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Everything posted by Frykka

  1. Its going to change again so everything will be out of date by launch. Currently it is far to grind oriented for my taste which is why we all wanted passive skill progression. We can take a little grind but all that does is create afk leveling groups like in SB and doesn't really create active leveling.
  2. Pretty sure I saw mounts, we have the mechanic, just not the graphics. The artwork has to be in progress because the art department gets downsized during alpha and beta.
  3. 5.110 has Guild support, the GvG dregs campaign module, multi-front win conditions, Frostweaver, Caravans, Mounts. These are core... Pets, Resource refining, and other details can be in post launch updates. Balancing iterations will take time, but nothing like artwork or engineering. We need a solution to the economy, vendors and the EK role in that. But lets remember KISS, the Core for launch needs to provide the fun and the conflict and the elements that provide it from the various player roles.
  4. We've all also gotten distracted from the development pace by beating on each other within the game system, pre-playing the political games, learning the systems as they are added and then not only finding the bugs but giving our opinions on playability and balance. The devs have a definition of pre-alpha that most other devs don't... every core system has to be in to call it alpha and we are on the home stretch to that milestone. Alpha will be quite short and so will Beta. It doesn't upset you if you are productively testing. Its been a long haul for sure and I had to choose when to take enough time off to make the game feel fresh again at the right point in development. I can say that there have been some most excellent times had by many so far, if you didn't experience any of these, then I can see how it can be upsetting. As I don't think there is going to be much more infusion of investment capital into this project before release, this is gonna be the final push over the next six to eight months and then well get that slightly confusing soft launchy thing with the consumer launch in about a year. #eternaloptimist
  5. Less than 20 parsecs? 😁
  6. Your passive skills are account based... you did not remove any prior skills gained for your other toon, you just stopped one skill and started another. You get to level 2 of the 3 skill trees at a time with diminishing returns. Thus, for a single account player, you will have to specialize in a just a couple things for months, being jack of all trades will take years (many early backers have several accounts to cover multiple crafts/harvest types/combat/leadership concurrently). We used to have passive character based racial/class passive skills too but that was removed from the account level to the Talent tree you now see on your toon. Hope this helps. ps find a group/guild to work with, this game is not playable without a network of people.
  7. It is based on Shadowbane and in that, like the dregs, when you take another guilds city/castle/fort whatever level of base they have built you will raze it to the ground forcing them out of the campaign and/or to start over (ideally with more friends and allies to avoid a repeat.) The hard part in this is getting crushed (wiped off a server) is often a death call to a small guild where its players then look to join the crushers. Still, it is the full model, there is no taking back a fort/keep when it is reduced to zero, gone, kaput.
  8. Lets see... I have 2 Pitfighter accounts for siege, stone/mineral, and ore/gem harvesting and 2 Alpha Warrior accounts for siege, capping and gvg… not OP but certainly very useful classes. Just gonna play one or 2 accounts tho for 5.10 cycle.
  9. So if I use Ultimate Warrior on my Arcane Archer Alpha Warrior and switch to range tray while the barrier is still up, will it (Force mage explosion) do Ice damage from my Spellbound Bow and Ice quiver? Seems a stretch, I'd bet it does my melee weapon type (sash or crush). I'll test when I can. Still love this build.
  10. There will be xp for crafting, harvesting, and exploring to round out leveling... basically if you do anything productive you get exp. Remember that leveling is fast and after that it is all about PvP at forts castles and sieges with gear and vessel upgrades (more leveling, more harvesting). More conflict zones, more way to find and ambush other players, more ways to crush, not more ways to play solo.
  11. Oh Gawd, NO! not questing... Leveling is bad enough even when it is fast and easy but set npc questing is an anathema to this playerbase. My "quest" to you is find a good fit guild and they will have lots of "quests" as in tasks for you to do so that they can gear out the guild for PvP and secure its base of operations in a given campaign. .
  12. Seasons only reduce Plentiful Harvest... if you are fully specialized in one thing you can harvest year round with 5 PH. Yes, it takes months of training, that is part of the progression.
  13. https://youtu.be/cIYQVW8VUGw
  14. It is not meant to be simplified down to 1v1s... or even 2v2s although hunting pairs in low pop times will be more successful than rogues out alone. The game is designed entirely around group synergy just like Shadowbane… Shadpwbane builds were quite complicated and varied but the politics made the game. Most times you will need a group if not a few groups to do the main activities after ginding up to par.
  15. Dregs! Dog Days of summer need dregs! Long haul through the development will not deter the die hard. Stay vigilant, stay Sugoi!
  16. The OP was not about botting although that is absolutely a real concern... we all have concerns about cheating and catching cheating or rather designing mechanics that cannot be macro'd efficiently. Macroing knotwood farming for dust and embers is probably more profitable in the long run than macroing campaign re-entry.
  17. Yes, there will be training tomes to make and sell from your extra points... they will not be available until a post launch patch so be on top of your training before then. The game will not be forgiving for people unwilling to pay attention.
  18. The drop from mobs is still a placeholder, a new placeholder granted... discs will be crafted by runecrafters and the thrall component will be the one we hunt that is rare. Blair said the disc recipes are done... we can hope the first iteration for thrall capture and an actual use for polished soulgems comes with 5.9. For this patch it is mostly... oooo PvE... yawn, rest up for 5.9. Yea, the grind for the discs really sucks.
  19. 17K to lvl a white vessel will take you how many times in and out of cw? I don't think so... and you get none of the goods... *runic recipes. lvl 12 in under 2 hours + 200 leather and meat, 5 embers 300 dust... lvl 24 in 3 more... plus 1.2 K gold, 4 runic recipes 2 minors and a bunch of body additives. You may do that but seriously? Burning your exports for 40g each seems silly unless you are like some of us with many accounts.
  20. A Pitfighter or Alphawarrior with AA or SS makes a better ranger honestly and has tools for siege that a ranger doesn't... e.i. neckbreaker. With a 40m raged bow and a dive and exit strat it is better than Warden at it and more fun.
  21. Any cc associated with 3rd LMB works at full range of the LMB... Ice slow, Crushing stun... making a good bow with min-maxed range forces you to take a hit on dmg or stats since even with 22 pips you can't even fill 3 lines of blue experiment pts. Other CC i.e. root is 35m max. .
  22. Gods reach will be open on Wed... players could have recipe scrolls, dust, discs and lower tier gear all made and ready when the CW starts if it allows imports.
  23. This division is more pronounced when high rank harvesting nodes are too plentiful... the gear progression needs to be non-linear and that is best controlled by the actual map resources we get, not by a direct limit imposed on the campaign world choice. Also having the nodes be predictable because they are always the same rank in the same spot for an entire campaign lets a continuous harvest of high rank mats happen at such a rapid pace. Since it is unlikely that we can get a full randomization of material locations across a campaign map, I tend more and more toward the idea of these fixed position material nodes ranking up over time and down each time they are harvested. Engineering a rank up and down mechanic should not be too difficult and it would address some of the uncle bob issues. We all have seen those R2 nodes way out some spiral arm of a map and they are nearly worthless to the game. If all nodes ranked up over time those nodes would always be worth running out to check on. If you found a series of R8 nodes and your combat main is in green gear you could run a circuit out there for blue mats for an hour or so and those nodes would get pushed back down to R5 after 3 circuits. It could be like 4 hours again before they ranked back up to R8... the harvesting player would have short term knowledge of the timing of those node ranks and be able to perhaps grab several harvest runs at optimal rank or someone else looking for green mats would run the circuit more and push the ranks back down to R3 making it an 8 hour timing before they would get back to R8. Finding an unharvest R9 material node set would be more like Christmas, guilds geared out in blue would actually have to stake out the node and protect it as it ranks to 10 to get any epics. This also would allow a scout disc that can track node type and rank to easier find the higher rank nodes more efficiently. This mechanic would make the resource quality available non-linear. Epic and Legendary gear should be extremely rare but in a fashion controlled by the players harvesting strategies. WE want the gear progression to be meaningful at all stages and not a short sprint to legendary. At each progression stage, most of the population must be in essentially similar ranked gear with just a small percentage ahead of the curve. Yes, off topic for this thread... I am for locked majors, play with what you built or build another toon. Just provide plenty of ways to gain exp besides grinding dumb mobs.
  24. Dex was giving a huge mitigation boost to rangers... with the new armor system we will need to check if that is still similar. Ranger survivability is key because their damage output is subpar no matter how much you min/max it. The meta has consistently been about outlasting your opponents more than out damaging them. As we can most confidently say though, "things may change."
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