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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 2:34PM Daemodand said

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What do you mean, "Vanguard team"?

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 3:23PM Unshra said

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@Daemodand Some team members from SWG are being shifted over to Vanguard, they also mentioned plans for new content. What this means in the end is anyones guess but I think it's nice to see Vanguard get some attention.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 2:38PM Equillian said

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Wonder how many new bugs it'll bring :P

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 2:49PM Unverfied B said

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Wait... wasn't it shutting down in a few months? What's the point?

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 2:56PM Carnagh said

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@Unverfied B

No, the game's not shutting down any time soon. Not sure what gave you that impression.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 3:01PM Space Cobra said

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@Unverfied B

Not to my knowledge; SWG is shutting down.

I am figuring the devs/team from SWG is going to be divided among what's left among the SOE MMO's and Vanguard probably is going to get a significant share of them.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 2:59PM (Unverified) said

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sadly i bought into the VG hype back at release and man o man will i NEVER play a SOE game after that, 4 words
back
alley
firing
party
nuff said

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 3:36PM Yellowdancer said

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Err...Vanguard is a Sigil made game. SOE bought it for them after release and paid off their debt. SOE actually made the game playable. When I was in beta, I was told by the developers it was my machines fault that the game wouldn't load. That's when I knew the game was dead.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 7:38PM Valdamar said

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Back alley? I thought they fired all the devs in the car parking area outside the office?
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 3:02PM Carnagh said

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I've just returned to Vanguard about a month ago after not playing since shortly after launch...

The game plays really well on modern hardware (about time). The PC charcter models are a little dated but passable, the armour sets are okay. The mob models are fine, and the world setting has aged really well and I'm impressed at how well the world stands up graphically compared to current games... And the community is a very welcome break.

Having played everything from UO and EQ through to AoC and Rift and most stuff inbetween, I'm really enjoying playing Vanguard at the moment. The slower pace, the world exploration, the diplomacy and crafting... the game could do with a mini renaissance.

If you're bored of the current crop of pop-corn while waiting for whatever to come out... Vanguard might be worth a look, especially if your an old-school EQ refugee or the like.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 8:39PM Lateris said

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@Carnagh What server are you on? I want to fire this game up tonight. So tonight will be patching. I still have the collectors box I never used.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 9:40PM LA1111 said

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@Carnagh

I just started the trial and I have to say it's pretty good
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 3:03PM Jef Reahard said

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SOE has said on multiple occasions that building F2P infrastructure into VG would cost more money than it would bring in. So in reality, freemium wouldn't save this game, it would destroy it, and SOE is leaving it open to the folks who value it enough to pay for it.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 3:40PM AlienFanatic said

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Glad to hear that they're paying attention. I just discovered (though I'm certainly way behind on this) that SOE lowered their Station Pass to $19.99 a month. To me, to get VG, EQ, and EQ2 (and other stuff I won't play) for $5 more than I was playing for WOW seems like a helluva bargain. Hopefully, a month from now I won't feel like canceling.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 4:35PM ed511df3 said

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@Jef Reahard

When exactly has SOE made these statements? I've found nothing publicly stating as such. A statement such as that reeks of BS anyway. That might be true based on the current income from current subscriptions, but a good freemium model would have many people come back, or even experience the game for the first time.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 5:56PM Jef Reahard said

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@ed511df3

Here's one instance for you, from this very website.

"Next, we asked whether Vanguard might go free-to-play. Grant responded that it would be a major undertaking to add it into the game, since it would require a revenue stream, most likely in the form of a Station Cash Marketplace. So while they've talked about it, it's not on the table at this time."

http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/07/10/soe-fan-faire-2011-an-update-on-vanguard/

I'll find you some more BS when I have more time to actually look.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 6:10PM (Unverified) said

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Fix the invisible rain in Vista/W7. I'd come back for that alone, seriously!

Posted: Aug 11th 2011 4:44AM LeChatNoir said

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This is also an issue for me, not game-breaking and not to the extent that I won't play the game (I've been playing on and off since launch) but it does bother me when you can hear the sounds of a raging storm and torrential rain but see nothing.

There's speculation on the forums that it could be something to do with the rain-drop artwork being tiny so when large screen resolutions are used the droplets are so small you can't see them. I'm also wondering since the bug is prevalent on Vista/Win7 if it's a DirectX compatibility issue...

It probably goes against the TOS but I wonder if it's possible to extract the rain drop artwork from the game files and attempt to modify it - infact, if I've got a spare hour or two over the weekend I may give that a go. Oh the exciting life of a super-nerd :(
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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 1:22PM Carnagh said

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There's only two servers up and Telon (US Server, although I'm playing from EU) is the only one with a hald decent level of activity on it.

For those who are deciding to have another look at Vanguard there is a slow trickle of new players (such as your good selves) starting to come in... Oh, and start on the starters Isle rather than your home city, and the quests there just before you leave are very worth while. They'll set you up solidly for your first chunk of levels off the Isle.

I play under the name Carnagh in game, and although I'm not terribly experienced I'll be happy to offer what limited advice I can in game... although the community at large is quite helpful.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 10:27PM Tatsuk said

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Ooooo, I'll definitely be heading back.

Note to anyone trying the game...skip the Isle of Dawn tutorial area, start in your racial home area instead. The lore is a treasure, but you'll never really know what your character's race is about if you start off generically. (And yes, one or two pieces of nice gear come off the Isle, but I don't think it's worth that tradeoff.)

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