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    Post by LordZaibek Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:34 pm

    I'm sure many of us have gotten on Dark Souls planning on going on an epic crusade to crush PvP-ers in the forest, Kiln or maybe even the arena, only to sit around for 20-30 minutes with little to no activity whatsoever.

    I say that this needs to change with Dark Souls 2 by including a Player activity viewer that displays player activity in each of the different regions our characters have lit bonfires in. This data would include how many are alive vs dead in the region as well as a graph to show which levels are most active in these regions.

    It shouldn't be too difficult considering the level of data tracking available nowadays and having dedicated servers should make it even easier. What are your opinions on this matter? What else would be nice to see on the main menu or in game.
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    Post by Ashran Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:10 pm

    LordZaibek wrote:I'm sure many of us have gotten on Dark Souls planning on going on an epic crusade to crush PvP-ers in the forest, Kiln or maybe even the arena, only to sit around for 20-30 minutes with little to no activity whatsoever.

    I say that this needs to change with Dark Souls 2 by including a Player activity viewer that displays player activity in each of the different regions our characters have lit bonfires in. This data would include how many are alive vs dead in the region as well as a graph to show which levels are most active in these regions.

    It shouldn't be too difficult considering the level of data tracking available nowadays and having dedicated servers should make it even easier. What are your opinions on this matter? What else would be nice to see on the main menu or in game.

    It would be great, at least they could do some kind of server activity list in the official website.
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    Post by DE5PA1R Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:25 pm

    I'd really enjoy that. Even something as simple as the world tendency viewer (replace tendency with online interaction) would be a huge boost.

    If I could take it further, I'd also want to see where fellow covenant members are. Even further? Where members of other covenants are congregating for cov vs cov wars.
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    Post by Animaaal Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:21 pm

    I think its an excellent idea LordZaibek...+1 dude winking

    What about a scrolling phase chat at the bottom of the screen to go with it?

    I'd type, "thereoncewasadudefromnantucket"
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    Post by Buggy Virus Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:56 pm

    Maybe only after you have killed the boss, or have progressed into NG+.
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    Post by Animaaal Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:09 pm

    Buggy Virus wrote:Maybe only after you have killed the boss, or have progressed into NG+.

    Hmmmm...why so?
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    Post by Buggy Virus Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:43 pm

    Animaaal wrote:
    Buggy Virus wrote:Maybe only after you have killed the boss, or have progressed into NG+.

    Hmmmm...why so?

    So on in the first playthrough players don't come to areas and see, "Oh no, there are thirty people online? I'll probably get invaded!" And then wait until it cools down if they really dislike pvp, or use this information to influence their choice to use humanity.
    On a first playthrough, invasions should be more spontaneous as to add more tension to the game.
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    Post by Animaaal Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:01 pm

    Buggy Virus wrote:So on in the first playthrough players don't come to areas and see, "Oh no, there are thirty people online? I'll probably get invaded!" And then wait until it cools down if they really dislike pvp, or use this information to influence their choice to use humanity.
    On a first playthrough, invasions should be more spontaneous as to add more tension to the game.

    Hmmm. I can see your point. It would also give an inncentive for people to actually go to ng. That might also increase the number of summonings at higher soul levels as compared to the standard ranges, usually based on a first playthrough scenario. Well made point Buggy.

    Beating the game might be a little drastic though. Maybe mid-game. Make it something like getting the lord vessel. If you compare it to that, by the time you get the lord vessel you should be pretty well "broke in". Once you're broke in, maybe you should have access to the map?...idk.
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    Post by Buggy Virus Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:10 pm

    It would be interesting if it was something easily attainable from specific covenants, which displayed different statistics.

    The darkwraith-esque covenant supplying an item that shows the amount of players with humanity in the area.

    The darkmoon-esque one getting one which shows where high level sinners are over the entire world

    The sunbro-esque one showing players in need of assistance (all players should get another soapstone that acts as a short range beacon that shows someone needs help, and the sunbro item shows you across the map the concentration of these)

    A duelist covenant could show where the most invasions are happening

    Etc.

    This way it wouldn't be available for people, unless they were specifically using them for PvP, and would feel different and relevant for specific covenants.
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    Post by DE5PA1R Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:19 pm

    Buggy Virus wrote:It would be interesting if it was something easily attainable from specific covenants, which displayed different statistics.

    The darkwraith-esque covenant supplying an item that shows the amount of players with humanity in the area.

    The darkmoon-esque one getting one which shows where high level sinners are over the entire world

    The sunbro-esque one showing players in need of assistance (all players should get another soapstone that acts as a short range beacon that shows someone needs help, and the sunbro item shows you across the map the concentration of these)

    A duelist covenant could show where the most invasions are happening

    Etc.

    This way it wouldn't be available for people, unless they were specifically using them for PvP, and would feel different and relevant for specific covenants.

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    Post by Animaaal Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:19 pm

    Buggy Virus wrote:It would be interesting if it was something easily attainable from specific covenants, which displayed different statistics.

    The darkwraith-esque covenant supplying an item that shows the amount of players with humanity in the area.

    The darkmoon-esque one getting one which shows where high level sinners are over the entire world

    The sunbro-esque one showing players in need of assistance (all players should get another soapstone that acts as a short range beacon that shows someone needs help, and the sunbro item shows you across the map the concentration of these)

    A duelist covenant could show where the most invasions are happening

    Etc.

    This way it wouldn't be available for people, unless they were specifically using them for PvP, and would feel different and relevant for specific covenants.

    I like this idea better than mine.
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    Post by Animaaal Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:37 pm

    Cool idea gets bump
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    Post by Ashran Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:32 pm

    Buggy Virus wrote:It would be interesting if it was something easily attainable from specific covenants, which displayed different statistics.

    The darkwraith-esque covenant supplying an item that shows the amount of players with humanity in the area.

    The darkmoon-esque one getting one which shows where high level sinners are over the entire world

    The sunbro-esque one showing players in need of assistance (all players should get another soapstone that acts as a short range beacon that shows someone needs help, and the sunbro item shows you across the map the concentration of these)

    A duelist covenant could show where the most invasions are happening

    Etc.

    This way it wouldn't be available for people, unless they were specifically using them for PvP, and would feel different and relevant for specific covenants.

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    Post by Animaaal Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:49 pm

    *Bump for being a possibly super awesome idea.
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    Post by Buggy Virus Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:47 am

    Oh hey, this thread.
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    Post by Animaaal Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:34 am

    Bow to the above. I thought you had some awesome ideas about this. This is one of my favorite "speculation" ideas.

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    lol, "above" is top page Look Skyward I meant buggy.
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    Post by Fossil Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:02 am

    Was just in the Kiln thinking about how awesome this would be. I got about 6 summons and 2 or 3 invasions. The first few were fairly rapid, but after that it slowed down and I couldn't tell if anyone was actually active or not.
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    Post by BIG TIME MASTER Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:52 pm

    Good idea. I just would prefer it to be in a menu outside the game, like in the options menu or something.

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