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Posted: Apr 12th 2010 9:47AM Harley Dude said

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Probably because they merged non-RP PvP servers with Cimmeria, and TBH Funcom was never big on enforcing the RP rules on the server even before the mergers.
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Posted: Apr 11th 2010 6:48PM (Unverified) said

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You forgot to try a paid account for Anarchy Online by Funcom.

Posted: Apr 11th 2010 7:08PM Graill440 said

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I pointed out a couple posts ago i tried AOC again for 30, then dropped it a week ago like a hot potato after hitting 73 as a solo/casual player. I noticed a ton of changes, all for the good, then the wall appeared. At 70 i found i NEEDED to join a guild, not an option, no choice crafting stops here, level 70 for solo players looking to make a name for themselves. Bosses stop scaling for the player, the last three quests the bosses were all group, no single player option, quite a few at 70 and down are non group and will scale up or down depending on your level.

After conversing with a gm or two i found out that the expansion still does nothing to help the solo player, and after two years the situation still hasnt changed.

Being in a guild is a choice, whether your to weakminded to do things on your own, or you need to have someone lead you around and hold your hand because you cant do anything creative by yourself is a choice. Most guildies even solo a large part of the time and are i them simply because of the games mechanics, meaning if your not in a guild, your not getting good endgame content or items.

I tried to explain to that gm (several actually) that the very large player base is your solo and casulas that fuel the game for the needy folks, the self proclaimed hardcores and guilds, without a huge sub base the "uppercrust" will slowly leave the game.

My likes were combat changes, fixes to the crafting quests as they at least worked now.

My dislikes, low population, overwhelming majority would not help low level questing, i had a few help but even they voived how hard it is to "come back down". guild inventory and personal storage still blows chips, crafting is done for solo folks at 70 as reqirements for a guild engage at this time. As any game if you join a guild run to fill out you get nothing as guild members get priority, i find this to be crap regardless of your counter argument.

Aoc drove away their subs by choice and in two years has not fixed this, why companies drive paying subs away, well, who knows, the game is in the state it is in for a reason. The expansion wont help unless your a guildy then it may be worth it, for solo, casuals, or the hardcore soloer, you need not apply as you have no choice, though you will pay the same price and monthly fee.

End game is a joke i have stated this for 5 years, companies following this line of thinking deserve to fail, stating a game isnt balanced until endgame or doesnt pick up until endgame loses my sub immeadiately.

Good luck JEF.

Posted: Apr 12th 2010 12:09PM (Unverified) said

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So , guild dependent at cap level to for pvp ? My main interest is in pvp and if a guild is "required" to play any pvp then count me out , if anyone has any insight on top level pvp , and if its possible to get descent gear solo plz let me know , ive installed the game and am very tempted to pick up on my 33 bear shaman , but not sure what the end game pvp is like , any insight is wanted and thank you in advance ,
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Posted: Apr 12th 2010 1:14PM M1sterLee said

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"After conversing with a gm or two i found out that the expansion still does nothing to help the solo player, and after two years the situation still hasnt changed. "

Well I can say that for a fact is bull$hit. Which really throws the rest of your whiney comments into a bad light too. No GM told you the expansion has nothing for solo players. Fact. A lot of things have changed in the two years since launch. Fact.

Which brings us neatly on to...

"End game is a joke i have stated this for 5 years" Really? Funny how the game has been out for only two. Maybe it's just your monotonous whining has been going on so long it seems like 5?

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Posted: Apr 11th 2010 7:37PM (Unverified) said

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After trying most of popular MMO's I find Age of Conan to be the most enjoyable. Truth be told I was not there at launch and I trust most of people that say it was pretty bad. But the game right now is bloody brilliant! I dont think the game drops in quality after Tortage, quite the contrary. But it's just my opinion.

Looking forward to your next article.

Posted: Apr 11th 2010 8:12PM Vendayn said

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6 months ago, I went to buy an icecream from one of those icecream trucks. The guy dropped my icecream, and I'm so angry I'm never buying icecream again.

Now, for those who don't get that...replace icecream, with AoC release and the people still angry about it ;)

As for this article. I enjoyed reading it :) Tortage is awesome, but afterwards its still a lot of fun. I recently went back to AoC since my group of friends wanted to try again, I have one character at level 30, and trying a herald of xotli which is only level 6 right now. So far from what I've seen its a lot of fun, great improvements too. Not sure what the high levels will be like, but what counts is if I'm having fun playing...and I am right now :)

Posted: Apr 11th 2010 10:26PM (Unverified) said

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Your analogy is almost apt,but to be more accurate the guy would have had to promised you Ice Cream and charged you $50 for, but actually delivered a block of ice that he then dropped and kept your money.
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Posted: Apr 11th 2010 9:36PM Sunaris said

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I enjoyed the article, in fact i plan on checking back for future articles. Basically i played AoC at launch, got a bad taste due to bugs and lack of content. I'm wanting to see what happens with the new expansion and this article keeps me filled in on what i can expect in the meantime. Good read, thanks Jef.

Posted: Apr 11th 2010 9:55PM jpkustra said

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I resubbed last week on the Set server. I have a lvl 30 ToS and a 33 Assassin. Let me know if anyone of you play on that server. There's not a whole lot of people to group with unfortunately.

Posted: Apr 11th 2010 10:31PM (Unverified) said

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Love this game now! Happy to see you guys giving it some attention.

Posted: Apr 11th 2010 11:33PM (Unverified) said

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AoC is truely a great game now. The haters can't let it go from it's alunch two years ago. Sad.

if you are not sure try the trial, its completely free.

Posted: Apr 12th 2010 2:18AM Valdur said

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It's really unfortunate to see the same people complaining about every game Massively reviews or re-reviews.I can understand someone being critical about something,rightfully but It seems to me that some people are just ranting.

A lot of mid level quests were added such as the "Frost Father"quest line which is one of the best I have played.

For 80's there are Tarantia commons,Xibaluku and other + Tier 1 and Tier 2 raiding and now Tier 3 is available and the expansion incoming.

Seriously people are you that jaded ?

Posted: Apr 12th 2010 8:43AM starchildren3317 said

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After reading many articles about the game the past several months, mostly detailing all of the improvements funcom has made, I decided to give the game a try a few weeks back.

Currently level 36 ToS and am having a blast with the game. I was worried about all the instancing and zones because I am typically not too big a fan of that type of game design, however, I feel that they are done in a way that does not detract from the game. In fact, I feel that the zones are large enough where I don't feel like the world is small or fractured at all.

The quests are great, story is excellent. Playing on the Wiccana server and have gotten much help from people in the form of advice, answering newb questions and the like. In addition, I don't feel like the world is desolate at this level either. I see people running around all the time, and have even gotten into quite a few groups for the group content at these lower levels. Sure, most of the population is at the higher levels, but that can be said for any game that has been out for a length of time.

If you debating on whether or not to 'give it a try' than I feel it would be a safe bet to jump in. Not to mention, if you enjoy in and stick around, you probably have ample time to get a high level character rolled out before the expansion hits the shelves.

Posted: Apr 12th 2010 3:32PM (Unverified) said

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Just started playing AoC almost three weeks ago and hit 40 with my Bear Shaman over the weekend. I have to be honest that I love the game, the population on Wiccana has been very friendly and I joined a lovely guild. Couldn't be more satisfied with my playtime and veterans tokens are win. I appreciate the column - keep it up.

Posted: Apr 29th 2010 10:39AM (Unverified) said

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Even though launch was a disaster, I still managed to lvl a PoM to 80 and a HoX to 67. There was a lot of grinding to be done the achieve 80, but I found that as far as the grind went this was the most enjoyable grind I've had to do. AION for instance was painful and I only got to 38.
I recently re-subbed and i have to say, I wish i never had a 1.5 yrs break. I love the combat, environment, the realistic style of the game has been designed in.
I too have seen so many people re-subbing and it's great to see. Many people got burnt at launch, but if you did play at launch you should really pick it up again. Just remember though, there are no welfare epic, well not that Ive seen...yet.

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