Hi everybody! I'd like to share with you some thoughts regarding core game dynamics.
It appears to me that in almost every MMORPG, the player mainly gains experience/levels up/evolves by killing monsters (PvE)/other PCs (PvP). Other ways of character progression are using non combat skills, like profession skills, gathering skills, lockpicking, trap disarming etc.
I don't think there's anything bad in that, and I personally like this kind of games, but I was wondering if it would be possible to implement other game mechanics. For example, imagine a peaceful, non warring race, that regards every life as sacred, even those of enemies. Members of such a race would never kill other living beings, or maybe only for extreme self defence. This could translate into a character that would inflict non-lethal dmg and just disable/incapacitate the enemy, and a positive trade-off could be something like positive karma or a divine buff from their god of life and harmony, a buff that would be lost after killing a creature. A negative trade off could be that disabled creatures could recover faster than the time needed for the same creatures to respawn after being killed.
I don't know if such a way of playing could be appealing to a large number of people, or if it could even be easily implemented, but it could possibly bring an element of novelty to a game (and also a higher degree of challange: imagine disabling a large number of NPCs in a dungeon, then you are killed -or you are forced to retreat- and you find the previously defeated enemies already up!).
Maybe on Arboreus, the honorable, vegetarian race of bull-kin Moodra ( ... as a side note I was wondering: are erwydra herbivorous?? xD) could be well known for their vows of non-violence and be experts of grappling and hand to hand combat, or illusion/enchanting/frost magic (focus on control spells), or druidic spells like strangling vines/thorns/earth to mud...etc etc.
Plz don't kill me! love you all!! Mooo!
P.S: a disabled enemy HAS to be looted
P.P.S: this "Peace and Love" mechanic would attract a lot of approval from the various associations of parents!! xD