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  1. 39 points
    We at Caldera love to test and theorycraft. We also love to help the community, so here we bring you a rough breakdown of each Promotion Class, for each class currently available! Are you in doubt which promotion class to pick? Or maybe which class to play even, then don't worry! We have broken down each promotion class showcasing their main objective and strengths. Enjoy! Assassin Cutthroat: Revolves around getting behind your target to do extra damage, your target takes 10% extra dmg while kidney shotted, and you have +20% dmg when using backstab from behind. Your passive increases your damage by 20% while behind targets. Blackguard: This is a more self sustain promotion class, you will have lifeleech, self-barrier when stunning enemies and reduced cooldown on kidney shot and Backstab. Your passive gives your Nature and Poison toxins 8% lifesteal. Vandal: This is the more CC/DoT heavy build, your kidney shot applies a severe bleed, you get the power cheap shot (stun from stealth), and your backstab supresses enemies if you hit it from behind. Your passive will save your ass (the hit that would have killed you, instead takes you to 15% max health and gives you 90% mitigation for 4 seconds) Ranger Archer: Ranged heavy pure damage, you can reduce enemy damage with barrage, and archers stake prevents movement reduction/root effects. You will gain suppression shot, and increased range (+9m), your rapid fire can expose punish targets. Your passive revolves around standing still and spamming basic bow shots. Warden: The talents lean towards full melee builds, revolves around traps (major burning damage and debuffs - including anti stealth), you gain forest step (melee teleport to targets), and you can buff your group with damage bonuses. You also reduce a lot of damage taken, both from your archers stake, and you'll be able to wear mail with this promotion class. Brigand: You are now a stealth/melee ranger, you gain a stealth tray with the Ambush power. Your archers stake will instantly slow in a big field, and you'll have an empowered cross slash to apply severe bleed to your target. You will also do increased damage behind targets. Your passive is a buff stacking up damage for your next Dagger spin, stacking 10 times (max + 250% damage). Duelist Slayer: Pistol duelist as we know it, increased range, resetting cooldown on flintlock shot and it can be used as interrupt, also gets a new ultimate which has half the soul power cost, and grants 2 dodge pips. Very mobile and high ranged damage. Your passive revolves around crits, stacking up a buff, which then can be consumed on either longer lasting buffs or extra dodge pips. Vanguard Scout: Stealth focused build, you gain increased damage from stealth, you gain a new "stealth poke" power, reduced cooldown on tunnel. Your passive gives you lifesteal while in stealth. Dirge: Full melee builds, you can open with a knockdown from stealth with ambush, your impale single target stuns at 5 pips, redirect pain also heals you over time, and you gain increased control duration. Pepperbox shot will debuff your enemy with reduced piercing mitigation - so you can deal more damage with your impales. Your passive makes you do more damage to targets under 50% health. Myrmidon Titan: High damage, revolves around the power Frenzy, where you can't die while it's up. This promo class has the Bloodthirst mechanic, striking bleeding targets will make you do more damage. While Frenzy is up, you will be able to interrupt people after using several different abilities. Battle Rager: Tanky build, more health, reduced berserk crash damage, gives you the ability to avoid berserk crash damage while using Whirlwind, and your passive increases your max health by 50% of the damage you avoid, by avoiding berserk crashes. Conqueror: This is a more AoE focused promo class, you have more CC, and CC immunity than in the other builds, you'll have a single target supress, your whirlwind will make you immune to CC, while everytime you apply a bleed effect you also slow the target, meaning you can Whirlwind through groups of enemies, slowing them all, without being able to be CCd. You also reduce enemies critical hit defense when you slow them (stacking 5 times, 5x3%). Templar Vindicator: This build is heavily focused on doing damage, you'll get several bonus damage buffs, while sacrificing survivability. Your execute move will no longer require pips, making you able to spam it like a melee dps. Many of your powers will have their survivability aspects removed in change of extra damage. And your passive is extra slashing damage based on your bonus fire damage. Paladin: This promo class changes the templar to a more support/healer build. Your parry will drain pips slower, you will have Holy Warrior faster, your Devotion is being enhanced so it heals you and your allies for 50% of the damage you deal. And most importantly, Divine Light no longer has a pip requirement, meaning you have a free healing circle lasting for 12 seconds. Your passive stacks up healing critical chance everytime you heal an ally. Fury: This is the more CC focused version of the templar. You'll have a slow, increased durations on CC, reduced soul power cost on your ultimate, a melee ranged root, and when you place down your divine light - you knockdown and daze on enemies within your divine light. Your passive increases your max health everytime you CC enemies. Confessor Inquisitor: A more traditional confessor build. This promotion class emphazises damage, you can gain extra basic attack damage after using Fervor, your fire tornadoes can hit the same target more times, your righteousness procs damage buffs, your singletarget stun combo doesn't consume the debuff that explodes with damage anymore. Your passive gives all your fire damage type powers a chance to apply severe burn to targets. Sanctifier: A special promotion class, this turn your confessor into a melee/tank, that excels in close combat. You'll be able to retaliate more often, your Fervor increases your physical armor bonus, your condemnation heals you each time it hits, your righteousness also applies a barrier to you, your hellfire auro deals 50% more damage, and your tornadoes no longer consumes the aura. You will be able to equip Mail/Plate armor, but you will also have your range reduced on your powers to 8m - but you get +20% damage. This build will probably be really strong with the focus orbs, so you can keep your enemies close to you. Fanatic: This is a CC heavy promotion class. Your condemnation will slow enemies, you won't consume Hellfire Shield/Aura when using your knock up/tornado combos, reduced cooldown on Fervor because it's a mana heavy playstyle, your absolution always slows your target. Your passive has a chance to trigger Cleansing Fire when dots are applied to you - cleansing all DoTs on you, while also healing you. Additionally you also apply Elemental Vulnerability to targets with your basic attacks. Champion Alpha Warrior: This build revolves a lot around getting critical hits, you will gain a lot of dominance stacks, both through your leap and basic attack crits. Your neckbreaker (ultimate) can now also benefit from dominance stacks. Your rend will reduce your enemies critical hit chance defense, meaning you have 7% higher chance to crit on them. Your passive increase your critical hit chance whenever you spend a point of dominance, stacking up 10 times. MOAR CRITS Pit Fighter: A very tanky version of the champion. Increased self healing and maximum health, Whirling Pain also applies a barrier, you will get the ultimate "Invincible Warrior" which makes you immune to CC/DMG (like every ultimate) but also gives you a barrier and a heal over time. And it only costs 500 soul power. Your passive gives you 100 attack power everytime you trigger a self healing effect - stacks 5 times. Barbarian: This is a very CC heavy build. Not only do you get +21% duration on your CC effects, you will be able to reset your blind combo, your leap does a knockdown, your whirling pain applies a slow and then suppress to multiple enemies, and the soul power cost of your Neckbreaker ultimate is reduced to 350. Your passive gives you +15% damage and +25% movement speed whenever you apply a crowd control effect. Druid Stormcaller: A full dps promotion class. Your life tray will be removed, in exchange for damage. You are able to instant buff yourself with Nature's Avatar (big damage buff), you will gain access to lightning burst (aoe lightning), and your faerie fire/faerie flames will be enhanced, so they also reduces the targets electric armor by 15%. Your passive will stack up a buff, that at 8 stacks will give you a lightning shield. Archdruid: This is the hybrid druid build. You will be switching a lot from life to death tray and vice versa. You have enhanced buffs, Bark Skin have 200% increased thorns, your Nature's Avatar is now an instant group buff, giving all group members increased offensive stats. You will gain the power Shroud of Darkness, and your Blight in enhanced, so your orbs deal 25% more damage when they explode. Your passive cites the way the build has to be played, if you successfully hit with more than 3 orbs when you use blight you get a buff, +75% dmg/healing for 20 seconds. So you will be exploding lots of orbs! Earthkeeper: This is the full support druid. You have lot's of selfhealing, everytime allies pick up healing orbs, you also get healed, your Bark Skin now only applies to you and heals you with a HoT. You gain access to Healing Rain. And your Nature's Avatar can now hit two targets when you channel, it will automatically apply to a nearby ally, 8m within your target. Your passive is an automatic Essence dump, which will then also replenish resources to group members. Can trigger every 45 seconds. Cleric Radical: This is a almost full dps cleric build. You will sacrifice healing on several abilities in exchange for damage. It also reduced the soul power cost of your Divine Order (damage ultimate) by 500. You will have increased range (6m), you will gain a power called Searing Light instead of Flash of Light, which works as an interrupt. Your illuminate will not heal buy replenish resources and increase your critical hit chance. Your passive causes your critical basic attacks to reset the cooldown of your Searing Light. Meaning you can spam interrupts with enough crit chance. Crusader: Your more or less full healer build. You will have lots of increased support stats, like support power, crit heal chance and crit heal amount. Your ressurection will be enhanced, bringing allies back with 40% max hp. This is the only build that will make illuminate heal group members. And your Hand of the Gods (aoe root) will also heal all friendly targets within it's deploy radius. Your passive will grant allies below 50% health a shield equal to 10% of their max health for 15 seconds. This can happen every 15 seconds. Arbiter: This build is more of a hybrid build, you will still get support stats like support power, but you will also gain more CC. your Holy symbol will now also knock down up to three enemies when it's deployed, your AoE has it's radius increased (double radius), and your Divine Order ultimate (if you choose to use it) will reset the cooldown of several powers. You will also be able to stun enemies, with your next basic attack after using illuminate. Your passive recovers mana and increases basic attack damage everytime you apply CC. Stacking 3 times. Knight Swordsman: An offensive build for the knight. Your shield slam is enhanced, meaning you are considered blocking while charging it up (free defensive), your Obliterate causes Bleed effects to have a 100% critical hit chance, your Oath of Will increases your crit chance by 25% for 15 seconds or till you crit three times. Your Pursuit(charge) has it's cooldown reduced by 50%. Your passive has a chance to grant you a buff when using any non-basic, non-shield power, while also wielding a sword. The buff will increase your Basic attack damage by 125% and your Basic attack damage cap by 50% for 10 seconds. Remember to wield a sword with this build! Secutor: This is a tanky knight build. You will have increased health, and several shield improvements. Increased damage on all shield powers, shield slam instantly enables shield bash when hitting a target while charged 2/3rds. Oath of Will reduces the cost of maintaining Block by 75%, and lose no additional stamina from big hits. Pursuit also applies a Barrier when it ends. You are able to equip Tower Shields. Your passive increases the Shield Bash damage by 100%, and all shield powers that damages an enemy will instantly enable Shield Bash. Sentinel: This is the more CC heavy knight build. You will gain stats with increased duration of CC. Shield slam can now suppress the target after charging more than 2/3rds. Chain attack will now also apply a slow to the target. Noble Blood will now also Root enemies. Pursuit will stun nearest enemy when it ends. Your passive increases energy regeneration, gives you a buff if you stun/knockdown enemies while wearing a mace. The buff increases your damage bonus by 15% and movement speed by 25% for 6 seconds. Remember to wield a mace with this! Thank you for reading all the way through! Check us out at https://caldera-hq.eu/games/crowfall/ ! See you ingame!
  2. 32 points
    Hey folks, this question came up on our kickstarter page, and I thought it might be helpful to post it here as well. Todd --- From: Zach T. My concern is that if you soft launch, people who join at a later date are never going to be caught up, and if I recall correctly, not everything is going to be implemented at the soft launch either. It's essentially another beta phase. Now, say I'm a non-VIP member (Although I planned to be one). I join, and I play while not everything is implemented; if I invest in one character only to find out later when the full content is released, I really don't like the character. I'd be stuck playing that character, or be forever behind the trend. Now imagine you're a VIP player paying for the benefits; you would be paying for what looks like an early access game from the outside. That's not ideal imo - and lots and lots of youtubers and redditors have echoed this opinion. I understand your reasoning for doing this, but in a more cynical outlook it would seem like you guys are behind schedule and need revenue. If you just going to soft launch as you described - I'd think the game would be completed at soft launch, no? Am I mistaken and the game *is* complete at soft launch? Performance polished etc? If not, can you understand why people are having negative reactions to this? --- My response: Hey Zach, Thanks for the post. Here are a few points that will hopefully address your concerns. First: we just completed a private equity raise of $6m in December. Our launch plan isn't affected by funding. We are taking this approach because it's the best way to do it. Second: I think we have a disconnect on what "soft launch" means -- which is understandable, since different companies use the term differently. In our parlance, soft launch means 'the game is ready for release, we're turning on persistence and we're not going to wipe again.' I hesitate to use the word "done" only because no MMO is ever "done", so I think ready for release is probably better. "Ready for release", however, isn't the same as "Ready to market". Humor me for a minute and I'll explain. The digital distribution business is different than traditional retail, where you sold boxes at gamestop. When you have a retail launch date, you build up buzz and perfect the game as much as time and money allows, and then you fire every marketing bullet you have to drive players on day one. It's all about day one success. The purely digital model isn't like that. Games like Warframe or Eve Online or Wizard101 didn't become a "day one" success. Instead the process is highly iterative. It revolves around your "user funnel", which means the experience of a new player from the time they first notice you until they become a customer (or not). You'd be shocked how much effort is put into tracking and optimizing this process... because online ads have become so expensive that we have to track (and perfect) every single click, every impression, every decision. You monitor all of this statistically, like: ...is "Become a King!" a better tagline in an ad than "Rule your KINGDOM!" (+3.7% more players click on KINGDOM!) ...is it better to have a RED or a GREEN download button on your website? (+2% more players click on GREEN!) ...do I give the Newbie Hat a feather, or a not? (-4.1% fewer players without the FEATHER!) ...etc etc etc You also do this testing in waves, because (1) you don't want to make too many changes at once (it's harder to tell what the impact of any given change was) and (2) you can find statistically relevant data with a relatively small number of players (1000 is about as good as 10,000). So, why does this matter? We have a limited marketing budget set aside for launch. It's big for a small company, but tiny compared to competitors like EA, Ubi, Activision, etc. So we need to make our $$$ really count. To make that money count, we need to: 1. Finish the game, 2. Stop wiping (because no one really cares when the data can be wiped at any time, and that screws your data) 3. Start running players through our "new user experience" in batches of a few thousand at a time 4. Monitor the conversion and retention of each batch (technically they are called a 'cohort') 5. Try different options. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your funnel is optimized 6. Once you've done that a LOT, and you believe the funnel is solid, THEN you spend that marketing budget to drive new players into the funnel We've decided to call step #2 "soft launch" and step #6 "commercial launch". Maybe those aren't the best terms, but #3 doesn't really quality as "open beta" (since the game won't be reset again), so soft launch seemed appropriate. As for the "player who come late will be at a disadvantage" concern, two points there: (1) players who come late to an MMO always start behind players who started early, (2) we have a catch up mechanic -- a training tome which can be crafted in game and traded to other players -- to allow you to catch up. FWIW, most MMOs don't offer that; either you grind, or you're left behind. We're a small team doing the best we can to make the game you guys want, and we're doing it the best way we know how. I hope this makes sense, and if you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask. Todd ACE
  3. 21 points

    Big news for ArtCraft !

    https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/10/crowfall-studio-artcraft-will-license-its-mmo-making-tool-artisan-engine/ Hey folks, This morning we announced a new division of ACE -- ArtCraft Technologies. This is a long-term strategic move for our company; the intent is to build a technology base that we can not only leverage internally on future titles, but that we can also license to other studios. In the short term, this also provides two immediate, impactful benefits: 1. We signed our first major customer, and the funds from this will be used to hire a "core technology team" of 6 to 8 senior engineers. These individuals will be tasked, first and foremost, with bolstering and optimizing the Crowfall technology base in preparation for alpha, beta and launch. 2. To run this division, we recruited Josef Hall, a name that some of you might remember from my previous Murder of Crows videos. Josef was the co-creator of both Shadowbane and Wizard101. We've been business partners for 15+ years (every company until ACE, in fact) and not having him here at ACE for the last few years has felt, for me, like I was fighting with one arm tied behind my back. His experience, design acumen and technical chops are a huge win for our team. I believe that Josef and his engineer team are going to be a force multiplier for Crowfall, and for our future game titles. Simply put, I can't imagine a better addition to our executive team. Todd
  4. 19 points

    @New Players - No Vessel vs Vessel

    I see a lot of new players making comments along the lines that they can not compete or even play until they get a crafted vessel. For information's sake here is a side by side view of a level 30 Centaur Champion with no vessel vs a level 30 Centaur Champion with a blue vessel. Same training, same talents selected. No gear. Higher quality vessels are possible ATM but almost all with a vessel will be at this level or lower of quality. This works out to a difference of- 38.5 Attack Power 3.9% Final Damage Modifier 1.2% Crit Chance 0.3% Armor Bonus 1.5% Crit Hit Damage 15.7 Support power 1 Stamina 351 Health I have heard people saying that their group of 3 got wiped out by 1 guy because he had a vessel and they didn't. I've heard a lot of people saying they can really feel the difference in combat now that "everyone has vessels and they do not." I have never heard anyone say that their group of 3 got wiped out by 1 guy because he did 4% more damage than them. I will concede that there are other places to gain advantage. Longer training time, better gear. These will all definitely add up, but it is not just vessels. You can gather all the mats you need in the safety of the temple to craft advanced armor and weapon and you can craft them in an EK right now. Vessels are awesome but don't feel that you shouldn't be playing if you don't have one yet. The biggest advantage vets have over new players is information. The best thing you can do is ask questions and ask for help. Most here with the information are willing to share it. Not sure how/where to craft or what the best way/location to harvest is? Ask Not sure what disciplines or build you should run? Ask Ask on the forums, in game. Hop into guild's public discord and ask questions. We want you to enjoy the game almost as much as you want to.
  5. 18 points

    Crowfall/Ace tribute

    Because sometimes, it's good to remember from where we come and thanks the work done. Hope you'll enjoy, it made me smile to see some old names while working on this video
  6. 18 points
    The plan hasn't significantly deviated, other than in some systems/areas we've built more than we originally intended (vessels, disciplines, real-time parcel stitching... and of course the poster-child of expanded scope, the race/class split). That said, while the "top-level" feature list hasn't changed, I have made -- and will continue to make -- made changes to content and implementation where it makes sense -- the vassals system, which I'll be doing a refresh on soon, is the one that leaps to mind (because I'm working on it right now). My general rule in these cases is to give you guys something either more flexible/functional than promised, or -- if and when we have to fall back -- to explain how and why and do the best that I can to live up to the spirit of that feature. When major things happen, Gordon and I will typically announce them "off-cadence" with a Founder's Update, typically on a Wednesday but occasionally on a Friday. In terms of the milestone schedule, yes, of course we have a plan internally but we never share that because I things shift around constantly in the development process and it doesn't matter how many caveats we make; if we say it, or even imply it, some players take it as a gospel -- and get really mad when we "break that promise". So instead our approach is to (1) communicate constantly, (2) be as transparent as possible, (3) which includes openly owning our mistakes, and (4) show constant forward progress. To that end, I think we've done a pretty good. Hopefully you guys agree. Todd
  7. 16 points

    This week I RPd a Factory

    Step 1 Get Mats Step 2 Turn Mats into Components Step 3 Turn Components into Armor So Crowfall is a Sandbox game so often the content that is there needs to be created/provided by the players. I decided to give myself a 'Quest' if you will... Make 50 sets of Metal Armor (15 Mail, 35 Plate) This was something for me to do, keep me busy and focused and just for kicks... combined with the fact that Skill Training would be reaching abilities to make Armor Layers and Treated Steel. All the Crafting/Harvesting I did could be done with 2 accounts (I used more for bulk bank space) I was donated Meat and some Dust(For which I am grateful) but these could be farmed with a few extra hours Harvest. I also bought more materials than I needed (I originally planned on making 100 sets and forgot to change some of my math when getting Mats) I used ~105% Materials due to some Flawed Assemblies *Hopefully my math isn't too far gone with getting lost in the process, if it is so be it *Times have been rounded up to the nearest 1/2 hour This was done over 5 days with an average playtime of 4-5hours a day for this project 6hours: Farm Gold ~80,000 1 hour : Purchase and Organize Materials 1/2 hour : Craft 1500 Coal(900 Wood-600 Dust) (300 crafts) 1/2 Craft 500 Carbon (300 Meat and 200 Dust) (100 crafts) 1 hour : Craft 200 Lacing Sinew (120 Meat 80Dust) AND Craft 200 Leather Padding (200 Lacing Sinew 1200 Hide) (400 crafts) 1/2 hour Craft 90 Metal Scales (1620 Ore 270 Coal) (90 crafts with Experiment) 2 hours Craft 210 Metal Plates (3780 Ore 630 Coal) (210 crafts with Experiment) 1 hour Craft 200 Treated Steel (1200 IronOre 400 Carbon) (200crafts with Experiment) 2 hours Craft 450 Armor Layers (2700Ore, 900 Hide, 900 Stone 450 Dust) 2 hour Craft 150 Metal Rings/Sheets (3300 Ore, 450 Coal 450 Armor Layers) (150 crafts with Experiment) 3 hours Craft 150 'Fillers' *Helm, Boots, Gloves* (90 Metal Scales, 210 Metal Plates 150 Treated Steel 150 Leather Padding 900 Dust) (150 Long combines) 2 hour Craft 50 Breastplates (150 Metal Rings/Sheets 50 Treated Steel 50 Leather Padding 600 Dust) (50 Long combines) Total Time Spent 20hours Total Gold used 74,250 Total Ore used 12,600 Total Hide used 2100 Total Stone used 900 Total Wood used 900 Total Meat used 420 Total Dust used 2830 I didn't get too many Flawed Assemblies so that didn't bother me, and it wasn't the time it took crafting that got to me either (though sitting for a minute watching the final cook isn't great) The Failed Experiments were really frustrating, I understand with Higher trained skills this will happen less but still I am really looking forward to BluePrints and Factories when things can hopefully Stack up on top of Clone Copies of themselves and not use so much Bank space! Final Thoughts: This was mainly to show how silly the vendor purchased resources are IMO. HOWEVER it was also a learning experience and I believe that if the prices are adjusted that there is no reason to not keep Vendors in AS LONG as their Prices are high enough so that Harvesters can get more from directly Harvesting a Node rather than Farming Monsters for Gold. Currently at 4.5 per piece it is too cheap (though not too far off) 10 would be Ideal for Whites, I can see the Potential to even allow Greens or Blues for 10/30x more Harvesters must expose themselves in the world for longer, must change RuneTools and Disciplines (which makes them weaker in Combat) and change their location. Gold spenders do not It takes Export slots to get these out of a Campaign to an EK, or risk Crafting in the Campaign itself. Also, buying mats from a vendor will not get you any Ethereal Dust while actual Harvesting will.
  8. 16 points
    I must confess, i nearly missed it. I only recognized it because just a few minutes ago i said in a discord channel, that today it's the first time ever that i have a strange feeling of being bored about Crowfall, though i would have never dreamed that i would say so (yeah i know, shame on me ... but hey, i went through a lot, so maybe you can forgive me xD ). Then someone asked me how long i am here. I didn't know, so i looked it up. And yes, kickstarter just started ... exactely today three years ago, on february 24th 2015. Which was the same day i first was introduced to the new Crowfall project. So, hail to subconscious informations. I got it and understand the source of this strange inner turmoil now. (which also means that it is gone now ) So, how long have you been here? What is your story with Crowfall. What changend in your eyes during the years? Which of those changes did you like most and which least? How much are you still into Crowfall. What is the thing you liked or hated most since you followed Crowfall? What did you expect and what are you still waiting for? I am really curious about your stories. It would be great to hear some. Let's see how much energy the community can provide at the 3-years mark to get them. Have fun, good luck - and happy anniversary Crowfall! Kraahk
  9. 15 points
    Moments ago, I sent an email to the Pre-Alpha 1 though Alpha 1 test groups announcing a snap test of Pre-Alpha 1 though Alpha 1 tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4 pm CST (22:00 GMT). You do not have to receive the email in order to participate in the snap test, but you do need to be in one of these test groups: Pre-Alpha 1, Pre-Alpha 2 or Alpha 1. Go to the Client page and download/install the patcher for TEST. Please email support@crowfall.com if you need assistance downloading, installing or running the game. Note that the Pre-Alpha 5.8: First Campaign update includes a full wipe of Eternal Kingdoms, Skills and Spirit Banks. UPDATES to this post: 1. We politely request that you do not publicly share video, screenshots or live streams from this testing session. 2. The time was chosen in order for us to complete some additional changes to the client this morning before the snap test is scheduled to begin, and then to have the snap test early enough that we will still have a full crew on-hand to oversee the test. If it's possible to leave the test running longer than the one-hour allotted, we will. 3. Keep an eye out for announcements about additional snap tests, more test groups being added and so forth. We'll keep you updated as best we can.
  10. 15 points

    Map of Wrath 5.5

    Here is my latest map of the Wrath 5.5 campaign world. Every parcel on the map is Rank 1 unless otherwise noted. There are likely some errors and omissions. Feedback is appreciated. If there were multiple spawns of the same thing in a parcel I only labeled it once. Where a parcel contains multiple types of resources I sometimes list the more generic term, such as 'Ore' rather than listing them all. I didn't add Wells or Trade Chests to the map. Short link: http://bit.do/wrathmap More Crowfall Resources can be found at the Winterblades website here: http://winterblades.net/crowfall-resources/
  11. 14 points

    Is crowfall fundamentally boring?

    Is crowfall boring? Does it feel like a tedious chore? Is the amount of time investment to get ready to the "juicy" parts of crowfall far too much? Does harvesting and crafting suck? Should there be less of a time investment in needing to gather? Should gear be faster to acquire? (At least the lower tiers: white, green). Does combat feel far too basic? Is skill training boring? IMO, yes to all of the above (excluding crafting, which I actually think is quite good, just not the amount of mats required to craft the lowest tier of armor), and with soft launch supposedly this year I can see the game heading to a reckoning of sorts (word on the streets already is extremely critical if not down right negative). Crowfall is in an extremely weird place. It's a heavily focused pvp game that's also supposedly trying to reach across the "aisle" and ensnare those mindcraft/landmark type players that like to run around 8 hours a day hitting rocks and building stuff. Unfortunately for those players, the vast majority of people who play crowfall are going to be stone cold killers that only want to gank and pillage. All their efforts will be for not, and getting repeatedly ganked will surely drive these type of players away. These two groups are vast different, and fairly incompatible. I fear the game will end up with two types of disillusioned players. The harvesters that just want to go out and hit rocks only to get killed, and the killers that are forced to go out and hit rocks because there aren't enough people who want to harvest (either because they've been driven away from the game, or because there simply isn't enough in the first place). The crafters will suffer because they won't have the mats required to manufacture armor and provide for the masses, so they too will be forced in to the tedious chore of having to harvest. This isn't too far off from where we are now. I've seen the game regress a little bit more and more in the fun factor with the increasing emphasis on harvesting. I've harvested in other games, but it's different with crowfall. It's literally the most mind-numbing dull experience I've ever experienced in a video game. I'm not sure how they can improve it either besides drastically increasing the mats you receive and reducing the amount of time and effort necessary to acquire those mats and get your gear so you can actually "start" playing. Harvesting is simply not fun, yet the majority of players are forced to do it, and it eventually ends up monopolizing a large percentage of your play time in crowfall. I'm worried about the game. Everyone I've tried to sell on the idea has pretty much shrugged it off once I started talking about how harvesting and crafting is so vital to your character progression. It's not like gear isn't important, and the variance between gear statistically is significant. It's not just the harvesting that's boring. It's the combat and class design too. Combat and class design feels extremely sterile and one-dimensional. Combat literally revolves around spamming LMB, attacks are weightless and the base ability kits of most of the classes feel far too bland and "safe". Combat and class design is in a desperate need of an overhaul; doubtful considering what's already on the devs plate and a supposed soft launch deadline. I'm interested in what others thing, I'm already readily anticipating the "this is a test, not the game" and "there is no game loop yet" arguments. Valid perhaps, but I think there is enough "game" here to at least see what direction they're going.
  12. 14 points

    Get Rid of 50% Bonus

    Yup, I didn't think I'd say this but boy am I sick of the half pip bonus. It is utterly infuriating to basically only craft for a lucky roll. This should not be the case. Crafting should be an art and if done right a great piece of equipment should be the result. This is not the case right now. Currently, you carefully craft all the pieces to get to the final assembly and have a chance at a worthwhile piece. Roll a Success and throw it away, start over. At first, this didn't bother me so much but as someone who basically logs on just to craft daily, it is getting to the point that I just don't want to bother. Don't know what else to say except something here isn't right. I'm a big supporter of this crafting system... I'll go as far as to say I totally love it. Except for this one part of it because it really takes it COMPLETELY out of your hands and puts it on a lucky roll. BD
  13. 14 points

    Spirit bank .... wipe???

    Except we had to wipe skills too. But skill training will speed up with an upcoming hotfix. A lot.
  14. 13 points

    Community Kudos

    I just wanted to give some public kudos to @Anthrage for answering so many new player questions over and over in game. To @Kraahk as well for always responding to new player questions on the forums and in game with grace and energy and love of the game. To @Scree @Anhrez and anyone involved with Malekai.org. Incredibly useful, but undoubtedly tedious to maintain with no db API hooks in the game yet. To @Jah for the campaign maps and to -W- (Winterblades) for maintaining the crafting combos spreadsheet. I'm sure I'm missing many people, but thank you all for your continuing contributions to the community. These forums can sometimes be toxic and bitter, but I want to recognize the positive contributions out there. We all want this game to succeed.
  15. 13 points
    I really like the video presentation. For those of us in the trenches who are mired in the details of netcode this, druid sickle that, it a good way to see the project from a higher level is moving forward. Kudos to Gibson and Max.
  16. 13 points
    Our approach on building the procedural world generation is to go "bottoms-up"; instead of starting with the world cluster and working down, we're starting with the most atomic unit and working our way up. This will make the game more playable as we go, and it will give us the maximum amount of time / iterations on the randomization of how-we-place-stuff-in-the-world, which is most important for the moment-to-moment experience. That means the order is roughly: - spawners randomized wiithin dioramas - dioramas randomized within parcels (from a parcel deck), - parcels randomized within the zone/continent (from a zone deck), - cliff parcels automatically placed to wrap the parcels at the world edge (from a tile set), - "themes" that can be applied on top of parcels (canyons + spiders, canyons + zombies, canyons + lizardmen, etc). - randomized parcel networks (dungeons, canyons, etc) - continents randomized within a world/cluster (from a world deck) ...while the rank information flows top down (from cluster to parcel to diorama to spawner). To your question (where are we in the process), the 5.6 map has parcels placed by hand, with all of the elements inside them drawn from various appropriate decks, the rank information being passed down the chain as expected, cliff edges being applied automatically and the "theme" system to be able to use a base parcel (like canyons) with different prop and monster sets (spiders, zombies). Next up is parcels-in-the-world, which is what this meeting was about. After that we'll tackle zones-in-the-world-cluster. (and after THAT we'll look at the history generator... eventually.) Todd
  17. 13 points

    Crafters I feel sorry for all of us.

    Typing on mobile, so I will try my best to convey in as few words as possible. Blair said on a stream awhile back they would be removing stats based on data that people weren’t using them. They made the incorrect assumption that we weren’t interested in them. We didn’t use them because the systems weren’t complete and/or there was no discernible difference because the stats seemed to so low and inconsequential. We also didn’t have character sheets. The other theory is they are using us as a scape goat to remove stats because they want less stats in the game. I’m disappointed they took this stuff out without giving it time to mature. They did the same thing with some of the old skill trees and we got something worse and less exciting in the end. Crafting is turning out to be a disappointment.
  18. 12 points

    Crowfall Memes + MS Paint Rage Thread

    This is inspired by the famous "Arena MS Paint Rage" thread on ArenaJunkies back in the glory days of WoW. There was some absolute gold in that thread and I have a feeling Crowfall will be perfect for some MS Paint rage comics. Bring on the Crowfall memes! I'll start.
  19. 12 points

    The state of the game

    Well, I have been through it all with Crowfall. I've stuck around for good patches, I've stuck around for bad patches. However, this one really gets me. I can't take it anymore. Specific patches of flowers are missing from the Test Environment's beachhead. Below is a screenshot of where they should be. These patches of flowers are the ones I've always ran around when I'm bored. Please ACE, add them back, for me. @thomasblair
  20. 12 points

    Map of Aerynth 5.7

    Here is my latest map of Aerynth for patch 5.7. Locations of the POI building materials are labeled Ore, Stone, and Wood. Some of the adventure zones don't have names in game, so I named them. Parcel ranks are color coded green for forest adventure zones, orange for ore/risen, blue for stone/spiders. A higher resolution version will be available soon at the Winterblades website. Check for updates!
  21. 12 points
    Introducing wildcrafting: the act of gathering plants and reagents. FULL STORY
  22. 12 points

    5.5 deploying to LIVE today

    We'll be bringing LIVE down this morning (probably within the hour - around 10:15 am CDT) in order to deploy 5.5. Everything but skills will be wiped.
  23. 12 points
    I don't like to talk about stuff when it's still being figured out. That's one of the most unfortunate aspects of a crowdfunded projects; you have to make bold prognostications about systems and features long before you start working on them, and inevitably things change (technical limitations, resources available, design underpinnings, whatever) that force changes or open up new opportunities. Sometimes those changes are good (like finding the resources to move from archetypes to Race/Class) and sometimes they are painful (crap! the strongholddesign was based on the assumption that building placement would use lots, and we ended up more freeform placement. Now we need to add "tokens" to limit the number of buildings per parcel.) I've taken the philosophy that, ultimately, my job is to give you guys the best game that I can. If that means we have to change things, we change them. Some people will get upset because they don't agree with a particular change, but if the game is good that's what really matters. (And conversely, if we check every box exactly as stated at the beginning -- but the game is terrible -- we're screwed.) So by that logic, my #1 priority has to be the quality of the game experience. Todd ps. yes, this will be the topic of a future Tu/Th update.
  24. 12 points
    The zones themselves, which are pretty massive. I think the earlier assessment of Tyranny being less than a 1/3 of a continent is pretty close. How many continents does a "campaign world" need to feel spacious such that multiple teams can spread out? We are still debating, but will try and keep dialing up more and more space used in the future as the tech comes online.
  25. 11 points

    Giving Outposts Area Wide Buffs

    Right now taking and holding outposts is very lackluster. It's boring and usually something people dread doing primarily because there's no reason to grab them other than "points". - If you're a PvPer and you're not in the race to win then there's no point in even bothering with them. - For harvesters they don't get any benefit whatsoever. If you guys gave something like a 5% damage buff for having a nearby Outpost and an extra plentiful harvesting point and extra harvesting critical chance it would really incentivize people to want to grab them for reasons outside of points. - It would add some tactics to taking points on the map. Maybe you want to grab the 2 nearby outposts for a 10% damage buff before trying to take a fort. If you're planning on doing a motherload run you'd want to grab nearby objectives first for the buffs and a fallback point. Overlapping buffs might be too much but maybe there could be a limit to how many stacks you could have. @jtoddcoleman@Tyrant@thomasblair
  26. 11 points
    top required change: make forts at the start hostile. rushing out at lvl 1 to cap no fightin is silly
  27. 11 points
  28. 11 points
    Coincidentally, it was your response to Yumx's post that inspired this article. You said how great it was that they had put that information together. I saw that and thought to myself, "Wow! Well if Zybak likes it, more people would like it - and it is kind of buried here on the forums..." so I contacted Yumx about using Caldera's intel as the basis for my write-up. Then, I asked Blair and Halash to make a pass through to make sure the names were all correct because I knew Tinnis would be reading it. Anywhoo, I hope that it is useful for a lot of folks - and for those who already know all of the information that was given, I hope that you'll be inspired to put together similar recommendations of your own to talk about your favorite way of loading out characters, choosing Disciplines and all that.
  29. 11 points
    We are looking to create a series that will debut alongside the release of 5.8: First Campaign. “Stories from the Front" will be a daily report that chronicles the status of the Campaign and will be hosted on the Official Crowfall Twitch channel. We’re looking for volunteer correspondents, players interested in sharing highlights from their guilds or factions. The plans are still very much in the planning process and we’d love to hear your creative ideas about the type of content you’d like to contribute such as podcasts, blogs, livestreams, gifs or any other approach that you think the community would like to see. Our goal is to have a schedule of who and what will go live during that first week or two as the Campaign kicks off. With your participation, it could become an ongoing thing. And that would be awesome. So, how about it? Let’s roll!
  30. 11 points

    Crowfall curious? Get answers here

    Big Crowfall caw-out to @Rauthr for this great contribution on the Crowfall Reddit! Thanks for taking the time to create such an in-depth, comprehensive answer resource for some of the most commonly asked questions about the game. We really appreciate the time you spent putting this together! You can view the original post here . Do we have to be the same race to play together since the start? You can be any race, any class. What determines if you can play with your friends, is if you join the same faction for a campaign or not. Is the game full loot? Do you lose your set when you die to another players? Different Campaign types, will have different rules. Some may be full loot, others may have a timer for you to return to your body before others can loot, and yet others may have only a random item or two drop. Campaigns will last for limited times, and is the source of more rare materials/rewards. The winning faction will get to keep more/better rewards from the campaign than other (also depending on how much you contributed), and then the new campaigns might have a new ruleset on the world. Is the game more focused on PvE or PvP? As far as I can tell, there isn't so much a "PvE" in the usual sense. Right now it is PvP focused in terms of your activities. But you will have to kill some animals, either to skin them, or to get to materials they are guarding. In a recent email that crowfall sent out, it talked about how they are still working on the "moment to moment" game loop (the one that keeps you on from one 10-20 minute session, to the next) How does the grind in Crowfall work? Do you have to grind levels, items, etc..? You will get the majority of your stats from the gear you equip. BUT if you do level up, you will get a few (3) extra stat points to spend how you like. You will find that you can more quickly earn exp through crafting, and sacrificing items, than you might notice from going out and just killing mobs. Crafting will require more and more items, the more complex the recipe is. And with experimentation points, you will be getting different results with each craft. The "Ideal" crafting would be that you keep crafting until you get a set of experimentation procs that you would then "blueprint" (allowing you to replicate that EXACT craft again in the future) Is there a competitive scene? Most players that have access to the game, are avoiding the "burnout" since the game is more game-assets than it is a "game." Yes you can play the characters, Yes you can enjoy yourself, but it's not (yet) something that you will want to log in each/all day for. Currently the focus of the campaigns will be holding forts. and the only way to control a fort is to fight off everyone inside. Similarly, if there is a small region with high quality resources, you'll need some bodyguards to help protect you/others while they are collected. Are there factions? Can players from different factions play in the same guild? You can join guilds (see through the Crowfall website), and there are 3 factions to choose from. It would seem that even if you are in a guild, that does not mean that you HAVE to join the same faction as them. I'm not sure how this would work, as I have not fully tested/experienced this aspect. How is the population of the game? The population is currently quite low. You may encounter a group of 5-10 from time to time if you stay on during popular play hours, and near points of interest. Normally however, most people seem to be playing right now, just to get a feel for which classes and professions, etc, that they enjoy the most. How does disciplines work? Is it like Archeage where you can kind of mix multiple classes together? I have not played Archeage, so I can't give you a "yes" or "no" about that. BUT Each character gets 2 "Major" disciplines. These major ones will generally offer 1-2 abilities and a passive. You will then be able to choose a "Weapon Mastery" which will provide you with another 1-2 abilities, and lastly are 3 "Minor" disciplines. These can be used to further alter your character's strengths and weaknesses, either in mobility, combat, or even harvesting. My suggestion: If you think you will be interested in the concept of the game, go ahead and pick it up. Skills train off of Real Time, and are permanent to your "Crow" which then carries these bonuses into ALL characters that you make. By starting sooner than later, you can at least start training some skill trees to see if A, that's a tree you want to focus on come launch, or B just to see what other people may be getting as options in a tree you may never touch once playing for real. I get the impression that this is the main reason a lot of people are playing while it is still in such an "alpha" state. So that when the more polished gameplay elements are live, they will be able to see how strong certain classes/builds can be once fully trained; or, like I mentioned, if they are even worth the time/trouble.
  31. 11 points

    Crowfall Newbie's Guide

    Hi all, As a recent newbie myself, I thought I'd put together my first few hours into a "How to Get Started" doc, with some simple goals and information that I had to learn the hard way into a GDoc. Feel free to comment, critique, etc. Let me know what I missed, or what else would be helpful. Crowfall Newbie's Guide
  32. 11 points

    Crowfall Memes + MS Paint Rage Thread

    Thanks for the inspiration @Xarrayne
  33. 11 points
    40 mins for the length of a day sounds awfully fast to me, but I'll reserve judgement until I see it implemented. Vampires and Werewolves - meh. If they're strong at night and weak during the day, then the fast day/night cycle will likely be necessary for balance issues. The hunger shards on the ground and new skills in excavation sound alright. Modifying weapons with DoTs and drains etc sounds good. But you'll need more DoT removal discipline powers spread out among more disciplines (that's an ongoing concern with a lot of the discipline powers - there should be alternative means to get them, and counters to a discipline power shouldn't be in the same discipline as the power they counter). The day/night variation on monsters is interesting, but doesn't fit well with the lore, frankly. The hunger-version of mobs disappearing at dawn feels meh. "Winter is coming" feels better than "night is coming for 15 mins soon"
  34. 11 points
    I think this feature for Crowfall is probably one of the least talked about from you guys but seriously is a huge deal for MMO players. How many of us have played in a game, where no matter what server you played on, the geography was just cloned? This is the really cool stuff that will only serve to reinforce the exploration roles within Crowfall. You aren't exploring a world once, and then calling it a day. Every campaign will need those explorers. Repeated over and over and over. Add in the potential for you guys to craft biome-specific game worlds (aka "a Desert World") and you've got some really special stuff for players to digest visually without becoming bored. I hope this system is everything it sounds like and more. Really great stuff.
  35. 11 points

    Murder of Crows AMA

    As long as it goes to a good use, well that's more than fair! Mostly server side stuff -- architected the Central Service, which handles login and skills and all the stuff that has to work for everyone all the time (Tim has taken over server side of skills for this latest iteration). In game I did Secure Trading, and now I'm doing the NPC stuff. So that first 5.5 build where the server fell over under the load of the NPCs -- that you can blame me for... Funny story about that. Designers were complaining we couldn't get more than about 50 NPCs in the game, so Chris redid the whole thing to make it like 4x more efficient (and easier for Mark to work with too boot). Then he left and turned it over to me. I was still just figuring out the basics of how to keep them from bumping into walls and drooling on themselves when suddenly the designers decided to put to put 1,200 NPCs into wrath. Since I'm sure they know that 50 x 4 is only 200, not 1200, I think a stray line got misread as a 1 on a whiteboard somewhere. Either that or Blair hates me. :-)
  36. 11 points
  37. 11 points
    I am using the literal of impactful as applied to when one character hits another and it feels good. I think you were referring to the term impactful as a generalization applied to the entirety of combat. Mine being "it feels good to hit another character" vs yours "combat feels meaningful overall". Thank you for the video feedback, especially sharing your own project. Most people will never understand or care how difficult game creation can be. At least you walked a few steps. The pressure and difficulty only scales up as funding and audience expectations rise. Fighting games are great and feel great. That many colliders and hit boxes is right out of the window for any networked game of scale. As a rule we look to cut out as many detection checks like that as we can simply because the what the server says must always be right! For the server to be right all the time it needs to be asked questions nonstop, and because asking a question, thinking and processing that question, and answering that question can take anywhere from 50ms-300ms.(based on any players internet) Which means everyone is always slightly out of sync. So we fake much of it, or try and predict, or some games even (shudder) trust the client. Yes there have been MMO's who launched and they trusted the client to provide them with correct damage and health manipulation much to their woe. This happened as recently as 2 years ago. Anyways since every other player you are looking at it always slightly ahead of where there are on the server, you don't need the precision resolution that multiple hit boxes and colliders would provide. 90% of the time you would think you hit a target on the arm on your client only to have missed on the server because that player who you though you hit on the arm was 3m to the left of where you saw him represented on your client. This is why in the MMO space you usually see 1 universal server pill that represents all races of characters. To do otherwise is adding an incredible amount of work on the server and the client for very little return. I will caveat this with "countries with 5-15ms server roundtrip times. Developers can build games differently when you have near instantaneous response from the server "ie look at the South Korean fighting MMO's. The GW2 range example just shows a hit flash, an additive hit animation, and sync'd sound. We have all those pieces, but those are salt and pepper ingredients. (I would also put hit pause, screen shake, directional shakes/weapon trails into that salt and pepper ingredient) Salt and Pepper is important, hell you can make a great steak with just salt and pepper! But your base is a steak, and not pasta. That is the core of what I was saying before, you can add salt and pepper to anything but the core of the meal; How you Target (Tabbed, Aim, Aoe) how you move (Free Move, Root Motion) how you animate (Split Body, Locked) THOSE core portions of the meal tend to shut down possibilities. Well why not do both??!! Yes Surf and Turf is a great meal, but I have never had Surf and Turf where both the steak and the seafood were equally as good, and the price is always 3x. Things tend to fall apart at scale. Just imagine trying to cram 100 people into your level. Not only does netcode fall apart rapidly, or the server start lagging causing people to warp, combat that was fun for 4 players falls apart, the environment no longer works because it is too tight with that many people in there, etc. I've linked this video a few times before. It is a few years old but always a good watch. (no video is perfect, but he nails many of the mains points as to what makes action combat feel good)
  38. 11 points
    The ACE Founders talk about finances, fresh faces and Crowfall's progress. FULL STORY
  39. 11 points
    The target location/destinations are not fixed. Each gate has multiple possible destinations, and in addition, you arrive at a randomized location in the target cell. And before you ask, no, you won't be able to jump inside a castle or stronghold. Those won't be valid locations. Todd
  40. 10 points
    Due to the expansive nature of the Undead Alliance structure, Pest UDL has starting to hire contractors to help with his admin. For those looking for the primary guild experience theres the core of the 10 year old alliance: Undead Lords (70+)--the Knights of Myrkul, a death cult RP! Lords of Death (70+)--Another death cult. and Sinister (50+)--vaguely brooding folks that missed the memo on the naming scheme. For those seeking a more unique experience, UDL offers a full range of subguild options: TheBalance (not to be confused with the faction) for the discerning roaming killer. Obsidian for the stealth obsessed Screeling Mostly Harmless, for the un-ironically named. Mithril Warhammers for the dwarvishly inclined For the more independently minded Chaos member there is always Lords of the Dead (30+)(LotD, not to be confused with LoD)--another death cult not quite ready to make the jump to Undead Alliance. Any Elves, Former Elves, and Wannabe-Legolases wishing to join the Undead Alliance may contact @nerion and @MarsJust, UDL Chief Ministers for Elven Re-education and Immigration. @Ginko's door is always open for any new guilds that have yet to hear about a Death Cult near you! Preferred communication is through multiple PMs and spammed discord messages. Join the Undead Alliance Today! This-Message-Paid-For-Jointly-By-Ministry-of-Elven-Re-education and Zerglings-for-Chaos-a-limited-liability-advocacy-group.
  41. 10 points
    The biggest disappointment of today was that there was still vendors with all the free crap. We really thought 5.8 would hit live, with that weird first message. We had 20+ people ready at the time, just to be redirected into the test client.. Please announce days in advance when 5.8 is going live, and please fix your external communication, it's exactly this kind of crap that kills hype.
  42. 10 points
    I just addressed this in another thread so I'll just leave the same answer here.
  43. 10 points
    I have played Crowfall since 5.3, I am a pvper/harvester and have never crafted anything for anyone. I have never played Shadowbane, I never even heard of it until I was about a month into Crowfall. I played Everquest, Everquest 2, and LOTRO for about 5 years each and I have tried SWTOR and Archage. I only mention this because if this game is to be truly commercially successful people like me are at least half of your new audience. While I am not familiar with the Shadowbane player counts my understanding is that they are not enough to be the core audience for this game. This means that a lot people like me who try the game without any prior knowledge of Shadowbane and its mechanics will make up a large portion of your first-time players. With that in mind I am going to give you some thoughts I had about the game from an outsider’s prospective. (The “It is a pre-alpha” excuse will not be applicable here as most of my critiques are around major game systems and not the balancing or lack of detail or something nitpicky like that though there will be a few of those as well. Ill be sure to label them) TIMEGATING (Major Game System) For this game to be successful it must capture a new audience and to do that it will need a create a great first time/early game for players and currently the early game is lackluster at best and pointless at worst. When 5.7 launched I was as excited as anyone I got on as it launched but about an hour in I sat there and began to wonder “Why am I doing this again?”. For the first 8.2 days (that is on 3x training too, it will be a month when it launches with the current system) you cannot make advanced armor or weapons. The vessels maybe even longer though I do not know the time to make all the different kinds of vessels. When I have nothing to work toward really there is not much reason to play and while you could say that I should be working toward stockpiling mats for gear there is not much reason to do that either as even if I got crafters good resources (green or above) they have no experimentation points to do anything with it so why waste my time when I can free farm for gold and convert it into white materials of any kind (this method of farming is far superior I alone farmed over 20k gold on day one that’s 44 stacks of whites for people who don’t want to math). All the crafting progression for the game (by which I mean recipes and experimentation points) is locked behind these time gates and there doesn’t even seem to be a real reason why it is done that way other then that’s how we have done it so far. I think that for combat the time gating system may work because I can still PVP but I will PVP better over time (the same thing goes for the harvesting) whereas for crafting I can’t craft anything of use for the first 8 days or a month at launch. This experience will drive away new players in droves because they will be told of all these cool items they can make but then realize they can’t make them for a month and just go play something else. After some discussion with my guild we thought that the best way to minimize this problem would be to remove the recipes from skill training and instead put them on the crafting disciplines when they come out. Make these crafting discs drop off of bosses in the wild, the spider queen for example though you would need to add more, and have players need to get together for some PVE and go kill a boss to get their main crafter the blacksmithing disc or so that they can make armor or weapons. It would drive PVP in those areas and make it so that a new player (or guild as we have seen many gaming groups come over as a whole to try the game) has something to work toward beyond training 6 skills and going AFK for a month. The loop would go something like Load in -> gear up (basics/intermediate) -> group up -> PVE for discs to get recipes -> harvest -> get new gear (advanced/runetools) -> maybe PVE for higher end or more specific recipes (sickle or rapier come to mind) -> use new items to harvest actual motherloads or high ranked nodes -> make high end gear. PVP would naturally occur in at most points in that structure. Under this system I still have something to work toward (gear/items) but the stuff I work toward will get better overtime with the skill training system. If you want to take the recipes you now know you just export that vessel at the end of the campaign and move it to the next one. Its not a perfect idea and has its own problems but I think it would go a long way to improving the first time/early gameplay for new players. Harvesting (Major Game System) The harvesting grind is another thing that a lot of people I know have talked about and it is something that will need to be addressed especially given the new durability changes, which are a step in good direction but may need to be toned down a little. The vendors were a great change that will help guilds get large numbers of people geared the first time around without hitting a ton of rocks, that’s good but it does not solve the problem in the late game when I need blue+ mats to be competitive from a gear stand point. People, myself included, do not want to hit rocks all day they want to get the gear they need so they can go PVP (which is why they play). I have heard about the old mine system from shadowbane and think something along those lines would fix the problem nicely as long as they generated higher end mats. If I am going to have 20 people go take and hold a mine I better get some blue+ mats from it. That system also generates PVP which is what makes gathering fun and creates a lot of great memories for the players. Telling new players, they need to go harvest for hours and hours to make a great set of gear and then it will be destroyed fairly quickly in PVP is great way to drive away players. Creating a system to help generate resources for people who do not want to hit rocks would be a step in the right direction for the game and would once again improve the new player experience after all most of the player base is there to PVP. Group Size (Game system/mechanic) The reduction of group size from 6 to 5 simply put is a mistake. In a group OF ANY SIZE I need two healers if I am going to survive. As I have been told by a number of people, other healers included, a healer is not supposed to be able to heal themselves very well. While I disagree with that principle that is fine on its own the problem is that a healer outside of group has minimal healing for you as well. I play a druid so I can only give you my end but the clerics appear to have just as many problems with this as I do. As a healer trying to heal another healer or just another player outside of my group there is not much I can really do. As a druid my left click cannot heal people outside of the group and that is most of my healing when you really think about it (more about why that is when I discuss assassin poison next). With no left click I am left with five ways to save someone, soothing winds (in advanced gear 100 point HoT, yea that’s not saving anyone), healing rain (It is a good heal but it requires the guy being focused to stand still in the puddle and I have to wait the full animation which is way to long), Will O’ Wisps (Actually a good heal finally, but with a 25 second CD), and then disc heals. Standard bearer does not stack making it minimal value add as the large group fights get larger (that 200 - 300 point heal is not saving anyone when they are plague lorded disease toxined and attacked by 6 people), Rescue is a good heal with a forever CD though that maybe actually fine for that skill specifically, other healing discs are used rarely at best and are used for filling in after we have the necessary standard bearers and pixies for the raid. So in summary a druid has one good heal, a small hot, and rescue to save a guy outside of their group plus someone’s standard bearer. There just not enough HPS from outside the group to allow a healer to be in a group with 4 other DPS. The healer NEEDS another healer in group for their druid orbs, cleric illuminate, and their Qs. But this is not a complaint about where healing is at as a whole it was strong last patch and I think it will be decent this patch. The point is simply a healer needs another healing buddy in group to have a consistent stream of healing. This means regardless of group size there will be 2 in a group from experienced players. If anything, we needed to make the groups bigger maybe 8. The way it is now 40% of my player base must be healers to be competitive. There is no game in existence where 40% of the base are support players. Its far closer to maybe 25% or lower. Many of the current healers are people who were dps but realized we are going to need more healers to be competitive. People want to play what they like so we should model the ideal group for PVP to be a fairly accurate representation of the player base demographic. A change of group size to 8 or even just back to 6 would be greatly appreciated. Assassin Toxic (Balancing, flame me because it’s a pre alpha its ok) The entire meta of 5.7 on test was based around the assassin toxin and for good reason it is really strong at all points of the game. 2500 points per assassin that STACKS INFINATELY. While I am not against this type of mechanic in the game, in fact the 5.7 fights on test with full epic gear were a lot of fun and were a prime example of why people want to play Crowfall, the toxin is simply too strong early game. It will take 8 days for the toxins to be made on live (or so I’m told again, not a crafter but I trust my guys math skills) when that happens the game will be unplayable from a healing prospective. Right now as an intermediate geared druid if I could put out 2500 healing in total from all my skills outside of Q (and even then that’s only going to help med for about ½ of a disease toxin one time) I would be surprised and then I have cooldowns where as the toxin will stack far faster than my save skills will come back. The amount it absorbs healing needs to scale with weapon damage or something because in 8 days when people get this toxin you may as well have no healers because not a single heal will get through to your guy who’s dying. On test in full epic gear we were having trouble with this and the only counter we found to this meta are defensive druid bomb heals which worked fairly well (this is the reason we need 2 healers per group you really need a druid per group to save people with these defensive druid bombs and we need clerics as well for illuminate and their Q) but that was because we actually had gear. This all stacks with plague lord/mortal strike from champions. Simply put this needs a nerf bat or there’s going to be a lot of problems. Also as a side note that mechanic is really not fun to play against especially for new players you need to add some feedback for people to know their healing got absorbed because they will be confused and think there’s a bug or they missed or something. I know, its pre-alpha but it would be nice to get in at some point. Food (Game system) Food consumption is a joke, the vendors saved players from the massive food grind but come on, I need 10 whole briskets to fill my stomach for maybe 20 minutes of PVP. There has been a lot of talk about this already but I figured I would toss it in quick. CC (Balancing) Crowd controls as a whole are really strong right now, as of live test yesterday it was taking over half of my stamina bar to retaliate just one time. And after that I was just stuck there at the mercy of endless CCs with nearly 0 diminishing return. This is something that has been a problem for several patches and as the game gets larger the problem will only grow. Most classes have a CC, a few usually, and right now there seems to be no way to escape an endless CC chain. There is escape artist but with the 5-man group size how many people can I really have running that disc before there’s a major hit to my raids DPS or healing. Also, it does not work on knockdowns I am told. There needs to be a better way to handle the endless CC because right now you can be knocked down retaliate it and then get knocked down again almost instantly, then you are stuck and will likely die. It is one of those mechanics where people feel like they really didn’t have a chance to even play the game because they were chain CCed so long. I don’t have a solution to this really, but it is something that should be addressed at some point. While there were several critiques for the game here I think its important to note that I think the game is a lot of fun and has a lot of potential but there are somethings that need to be addressed if the game is going to really gather a large player base.
  44. 10 points

    Crowfall Memes + MS Paint Rage Thread

    @Soulreaver @MJayed
  45. 10 points
    The life-blood of a player-driven economy is competition for scarce, regionally-distributed resources combined with specialization. Too many game designs forgo this concept for a more uniform resource distribution. In a game where players literally pick a place to settle, the player-driven economy will work if that place has precise, predictable and rigid economic consequences. In a simplified scenario: if Mithril Warhammers settles in a cold biome near a mountain, we should have a relative surplus of ore and stone, and a relative deficit of lumber and hide. Of course, there are more than one type of each of those things, so it could be even more excellently designed. Unfortunately, it seems like CF maps follow the classic setup where all types of ore, lumber, and stone appear randomly in every corner of the world. In this kind of set-up, when I am running randomly, I cannot predict what the next resource I will see is. I should be able to. So, you do not have any sort of economic network, you simply have a contest for who can do it faster. This is simplified, I know there are some groups successfully locking down the highest tier of these things, but that is an elite scarcity economy and does not sustain as well as a regionally-distributed one. Let MWH, in the above scenario, corner the market on essentially all tiers of ore and be completely shut out of harvesting lumber and hide. This is a brilliant way to organize a player-driven economy because our economic interaction is driven by need. It also lowers the demand on individual guilds to cover all their needs in terms of trained harvesters and crafters, instead encouraging us to specialize and then trade with other specialists. Yes we want some high quality lumber and hide and equipment made from it, but we should not commit to training ourselves as lumberers, skinners, tanners, and carvers. Then, let us market ourselves as ore and metalworking specialists, with tags on our EK. tl;dr I'm not on twitter, but if I responded to JTC my simple suggestion would be: Do not distribute any resource uniformly.
  46. 10 points
    Re: Bridges Mortal online had a lot of problems but bridges was one thing it did right. Every bridge in the entire game was a hippo with drop points on both sides of the bridge. At the time of a server coming online you walked up to a bridge and it was unbuilt. You would have to supply it with wood in order to build it, and if it served you you had the ability to destroy the bridge again as well (to return it to hippo status) This was used in multiple levels of severity. Some bridges just went over little rivers you could swim across, so they were only truly inconvenient for people riding horses (as you had to dismount and lead the horses across) so if you're hanging about in the forest for a day or setting up an ambush it was in your best interests to take out the bridge. If you were running a bunch of stuff between two towns and needed to cross the river, it was a good idea to check if the bridge was up first, and build it again if it wasn't. Other bridges were multiple hippo things that spanned huge fall-to-your-death chasms that literally locked off areas of the world. Bridges, walls, rockslides, moongates, collapsed tunnels, and other neutral choke point control mechanisms as destructable unowned hippos can help pace and direct exploration as well as serve as interesting tactical wrinkles. When building these systems, please consider the tactical utility of destructable and rebuildable hippo POIs for these kinds of terrain features.
  47. 10 points

    Age limit

    40+ shadowbane retirement gamers only ;p j/k no idea
  48. 10 points
    I really like the sound of this. I'd much rather travel between Campaigns and the Eternal Kingdoms within the game than to do it from a Lobby.
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    Every update we add something towards making everything aspect of the movement system better, including how you view other players as they move through the world 5.5 has some very low level changes to the movement code which I am hoping will move the needle quite a bit. That being said there are avenues of making combat feel more impactful that are forever walled off from us because we chose to remove rooted attacks/root motion and let players WASD move and attack at the same time.(Action games typically bake the movement into the attacks) In game development for every decision we make to make a particular feature work, there is always consequences. (For example we chose to target based on where the reticle is pointing, because of this many options that are normally available to games that use a free-mouse are unavailable.) Now, there are a few tricks we can do to make impacts feel good, however they will never feel just like Monster Hunter or BDO which primarily use root motion on every attack.
  50. 10 points

    Guinecean Thunder-A Crowfall RP

    The start of a video story idea I had using the Eternal Kingdoms system in the MMO Crowfall. Thanks to all who were willing to help out, much appreciated. We had a rough layout of the introduction and the actual engagement was improvised. I narrated the edited video as if telling a story, trying to maintain the dichotomy of Crowfall being both serious and tongue in cheek. Hoping to eventually get my EK population limit increased so that I can do more of these type of things with more people as well as use the EK and the assets I have for a network hub for social interaction, trade and training. EK performance was jittery yesterday which was kind of frustrating but I have no idea when I'm going to have to rebuild so wanted to do something ASAP. Please feel free to provide feedback and thoughts.