Archive for June 2010
Let’s talk about those who freshly entered T4..
Most likely those people will search for the Annihilator Set, but let’s be honest.. chances are very slim that they get it by capturing keeps. So most likely those people have to rely on Officer Medallions .. and to some small degree on the bags which they might get from the guild, but the latter is rather unlikely.
So..Officer Medallions.. Anyone noticed that they are now really sparse and tricky to get? When you kill someone you get nowadays most likely Invader crests and above. Officer Medallions don’t drop that often..Back before the last patch you could easily change the higher crests to Medallions and be a happy Annihilator. Now it’s easier to obtain Invader than Annihilator gear..which is somewhat strange, but a obvious side effect from changing the conversion rate from 1:5 to 1:1 and making the city sieges that **** frequent.
My Slayer got most of his Officer Medallions from T3 when he killed those R31 alts.. Now I’m thinking about buying the Conquerer Set, but I have way to few Medallions because I’m already looking at Invader (I don’ rely on the city bags.. Too much based on luck and I just don’t like to do the city siege that often..). The crests are not the problem, but the Medallions..
I’m not sure if this was intended, but this 1:1 conversion system is unfriendly to lower ranked players. This is something which will hopefully change in the future..The easiest way would be to enable Conquerer Crests to be broken down at the old rate, i.e. 1:5 and leave the higher crests in the current state (1:1). This would increase the overall Officer Medallions to some small degree, enable folks to buy Annhilator and above gear, but would not increase them too much..
Another twist would be that the merchants convert the Medallions.. If I remember right the merchants below T4 allow you to buy a chest which converts e.g. a T3 Medallion to five T2 ones. I’m not sure if this system still exists, but why can’t there be such a thing for T4 with Conquerer Crests?
I’m not sure if this are good ideas, but I hope that there will be something done.. It’s just not right that you have more problems with getting Annihilator gear than with Invader.
So.. we are moving in the next couple of days to the new servers. The time frame is quiet tight, as I hoped to have a week between the announcement and the actual transfer (even though the German CM Ryoshu warned on friday that the transition might be really soon). That happened quiet often in the “history” of WAR.. long silence and than quiet fast action (but in the past it were the days patches went live which sometimes surprised me).
Today is the date where the copies of the characters and guilds are made for the new servers…so for nearly a week there is no progression pixel-wise. I’m ok with that, but actually many people from our alliance won’t play at all.. I think that this will be a common phenomenon on the other servers. I’m curious if there will be any real fights or just testing of ridiculous specs… How is RvR going when there is no opposition?
I wouldn’t expect many healers out there.. most of them might check out the dps-spec.. maybe even I will try it with my Rune Priest. I might even reactivate my gobbos or the blorc. This is all feeling somewhat weird…but it’s a nice test.. what is the purpose of a MMO when there are no pixels to hunt for and how do the people react?
Most of the time I have short-term goals when I log on or play a character more often than the others.. This week will be different as there is nothing to achieve. I’m also wondering how the scenarios will be as people now don’t try to hunt for those tokens.. and as the renown is irrelevant they will not care about any idle-hands or quitter-debuff.
What would you do if there is nothing to hunt for in a MMO?
This all is a drastic ..cut in the routine people are used to when they log on.
GOA announced on the official web site that they will stop the service for WAR and that Mythic will operate WAR now in the EU.
I knew that this would happen, but I’m still a little bit “oh..”/shocked. I am not surprised that this happened as someone from my guild plays using game-time-cards and when he wanted to buy a new card he got the information that those cards aren’t produced any more. This was a good indicator that the publisher (GOA) will not offer service anymore in the near future.
I’m feeling somehow bad for the people at GOA, as it may cost some folks their their jobs, but overall I’m happy that the service changes. I was not happy with the reaction (times) of the CM’s, which often took days or was just handled by an automatic e-mail. Server performance was bad which may be caused by the location of the servers and not the server hardware itself.
So with EA/Mythic taking over I have the hope that their servers will perform better..
In the forums some people are not sure if the game will be localized any more, i.e. at least a German and a French localization. I’m sure that this versions will stay as Mythic was searching for German and French speaking CM’s on their Webpage, but we’ll have to see. GOA is working on a FAQ which will be released on Monday..so enough time for the doomsayers to predict the ending of WAR. This may have been lessened if GOA would have put the FAQ out when they announced the end of the service..but well.. this just fits..
So lets see what the future brings..
Sometimes you stumble and see quiet nice pieces of art/scenery in WAR.
Here I want to show you some example for the good craftsmanship of the Dwarfs..This example can be found in Kadrin Valley. It’s the same column, just from two different perspectives.
Maybe I will add some other screenshots as I think that there are some nice places in WAR. There is something outside of Altdorf or IC..you just have to believe ;)
Hum.. I was just realizing that I didn’t write a post this week..
This had two reasons.. The first one.. Well.. RL has been quiet busy this week and I just hadn’t enough time to write a proper post.
The second reason is WAR-related. Because of a low guild activity and high city siege frequency there is just not so much to write about. I don’t want to rant in all posts ..and so I stay silent right now ;)
I began thinking about looking at some other servers..maybe some non-German servers as both German servers seem not that well balanced or just too “zergy”. On the other hand.. I don’t want to leave my guild behind. It’s quiet tricky at the moment.
So.. another Producers Letter is out. Overall not much facts about the future, but that’s ok as there is enough to discuss about in it ;)
Carrie discusses the reasoning behind the opening of playing both realms on one server. I still don’t get it why it has to be that bit-logic. If there is just one server for one language I think it’s ok to open the realms, but as a general option it remains wrong in terms of the leftovers of the thing called realm pride.
I have not much to say to the cosmetic changes. Seems quiet nice to have an option to choose the look of your char (especially as I don’t like the warlord-equipment for the Runepriest). I’m somewhat looking forward to the armor redesigns as the Runepriest look quiet similar from sentinel to warlord set (only minor changes to the shoulder part, but the rest is almost the same).
For me the most interesting part is of course the proposed changes to the Zelot/Runepriest.. Sounds interesting, but too few facts. Basically both careers now get some sort of stance mechanic.. hum..Mythic and stance mechanics didn’t work out that well in the past, but I’m willing to get surprised by the changes ;) Anyways..I don’t think that both careers need that much fixing.. some more options yes, but the general career need only some minor tweaking.
I’m happy with this stance mechanic as it seems to work at one of the biggest drawbacks of the Runepriests..It’s the itemization. Runepriests get more competetive with better gear.. I currently run 4 pieces warlord and 3 dark promise and it works imo somewhat well. Previously Conquerer/Invader equipment was just not worth to look at if you try to be a healer..now Runepriests don’t need to do PvE, but can obtain some ok-gear by PvP (no.. freenowning and city sieges aren’t RvR ). So getting that heal-crit in “heal-mode” by converting the magic-crit from Conquerer/Invader seems nice for rr-range 40-67. I’m looking forward to some more details