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raeshlavik last won the day on January 3 2018

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  1. Just got the email about the release date; hopefully that's good news. I've not been involved in Crowfall for years at this point, in fact I don't own a Windows machine to run it - so I'll be over here in the cheap seats seeing what other players have to say. If it manages to get off of the launch pad and into some sort of stable orbit, I'll spring for a PC to play it.
  2. Graphical content opinions are always a fascinating thing to watch because graphics, like art, is purely subjective. But there are a few things you can learn from the topic... Hardcore PvPers rarely care about the graphics as it's all about the gameplay... The game could just be various multicolored cubes, but if the combat loop is phenomenal they'll play it religiously and theory-craft about it for hours and hours. If the game has decent graphics, and there's a hot pink thong that is best in slot - they'll wear it without a second thought because it's all about the win and the graphics are just the information conveyance needed to reach that win. The more casual the player, the more they tend to grouse about graphical definition because they're more invested in the time between the game loops. They spend more time 'in the world' as it were because the game, for them, is more of an interactive media source and 3D chat room than a series of win conditions. The thing is - it's a game. Historically, graphically amazing games aren't successful because too much effort is put into the number of nose sliders versus the depth of the game elements... WoW vs. EQ2 is a great example; EQ2 is still quite pretty to look at, but WoW is arguably the better 'game' when you look at all of the functional loops in it - and WoW still runs respectably on millions of low-end computers, which is money in the bank. I personally think Crowfall is right on the mark graphically; it's visually distinctive enough that you can recognize it from a youtube thumbnail, but isn't totally style over substance like a BDO or Revelation Online. Also ACE's focus is on the gameplay elements over having a building full of artists creating assets, and this is refreshing; you don't see that too often anymore because developers know screen shots sell games... No one plays said game for more than 60-90 days, but they still bought it - and that's good enough for the end-of-year bonuses.
  3. Me personally, I'm up for just about anything; wipe it all, wipe nothing - I'll adapt and overcome. The discussion does bring up an interesting design element though... I was under the belief that Crowfall's 'mechanical' skill limitations were going to be super shallow to allow for the player's skill (or lack thereof) to be the prominent decider in a fight. But what I'm hearing is that it's really all about getting a blue+ vessel and a couple of months in the skill trees as that's an insurmountable mechanical advantage given the numerical disparity they grant. At least, that's what it looks like based on this discussion. If that's the case, I'm going to vote for wiping everything early and often to promote the player over the system.
  4. As with any PvP game, I just browse the fight videos to stay on top of the meta... Hard to find a recent Crowfall PvP video that isn't a translucent blue winged dude skulking about and roflstomping 2-3 people at once. Over and over. For ten-ish minutes at a time. Not that it's impacted me any; my PvP deaths tend to be delivered by running into a roving band of 5-10 enemies - as it should be.
  5. I believe so. The crafting stuff is in transition from skills to disciplines and it's a bit weird while it's in flux.
  6. I'll let the question hang out for a while and see if anyone else has input, then post it up as feedback... I try to make sure the perceived issue is not just me being dumb before suggesting a fix.
  7. Yeah, I get that the goal is to drive interdependence and I'm all for it - the only reason I brought it up is arrows specifically... Imagine if a dagger user had to purchase 3-400 daggers per hour due to interdependence. I saw the quivers in the crafting list and that's a goal; I just need to find someone selling them as it takes three crafting disciplines to make them. And quivers apparently decay just like weapons, so I should probably buy a couple of them. Or I just go back to confessor; one weapon that decays and no ammo requirement.
  8. I've noticed that the crafting recipes now seem to be contained in the various crafting disciplines versus unlocked by gaining skill in the associated skill tree - even though the various skills in the trees mention the recipes they unlock. Is this intended? I ask because I've been running a Ranger, which by design burns through arrows like there's no tomorrow - but I cannot inherently make anything but basic trash arrows (which are actually worse than the arrows you get from the noob equipment vendor) because to get access to the arrow recipe requires slotting the woodcraft rune, and to make arrow heads to complete the recipe requires slotting the blacksmith rune... This means to make decent ammo that the class requires to function, requires not using any major class runes. The workaround currently is to simply make crafting runes to make ammo, and then make combat runes for combat - destroying each in the process - but I'm guessing runes will be hard to find/make someday so it's not a long-term solution. I suppose I could fire up a second account and have a backpack hamster I log into just to make ammo for my ranger every 2-3 hours - but that seems silly. So, at least as far as a class that has a consumable goes, locking said consumable behind disciplines is kinda clunky - and I figured I'd bring it up just in case it's an oversight.
  9. I think this is what the fealty trees are for... Back in ye olden Shadowbane if you were a smaller group and wanted to play the city game, you had no real choice but to get in with a bigger group to have the muscle to defend it. And that made for some amazing game play when xXBr0F0rceXx decided to roll some 10-man city and in turn got erased by the continent's superpower.
  10. I didn't see it as dedicated leveling as the levels were a byproduct of gathering stuff to make things with... I didn't pointlessly farm spiders; I killed enough to figure out the ranges, play with some of the abilities, and get enough hide to make a set of leather armor. Then I discovered that making food is the key to early success as it's easy to 'press F' on every mushroom you see while you're gathering stuff you actually need, you make way more food than you can use even with basic skill, and Malekai seems to really dig leftovers. So in the process of Learn2Play I made level 15 on a templar, decided I didn't like running up and whacking things, and started over. But in getting to 15 on character #1 I made enough stuff to get character #2 to level 10 in about 5 minutes at Malekai's recycling center. Then I heard over chat that I should have a mount; cue the great pig slaughter of 2018... I think I spent two hours just rinse-repeating pigs, but in doing this I made about 3000 gold and that financed character #3 to like level 20 as I wanted to try my hand at a healer... 20 to 29 has been purely through staying alive and learning the in's and out's of crafting. Malekai is easily my favorite mechanic in Crowfall, and I literally end each play session by finding ways to combine nonflammable stuff into flammable for fun and exp before logging out. During all of this I think I've killed a hundred pigs, two dozen spiders, 5-6 R3/R4 things in the world, and exactly two R5 cats. All of my levels have come from simply playing the game versus specific "leveling".
  11. I've not really played pre-alpha content since hungerdome - just to set the tone... I leveled three classes in the last four days - almost entirely solo and in 2-3 hour sprints with the holidays and family here... Templar to 15, confessor to 25, and cleric to 28 - not been ganked once, not run into any issues getting mats to try my hand at making things (other than needing to ask if wells were actually in the game as I'd never seen one), fought in two sieges, taken countless outposts, had a few world-pvp encounters that were a hoot... I guess from where I'm standing I just don't see the issue(s)?
  12. The really big advantage I see to a passive level system over an active one is it equalizes things between people like me, who tend to log 50+ hours a week at work, have families and responsibilities - and the folks with pretty much unlimited free time. I can progress just as fast and not be left behind because of needing to adult. One option I was thinking of was making trained skills part of the vessel, and therefore part of the import/export rules. This allows people who stick with a plan skill-wise over time to get some return on that, but with the cost of limitations on the sorts of campaigns they can join... For example, a campaign could allow only vessels under 100 hours of skill time to enter, or 100-200 hours, or whatever - which ensures all of the vessels in that campaign are in the same relative skill bracket. This could also allow the skill trees to get considerably wilder with talents and abilities, because nothing would be an insurmountable advantage for the people in that campaign given the gating. Potential problems with this are the additional database requirements to hold skill data for however many vessels are in the game at the same time.
  13. Some of it is presentation. VN can be an insufferable font of buzzword-laden 'leet gamer as he talks down to the unskilled plebes of the forum - though I don't think anyone has convinced him to put his talk to the test in-game yet. I'm another one who generally keeps him muted, but again he made some good posts recently, so it was time for the yearly sampling. And yeah, I think ACE will try just about anything as a ruleset if people ask for it, but given that friendly fire has been shot down for a few reasons, (least of all the lack of melee mitigations that no one ever mentions) - this was, as Kraken mentioned, an argument vortex.
  14. Ahh. Yeah, I can see that. In general though, of all the developers/publishers I've interacted with over the years, ACE is hands-down the most open with their fans and players. It's pretty amazing really.
  15. I need to check, but I'm pretty sure there's no NDA on the backer forum. There is a standing 'please don't record on the test server because stuff be broken, yo', but I've never seen an NDA. Let me go look, and I'll report back. Yeah. Just a note from Tyrant stating the reason for the backer forum is to allow a more direct Q&A is all there is. They even make a video monthly with a lot of the Q&A that goes on in there.
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