Warcraft Flight Survey

Following Lissanna’s lead on Druid Travel Forms and the new Combo button, I decided to make one about one of my pet issues in Warcraft and MMOs.  That topic is of course Flight, and when you should get it on your first character and alts.

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A Next Gen MMO Revisited

A “Next Gen” MMO like Blizzard “Titan” is a Duke Nukem Forever.  There are many empty promises for years and then those evaporate and when the game or product is finally released it can not stand up to the Hype that occurred about it over the years.

So now with that understood lets look at what promises and hopefully implemented features will be needed  or at least the hooks/stubs for them at launch.

1 – Sand-Park Play

What this means is some middle ground between the sandbox nature of EVE, Minecraft and Landmark and the highly controlled and IMO railroaded play that we have become use to in WoW, SWToR, Wildstar.  I guess that ESO may come close to this but has many other system issues and I can’t stand the play perspective in Bethesda games anymore so have not given the game any time.

2 – Infinite Replay-ability

This is a new one for me but I have come to see that I much prefer the infinite grind-ability of Diablo 3 and Borderlands than the process in most MMOs.  ArcheAge had an item upgrade system that at my basic understanding of how it works could also work better than the current gear and loot systems we find in most EQ/WoW clones.

3 – Player Driven Market and Crafting

This is one side of games that outside of ESO, ArcheAge and EVE is almost completely absent.  WoW use to have a more vibrant market but that was killed over 2 expansions where the Gear and BoE items were a joke.  Not to mention crafting locked behind the requirements of both leveling to near cap or cap and reputation grind fests.  Crafting Alts are a legitimate form of play for those that like to craft to get gear than play DDR with a Raid Boss.

4 – Many Factions for Players to Belong to and Participate In

WoW has 2 factions, and almost every other clone thereof has 2.  EVE starts with 4 but approaches infinity based upon Corporation and Alliance System.  I would say 3 as the minimum odd number required but I think 5 or 7 PVE factions to start with for the basic leveling process would be a good place to start.  Then in end game systems a Guild/Corp system with Alliances in certain Areas/Continents/Planets/Dimensions could greatly increase this area of the game’s complexity while also providing an initially safe leveling/learning area.

5 – Guild/Corporation Housing/Land and Eventually Player (Character/Account) Housing

More games are finally starting to get a hint and hopefully look as some of the research that has slowing come out about gaming and other social circles.  While graphics, features, ability to lord over other players may initially bring players to your game, the key to retaining those players is getting them involved in some social group.  The more stable that group the longer the members of said group will continue to play together and the game in a larger context.  Having some visible, virtually tangible goal to work toward as in Guild Housing is one of the greatest ways to do such.  Especially if guild/group achievements in other aspects of the game can be represented in the shared space.

6 – More on Markets, the Markets must be able to support both Buy and Sell orders.

I cannot stress enough how important this one is to goal 3 being viable.  Gathers current in many games must guess what is needed now, a week from now and next patch.  The demand and to what volume is a crap shoot but past predictors can be used to get a good guess.  However with both Buy and Sell orders all you have to do is look at the Buy orders do your farming run and sell those focused targets.  It is a win-win scenario while now it is a win-unknown scenario.

Other Comments

At this point in time I think the general MMO market has a reasonably good grasp on PvE and PvP needs in general.  The only thing I will say is that exclusive rewards to a particular form and make up of said content should be cosmetic only.  There should always be multiple ways to similar levels of power in gear even if it looks different.

 

Posted in MMOs

New Game Arche Age, Flying (Gliding) and WoW

So I found myself playing ArcheAge, an unlikely game for me given my standard views on PvP.  I don’t do much in EVE for similar Everyone versus Everyone PvP reasons.  However for some reason I found myself drawn to this game recently and decided to dive down the rabbit hole to see what could be seen.

What I have found is a game that is almost IMO a next generation MMO when compared to many of the other games on the market.  The main features that I find missing which I feel are  requirements to be a truely next generation MMO would be the following.

Faction-less Races: So that you can play any race regardless of which faction you end up playing.

More than 2 main factions:  There are 3 in game but that is only because the Pirate/Criminal Players are considered to be a faction of their own, so I don’t consider it a true 3rd faction.

Actually the thing that EVE is lacking to be a Next Gen MMO would be a strong PVE side, otherwise it would be one.

So what are the main things that brought me to playing this game while I am completely bored with WoW, even though my accounts are active.  The main features of the game are what attracted me.  The game is a guided sandbox game.   I mean guided as there is a storyline and there is a strong leveling via questing aspect to the game.  However if you were lucky enough to get land during head start many crafting professions open up and the in-game AH/Market is almost completely player driven through crafting.

While all of this was interesting the other lesser feature that sold me on it was that the game does not try to force its interpretation of how you should quest upon you, unlike WoW.  From level 1 if you buy the items from the RM Market you can get a mount and glider.  A form of these items are acquired in game before level 7ish and 15ish of 50 so it is not like either feature is an endgame bonus.  Like WoW seems to think any conveniences  are only for endgame, where they are nice but not really a major benefit.
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The above screen shot was taken while I was heading back to the town on the horizon when coming back from one of the early instances.  Not it is gliding and not true flight like in WoW but it is 1000s of times better than how questing feels in MoP currently and WoD on the Beta Servers.   There is no replacement for being able to make the active choice to mostly avoid mobs when you just want to get to point B from point A if you so choose.   Now it does take some extra effort to do long runs on the glider as you need to find a high jump off point since there seems to be no updrafts that I have found and there is a longish cooldown to the only ability I have found that gives you some extra altitude which then lengthens your glide.

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ArcheAge is F2P with paid Patron level which confers some bonuses and is required if you want to actually own land or stake a claim for the in-game player housing.  This will definitely be a large distraction for me until WoD launches and potentially even after since the Gliding/Flight in this game makes it one more feature over what WoD offers.

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