Griefing in Fallout 76 Turns You into a Wanted Criminal with a Bounty on Your Head

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  1. Megalith

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    Todd Howard revealed numerous details regarding Fallout 76 during yesterday’s QuakeCon 2018 panel, and an interesting one involves griefers: online trolls who regularly attack other players will get nothing (e.g., caps, XP) for killing and be labelled a wanted murderer by the game. According to Howard, it was an attempt to “turn the assholes into interesting content." Comic Book and Kotaku have rounded up some other tidbits, which include the new perk system, private servers, and mods.

    Wanted murderers appear on everyone else's map as a red star, so everyone else playing knows their rough location, and they have a bounty on their own head which comes out of their own stash of caps. What's more, the wanted murderers can't see where the other players are on the map. It becomes a hunt. Neat, huh?
     
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  2. pendragon1

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    interesting way to deal with trolls.
     
  3. Ocellaris

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    People will just find ways of griefing others without triggering the system.
     
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  4. thecold

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    Without seeing how it's actually implemented, it's impossible to know how good it actually is. I'm on the no side of the fence until I see how it's implemented and how that actually works.
     
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    Interesting idea. I wonder if you can clear your name somehow. Go into town and pay a fine or something.
     
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    Mut1ny [H]ard|Gawd

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    I don't know how I really feel about this. Reminds me of The Division where other players would purposely run in front of you to make you Rogue and then turn around and kill you.
     
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  7. Burticus

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    Huh, never thought of it like that. Yeah hopefully.
     
  8. thecold

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    Yea, that was super annoying. But the worst is when people were chasing rogues and accidently hit each other. Thus making almost everyone rogue....
     
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  9. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    "PvP in Fallout 76 is semi-optional in the sense that players can choose not to participate in an aggressor’s challenge. Bethesda said that the first few attacks against someone else work like a challenging slap that opens up combat if the challenge is reciprocated. If you don’t choose to engage, you can still be killed, but that’ll label your killer as a wanted murderer. At that point, the killer will appear on everyone’s map as a red indicator and will have a bounty on their head. The killer gets no rewards for the first kill, so if you want to grief others, prepare to have the rest of the server return the favor."

    Reading is fundamental.
     
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  10. Wrecked Em

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    I don't really play online games, but this make me want to start, just so I can be perpetually wanted.
     
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    Interesting aproach. Could be good.
     
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    Should be an interesting experience to FINALLY deal with TROLLS.

    Wish there was a way to do that with people in life that just insult others for no good reason
     
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    Think of the possibilities for 'Survival' mode. If you decide to be a griefer on the hardest setting, Bethesda releases your real-life name and address. That would be awesome!

    Too bad there won't be any Steam achievements like, "I killed someone in real life, and I feel fine."
     
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  14. Krenum

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    Makes no difference to me. If I do decide to purchase this game, my sole purpose in it will be to grief other players and make their lives miserable, because war, war never changes.
     
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    This. 99% of the fun is griefing. All they have done is raise the stakes and make it more compelling. :D
     
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    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    Gonna be a definite purchase for me. I've been wanting to try out one of these survival games, and this seems like it will do just the trick. How to balance out DooM Eternal and FO76?!
     
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    Interesting idea but the trolls will find a way.

    We will see streams/YouTube vids of players seeing how long they can hold out as the wanted player. Maybe taking as many other players as possible with them. Go out in a blaze of glory!
    Made it 26 minutes this time. Let’s hop on another server and do it again!

    Ok now I’m interested in the game....

    How many times can a player rinse and repeat this until banned?
     
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    Nostalgia right there! Oh man the glory days
     
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    They should just have two servers, one for pissy poodles and one for the big dogs.
     
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    Man I miss those days..I held the top bounty on Chessy for over a year. Good times.
     
  22. Factum

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    Lots of barrier aggression dected here...
     
  23. AceGoober

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    I wonder if they'll (Bethesda) will place the repeat offender griefers on a separate, isolated server? That'd be fun to watch them go at each other. Even more fun when they try to use nukes. Takes teamwork to get the nukes and I'd imagine the griefers wouldn't work too well as a team. Although several griefers could call a truce and team up to go after a person who's really being a total asshole to them all. Oh the irony of it all. :D

    I like the idea of the perk card system and only being able to use 15 points per S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Having the ability to change roles anytime during the game is a huge draw for me.

    I do know that one of the first places I'll go to is a mountain top to establish a BoO that way I'll have an excellent view of the shenanigans going on down below and a good vantage point for sniping.
     
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    Online multiplayer? Um. Isn't that the goal to always kill everyone else anyway?

    Sign me up for Murderer.
     
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    That was my first thought.

    I think for it to work you would have to have a way to disable friendly fire. That way if you wanted to kill another player you would actively have to turn off the protection or something.
     
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    Barrier aggression? Is that one of those terms the professors use in schools now days?

    If Bethesda is going to go out of their way to program this kind of mechanic in their game, you bet I'm going to take advantage of it. Sounds fun to see who the best PK'er can be! I'm getting Diablo 1 flashbacks to when I used to town kill people lol.

    I can see it now, stalking a group of people while their taking on a boss, then lobbing a mini nuke at them, take their scrap and run for the hills! :)
     
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  27. Spaceninja

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    This sounds like it could be good times, set traps for the would be bounty collectors and see how many you can take down at once. I am sure there will be groups appear for the sole purpose of chasing wanted people.
     
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    So could you conspire with someone to go murder a bunch of other people with an alt account, then that player lets you kill them for their (ideally, large) bounty, and then you guys split it or something? Just spitballin' here...
     
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  29. seanreisk

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    Bethesda's Fallout is my favorite computer game, so I've been reading as much as I can, including all the comments sections. Sounds like there's three kinds of people looking at the game:

    1. The Solo Player, who still doesn't want to play with other people,
    2. The Hopeful Believer, who thinks that Bethesda will crack the case and make it all work,
    3. The Griefer, who is certain that s/he can still find the way to make everyone else miserable.

    Bethesda hasn't acknowledged that the threads have been filled with griefers ready to take up the gauntlet and ravage the map.

    PvP is not a spice, you don't get to add 'a pinch' of it, it's either part of the game or it isn't. Your game could offer several styles of play (like WoW), some of which can include PvP, but then you have to fudge up reasons for people to try the portions of the game they don't like - the game is not a true single experience, and there will always be people whe complain because their favorite portion of the game isn't the dominant portion of the game.

    And even if you firewall your PvP and PvE game areas you will still find griefers, even on fully vegan PvE servers, because griefing, like trolling, exists where there is an opportunity to annoy someone. They can exist on the margins, pushing the limits of the rules to mess with other players. Has there been a game company who has solved (or even acknowledged) the social root of the griefer problem? I don't think so. It's because:

    1. Griefers are bullies who work inside and outside of a game to be assholes. Making people angry amuses them.
    2. Griefers don't judge other griefers - the regular player is not his peer, the regular player is his cattle, and even a shitty griefer is a hail fellow when he is in his own circle.
    3. If a griefer isn't being successful he moves on. If a griefer is being successful he is ruining the game for someone else, and it's likely the other players move on (and you're left with a small griefer-eating-griefer server of snot). Either way, you've lost customers and spent development hours trying to make use of unproductive behavior.
    4. Their 'energy' (what they bring to the game) cannot be channeled in a valuable way, because they are looking to devalue someone else's gaming experience.

    I'll still buy the game. I almost stole from my video card money to buy the supreme edition with the helmet, but they were instantly sold out.

    But I might put the game on the shelf until private servers come out.
     
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  30. MaZa

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    Simce this game does not supposedly have NPC's, doesn't that mean that griefers also serve a purpose? Cannot they form Raider gangs whose sole purpose is to steal, pillage and murder to gain resources?
     
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    The bounty is paid directly out of the murderer’s caps stash. Since they get no rewards for murder, the murderer will lose money when they are killed and the bounty is collected.
     
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    It's an old term....this video explains it better than words, just replace the gate with a screen:


    Like I said...this thread is full of it.
     
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    This is meaningless. Griefers don't do it to get ingame cash or xp, or even loot. They do it for the hell of it, and to annoy people.

    This won't change that, hell it could even make more people want to do it, to see how long they last when marked.

    Or better yet, kill the noob, then quit the server and connect to another one.
     
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    M76 [H]ardness Supreme

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    They'll just put all their caps into goods before going out to kill.

    I'm pretty sure this will just make them try even that harder. Because this is a challenge, not a punishment.

    If it was punishment when they get marked all their weapons should fire roosters like in the cracked crysis.
     
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    People will learn to trigger the system to grief people.

    I still like a novel approach like this, but yeah, if it's a system it can be manipulated. This will requireme for constant tweaking.
     
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    Too bad your perk upgrades will now be a trading card system. I shit you not, they are making your perks into god damn trading cards that you can trade with other players.
     
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    Exactly the issue I thought of when I read this. I seem to recall that didn't work out well in The Division, either.
     
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    Right, but if the griefer is griefing with an alt he/she doesn't care about, and is in on it with the bounty collector (or IS the bounty collector...)