Hoopla over the C-Store

It seems a lot of people have a strong opinion over cryptic charging for different federation races at release. It has taken me awhile to decide what I think about this type practice. On one hand I don’t really want to play either race so it really does not bother me that much. On the other what happens when they do want to charge me for something I want?

I think the root of the problem that people are having with this is that cryptic is still charging a full subscription price for the game. I think if they lowered the price to $9.99 a month or offered you 500 cryptic points each month people would not be bothered by it. I would defiantly like the 9.99 per month subscription rate.

This is just the tip of the iceberg though. They will start to offer ships, weapons, uniforms, and various other items. When they start to do this people start to feel that they need to buy everything, instead of people just telling cryptic to take a flying leap they will actually buy it. That is why they do it; players purchase these items and still pay the monthly fee. The only repercussions that they get are some angry bloggers and forum posters.

My over all feelings for this is that I don’t really care. They can try what they want. I will not buy any of it until they lower the subscription costs.

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Strange Feelings

Lately with all of the new news about the new World of Warcraft expansion Cataclysm I am getting this strange urge to go back to WoW. It is really weird. I am all excited about Champions Online and wham! out of nowhere I want to play WoW. I have not played since before WoTLK and there is ALOT that I have not experienced.

I know I will try it again after the new expansion because it will be sweet to see all the new zones.  But I want to revisit the zones before they are gone forever. I think blizzard planned it this way to get people like me back for a few months.

We will see. I will try to hold off until at least the first month of Champions is done.

The Winds of Change: WTF!

This is my first post in awhile I have been pretty busy with RL things like building a house and working and stuff. But I find this very interesting.

Original is here

Winds of Change

In our efforts to improve server stability and performance in Open Realm vs. Realm combat, the players of Dark Crag will have the opportunity to participate in a live test of a new system called “Winds of Change.”

The goal of this system is to ensure the best Open Realm vs. Realm  experience for as many people as possible and to prevent server crashes. Overall, this system will only take effect in the most extreme server load situations, and will only happen as a last measure before the zone would actually crash.

In order to accomplish this goal “The Winds of Change” will now teleport a small number of players in Realm vs. Realm lakes to the closest “safe point” when crowds are large enough to threaten the stability of the server. This will generally be the nearest Warcamp, however, it may also be a Chapter Hub within the zone depending on where performance is being impacted the most.

The system will first warn players that the Winds of Change are coming. If performance in the impacted area does not improve the system will select first those who are currently dead on the ground to be moved followed by those who are severely wounded. Those selected will receive a message explaining that they have been moved. We realize this change is inconveniencing to those impacted, and anticipate that this system is temporary while we continue to improve overall stability.

Please note that if you are ported but eligible for contribution rewards such as loot bags or medallions, you will still have an opportunity to win and retrieve them if you were ported during the assault on a Keep or Fortress.

We look forward to your feedback during this test and encourage those on Dark Crag to post here once they’ve had an opportunity to experience the new system.

Thank you for your continued support.

WTF! Who thinks this is a good idea? Teleport people out of a zone because it might crash! Why not fix the servers? Come on how hard can it be?  How can you have massive battles if you are only allowed a few people.  The main point of this game is to RVR but now random people will be teleported out. Battles are limited in their massiveness.  I don’t care what kind of cool name they give this it is total and complete crap. FIX THE GAME! Don’t tell paying customers you cant play here right now, but you can go enjoy some of our great PVE.

Most of the servers are not even full and they need to implement this.  DAoC could support larger battles than WAR. They really need to get this under control. It will only take about once of me getting teleported before I quit.

WAR Update 1.2.1

To read the full patch notes go here

Highlights:

Keep Upgrade System

Own a Keep? Want to keep it?  Want to get more out of it?  Then the new Keep Upgrade system is perfect for you!  Guilds that own a Keep can now purchase upgrades to bolster their hold’s utility and defenses in a variety of ways.Once a Keep has been claimed, a guild member with sufficient permission can speak to the Guild Keep Agent on the upper level of the Keep to choose what upgrades to purchase.  These upgrades require a periodic maintenance fee and some are available in multiple levels.  Once purchased, upgrades will take time to be completed. This process can be monitored via the new Keep Upgrade Interface. Upgrades will decay if funds are unavailable to pay their maintenance or if a guild member chooses to stop paying for the upgrade.

Guilds that successfully hold a Keep until the zone is captured will be rewarded with a free gold bag that will be mailed to the guild master, and is tradable to his or her guild members.

Combat Responsiveness Improvements

We are always working to improve the overall responsiveness of our game client and server. With version 1.2.1 players will see some significant improvements including the following:

  • Casting times have become more accurate under normal play conditions, and players should no longer see a significant “stretch” or “pause” when casting spells in low or moderate latency situations.
  • Accuracy of the spell cast UI has been improved. The display will now show ½ second increments and will no longer “stretch” time to compensate for latency. Instead, players will see a pause after the bar has filled completely if they are in a high-latency environment.
  • Continued improvements to animation and visual effects performance have been made. Players will see smoother transitions between animations and significantly less stuck visual effects, especially when chain-casting abilities.

UI Improvements

We are pleased to announce several improvements and enhancements to the game’s User Interface!

  • The Guild Window has received a major facelift and several functional improvements. We have added more information to the Guild Window, such as new news alerts and additional statistics on the profile tab. We have also resolved several interface bugs with the window, such as promoting and demoting through the UI and loss of guild permissions.
  • The User Settings window has been divided into tabs for convenience and clarity. The Customize Interface window has been folded into the User Interface window under the “Interface” tab. Tooltips have also been added to various elements in the User Settings window in order to explain their function.

RvR Zone Control Rewards

  • Various improvements have been made to Zone Control Rewards in Tier 4 zones to reward players for zone captures more so than individual Objective and Keep captures. When active zones are captured in Tier 4, all players in the zone are awarded Renown based on their level similar to Tiers 1, 2, and 3. If a Keep is claimed by a guild when the zone is captured, a Gold Bag will be mailed to the Guild Leader who can then mail it to anyone in the guild, as they see fit.
  • Battlefield Objectives that are owned by the conquering realm will also buff all of the players in the zone with the same buffs that Sergeants grant players.  Lastly, players who have captured a Keep or Battlefield Objective in the zone which is then captured will be awarded double the amount of Renown they would normally gain from capturing those locations.

Upgrade Your Assault with Ordnance!

We are pleased to introduce a new resource to RvR that players can trade in for deadly assault upgrades!  Scattered throughout the RvR lakes and acquired from killing players, Ordnance is collected and traded in for various items and weapons to use in open field RvR!  Battering rams with more hit points, ballistae that do more damage, oil immunity potions, caltrops, and dynamite can all be purchased and used on unsuspecting enemy players!

New Guild Recruitment Options

Guilds can now set up a “profile” for their guild using the “Recruitment” tab in the Guild Window. Settings for type of guild, careers, and levels being recruited, as well as guild “recruiters” can be set in the Recruitment tab. Once your guild recruitment info is filled out, players can search using the same criteria in the “search” tab to find guilds that fit their individual play-style and needs. Guilds can also be hyper-linked into chat either by shift-left clicking on the “Link Your Guild” link in the Recruitment tab, or by shift-left-clicking the guild title in the search results panel. When players click the guild hyper-link, they will receive an individual window identical to the panel in search results. No more chat spamming required, just let the hyper-links fly!

Character Profiles

Introducing the new character profile system, which gives you complete control over the way you play your characters! Each character will now have its own Interface Profile. This will allow customization of addons and UI layout on a per-character basis. You can also customize multiple profiles per character. For instance, if you want to have a different set of addons for soloing versus open RvR, just open the Profile Management window, create a new profile, and make any changes you wish. You can then swap between those profiles at any time in the management window.

Profiles can also be copied from character to character, even across servers. Just choose “Create from existing Profile” when making a new profile, and you will be shown a list of all the profiles for all characters you have on all servers.

When you first log in, your first character will automatically map your existing user settings to the new profile. On first login of an alternate character, you will be asked if you would like to start with a default profile or use the profile of an existing character.

Please note that this is only the first iteration of the character profile system. We are working to add new features, including the ability to save keybindings as part of the profile.

The Battle for the Gates of Ekrund Expands!

The massive Gates of Ekrund are all that stand between the Dwarf-held mines at Ekrund and the greenskin-infested domain of Mount Bloodhorn. The battles fought for control of this ancient structure have been among the most bitter in the Age of Reckoning, and now both sides are calling for additional reinforcements!
Beginning with this update, players of Rank 19-24 will be able to join a special 6-on-6 version of the Gates of Ekrund called “Broken Gates of Ekrund.” Also, a new quest has been added to the game to reward players who answer the call to defend (or smash down!) the Gates.

I am always impressed by the amount of content and fixes Mythic is able to put out.  I have mixed feelings about the keep upgrades.  I am not sure how it works in T4 but in T3 keeps are already almost impossible to take if they are being defended at all. This leads to people trying to avoid fights. This a huge problem and it needs to be addressed.  I want to fight people not run from them and take undefended keeps.  I think the second ramp to the lord room will help this problem significantly.  It will make it require more then 5 people to defend the lord room

The assault ordinance is a great idea and will really give a good reason to kill people not just take BOs and undefended keeps. They are also introducing a token systems like Darkness Falls had in DAoC, when you kill some one you get so many tokens and these can be traded for RVR gear.  I do not believe that is going to be part of this patch but all of these steps are leading in the right direction to force you to kill players not just take keeps and BOs.

The new guild recruitment will be nice for guilds AoC has something similar and it makes finding a guild really easy. I always struggle with finding a guild in games and I think this will help new people find a community and stay. I think they should also make all new players automatically join a New Players guild. They did this in DAoC and it really helped build a sense of community. It was also a great guild to be a part of.

The rest of the major features are really not that spectacular I can not see how some one would use the profiles, and I am still confused how breaking up the SCs even more is going to help any thing. Maybe they will expand on why they did this latter.

Lotro Volume II Book 7

http://www.lotro.com/gameinfo/vol2-book7

This game gets better with every patch.  I really enjoyed this game when it first come out. The PVE is second to none but the PVP is really boring. Patches like these make me want to return to Middle Earth and take a look

WAR Free Trials!

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We’re very pleased to announce a brand new way to jump right into the fray with Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning!

The WAR 10-Day Free Trial is now available to all North American and Oceanic players! You can download the Free Trial client here. For more details about WAR trial accounts, please see the Free Trial Account FAQ.

Trial players can upgrade their accounts to a full version of the game by either purchasing a copy of the game or by upgrading directly via the Account Center. Learn more here. After you upgrade your account, the patcher will automatically patch the full game client.

Free trials are a great way to get new people into the game. I think they waited the right ammount of time to do it too. With the last patch this game is really reaching the point where people will stay with it and it will grow.  LOTRO did this same thing. The came out a little early but a few patches latter and the game is a great PVE game and I believe it is now growing. People are looking for an alternative to WoW but it must be good enough.

Darkfall NDA is down

Reading Keens little over view on his blog and I must say I am now really looking forward to this game. The reason is the skill based system. I have not read much about this game but just reading that gets me stoked. As I said in a previous post my first MMO was UO and the one thing that I loved about that game was the skill based system. It is still the one thing I miss from that game and no other game has recreated.

I also really enjoyed being able to loot the bodies of the people you slayed it gave dieing a bit of a sting. I will be giving this a try when it comes out.