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Give "Path of exile's prophecy league" a go for free for your gaming fix!


Tinnis
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Hello,

 

Looking for a game fix between Crowfall testing sessions and Overwatch binges?

 

If you are a new or returning player please consider picking up "Path of Exile" this Friday onwards for their Prophecy challenge league.

 

(FOR FREE - NO BUY TO WIN OR FREE TO PLAY BULL****

 

Offical site game info

 

Steam page with videos

 

Basic game information

 

 

 Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in the dark fantasy world of Wraeclast. It is designed around a strong online item economy, deep character customisation, competitive PvP and ladder races. The game is completely free and will never be "pay to win".

 

You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world.

 

Skill Gem System
 
Action RPGs have always been about two things: devastating skills and valuable items. Skills in Path of Exile are items - gems that grant abilities when socketed into equipment. A wide range of support gems allow the behaviour of skills to be modified. You can augment your Fireball to chain from enemy to enemy or split into multiple flaming projectiles. Up to five support gems can affect a skill at any time. Because gems level up independently and some are hard to find, they can be very valuable in trade.
 
Passive Skill Tree
 
All of Path of Exile's character classes share its vast passive skill tree. Starting at one of seven distinct locations dictated by their chosen class, players can focus on the core specialities of their class or travel across the tree to build complex combinations of skills from various disciplines. Scattered across the tree are Keystone passives that drastically alter the way a character is played. Resolute Technique removes your ability to get critical strikes, but also prevents enemies evading your attacks. Necromantic Aegis grants the properties of your shield to your minions rather than to you. Craftable Jewels allow you to dynamically modify the tree itself, adding custom properties or influencing the effects of nearby passive skills.

 

The World of Wraeclast
 
Wraeclast is a dark, brutal continent. Scarred by mysterious catastrophes of the past and inhabited by creatures of nightmare, the very environment challenges exiles who dare explore it.
 
We're sick of the recent trend towards bright, cartoony RPGs. The art style we chose for Path of Exile is dark, gritty and realistic. Wraeclast is terrifying, and we've tried hard to do it justice.
 
In Path of Exile, replayability is key. All world areas including outdoors ones are instanced for your party and randomly generated, right down to the magic properties of the monsters that dwell in them and the treasure they guard.
 
Item System 
https://www.pathofexile.com/item-data
 
Path of Exile is completely designed around items. Any game systems that can be itemised with random properties have been. Our flasks are persistent items that have mods. Our end-game areas can be found as Map items that have mods altering their challenges and rewards. We've gone as far as removing gold as a currency and basing our trade economy around orbs that can randomly reroll the properties of other items. We have carefully constructed our item system for veterans of the best Action RPGs.
 
Items
Path of Exile is a game about items. As you kill monsters, open chests and interact with townsfolk, you will receive items that allow you to better protect your character and to kill stronger foes. Many items are worth keeping to trade to other exiles.
 
Mods
As you progress through the game, you may find Magic, Rare or Unique items. These items have magical properties known as Mods. On Magic items, they appear as either prefixes or suffixes on the name of the item, with a maximum of one of each. Rare items can be found with up to six random mods (three prefixes and three suffixes).
 
Weapons
Without a good weapon, an exile is as good as dead. The monsters of Wraeclast guard a wide variety of weapon types, ranging from Bows to Swords to Wands to exotic Claws. Weapons are aligned with up to two of the core attributes: Strength, Dexterity and Intelligence. These attributes affect the speed, damage, critical strike rate and requirements of the weapons.
 
Armour
In Wraeclast, defense is as important as offense. The defensive properties of armour pieces are dependent on what attributes they are aligned with. Strength armour conveys Armour, which reduces incoming physical damage. Highly effective against swarms of small monsters, armour has a greater effect on smaller amounts of damage. Dexterity armour pieces grant Evasion, which contributes to your chance to evade attacks. Intelligence armour has Energy Shield, which is a magical barrier that absorbs incoming damage. It starts to recharge after you have been out of combat for a few seconds.
 
Jewellery
Generally, most rings, amulets and belts cannot have gem sockets, but instead have powerful magical properties imbued into their base types. These properties stack with the existing mods that magic, rare or unique versions of the items receive. Jewellery pieces do not require specific attribute requirements to equip.
 
Path of Exile does not have a gold-based currency. Instead, you occasionally find valuable Currency Items of different rarities that allow you to modify your equipment. You can either spend these items to improve your character, trade them with other players or NPCs, or hold onto them for later use. For more information about the currency system, check out this old development diary entry.
 
Active skills in Path of Exile are itemised as gems that can be placed into your equipment to grant abilities. Support gems allow you to augment those skills by modifying how they behave. For more information, please read the dedicated Skill Gems page.
 
Maps
Path of Exile's end-game areas are items called Maps. They grant limited access to a new world area that can contain great challenges and greater rewards. Like other items, Maps can have random mods that affect their difficulty. For more information, please read this development diary entry about the system.
 
Leagues and Events
 
One of the things that's most fun about playing a competitive online Action RPG is taking part in a levelling race on a fresh server. In Path of Exile, we wanted to capture this feeling without constantly resetting our main economy, so we've created a set of race leagues that are run frequently as separate game worlds with their own ladders and economies.
 
In addition to regular races, leagues can substantially modify the game rules. In an Ancestral league, ancient totems exist alongside groups of monsters, augmenting their abilities. In Turbo leagues, monsters move and attack 60% faster than normal.
 
Varying in duration from one hour to several months, players can enter these leagues to show off their mastery of the game and compete to win valuable prizes.

 

Racing system

 

Path of Exile race leagues are short duration events where players compete in a fresh economy to win prizes. With durations ranging from minutes to one month, they allow players to demonstrate mastery of Path of Exile.
 
Can have very silly modes is crazy fun competing  :) Not open at the moment

 

Where do I start?

 

 

The official forums are a great starting place to find out about the game as well as pick up some ideas of how to build your first character.

 

e.g. Community Build Guides for New Players!

 

The Path of Exile wiki is invaluable

 
There are also many great youtube content creators who produce easy to follow / illustrative build guide videos.
 
I would recommend:
 
ZiggyD (bonus mention: HE INTRODUCED ME TO CROWFALL <3!)
 
 
Want to start trading with other players or find an item for your build? Use http://poe.trade/
 
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD: USE AN ITEM FILTER!!!
 
either:
 
 
 

 

 

 

Customisation and inevitable comparison to Diablo 3

 

 

They are similar at a glance - but have entirely different focuses

 

It is a Diablo style game - but unlike Diablo 3 - it places a far larger emphasis on character, skill and item planning, customisation, economy and crafting.

 

Basically it is the sequel to Diablo 2 that Diablo 3 never was.

 

Because Path of Exile is a small studio production it does not compare to Blizzard polish and day to day gameplay smoothness as frankly who can beat Blizzard at that but it should not be overlooked in other areas and have far greater longevity and repeatability than Diablo 3.

 

A HUGE variety of "active skill gems - 182" which can then be linked with a huge variety of "support skill gems - 134" to modify and change their effects

 

there are 7 basic classes - 19 sub classes (but the sub classes are not free...you earn them surviving the LABYRINTH

 

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Also the vast web of 1325 passive skill trees to explore

 

see here to see it: https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree

 

here for an example overview: 

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Economy and crafting

 

 

There is no "gold" in this game. There is no in game auction house.

 

Anything and everything in the game is usable, tradable and craftable. (skills, end game maps, weapons, armor, scrolls and orbs)

 

Currency
 
The currency system in Path of Exile revolves around a variety of different Orbs and Scrolls. Each currency item serves a specific function in the crafting and enhancement of a character's equipment, or allowing restructuring of the character's passive skill tree in the case of the Orb of Regret.
 
Crafting and trading

 

Crafting refers to creating or improving items with certain orbs and other currency by adding and removing modifiers, sometimes with the help of masters.
 
Path of Exile's in-game currency is required for both crafting and trading items. Since most crafting techniques are costly and unpredictable, only the most succesful crafting attempts are cost-efficient. As a result it is often preferable to buy a desired item from another player instead of crafting it yourself. As a rule of thumb, advanced crafting for equipment, weapons and jewels should also be avoided until the player has access to high level items (with an item level of 80 or more) to make sure the highest tier of modifiers is available.
 
Despite its unpredictability and high initial capital requirement, succesful crafts can be very lucrative for the player(s) involved. There might be a buyer willing to pay more than the initial investment and allow you to make a profit. Owners of the crafted item can also set up a mirror service, through which other players use their Mirrors of Kalandra to make a copy of the crafted item. The owner of the crafted item is paid a fixed mirror fee everytime a player mirrors his item. This repeated income can be used to earn back the crafting investment.

 

 

 

Challenge league - Prophecy

 

 

On June 3rd (friday) they will be starting a new "Challenge league" called Prophecy.

 

Think of challenge leagues like Crowfall's campaign worlds - they last about 3 months and everyone starts from scratch.

 

They also each have unqiue mechanics, items and challenges to other challenge leagues.

 

You have the choice to play a challenge league as "standard" or "hardcore" - on hardcore if your character dies then will leave the challenge league with whatever items and currency they were carrying and go to "standard" game mode - no challenge league elements. (you do keep the character there though).

 

 

 

I hope to see you out there!

 

This world is an illusion exile!

 

p.s. you WILL die, even seasoned players do, especially on the harder difficulty modes.

 

The game has 4 acts and then can play through again on "cruel" and "merciless". After that you move onto doing Maps (tier 1-14).

 

Death is a learning experience in this game. Think Dark souls.

 

Play on Hardcore challenge mode for the ultimate thrill.

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  • 4 weeks later...

POE is definitely great for some mindless fun.  The fact that the game is kinda poorly optimized and can lag here and there makes it so that playing hardcore can be quite brutal. 

 

The fact that the game is f2p is amazing for what they give you though.

 

Builds do eventually get rather stale after you try them and see what is strong and what isn't but the journey there is fun, especially if you only play casually.

 

The game gives you tons of diff grinds to explore if you truly want to min/max but doesn't force you to grind too hard to reach a relatively strong state of power. 

Skeggold, Skalmold, Skildir ro Klofnir

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POE is definitely great for some mindless fun.  The fact that the game is kinda poorly optimized and can lag here and there makes it so that playing hardcore can be quite brutal. 

 

The fact that the game is f2p is amazing for what they give you though.

 

Builds do eventually get rather stale after you try them and see what is strong and what isn't but the journey there is fun, especially if you only play casually.

 

The game gives you tons of diff grinds to explore if you truly want to min/max but doesn't force you to grind too hard to reach a relatively strong state of power. 

Yeah i enjoyed this game and only played it on hardcore, but after getting stuck in a wall and dying to one boss, then getting to ~60 something and dying to lag, it just becomes masochism at some point... 

aka honeybear

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Yeah i enjoyed this game and only played it on hardcore, but after getting stuck in a wall and dying to one boss, then getting to ~60 something and dying to lag, it just becomes masochism at some point... 

Yea well you don't have to play hardcore, it all just depends, it is a challenge but also if you have no control over certain game patches and random spots freezing it's so risky.

 

Also initially in hardcore you have to play so scared and overlevel things too... not really all that fun.

Skeggold, Skalmold, Skildir ro Klofnir

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It really is a great f2p game, everyone who likes arpgs should try it out.  It really does have a nice learning curve and you can end up doing some pretty crafty builds. 

 

Also you can end up doing some pretty krafty builds... get it?  Like kraft cheese? 

Skeggold, Skalmold, Skildir ro Klofnir

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it amuses me greatly that the spiritual successor to Diablo 2 isn't Diablo 3... it's Path of Exiles. i play this a bit. it's a lot of fun. while slightly confusing, their use of the orbs instead of gold as a type of money is fairly unique and pretty interesting in implications. 

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