Here we go, In the hopes that this doesn't get immediately closed out or deleted, I would like to clarify that this forum should only be used, not to demand change to the system (as we only know that poker is being implemented, but not yet HOW), but simply to provide an open area for the expression of ideas that could be used to improve upon the game. At the 'end' of this thread, whenever that may be, the best suggestions, the ones that become popular in this topic will be gathered together and THEN submitted as suggestions. Until then, this is only a discussion of a yet-to-be-refined suggestion. To clarify in short for any moderators, please do not take this as a suggestion yet, simply as the common gamer's way of getting all of our ideas on one table. Thanks Now comes the discussion... Poker, what is it, how is it being put in place, what sort of ups and downs will be involved with the well-known game? We don't know precisely yet, but here's our chance, as the target audience, to review, critique (POLITELY) and discuss (ALSO POLITELY) the different aspects of the new facet to The West. Personally, having heard that this will be a poker setup with players facing artificial intelligence opponents, I have a couple of thoughts on how to improve the functionality or at least the enjoyment level of any poker implemented on The West. Suggestions (Please discuss and critique these, I love constructive discussion) -make poker playable between players in a PvP system -host PvP poker tournaments at pre-scheduled times in either one specific location in a world, or in a certain place per county. -(in the event that the above suggestion isn't favorable) allow towns to hold poker tournaments with the proceeds (a portion of them) going into the town treasury -consider instituting a new, "Gambler" class, this suggestion has already been made yes, but I am just getting everything down in one place for easier reading and consideration. Potential for Abuse: As with any idea involving money, this could be abused. In all fairness I'm going to post the potential for abuse here to start. -people willingly losing money to other players If you make sure though, that the house, in this instance the town hosting a game, keeps a percentage of the winnings. you minimize the money that could simply be 'given' to another player. Now for a direct quote from something I have submitted elsewhere, but I would like to have it discussed a bit with the expansion of poker in mind as well.... Quote begins... Now for a couple of suggestions about a proposed "Gambler" class of player, or at least ideas surrounding gambling on The West (acknowledging that I do not know how poker is precisely being implemented). Benefits to being a "Gambler" -not all of these would HAVE to be implemented, this is just a list to pick from -stay in foreign hotels free until level 1 ( an obvious take from Adventurer) -a bonus of 5% on top of the value of any pot won (bonus % could be discussed, this is just a concept) -Gambler class receives no damage on the first round of a fight (the post by "MyNameWasTaken" seems perfectly reasonable, and any Star Wars fan will see a connection here. A gambler would indeed have a hidden weapon on his/her person to even out the odds in case another player was found cheating) -able to deposit money in foreign banks at a service fee rate of only 15-16% as opposed to the conventional 20%. End Quote. Alright, there's the majority of my ideas. Everyone, please feel free to add your ideas into this thread, as my goal here is to pre-screen ideas so that the Inno staff and their volunteer moderators don't have to do as much work, and so we can all hear what each other has to say Hoping for lots of creative discussion, Josh P.S. to any moderator who might close this on the basis of it being a discussion and not a direct suggestion, please do not close/delete this. Move it somewhere else sure, but the final products of this discussion will wind up under Brainfarts and Ideas anyway, I just figured it was less moving around to be done this way.