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Posted: Mar 30th 2009 9:48AM organiclockwork said

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It's nice to see that Funcom is actually owning up to their screw-ups, whereas before they seemed to simply censor everyone who spoke out against them - particularly on official forums.

I for one think AoC still has potential to become a good game. To get back its player-base? Maybe, maybe not. But it could at least become a good game.

And frankly, I hope it does. I hope the overhaul of the RPG system changes things. Hell, if it changes things as much as they seem to think it will, I may even give it another shot.

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 10:22AM (Unverified) said

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God bless Craig.

He’s taken the quintessential phrase of “get lemons, make lemonade” and applied it to AoC.

Seriously, I’ve only been playing since January. I never played at launch (mostly b/c of the negative rumblings) but finally was convinced by my guild’s charter to “check it out”.

Well, since then my brother-on-law, my good friend, a friend of my bro-in-law and (potentially) my wife have all become subscribers.

The game is polished. It has no more or less bugs then any other mmo out there. The community has become helpful and upbeat (and even still has its stupid drama. I’m looking at you Wiccana) and the performance is second to none.

The itemization changes will be neat, b/c right now (I’m stealing this from someone) stats mean nothing, and essentially gear is nothing more then costumes. Except the high end T1, 2 and 3 raid stuff or high lvl pvp gear. But, world drops along the way are almost meaningless. I can’t WAIT for next week.

I’m sure people are mad about what Funcom “sold” at launch. I would be if I bought it too. But, If there’s any glimmer of “I’d like to try the game again” I’d suggest, as a current player, you do. Down right saying “never again” is totally legit I think. They lied. They took your money at launch and gave you a shit product. Staying mad about that is 100% ok if you want to.

But if you can set aside the distrust and anger, and seeing the improvements is something you’d be interested in AoC is now 100% better then where it was at launch. Craig is such a great game director and has totally turned the game around.

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 10:18AM Alarie said

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Pretty good interview Kyle. Looking forward to the upcoming updates.

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 5:37PM (Unverified) said

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I have not returned...but will be doing so shortly. I like what I see here and I have no problem going in on another 60 days.

I will say this. Funcom and NCSoft got my money for AoC and TR. Funcom will continue to have my support for this game and future games but I am done with NC. Both games suffered at the start...but one company is doing it right (Funcom) while NC just shifted it's focus and showed little commitment to us...the mmorpg player.

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 11:26AM Softserve said

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I'm really liking this guy. Funcom fucked. He knows it and he's forthright about it.

I was extremely disappointed by the game... but it's still sitting on my shelf and I'm willing to try it again. I think it still has a ton of potential.

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 11:48AM (Unverified) said

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good to hear that, will be even better to see that come to reality !

i usually am very skeptical of what politicians and CEO's say, but in this specific case, im ready to make an exception, i think Funcom screwed up at launch but have proven themselves worthy of a second chance, all the patches and updates they have done to AoC so far have been a great success.

and i really like the game director's idea that they are not just trying to throw extra content and time sinks to shut people's moths off, but they are trying to add quality content like Xibaluku etc... which players will love to do over and over again.



Posted: Mar 30th 2009 12:17PM (Unverified) said

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Guys. Most importantly, AoC Sieges are now just awesome. I am totally and completely hooked on these MMO events now. Try to get in on 3 Sieges pr week and it's just so damn fun. Don't miss out.

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 12:26PM (Unverified) said

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I am one of the returning players. I started at release and felt that after all the hype and expectations that i had been lied to big time. Me ,my friends and a big friggin guild all left with a bad taist in our mouth.
After playing Warhammer for a few months and finding that as shallow as a pool of piddle i decided to retry AoC . I had no expectations but holy crap if its like a different game now. It runs so smooth now i was actully though my settings must be set to low but nope it was stunning.
The player base is friendly and helpfull and seem to be realy upbeat about whats comeing.
I now have to get my friends back into it :)

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 12:51PM Lethality said

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Craig is doing a good job, but something tell me he still doesn't get it:

Talking about WoW he said...

" They didn't explode to 10 million customers on launch. They built up very gradually over that first two years after launch because it was a polished product. But in terms of content it wasn't that far removed from all those other titles. "

The fact is that it doesn't matter the content as long as the game is paced properly and there are things to do and things you feel are working toward your end goals.

Blizzard is a master of game design, and there's more to it than adding another zone, etc. Funcom and most other MMO developers do not get that.

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 2:26PM (Unverified) said

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Actually, I think you're 100% wrong there Lethality.

Craig DOES get it. They are opting for quality over quantity under his game direction.

What he's saying most players forget is that WoW had a shaky start, w/ far less content. And having unrealistic expectations on games that just/are about to launch to meet WoW in it's current state is just that: unrealistic.
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Posted: Mar 30th 2009 12:51PM Slob Zombie said

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Nice article, very interesting stuff here.

For anyone interested, Newegg is selling the regular version for $12.99 and the collector's edition for $19.99, both with free shipping. Sounds like the trial is coming soon, so it's probably a good idea to wait for that, but these are really good deals. I already had the game but picked up the collector's edition for the cool stuff and to give the account to a friend.

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 3:39PM (Unverified) said

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I'll definitely give this another go once the item changes go through. Maybe before. I just wish I could find a guild that doesn't wimp out or have ridiculous recruiting standards(I don't want to spend a week kissing ass to get in).

Posted: Mar 30th 2009 3:58PM (Unverified) said

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Great interview Kyle.

I resubbed 2 months ago and FC will keep me as a sub for a while!

Posted: Mar 31st 2009 12:40AM JediPagan said

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If anyone can save AoConan, it's Craig Morrison. Since he has been in charge, the game has gotten exponentially better. I really hope more people take a second look at AoC. The free trials will help. I also suspect the free trials will up the subscriber base.

This interview was excellent by the way.

Posted: Mar 31st 2009 12:41AM (Unverified) said

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I played from launch for about 5 months.

While the game had its issues, I'm one of those players who actually enjoyed almost every minute of the time I played it. Then I quit after I felt I'd seen what there was to see.


I'm also one of those players who won't be going back, though. I'm not angry or jaded or anything, and I think Craig's doing a good job or at least a good job of seeming like he's doing a good job, but I'm just done. Best of luck to them.

Posted: Mar 31st 2009 4:40AM (Unverified) said

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You know what... I just think I might give AoC another shot. I tried it shortly after launch and that was a lot to love about the game and ALOT not to love. My question is, are the starter zones empty now? or are there actually people around to adventure with.

Posted: Mar 31st 2009 4:00PM (Unverified) said

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I resubbed a week a go, and rolled a new char on fury. And there is plenty of folks in tortage, but also in khopsef province,conans valley and wild lands aswell. So no worry ;D
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Posted: Mar 31st 2009 11:32AM Royale said

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There are still plenty of people in the starting zone. I returned about 2 weeks ago and am loving it. I even got into the RP adventuring in White Sands. The game is great and I'm looking forward to future updates and improvements. Now if I could just stick to 1 character so I can get in on some sieges.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2009 11:22AM (Unverified) said

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Royale!!!!!
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Posted: Mar 31st 2009 2:45PM (Unverified) said

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lols. same bullshit lines. new mouth spewing them. "And having unrealistic expectations on games that just/are about to launch to meet WoW in it's current state is just that: unrealistic."... .at what point do we get to say that AoC is no longer in it's launch period?

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