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Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:08PM Thac0 said

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This has quickly become my favorite Massively segment. It almost makes me want to play darkfall. It sounds very quirky and fun in a bizzaro world way.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:14PM DodgyWop said

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Hmm, I don't think I would enjoy paying for a game that I would be either forced to grind or AFK (why pay to not play a game?) to improve my character. Just my opinion though, if you like it, go for it!

Nice keyboard though, I'm using the same one to type this comment!

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:19PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Woot! Hi five! o/*\o

((Also, yes, the AFKing sucks. It sucks bad. I must admit, though, this is a huge departure from my normal playstyle, and it is really interesting to do.))
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Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:23PM Thac0 said

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I think doing AFK skill leveling is fun i used to do it in SWG. I'm not all about grinding out stuff and making the game work like if i have to hit a button five million time staring at the screen and doing nothing else's but looking at me run and shoot bubbles in the air ... its the suck . If my skills are there to have fun when I log in its great! I have the skills I need to have fun when i have the time to play.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2009 8:55PM (Unverified) said

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AV doesn't just 'highly frown' against afk macroing--it's against the EULA. I won't be surprised if you find your account banned before your month-long 'feature' is up--and rightfully so.

That other people do it is no excuse. I find it disappointing that you seem to think that justifies your doing it. I expect you know better.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2009 9:00PM Seraphina Brennan said

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RJ, I don't want to "justify" anything here. Yes, I'm doing it, but that's because this feature is dedicated to following the flow of the Darkfall community. To avoid it in my reporting would be like to ignore the elephant in the room.

I personally would love to not do this, but sadly stuff like this is done by many players on a everyday basis. I'm playing from the perspective of your average, everyday player. I'm only following what the community and my clan recommends, and they all recommend this. If I get banned, I get banned. Props to Aventurine and no hard feelings. But this is a larger problem than simply me, and banning me is only a drop in the bucket, quite literally.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2009 8:43AM Holgranth said

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Personally I'm sure I'd afk train in Darkfall too, dispite the fact that I HATE macroers and spent a large amount of my time in old school Runescape reporting them. I have NEVER macroed or afk trained in my LIFE.

Darkfall however would be an exception because while "Grinding" totaly mindlessly back in the late 90's was boring as hell it was fairy standerd for MMO's.

This is 2009 if I can gain skills without even looking at my character or paying attention to in and just have 1 button held down then obviously the game is not even worth my attention is it?
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Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:20PM AlamoeJones said

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It's odd, I would never, ever want to play this game, but I love reading what you have to say about it. Keep these entertaining columns coming, please!

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:24PM (Unverified) said

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wow that sounds like its rly not fun at all.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:25PM (Unverified) said

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So, people pay so they can go AFK? Brilliant! Although I still think EVE has them beat, because with EVE, you don't even have to be logged into the game, just come back every few hours/days/weeks.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:38PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Yeah, but EVE levels the playing field that way. Everyone is stuck under those rules.

Here, you do it so you can stay competitive, which sucks. If you don't do it, get ready to kiss what you have good-bye. People can't "cheat the system" in skills in EVE, which makes me miss the time lock system.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2009 2:21AM (Unverified) said

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But EVE doesn't level the playing field, because players who have years of play time are so much more powerful, there's no reason for new players to ever even think of joining. I think it's one thing that has kept EVE's numbers lower than they could be.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2009 9:11AM Machinator said

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I know what you mean right. Not quite to the degree that long running EVE vets have now, but when I was at the end of my UO "career" I would actually sit and think, then get sad just imagining people who were just beginning to enter Britannia, not just the online version, but for the VERY first time. A tear would come to my eye, from guilt and arrogance. What could they ever hope to achieve against our legions of guildmates and towers full of gold and weapons?

That's probably what kept UO's numbers relative(to emerging MMOs)ly low.

But what? Oh yea, comb and a book? Def done that.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:38PM dudes said

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Pay money to not do anything.

I am detecting a new form of sarcasm, but it is still awaiting classification.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:49PM (Unverified) said

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your a classy gamer dude! and looks like that game is classy too!

in all honesty my dakfall interest in now dead.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:49PM Seraphina Brennan said

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I try. Honestly. :3 *pulls out monocle*
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2009 1:02AM (Unverified) said

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If you had to make a foot trip to a rough neighborhood would you carry $1,000 in your pocket or leave it at home/bank it?

It's risk vs reward. And, as was said they basically got bored of killing nakeds and left. If they would have defended with armor, weapons, etc. I would imagine they would have probably successfully defended the town, and walked away with 15-20 new sets of armor! You get what you put in.

We had a gank squad come through the other night with about 8 people. They had been hitting ours and some of our alliances' cities very late at night (about 5-6ish central) and successfully walking away with a fairly good amounts of mats/armors.

Well, after we found out their game we waited for them to strike one night (all hiding behind structures in our city) and when they went to hit our AFK's we attacked. They were completely caught off guard, and lost 2-3 fully geared, mounted, and matted men. They have yet to come back again.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:49PM (Unverified) said

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I paid for this game so I am stuck with a month of it now. This article is almost exactly how I feel about the game. I have been doing the same crap. I stand in a town and chop wood while I go watch a movie or run errands, it's fantastic, haha.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:47PM (Unverified) said

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What the hell is wrong with this game?

people actually pay for this hulking pile of refuse where you strip naked to fight? what the hell is the point?

oh well...its not my money they are wasting lol.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:58PM NeoDodge said

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Gotta like the hair on the brush, too...

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