I’m not making this suggestion in official capacity, this is more or less an idea in response to this thread: Alternatives to Perma-Bans
Additionally even if this thread gets positive reception and ideas it would still need to be coded and implemented
First to explain what I mean by “soft ban”
A banning option for players that deserve punishment somewhere between a role-ban and a full ban, or even in some cases where we would currently issue a short full ban we can issue this instead.
Potential role ideas include:
- Maintenance mouse - Player would control a mouse spawned into a random part of maint and be given the ability to chew wires on a cool down (60s). Mouse will be able to understand players, but not speak.
- Other semi-sentient simplemobs, such as the pets around the station (not Poly or any with damage capabilities). Again given the ability to understand but not speak.
- Prisoner with large gulag sentence, that once paid off they will be free among the crew as a civilian for the round. Security would be bound by server rules not to waive this sentence, and players will be bound by rules not to attempt prison breaks or hostile actions others
- Observer - you know, like a normal ghost, but never polled with ghost roles when they pop up
Those are the ideas I have for the moment, and I know the prisoner role has been shot down before because of all the things a prisoner has access to. Prisoner role in the soft-ban sense would be a way for players to prove their willingness to cooperate and have their ban lifted, or to prove an unwillingness to cooperate and get full banned instead.
Being a nonharmful sentient mob is a way for players to be minimally involved in the round, but still do something. Simplemobs always being valid (though killing a pet will have IC consequences) is also a fitting punishment in its own way.