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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 1:59PM (Unverified) said

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#1 Just gotta say... MILLIONS could be playing AOC right now, but most dont want to spend 10+ hrs downloading the game.


Any1 know how to make it faster? or a partial patch addy?

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 2:56PM Space Cobra said

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All I can suggest is buy/get a game disk and patch it. There may be some torrents out there that you can use, too (since the game is now F2P, it shouldn't matter me suggesting this). Maybe Funcom has a torrent version as well; I know some companies offer such versions for faster downloads. Heck, FilePlanet may also be faster.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 2:58PM Lateris said

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@(Unverified) I hope your not in Australia are you?
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 10:33PM elliotrock said

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@Lateris

The Australian Great Wall of Copper! Playing this game in Australia is a joke with latency 1000ms + you will die a lot.

I recently logged back into AoC, hoping the mentioned performance improvements might make this game playable if you are in Australia on copper/ADSL/ADSL2. Nope still a joke.

The issue that I have is the core technical implementation of AoC, it is impossible to PvP on a mid level PC (512Mb graphics,
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Posted: Aug 8th 2011 11:51AM Lateris said

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@ elliotrock The bandwidth issues are because of your governments laws on how bandwidth is allocated. I have fiber optic going across the Pacific to Hawaii by Qwest. So does Australia. And I can pump millions of traffic to my locations in Hawaii and run game servers with no issues.They call it the internet fairness act but what it really is a load of rubbish with your network. One solution might be to have a new law passed that opens up the bandwidth. You can start by becoming CCNA certified to understand these issues then explain to your politicians. In the US right now the Democrats in the Senate want to regulate the internet so they can tax it and control it. It's BS. And people are sadly very misinformed and divided when you tell them the facts. So far the politicians have been told no and overtime this bill loses they vamp up another one a few weeks after.

With your PC- your going to have to upgrade. As a PC gamer because 512mb is way to low.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 3:07PM Space Cobra said

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I started a ranger, because I like a bit of variety (ranged combat) among my alts, but frankly, I am worried.

I read about all the nerfs rangers got and now they are wanting to nerf tracking. So, what will they do to make rangers survivable, especially in PvP? IMO, it does not look good to be playing a ranger. It's not that I am opposed to the nerfs that were done, but if the other classes have this obvious advantage, why bother with ranger? Even PvE use is rather "meh-ish" (but I admit to needing to play my ranger more; too low level now).

Same with assassins; again, I understand PvP-balance in MMOs are a "never-ending stuggle". That's just how things are, but Assassins have always been a bit weak compared to Conquerors and the rest I could mention. I mean, I don't want a rogue to keep invising and surprise backstab me over and over like some wild disappearing/reappearing machine gun with a knife, but as an Assassin, what benefit can they bring to the PvP table.

Has Funcom done sever status polls? (I find it hard that they wouldn't.) Basically, find out what's the most played class and the least played class? That should figure into their deliberations of any tweaks. I can only judge by forum posts, but it seems there are not many who now play rangers or assassins. IMO, this would be a clue to put efforts to make these lesser classes more viable/fun choices. (Again, I don't know, maybe Preist of Mitra is the least played? Funcom should use this tool as a guide where to concentrate their efforts on this never-ending PvP-balance).

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 3:33PM Heraclea said

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@Space Cobra

My unscientific impression from reading the LFG channel is that endgame raids seem to be looking for Tempest of Sets and caster DPS (esp. HoX and Necro) most often on my PvE server. Rangers are often called for as well.

If and when the game dies for me, PvP based nerfherding will be the reason.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 3:40PM MustardCutter said

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@Space Cobra

Have you played this game at all? Rangers and sins are everywhere and are two of the most powerful classes in the game at pvp.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 10:35PM Space Cobra said

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@MustardCutter

Not in a bit. Was mostly looking over forum posts for advice/hints on Rangers and hearing the advice on chat channels from (new) players asking, "What's the best class to play?" And they'll start asking specifics about certain classes they are interested in and told other classes are better.

I've lightly returned, but been concentrating on my Guardian and Conq. Of course, Bear Shaman are always recommended, especially for soloing, which is what I do atm. I am interested to try out ALL the classes and don't mind paying an unlock fee for them (plus some slots).
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 3:50PM Seffrid said

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"Tracking is invaluable if you're looking to avoid getting ganked repeatedly by campers that you have no chance of defeating."

But you're using it as an exploit to get round the whole basis of PvP!!!!

Seriously, apart from the odd pure PvP game, no MMO will ever increase its popularity significantly enough to affect commercial viability by pandering to the demands of the PvP'ers who are, quite simply, never satisfied because no matter how it is structured there will always be winners and losers and the losers will never cease to whine about how they are underpowered and the winners are overpowered.

The time would be better spent improving the breadth of the PvE content which is what most MMO players spend most of their time on in a game of this type. In the case of AoC they would draw far more players in by working on the crafting, adding player housing, collection quests, live events and other PvE stuff than they will ever do by tweaking the PvP balance.

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 4:21PM Deathreaper said

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They should fix the game's engine. It's just horrible, my computer is more than enough to run the game even on recommended, but even on low sets it crashes and freezes all the time.

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 4:31PM stoyer said

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I was complaining about how bad this F2P model was but really Funcom kills it. They are adding minor content updates and try to sell it as Adventure Pack. But the worst thing is that they also try to sell this to subscribers!

If you sell minor content updates as DLC then why the hell there is monthly fee?! It's beyond ridiculous.

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 5:56PM (Unverified) said

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@stoyer
you call lots of dungeons and a new raid together with a whole new area to level, and all that in the best grafix out there by far, a minor content update?
can't help you then i guess :P
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 6:12PM stoyer said

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@(Unverified) Yes I do. If it isn't an expansion pack then you can't sell to your subscribers. At least not in an MMORPG.

Also best graphics has nothing to do with that.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 7:12PM Poordevil said

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@stoyer

Is selling the adventure pack a done deal? Last I heard, or I should say read, it was undecided if the pack was going to be sold or a free download. I remember thinking at the time, I hope they sell it because that will mean more content. If it's a free download it can't be very large can it? But if Funcom charges for it, it would have to be a pretty hefty pack. That was my logic anyway :)
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 6:39PM (Unverified) said

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I was bored yesterday so I downloaded the game to give it a shot. I was having some fun in the first couple of hours, but two things just totally turned me off.

One, not being able to keybind to my mouse buttons easily. Some Google searches just led me to workaround and addons, which is unacceptable. That should be a basic part of the game.

The second problem is that the dialog audio during the Tortage cutscenes just stopped working. Again, doing some Google searches shows me that this problem has been in the game since 2008, and one of the workarounds is to disable my surround sound. Unacceptable.

It saddens me that two issues have not been addressed the entire time this game has been around, and so I have been turned off from the game.

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 10:39PM elliotrock said

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Get Xmouse, super cool tool. I have function keys binds to my mouse, I actually use it in Lotr as well. Horrid old mouse with only 6 buttons too!

Works well in Lotr with back/forth as shift/ctrl so it triples the usage of 1, 2, 3!

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Posted: Aug 8th 2011 8:03AM Darkmoone said

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Wow Aoc still gets coverage huh, does anyone really care?

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 3:37AM Cylien said

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It is good that they give the PvP side of things some love and care. God knows it has been lacking there.

Hopefully they can make changes that doesn't mess up the game for the majority of (PvE) players who could not care less about rock-paper-scissor balance.


Posted: Aug 9th 2011 3:26PM Heraclea said

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@Cylien

Given the fact that I've more or less mothballed my ranger for general uselessness in raids, I don't have high hopes.
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