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Posted: Apr 12th 2011 2:13PM Zantom said

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Nice write up and I hope the game does well. I tried this a number of months ago and could not get past the graphics. I don't need great graphics, but I just can't handle the really low graphic games. We are spoiled gamers, aren't we :)

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 2:33PM Apakal said

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Haven't you seen Apocalypse Now? NEVER GET OFF THE BOAT!

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 2:38PM Unverfied B said

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Heh, did a very similar round-the-world trip just a few weeks ago.

Also, on that island, did you see the volcano/crater thingy? looks pretty scary...

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 2:52PM Halldorr said

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Games like this would be right up my alley if I wasn't so adverse to the graphics being so dated looking. And I'm not a fan of the super realistic ones either...

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 2:59PM Sladden said

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Seems like a game that would fit me!

I am currently downloading it and I would love to find a group to play with, if I like the game!

How is the game over all?

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 3:08PM Tazuras said

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@Sladden Overall, the game is a little rough but has a lot of great features and a lot things you can do. Combat is... meh... but I have never played on Wild so I cant tell you that from first hand experience. But everything else is pretty awesome.

PS. Join the massively village, email shawn or beau or contact Grimbark (me) in game.
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Posted: Apr 12th 2011 4:46PM Sladden said

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@Tazuras Thanks for the answear!

I tried the game for 30min, and I got hooked as soon as I logged in (got this warm feeling in my body, which made me happy). This game seems to has that "cozy thing", which I am looking for!

I would love to play with you guys in the Massively village!

* How many are you?
* How do I join you?
* Can I enjoy the game as a F2P player, or do I need to pay?
* Are you guys from the US? When do you guys play? (I am from Europe)

Thanks! Have a nice day!
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Posted: Apr 13th 2011 3:15AM Tazuras said

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@Sladden So many questions...

*There are probably around 4 or 5 very active villagers along with 3 or 4 active villagers and a handful of semi-actives. This is rather high by wurm standards.
*As I said, you can PM Grimbark in game and find me under that guise in the wurm IRC channel as well as under this name in the massively IRC channel. I'm on twitter as well. If none of those work there is e-mail which I would rather not post here.
*F2P in wurm is kind of liike an unlimited free trial. You can play as long as you like and do anything with the one caveat that your skills are capped at 20 out of 100. This keeps you from doing a lot of things such as commanding most boats and riding most animals, as well as from being able to make HQ items. But you can buy premium time with in game currency. People pay for labor per action generally so it would take you 10,000 actions to buy one month of premium time. It is relatively inexpensive cash-wise though, 10 euros affording you 2 months of premium time.
*We are on at a wide variety of hours. We have some aussies, some americans with day jobs, americans with night jobs, there was a villager from the uk, he is inactive now though.

Hope that answers everything, sorry for clogging up your comment space Shawn ;)
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Posted: Apr 13th 2011 11:05AM Sladden said

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@Tazuras Thanks for the reply! Sorry for asking here, but I am kinda lost with everything now. I don't know how to PM you here on Massively...

Anyway, how do I change to your server? etc...

I need some sort of instructions so I can join you! Hope you can help me!

Thanks again!
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Posted: Apr 13th 2011 12:05PM Tazuras said

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@Sladdden we're on freedom which is where oyu are a sson as you leave the tutorial
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Posted: Apr 12th 2011 3:02PM Tazuras said

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I must say that I am generally pretty fussy about my graphics as well and love really shiny graphics, but the latitude that wurm gives in what you can do in game combined with the realism of some of the elements of the game world (such as lunar cycles and the incredibly deep yet not over-complicated crafting) well make up for it. If you like sandboxes and crafting you should give it a try even if the graphics don't seem appealing.

PS. Join the massively village.

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 3:07PM cowboyhugbees said

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I grow more and more interested with this game every time I look at it.

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 3:29PM Bloodburn said

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One of the best sandbox games out there. Minecraft is 1/10th of this game, but this game has some low fidelity graphics, some animations dont even work...

but if you love interactivity in a game, this is it.

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 3:42PM (Unverified) said

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Love this game... started playing it a couple of weeks ago and it got me hook, line, and sinker... and my husband shortly thereafter.

I got distracted while making my way up to Shipyard of Poland and ended up deeding on the mainland, but one of these days I will get a boat and go visit the Massively village! :D

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 3:43PM BIGGIN said

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This was a great article and has piqued my interest in trying the game out. I love that there can still be a sense of adventure and exploration in some MMORPGs as that is what drew me to them in the first place.

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 6:13PM (Unverified) said

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Everyone always complains about the graphics when this game is mentioned but I doubt any of them have every looked at the graphics tab. You can crank them right and things look great. I will admit some of the player made objects like they were from EQ the terrain and nature scenery is gorgeous.

The trees and grass rustle and bend with the wind, casting dancing shadows across the ground as butterflies flit between flowers and birds flock overhead. The clouds float by in ever changing patterns obscuring the sun until it eventually sets in a ruddy glow and the stars burst out .. The moons slowly wax and wane from full to crescent, appearing during the day in some seasons. All of this is reflected in the gently rippling water for as far as the eye can see, or at least as far as your PC can render, so that as you wander down the coast admiring the beauty that little house on the shoreline you see in your telescope can be so far away it will take 30 minutes to get there.

Posted: Apr 13th 2011 3:05AM Tazuras said

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@(Unverified) Indeed. It doesnt have super Hi-res textures or shiny particle effects but there are plenty of cool looking and unique graphical features, like trees that sway in the wind to add another. They just dont show well in screens.
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Posted: Apr 13th 2011 8:24AM (Unverified) said

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I managed to talk several of my friends into trying this and we now have our own small settlement. To my friends who played minecraft and play/tried Eve I told them it was basically the sandbox-ness of minecraft with the complexity of Eve, but with a dash more fantasy/medieval.

Yes it takes a lot longer to make things than minecraft, but even a small structure takes a lot of effort and thus the feeling of accomplishment for such tasks becomes greater. I love the fact that hitting the H key brings up a search box for the wiki, as there is so much you can do in this game it seems like I spend half the time there learning how to do something I haven't tried before.

Excellent article Shawn, I can't wait to hear more of your journeys!

Posted: Apr 13th 2011 8:40AM Ryn said

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Even though I don't play it, I tried it and wasn't my thing, although maybe in the future. Excellent write up! Really enjoyed the story! I really like that you went on a tour of the world to see what was out there. I wish there was a pure exploration MMO. Thats the thing I enjoy the most. O know some give you a little experience for exploring, but I have to wonder why there isn't an exploration MMO out there.

Great write up, you haven't lost your touch! Can't wait to read Part 2.

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