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Posted: May 3rd 2011 12:12AM Faction 3 said

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This game.....strangely interests me....

Alot like an old broad who's hot for her age.

Posted: May 3rd 2011 3:35AM pcgneurotic said

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It's lots of fun, and ever so slightly old-school in that there's very little in the way of 'Well done, now go here and talk to him, well done, now go here and talk to him, well done, now go here and talk to him... etc' You have to figure out a lot of what you're doing from your achievements log.

Posted: May 3rd 2011 4:18AM Kaoy said

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I've always been one that likes a hard game. I don't see experience curves as an unmentionable thing. I enjoy lasting losses from death(assuming the game is balanced in a way that death is truly an avoidable circumstance). I have even spoken up in defense of perma-death on a few occasions. How ever, ecosystems are one thing that virtual worlds should not attempt. Not only is it impossible for most people to really fathom the lasting results of their actions, but they become easy targets for griefers.

Say a tree takes 3 days to grow to full maturity. After 6 hours, its worth one lumber, in 12 it can provide 3, and a full day 5. By the end of the 3rd day, it could be worth 25. Now, on paper, waiting for 3 days seems easy. You run through '3 days' in your head in fewer than that many seconds. In a persons head, it goes 'plant seeds, wait, 25 lumber!' In reality though, that 'wait' is filled with paranoia of someone ninjaing your tree from you, settling for 10 lumber after 36 hours because, hey, there are plenty of trees right here, and someone else will just plant more later.

Case in point, whens the last time any of us actually waited two minutes before taking our bowls of soup out of the microwave, as instructed? Now when was the last time any of us burnt our tongues?

Posted: May 3rd 2011 5:23AM pcgneurotic said

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@Kaoy

Good point. In a game like WURM or Darkfall it's not too too bad because there's enough of your eco resources everywhere anyway. But in something like Wakfu, which operates on a whole different principle (the eco system is more of a zone-specific mini puzzle game) it's less of a problem.

What worries me most when I'm doing these things is being attacked from behind whilst I've got a face full of tree or boulder. Which, excepting for House Ninjas, is less of a problem when microwaving lunch. :D
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 12:51PM sauceofmagic said

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@Kaoy The resources regenerate quite quickly. The zones will have the upper and lower threshold on the pants/creatures numbers. AFAIK zones themselves will flag you up as a criminal if you keep breaking the rules.

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Posted: May 3rd 2011 5:42PM Kaoy said

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@sauceofmagic

That sounds like a fairly reasonable way to do it. Do you have any idea what the penalties are for criminals? And will it be a global flagging or just for that particular zone?
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 7:06AM tmarg said

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I've been playing the closed beta of this a bit, and there is a lot to like. Unfortunately, it is either a LONG way off at this point, or it is going to be prematurely rushed out, and I'm very worried that the latter is true.

It's really not even close to a good play experience right now.

Posted: May 3rd 2011 7:16AM Nolirion said

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Sadly the European beta is overpopulated , the game as is unplayable .
But their is some stuff worse checking .

Posted: May 3rd 2011 9:18AM Carolina said

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The game is adorable, feels like I'm playing Final Fantasy tactics online. The animations make me smile, it's sickly cute.

Posted: May 3rd 2011 10:06AM TheElvenAssassin said

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The narrator's voice is so irritating. O.O

Posted: May 3rd 2011 12:05PM MacDexter said

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I started playing this game in the european closed beta. It is one of those games where I think: nice idea, promising concept, a brave attempt to do something radical in game design, but... it misses the point.

I mean, Ankama claims this game to already be in the state of open beta. There is not much game in there. It doesn't feel complete in any sense. Tons of people in the current open beta are fighting the same mobs over and over again, chopping the same trees over and over again, mining the same ore-spots over and over again, because there is nothing else to do. Even if I consider this game to be sandboxy, there should at least be some sort of content.

And personally I hated the "economy" of this game from the first second. The only source of new money in this game is mining and then minting. No money from quest rewards, as there are no quests. No money from turning in drops with NPC merchants, as there are no NPC merchants. Every single kama in this game has been minted by a miner. Now that means, everybody in the early levels becomes a miner and 5000 players are competing to mine the 20 spots in the beginner area. That's rewarding, I can tell you... Of course you could try to sell things that you have created or dropped to other players. But - they need money too, so this only shifts the problem.

As a Dofus veteran i was interested in Wakfu to see, how many seasoned Dofus-players would be tempted to shift to Wakfu and whether this could influence the population on the existing Dofus servers. Now that I know this game a little bit, I am no longer woried this might happen. I'm sure it will attract a population of dedicated players, but if it does not change significantly, this is going to be a niche game.

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