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Axio_

ACE Investor & Tester
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    Axio_ reacted to PopeUrban in Is Animation Canceling Dead? Did you miss it?   
    Getting rid of cancels is fine. Crowfall's flash casting wasn't designed to shave frames off of animations. It was designed to reactively break the GCD for certain effects that are designed to interrupt your attack chain. They fixed them to ensure they are used for their intended purpose, as reactionary skills.
    "The skill ceiling" is a moot point in this design.
    Individual player combat skill is a factor, but its impact is deliberately secondary to the impact of more accessible player skills like group composition, target calling, planning, build theorycrafting, and encounter selection. Crowfall is a sandbox that works like a sandbox. Its aim, even in the middle of a fight is to outsmart your opponent, not to out-react them, or out-tech them.
    In a system with no matchmaking and no guarantees of an even engagement, the lower the distance between the skill floor and ceiling, the better the combat experience is for everyone involved. Most sandbox mmos execute this my allowing players to leverage economic and social factors to make up for a lack of manual dexterity skill factors.
    If what is required to win a 60v60 siege is your 60 guys need to be MLG 360 noscope faze alternates you've built a terrible siege pvp game because those players are by definition the exception rather than the rule. Most of the members of crowfall's most successful guilds are terrible at solo PvP. They are, as a guild, very good at Crowfall because they are, as a guild, veterans of the type of game crowfall is, and as such very good. Then you have a guy like Zybak, who has a niche. He may have extremely high mechanical skill that wins 1v1s and 1v2s. He may use it to make cool videos and thirsty attention seeking memes but the greater impact of his presence in a group fight becomes negligible compared to the total cohesion of the groups in question. In terms of what crowfall is designed to reward, Zybak's skill is a non-factor. Players near the skill ceiling are anomalies that can have fun regardless of what the system does to ensure that its overall goals work as a group combat and group strategy game.
    Skill-focused systems require a model of competition designed to reward skill. Fighting games are skill focused systems. MOBAs are skill focused systems. Skill focused systems are designed around a set of equitable starting points designed to ensure the outcome of a contest is a result of only player choices given the same opportunities in an even competition.
    If you expect all of these players to inhabit the same competitive environment with no separation because your design requires a critical mass of bodies to function at its best, the higher your skill ceiling is, the worse your game is for the vast majority of people playing it. Most players within a given competition (read: a given campaign)sit in the middle of the skill spectrum, with a small number near the bottom (people like free beta testers and FOEX) and a small number near the top (people like Zybak and Staff). If the impact of those at the top is amplified too much, the entire system ceases to function properly.
    Crowfall's model of competition both isn't, and functionally can't be designed to reward individual player skill all that much. It is designed to reward economics, planning, command, and unit cohesion because those are factors accessible to both the bottom and top of the spectrum of player skills. If your world has to include both braindead newbies and 40k APM starcraft champions on vacation in the same match, then your goal is to create a game that is fun for both of them to play. If that is your goal you have to give them a system that can be reasonably executed by both at a high level of efficiency. The guy that has been playing a week has to feel like he can actually challenge the vet, and the vet has to feel like the guy playing a week is a threat, or your open sandbox doesn't work as the likelihood of two similarly skilled players meeting in satisfying combat for either is pretty darn low.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from APE in One month in and I'm pretty much done.   
    Great discussion all, enjoying the articulated arguments and introduction of facts/quotes and reasoned opinion. Wish more threads were like this.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Groovin in [SSC] Southern Sky Coy. - No worries (Oceanic Guild)   
    Hi all,
     
    Any Australasian peeps (yep that means Kiwi's too ūüėč) that want to play with others in our time zones during Beta, feel free to join us at our discord.
    https://discord.gg/FsKUdMv
    If you are keen to help build a guild send me a ping or apply at the guild page.
    Southern Sky Company (SSC)
    Cheers
     
    Axio
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    Axio_ got a reaction from seventhbeacon in Southern Sky Company (SSC) - Oceanic Guild   
    Hi all,
    Welcome to the Southern Sky Company (SSC) Guild forum. Please feel free to drop in and have a chat with us on the ''Crowfall Australasia'' discord or to ask about joining the company. We are a small group of players currently based in the Australasian/Oceania region.
    https://discord.gg/FsKUdMv
    We are currently playing on the NA Server for the 5.8 Campaigns.
    Our 'Why' for setting up this guild is three-fold;
    Firstly, is to create a community of Crowfall players based in our region and to have fun, we are a diverse bunch of players from hard-core to casual, young to old and in-between. Second, is to align with like minded Guilds that value their members. Thirdly, to learn, adapt and overcome. See you in-game.
     
     
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    Axio_ got a reaction from seventhbeacon in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    Hi all, anyone wanting to join - including potential applicants connecting via our old Shivtr site - in with the Last Watch (yep, we had a re-branding exercise when 7B left us (think that is what Scree may be referring to) , feel free to request an invite to our discord from me once we've sorted your application.
     
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    Axio_ got a reaction from seventhbeacon in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    Welcome to all the new 'Last Watch' members.
     
    We look forward to speaking with you in our discord channel.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Tinnis in The Strategy Game - Official discussion thread   
    Curious to know if anyone has thought about the people playing that are outside the NA or EU time-zone where the server is hosted? I'm expecting that ASIA/Oceanic players will be disadvantaged until there is a server in the region.  By definition they would all be 'nightcappers', when playing typical after hours or weekend times.
    Would love to know Raph Koster's view on the whole strategy game issue.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Groovin in Southern Sky Company (SSC) - Oceanic Guild   
    Hi all,
    Welcome to the Southern Sky Company (SSC) Guild forum. Please feel free to drop in and have a chat with us on the ''Crowfall Australasia'' discord or to ask about joining the company. We are a small group of players currently based in the Australasian/Oceania region.
    https://discord.gg/FsKUdMv
    We are currently playing on the NA Server for the 5.8 Campaigns.
    Our 'Why' for setting up this guild is three-fold;
    Firstly, is to create a community of Crowfall players based in our region and to have fun, we are a diverse bunch of players from hard-core to casual, young to old and in-between. Second, is to align with like minded Guilds that value their members. Thirdly, to learn, adapt and overcome. See you in-game.
     
     
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    Axio_ reacted to Scree in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    I'm enjoying the months worth of candidates applying, and no word from its owners. Might be time to stick a fork in this one.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Kraahk in Australasian/Oceanic Region [AU] - people to play with?   
    Hi Fellow players from the Australasian/Asian Region,
     
    Have you been playing on the AU or Singapore Server? Wondering how to group with others from AUS/NZ or the greater region?
    It's not very organised yet, but together we can create something fun!
     
    See the (permanent) discord link to the Crowfall Australasian channel below if you want to build something or just chat.
    https://discord.gg/B27kJ2a
     
    Cheers,
     
    Axio_ 
    Kickstarter Backer, ACE Investor & Tester
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    Axio_ reacted to Iorek in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    The site is going to be completely different so you will have to apply again under the new one.
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    Axio_ reacted to Iorek in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    It's under a new name but we have not started recruiting yet.
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    Axio_ reacted to Iorek in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    No, people just won't let this thread die.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Phadra in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    Hi Watchmen and Watchwomen,
     
     
    Please send a warm welcome to our newest member Phadra and a returning member Kenmori. We hope you can join us in the 'big world'.
     
     
    Welcome to the Watch!
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    Axio_ got a reaction from JamesGoblin in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    I want to take the opportunity to wish all our Lantern Watch {LW} members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year wherever you are spending it.
     
    For our members that have not yet taken the opportunity to connect with us via our slack platform please send Ravencroft or Vox a request so we can all connect coming into 2016 and the next step in testing.
     
    Merry Xmas from the Lantern Watch and keep your swords sharp.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from JamesGoblin in Calling all Crows: Vote for Crowfall!   
    My Crowfall votes are in!
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    Axio_ reacted to Muta in How I feel knowing Aus server test incoming   
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Tahru in Shout Out To Lantern Watch   
    Not too bad a first attempt, keep em coming.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Zim in Shout Out To Lantern Watch   
    Not too bad a first attempt, keep em coming.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from EDM in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    We're still here Gizmaul.  Just being good CF citizens.
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    Axio_ reacted to Pann in About the Guild Recruiting forum   
    In addition to the Rules of Conduct, there are a few additional rules and conditions for this forum section.
    New topics restricted to recruiting only. Discussions in the threads must be limited to recruiting, resources (websites, chat) and activities for the guild. Off-topic and derogatory posts will be removed; repeat offenders will be penalized (including account suspension). This is not the place for guild politics and warfare; save it for the battlefield. 
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    Axio_ reacted to Chelvie in TEST FEEDBACK for Flash test on Wednesday, Sept 16 @ 4 pm Central   
    Yeah, I'm thoroughly impressed with you guys on how you have been handling these tests.  Sure there have been hiccups, but there hasn't been anything that has actually stopped us dead in our tracks.  No more than 12-14 hours later, we're back in again doing another test.  The games have been hectic with lag, but there have been significant improvements to that.  As a tester, it's awesome to actually see stuff get fixed that has been highlighted, as a backer, it's awesome to see that my investment into the game is making me have a happy feeling, and as a future player, I am excited as to what is around the corner.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Mahon Amichai in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    Thanks Ozzie, I've been away for from the forum for a few weeks, good to see the community thriving!
     
    Axio
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Mahon Amichai in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    Ozzie, the cake needs a few extra candles, might keep the trolls at bay.
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    Axio_ got a reaction from Mahon Amichai in The Lantern Watch (Welcome Home)   
    @Karetyr
     
    Hang in there (living in the doldrums), good things come to those who wait,  plus we have all the new watchmen/women to play with in-game.
     
    Greetings all.
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