other content within a node's ZOI will have a diverse level range; but will scale with the advancement of that node and its racial influence.[23][24][2]

We don’t have a strictly level 25 zone. Instead, that zone might have some level 10 creatures near the road, some level 20 creatures deep in the forest, and some level 30 creatures up the mountain. These ratios will change based on the Nodes that inform them, becoming generally more dangerous as the Node grows. All this civilization attracts the attention of Things-That-Should-Not-Be. This does not mean that wilderness areas are safe, by any means. Some may be safe-er, but all will have dangers that even the most experienced traveler needs to watch out for.[25]Steven Sharif

World manager

The World manager is an algorithm in Ashes of Creation that controls dynamic world elements. It acts as both a throttle and an incentive system for various activities to ensure certain parameters are within acceptable thresholds.[26]

For example if you know iron is being used as a raw resource for a specific crafting path that might drive up the price of mithril or silver; and that will incentivize the market to course correct a little bit. The idea is to provide soft incentives that help to alleviate the demand and also to prop up the supply that might not be present from the economic systems.[27]Steven Sharif

Unterreich-Knotenpunkte

Unterreich-Knotenpunkte and nodes directly above them are considered adjacent but do not exist in the same ZOI.[6][7][8]

  • There will be "bleed over" between underrealm nodes and surface nodes in terms of influence and interaction.[7]
    • There may be visual cues above ground that indicate influence from underrealm nodes in that area.[7]

That might be a little bit of a departure from our design in the past. I know originally you know like two-plus years ago we were discussing how those would be independent of each other, but I think as we further defined the layout of the world map itself you know it made more sense for those to have some interaction and influence that's combined.[7]Steven Sharif

Castle regions

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Gildenschlösser influence a castle region around them.[33]

Node simulation

Simulation of node interactions.[40]

This representation does show 111 nodes as part of this particular simulation. I'm not sure what the tick frequency is on this video. It might be something on the magnitude of like every second is probably 12 to 24 hours. So over time you start seeing these larger node systems building up to eventually where you might see Cities and Metropolises after some period of time; and what this allows the design team to do from a tools perspective, as they simulate this idea of how the world is going to progress, is it gives an opportunity to kind of see strange happenings or something that we couldn't necessarily predict but was a possible outcome based on the variables present.[40]Steven Sharif

The developers have created a simulation of node interactions in preparation for Alpha-2 deployment of the node system.[40]

You can show the initial territories on the Verran map of what these particular nodes have governance over, or their Zones of Influence as we like to call them... As the simulation of this begins to advance and nodes begin to expand their territory and they begin to take over nearby nodes as a result of their of their growth, you start to see these power level ratings that are applied here on specific nodes that determines what type of takeover power it has and and what it pushes back against for other nodes that are looking to take over new territory as they advance.[40]Steven Sharif

  • It also simulates events, such as NPCs attacking and disabling certain node buildings and services. Failure to successfully respond to these will reduce the node's "health ticker", which will slow down the XP gains from the node.[40]

It also simulates events: So each of these nodes will have a health ticker: when that health ticker is impacted it'll stop gaining power or gaining or slow down in its gaining of experience; and that's because certain events can affect a node by disabling certain services, disabling buildings. Players don't respond to that horde of zombies that have come out of the nearby ravine then those zombies can attack stables, they can attack service buildings, and prevent particular types of quests or activities and services from happening until it's repaired.[40]Steven Sharif

  • Node-Belagerungen are simulated, with successful sieges destroying the nodes, and where unsuccessful sieges won't destroy the node but may result in disabled buildings or services, similar to events.[40]

It simulates the sieges if a particular node has a certain frequency that's set where we want to see randomization of how nodes get affected by sieges. Sometimes they'll be destroyed in the simulation. Sometimes they'll have disabled services again, similar to an event, because they didn't succeed necessarily at sieging the node but they did succeed at disabling some of the buildings as part of that siege.[40]Steven Sharif

  • It simulates what outcomes may happen in the live game as a result of player activity, such as splitting up a particular ZOI across a waterway, or having territories expand out to islands or across continents.[40]

It simulates what players could potentially do as well when the game goes live; and that might include things like splitting up a particular Zone of Influence across a waterway, having your territory expand out to an island, or across continents. These are these are the types of things that we want to see players do eventually obviously but this tool provides the design team the opportunity to see it repetitively and over a fast period of time so they see these different types of outcomes.[40]Steven Sharif

Größe der Welt

480 km2 (square kilometers) is the approximate world size at launch.[41] This includes water and land content.[42]

  • Water area is considered playable area, but the exact area of land versus water is not known at this time.[43]

I don't know the exact the exact amount that is land versus water but the water is playable area as well and it's gonna have content...[43]Steven Sharif

480 square kilometers; which is pretty large comparatively to other MMORPGs out there. Now that does not include the lapped spaces: So that is the Underrealm and the portion of the world that it encompasses, which could probably easily take up an additional hundredish square kilometers I would imagine.[44]Steven Sharif

  • It is anticipated that a mounted player can traverse the entire map in a matter of hours.[45]
Testing phase Map size (approximate)
Alpha-0 16 km2.[46]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale 6.25 km2.[47]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale Forest of Erinthia 1.25 km2.[48]
Alpha-1 70 km2.[49]
Alpha-2 220 km2.[49]

Siehe auch

Einzelnachweise

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Node series part I
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Blog - Know Your Nodes - The Basics.
  3. Interview, 2018-04-20 (7:22).
  4. Ashes of Creation FAQ.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Liveübertragung, 2018-07-09 (39:32).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Liveübertragung, 2019-03-29 (58:14).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Liveübertragung, 2019-03-29 (29:17).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-05 (37:52).
  9. Interview, 2018-05-11 (55:16).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Blog - Know Your Nodes - Advance and Destroy.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 A reactive world - Nodes. Referenzfehler: Ungültiges <ref>-Tag. Der Name „https://web.archive.org/web/20170404005015/https://www.ashesofcreation.com/a-reactive-world-nodes/“ wurde mehrere Male mit einem unterschiedlichen Inhalt definiert.
  12. Liveübertragung, 2018-12-12 (14:48).
  13. Interview, 2020-07-20 (3:45).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Liveübertragung, 2017-10-16 (50:20).
  15. Video, 2017-04-20 (0:02).
  16. Npc vending.jpg
  17. Node series part II – the Metropolis.
  18. Liveübertragung, 2017-11-17 (55:27).
  19. node xp.png
  20. 20.0 20.1 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-26 (28:16).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 steven-quote-neighboring-nodes.png
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 jahlon-steven-vassal-nodes-quote.png
  23. Interview, 2020-07-19 (19:35).
  24. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-15 (30:53).
  25. Interview: Ashes of Creation on Building Their Virtual World, 13 April 2017.
  26. Interview, 2020-07-19 (1:10:55).
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Interview, 2020-07-19 (1:08:22).
  28. Interview, 2020-07-18 (10:04).
  29. Interview, 2020-07-08 (1:00:15).
  30. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-26 (31:44).
  31. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-26 (42:45).
  32. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-24 (31:39).
  33. castle-influence.png
  34. castle-taxes2.png
  35. 35.0 35.1 castle-region.png
  36. region-overlap.png
  37. castle-metro.png
  38. Liveübertragung, 2021-04-30 (1:01:10).
  39. castle-taxes.png
  40. 40.00 40.01 40.02 40.03 40.04 40.05 40.06 40.07 40.08 40.09 40.10 Liveübertragung, 2021-09-24 (30:26).
  41. world size.png
  42. waterlandsize.png
  43. 43.0 43.1 Liveübertragung, 2020-01-30 (1:18:12).
  44. 44.0 44.1 Interview, 2018-08-17 (10:43).
  45. February 8, 2019 - Questions and Answers.
  46. Liveübertragung, 2017-10-31 (24:00).
  47. Liveübertragung, 2018-09-27 (9:08).
  48. Forest of Erinthia.png
  49. 49.0 49.1 Interview, 2022-01-14 (3:50).