For reference I looked at the Guide to Living Eberron's DM credits as far as I can tell it's identical to the LEW (3.x living game)'s implementation.
The function and role of the credits is tightly defined: you get stuff for your PC in exchange for DMing games. The more games the better.
Originally Posted by LEB
Personally I feel that we should reward DMs in a similar manner. However there are several areas where I think we may consider doing things differently.
Implementation of DM rewards
I think we should give out one OOC point for each experience generating encounter (combat, skill challenge) that a DM runs.
Currently the system rewards people at the end of their adventure based on how long it was.
The implementation I'm suggesting would more directly reward DMs for pushing their games forward and having things happen. A DM who manages to run two exciting fights in a month will be rewarded more than someone who's running a lot of games, gets busy and winds up posting once a week.
A DM feels a sense of accomplishment each time they finish an encounter.
Also, it's easy to keep track of. Instead of looking at post stamps and so forth you can just look at the xp handouts for that adventure to double check the DM points.
If a DMs adventure must be picked up by a judge they forfeit all points received for that adventure.
This will produce lots more ooc points, but that's fine, we don't have to have 1 ooc point = 1 DM credit.
- faster more tightly linked rewards to DMs for having things happen in their games
- easier to check
- more points
- equality between shorter and longer adventures
- better segmentation
Rewarding good play
However I'd also like to consider the possibly of rewarding players for regular consistent good posting (at a much lower rate). Without, as coviathe has pointed out, having judges sit around judging people.
I suggest the following:
Every time a DM receives 4 OOC points for a game they are running they may also give a player in that game a point.
This will encourage and reward good/regular play. While most players won't get a lot of points; they will be able to get a few.
Rewarding helpful OOC activity There are certain things that we'd like to see the community help in and which could be rewarded.
- If you run a game that addresses a character's kickers or hooks you get an extra point when that game completes.
- If you run a "requested" game, where you're creating a new game in response to a request from a group of players (of which at least 2 are not currently in any games) you get a +25% point bump when the game completes
- Catching a mistake in an approved player characters's character sheet. (1 point per mistake?)
- Drawing maps
- judging characters for approval (1 point per five sheets approved - you can lose the point if too many errors are discovered later)
- creating new regions that are approved (?)
- drawing character porterates (1 per character)
- playing a "preferred race/class/region" combo (1 point at creation + 1 point per level gained)- Teifling Warlock from the Jade Empire, Eladrin Wizard from the Imperium
just thinking out loud for some of this ...
In addition to buffing your character it seems to me that we could use points to fulfill other things as well
Charge to play unusual characters
Requiring a one time point expenditure (5 points) to play a non-core + MM character. So you want to play a genasi or a swordmage? 5 points.
Allowing "illegal improvements"
Purchasing extra feats for your character?
Nothing specific springs to mind but...