Step 1: Flag. I am now the equivalent of an outlaw, a lowbie-killer. In actuality, I am the same as everyone else - I only want to pvp. I haven't killed any lowbies (my character has never had infamy) But I now have lowbie-killer status. I can now be killed by any higher level that comes along and wants to shoot his spells. That is a punishment for wanting to pvp. It is a disincentive. This is a pvp server. Why am I being punished for wanting to pvp?
A: You aren't being punished. Don't flag. If you declare that you are an outlaw! Why wouldn't it be fair justice be brought and you be killed by any means necessary. Why must your pvp only be on your terms and completely fair in your eyes. Combat isn't fair...stop trying to make it fair. When BGs come out there is your fair controlled pvp until then, if you want to be able to flag, get the first shot and the element of surprise you should have a downside to that.
Step 2: Fight. Forget that if I die I lose crystals. I don't care, I use cheap ones. That's not even the worst part. The worst part is: now that I am red, and probably fighting someone, anyone who comes along automatically targets me. People who see the fight ALWAYS joing against me (in my experience). Now its a 2v1, or a 3v1.
A: People don't like outlaws, you just became a victim civil justice. Perhaps plan your attacks better...
I got a question for you.
When you flag and kill someone, before doing so do you politely pm them and say, hey after the next mob you kill I am going to attack you. Please respond because if you do I will let you regen your HP/MP and allow you to use charms and switch crystals so we can have a fair fight...
Or do you just attack them?