ArcheAge Prison System: Dig Out With a Spoon
By browsing the official website of ArcheAge, I found the prison system quiet interesting. When you commit crime to some degree, you’ll be marked as an criminal with a bounty showing on your head. Then other players will chase you for bounty. Once you are defeated, you’ll become a prisoner immediately. Life in prison could be abundant that there are even soccer matches. And you have chance to get a spoon to dig out.
You may wonder how the criminal is judged. In fact they have a pretty reasonable Karma system. The whole process goes like this:
If you kill some players in same faction with, his blood will splash everywhere. Then witnesses can report the crime by collect those blood and hand to the officer. You get 1 Karma points every time being reported. If steeling something like crops and horses from other players, you will leave footprints which also can be used as evidence reported to the officer. Once you get 50 Karma points, you become an criminal.
Other than hunted by other players, the criminal has an alternative to ask a trail. The trail needs 5 players above 30lvl with jury qualification. Criminals have 1 minute to make the confession. During this time the criminals is allowed to say anything to the jury. So maybe bribing the jury could be a good choice.
If you are sentenced to jail, you need to work to reduce your karma points every 10 minutes. Life in prison is not that bad. You got a nice prison garb (at least looks nice to me) and even a football match. Also, you have chance to get a spoon. Do not underestimate the tiny spoon. You can dig out of the prison like Andy. If you are released before you dig out, other prisoners could continue your work. You receive a 50% debuff once you manage to escape and your iniquity increased.
When you got 3000 Karma points, you become enemy of the state. Bounty will show on your head all the time. But the game doesn't end this way; you start your new career as a pirate. You could even build a pirate guild to rule the world which could be more interesting than follow the good guy's footprints.