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Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:12AM (Unverified) said

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I look forward to seeing how this goes. I'm getting bored with WoW again (already), so I might be getting back into WAR myself. Depends on if the problems have been solved.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:17AM CSKit said

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Glad you decided to do this, as I'm thinking about going back when 'WIld Hunt' launches,although I'm Order Volkmar. Good read and look forward to your "reviews".

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:20AM (Unverified) said

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I will be greatly looking forward to your week by week analysis of the game.

I too played WAR a great quantity until around January and have been away since. I stated before I've always *wanted* to come back, but have always been unsure if it would be like going back to a bad relationship.

It seems we share a number of ideas about gaming in common. I too play mostly for the competitive edge of PvP gameplay and am looking toward the upcoming games. I am also in a lull at the moment.

Where I differ is that I do enjoy single player gaming and have been straying back to my consoles lately for a multitude of games.

If you can find value in returning to WAR, then I should probably give it a try myself (and hope I can find friends/community as mine are long gone too).

If, however, you confirm my fears that it's still just not *quite* right, then I'll feel better knowing I stayed away.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:21AM MtthwRddl said

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"Faith in your new Apprentice misplaced may be, as for your faith in the Dark Side of the Force." ~ Yoda

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:26AM (Unverified) said

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Hopefully it works out well, i tried to get back into war a while back but just couldnt get my head around it, of course this was before LotD and now the Wild Hunt event also might add some more flavour to it.

I went in with an open mind, there's a part of me that loves this game, even without all the polish there are just some elements in this game that shine, the design creative elements and so forth but i just couldn't get it to work for myself.

I hope you have more luck, i know personally ill probably check it out, if they continue with the new approach, this game has so much potential.

Posted: Aug 16th 2009 5:16PM ShadowWar said

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I think you'll find, overall, the game has improved. For Squig Herders particularly, the game has made leaps and bounds. The class is one of the most powerful currently. Plink-spam is the dread of all casters on the side of Order.

It always surprised me a bit on some of your views of the game in regards to polish, because despite all it's bugs, it felt more refined than the vast majority of other games I have played at launch. That says more about the dismall state of release most MMOs release at than anything else. The polish problem was more that it was seen in light of the old-standard games that have had years of it.

The eminent problem with the game historically has been the end game content. The problem has been an unenthused gamer base because it lacked fun, as well as the difficulty in actually participating in the end game if the two sides are remotely balanced. The changes with 1.3.1 might alleviate the second problem, and from all reports corrects the first, but we won't know till it arrives.

With regards to LotD, I think you are going to be dissapointed. It has turned into nothing more than a PvE zone that switches control every 2 hours or so. The thrilling promises of PvP in the desert were vastly over-inflated, and the implementation of it was not well thought out from my view. I got to the desert if I get bored of RvR, and that's it.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:32AM (Unverified) said

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Get the follwoing addons:
LibSlash
ActionBarColor - So you can tell if an ability is in range of your target
AutoDismount - For getting off your mount in a hurry
JunkDump - For cleaning up your inventory at a merchant.
Warhammer Scrolling Combat Text
ClosetGoblin - if you find yourself needing to swap tactics/armor sets
Squared - Primarily for healing
Tomb Titan - For filling up your ToK

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:37AM (Unverified) said

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That list is a pretty good base line, but not a full list by any means.

Oh, and get the Curse client to manage them all.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:36AM Gaugamela said

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Good luck. I hope it goes well and that patch 1.3.1 brings nice changes to performance, keeps and city sieges like it states on the patch notes.
Maybe you could also level a Order toon in another server up to rank 40?
After all you are going to play for a month so that means you will have plenty of time for it.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:58AM Belmondo said

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When I started seeing mentions recently of WAR reaching it's 1 year anniversary, I was a bit stunned that it hadn't even been a year. It seems like we've been loving and hating it forever! In fact, it has only been going through its normal growing pains, that's all, and how unfair all this bashing seems now. It has gotten me to thinking about possibly considering creating the option of giving myself the opportunity of playing again. But just barely. So I'm interested in reading about your experiences this month.

My favorite add-on was Aura, which allowed you to customize the display of ability cooldowns--in other words, to alert you when abilities were ready.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 2:27PM (Unverified) said

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I am very curious to see what you think, I am more of a raider type though so its unlikely that I will ever go back to war there just aren't enough dungeons and the ones that are there are just not good enough. All the same I really wish it was better because it just seems like it has so much potential for greatness.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 12:06PM (Unverified) said

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Good luck maybe you can drag me and the other "Keen" group back WAR.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 12:09PM (Unverified) said

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Welcome back to WAR snafzg, one other mod you should probably check out is State of the Realm aka SOR, this will tell you how many victory points are left before Phoenix Throne Order flips your zones again. SOR will also tell you when a fort siege is underway so you can head to the Maw/Fell Landing/Butcher's Pass and farm us for cheap RPs and free medals/crests.

A lot of us on both sides will be over in Aion this upcoming weekend, so if things are a bit dull on PT in the meantime don't despair, they will pick up again on Monday night. After 22 September though, all bets are off...

Your fiend,

Alyona
Rune Priest
- www.cotns.com
Phoenix Throne

PS - get your squig off me, I don't drop anything good :-P

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 12:18PM MrDiamondJ said

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Definitely get Tome Titan and State of Realm. I installed them after leveling my original toon to 40, and now that I've rolled an alt I have no idea how (or why) I got that far without them.

SoR makes Renown farming so much easier, since it eliminates any guesswork as to when zones are going to lock. You can go exactly where you're needed the most, and also where your efforts will be rewarded the most.

Despites its flaws, I still absolutely love WAR. Mythic has really busted their humps making (much-needed) fixes over the last six months. I'm glad I stuck around.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 12:50PM J Brad Hicks said

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Better you than me, brother gobbo; they lost any hope of getting my level 40 squig herder back when they merged down to one RP server. As much as I want this game not to suck, I've given up any hope that EA is going to put the kind of money into it that it would take. I hope you prove me wrong about that.

Please, while you're playing, pay attention to the number one thing that drove me away before: the huge number of widely-known, constantly-used exploits in open RvR and the completely disappearance of any attempt by the GMs to police those exploits. (You may remember an article by one of those GMs, linked here in Massively just the other day, saying that about the same time I noticed that nobody had any fear of exploiting, the GMs were undergoing their second huge wave of layoffs.) If you, or EA through you, can convince me that open RvR success isn't entirely determined by how willing you are to cheat, I could be tempted to come back. It'd mean deleting a slew of mid- to high-level Order alts on Phoenix Throne, since I can no longer be on an RP server for each side, which would really tick me off. But I haven't entirely stopped missing keep sieges.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 2:19PM brookep said

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I'll definitely keep an eye out for RvR exploits. I can't honestly say I experienced them on too great a scale when I used to play, but the BW/Sorc GTAOE stacking "feature" was definitely annoying.
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Posted: Aug 13th 2009 4:22PM J Brad Hicks said

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I'm thinking more like the various tricks that (at least used to be able to) pull the Keep Lord out of the Keep Lord room to some spot where he can't be defended, pets that ignore doors and walls, turrets that ignore floors and ceilings, AoE splash damage that goes through walls or around corners, keep buffs that stack multiple times if you run back and forth across the area boundary, keep walls with geometry gaps that let players bypass the gates, that kind of thing. When I left, that stuff was completely out of control. I caught someone in my guild running multiple exploits, complained to my guild leader about it, and was told by everybody in guild leadership that there were no top-20 guilds, destro or order, that didn't use those exploits, that they were "part of the game" and if I wasn't okay with that, I should leave. After confirming that they were right, I did exactly that, left.

I don't expect any PvP game to be completely exploit-free; bug-free software is a myth these days. What I expect is there to be enough referees, enough game masters, to catch some percentage of the cheaters, and the penalties to be so draconian that only the most foolhardy have the guts to openly exploit. That's what I'm asking you to keep an eye out for, please? Thanks!
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Posted: Aug 13th 2009 1:02PM Innocentte said

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If you start at anything more than Level 1, you are wasting your time. What makes MMORPGs great is their ability to capture and enthral new players; not just keep old fuds coming back for more of the same, over and over.

If you cannot start fresh, and see a masterpiece of MMORPG design and play value, then no amount of lipstick will make this pig anything other than what it is.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 2:16PM brookep said

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Tier 1 is arguably the best WAR gets based on popular opinion. At the very least, it is one of the more engaging entry-level MMO experiences you'll find. I won't be starting a new character from level 1 because I have done it at least a dozen times in my career. I will, however, put some time into my T2 (rank 12) Shaman named Snafzu on Iron Rock or potentially transfer one of my T2 Order alts to a high population server (for a different perspective).

I don't think I'll have enough time to level all the way to rank 40 on an alt, which is a bit unfortunate, but hopefully, my experiences will still cover what you're looking for.
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Posted: Aug 13th 2009 8:25PM Innocentte said

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Well, T1 >used< to be the strongest part of the game. With the derth of players, I can assure you that even the nerfing down of the old PQs is not enough to motivate a new player to move much beyont T1 or T2.

I hope you enjoy your time back in WAR.
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