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Posted: Dec 29th 2010 10:56AM fauxcivility said

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I'm kind of interested in trying out Darkfall...

The world does sound immersive so I might give it a shot.

Posted: Dec 29th 2010 12:07PM Skyydragonn said

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I challenge you to tackle NEdd for Speed World for your next "choose my adventure" Article. then maybe the public will see the state its currently in. Since the majority are content to simply ignore the games flaws and its community on every avialable outlet.

Posted: Dec 29th 2010 12:22PM Jef Reahard said

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@Skyydragonn

Beau Hindman will be doing our next CMA series (it rotates among the staff writers), and I don't know what games he's going to put up for the community vote. If no one's done NFSW when my next CMA tour of duty rolls around, I'll include it.
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Posted: Dec 29th 2010 3:10PM Skyydragonn said

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@Jef Reahard

it would be much appreciated, becuase as it stands right now NFS:W is just a collasal mess of bugs, glithces non responsive development staff and one step short of completely unplayable. Not to mention the constant push for cash-shop sles ina game thats core feature is not playable with any level of fairness.
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Posted: Dec 29th 2010 3:10PM Skyydragonn said

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since i cna't seem to find the edit button, or you could just pass my challenge on to the next writter in line :)

Posted: Dec 29th 2010 5:13PM Machinator said

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@Jef Reahardsnout

Well Jef you've totally convinced me to play DF as soon as I get my computer put back together. Now the research into race/skills/stats optimisation for PvP begins! Know any good Stratics-esque statistics websites for DF?

Posted: Dec 30th 2010 10:14AM Jef Reahard said

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@Machinator

I'm pretty bad at stats tbh, never been much of a number cruncher or min/maxer. The video I linked below is quite helpful for hitting the ground running, and there is also a fair bit of build discussion on the official boards. The best advice I can give is to join NEW though, their vets will gladly tell you all you want to know about stats and the like.
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Posted: Dec 29th 2010 6:47PM pcgneurotic said

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Well, I'm installing the 14 day trial now, and in the meantime reading this: http://www.squidoo.com/darkfall-guide

It seems to be a (lenghty) synopsis of one of those iffy homebrew pay-guides, although it's quite readable and very interesting, as the author gives their opinion on different things and offers other perspectives too. Also seems to date from beta, but most of it is principals and not too specific. Worth a skim anyway.

Posted: Dec 30th 2010 10:05AM Jef Reahard said

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@pcgneurotic

I looked at that guide as well some time ago. There is also a great series of videos that can give you a little direction in your early days. You don't have to follow this guy's advice of course, but it's good advice in my experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDgGgunLhmA
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Posted: Dec 31st 2010 3:28AM pcgneurotic said

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@Jef Reahard

Great vids, really well done. AV should put them on the main site too. I've definitely been banking too much junk as a precaution, but I can see now that selling all that will help to buy those skills; the mana>stam spell looks great. Thanks for the link! :)
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Posted: Dec 30th 2010 1:47AM Nucleon said

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I have an account that's pretty young on Darkfall, and at the moment I must say I'm really torn between making Cata or DF my game to really invest in. The problem I have is that I'm casual with time, but hardcore with commitment. Like many out there I play games with a fervor, read, strategize and try and optimize my gameplay. But that gameplay comes at odd, unplanned hours in short bursts making guilds and organized gameplay difficult.

In Darkfall, my current frustration is that basically when I log on for an hour or two, there isn't much to do. Rounding up a group of people to do something takes time. Heck, traveling takes time. I found it not a very easy game to digest in hour long segments. Am I just missing something? I love the skill system and combat system of Darkfall, and want to love the game, but often I find myself bored simply because there isn't much I can do in an hour but grind (be it crafting or pve).

If anyone has some tips I'm all ears.

Posted: Dec 30th 2010 10:08AM Jef Reahard said

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@Nucleon

I don't think you're missing anything, the game does demand a lot of your time. When I've only got small chunks of playtime like that, I either craft/harvest, or go to one of my favorite solo hunting spots and focus on a particular combat skill-up (or grind through a few mobs to get reagent drops and gold).

Organizing a PvP/PvE group usually does take longer than an hour because people have to spend a certain amount of time gearing up, choosing what to bring, etc.
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Posted: Dec 30th 2010 5:02AM pcgneurotic said

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As a time-counter myself (work from home, two small kids), I have to say that the ability to resource gather whilst tabbed out is pretty pleasing, although auto-running in that situation is, as ever, highly hazardous.

One thing that the dude in the guide at the link I posted above said which I've really taken to heart is, bank often! Low level armour and weps drop often enough for you to have a few backups for emergencies. I've only played a few hours but I'm already loving it (mind you, I haven't actually met anyone else yet, except one dude who was chopping at a tree and ran away when I appeared :D).

Posted: Dec 30th 2010 6:31AM Machinator said

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@pcgneurotic

That is definitely a well worn mantra from MMOs of old: bank now, bank often.

Nary a truer word hath been spoke!
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Posted: Dec 30th 2010 10:12AM Jef Reahard said

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Another thing I'd highly recommend to you guys is to look into joining the NEW clan. Unless you just prefer to play solo (which is perfectly fine btw, just a bit slower in terms of progression), you'll benefit a lot from their veteran advice and the fact that they'll gear you up.

Learning the game with other newbs is fun as well. They don't have any playtime requirements, but they will boot you and tell you find a permanent clan after you've been a member for a month or so.

Posted: Dec 30th 2010 2:12PM Pagan said

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Darkfall is the most underrated MMO on the market. It does many things better than the genre leaders. Great series Massively!

Posted: Dec 30th 2010 2:23PM Everrest said

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(Long time Vet here)

I'd also point you guys too "The Empire" as a fast paced and interesting way to jump start your DF experience. Like NEW, Empire takes new players and gives them a direction to grow in.

However, unlike NEW, they are involved in much more PvP and politics around the world and are not quite as sheltered from the rest of the Game.

Just an idea.

Posted: Dec 30th 2010 8:07PM Temko said

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Also noting, to those on both EU and NA.
just PM Nandi Kou on NA or Fluffy Incarnate on EU for some Advice, knowledge, gear and whatnot from one of Df's most well-established traders.

- Temko Firewing

Posted: Dec 31st 2010 4:27PM Beau Hindman said

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I'd like to say THANKS A LOT to Jef. NICE going man! How am I supposed to follow THIS up? :)

I got my work cut out for me. Here's hoping I do as good of a job as you did!

Beau

Posted: Jan 1st 2011 9:25PM Jef Reahard said

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@Beau Hindman

I had a blast with it (the column and the game), hope you do too. And thanks for the kind words.
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