Thursday, 26 March 2009

Mmmmm Gud - review

Well since my last post was a fairly negative one (born out of a night of sheer frustration) I've decided to sit down with my Mmmmm Gud list and think of what I enjoy in WAR and what makes me want to log in (or not log out)

1) Small scale RvR
Wot? Hang 'on... Last time you loved mass scale RvR... True, but I'm starting to appreciate the smaller scale RvR, whether it's in scenarios or small war bands. The first crucial part is that it's on a much more personal level. You don't get hopelessly zerged constantly, you can pick and choose your fights a lot more. Smaller armies are much more manoeuvrable and WILLING to do more than renown farm. They can escape a lot quicker or strike a lot faster. We've been running alliance war bands recently and just having less than 20 folks in it and you can do more than a war band and a half. Communication is so much better, people help and single target more. Yeah, things still bugger up, but you're with a small group of friends so it's more fun.

Shame when I'm out solo most Order run from me when they're below 1/3rd health *grumblez*

2) The maturing community
As the game matures the community starts to pull together, you start to trust your guild mates more, names are recognised you get whispers from people saying "Hey, love your blog!" (no really.. I've had one.. epic win!). Once you start to get used to your guild and the people you share the game with it starts to feel a lot more comfortable in the game. Logging in to share your time with a great bunch of people and wonderful friends can make a dull day or game a lot more fun. Spend some time chatting with your guild mates and do more events with them, whether it's ORvR, scenarios or grinding. It helps to bring the community together which helps you and the game in the long run.

3) Fixes are coming.... 'onest guv'
We're still waiting on details and it might be almost a month since 1.2 was released with still unbalanced classes and abilities but the fixes and bug squishes WILL come, just for every day Mythic doesn't release details it's another day that someone will get pissed off with a broken aspect and quit.

4) Easy PQ's
I still enjoy going round these and finding new ones or fun ones. I stumbled into a quick and fast Tier 4 PQ the other day and ended up grinding a bucket load of gold and greens from it without realising. Go out and explore them, find some fun ones and see how they progress, follow the little stories they give, they can be fun wee reads (and even better, take your guildies and friends to the harder ones).

5) Updated RvR Influence system.
I am eagerly awaiting more news on this, many people already go out and use the tier 4 armour sets so by the time they get full influence the gear is pretty much redundant, would be nice to either have a themed set to collect every three months which would be usable in all instances barring the cities or have some way to upgrade them by spending your gathered influence.

So that ends a quick Mmmmm Gud for today. Sit down and give me your five things you enjoy about WAR right now, you don't need a huge spiel o' pish about them, but lets see what you all think...


  1. i comepletly agree with all on this list.

    Smaller oRvR fights are the more enjoyable ones. But the big zergy ones are more profitable for renown atleast for me :)

  2. I half agree with point 2. No doubt Hand of Blood is awesome, despite my repeated and vigorous attempts to get myself on "Dat 'Urts" ;) and it makes a hell of a difference to the in game experience. The Alliance is picking up a fair bit now as well, which is awesome.

    But cast the net a bit wider, in the direction of, and the community experience sours considerably. For the most part a bunch of whining moaning gitz who jump flame and troll anyone and anything for any reason. Very hard to have any kind of discussion over there. It's not helped by the over-zealousness of people wanting to back up their own realm, which, well, divides the community. If you want to be all "I shan't help or talk to the enemy", go and play on a roleplay server! We're all in this together, otherwise.

    Epeen is the other big problem, and it's not a word I'm hugely familiar with (translated it as ego online?), but when you've got arrogant ****s a la Khaldar, Syndic and Ernesto berating both sides for being crap whilst overstating how amazing and imba their own guilds are and how they pwned everyone totally last night, it's extremely offputting. But then the supposedly "hardcore" players are always the first ones to throw their toys out of the pram, and the first to ragequit the game, and frankly I'm happy to see the back of most of them. As Kyus once told me, casual gamers are the backbone of any server, and I don't see any of us (I consider HoB a bunch of casual players who kick arse more than hardcore players) getting so frustrated with the game that we're leaving, and I imagine most other guilds are probably similar, so whilst we're seeing at the moment a large number of players leaving, I think this should plateau off soon, leaving enthusiastic casual gamers such as ourselves to continue the game and have some actual fun playing it.

    And that can only be good for the community overall, having players who are after fun rather than domination left over.