Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
- Make Hateful Strike baseline (no tactic) apply a toughness buff at 15% / 30% / 50% based on hate. Move "Unstopable Fury" (anti-dispel) to the Tactic's place in the defensive tree
- Remove the 5sec Cooldown on Feeding the Weak. If the heal seems too much, make the augmentation a 'Remove Armor Penetration' self buff based on Hate (30h-25%, 60h-50%, 90h-75%) to increase survivabilty.
- Change Murderous Wrath (25% armor ignore) to a Hate based Mechanic (30h-25%, 60h-50%, 90h-75%)... this could be made a Tactic for balance purposes (testing) http://wardb.com/spell.aspx?id=9323
- Change Elite Traning (Anguish / Anti-Magic tree) to: For 10 seconds, your elite training allows you to weather the magical onslaught of your foes, increasing your magic resistances base on your hate: 30h-10%, 60h-20%, 90h-30%, Then make that duration effected by Pitiless Feeding (+10sec Duration)
- (*Bug Fix*) Make Monsterous Rending effect targets up to 15ft away (instead of no range, as it is now)
- Change Blade of Rhuin - Remove block Pre-Req: You slice into your enemy, hitting for 100 damage and cripple them based on hate: 30h -200dmg / 5 sec, 60h - 575/ 5sec. (no 90Hate... 15 hate cost)
- Mind Killer - Increase the amount of the debuff by 100%, increase the AP cost to 40AP.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Been a while since I posted; sorry =/
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
- Decrease Scenario RP/XP Gain by Half. You want people in the "frontiers"? Then you've gotta take scenario's down to where Open RvR is more 'profitable'.
- RvR Token-Based Loot Dungeon Accessible by only the Realm with the most Keeps locked down. Give people an incentive to RvR and take and hold keeps.... This is DF from DAoC.
- Relics - Give the realms something to REALLY fight for. Make Fortress and The Maw the equivalent of Relic keeps from DAoC; have relics be influencial in RvR too (+5% damage, +5% healing).
- RvR 'missions' / rewards - Since we're such a Carrot - stick -horse MMO generation now. Give defenders an incentive to defend Keeps in the form of RP's / XPs. Make Battlefield objectives = 500xp per level of character, and Keeps = 750xp per level of Character.
- RvR Kill Collectors - Make certain areas (keeps and BO's) Yield Kill-Collector "kills" for the defending realm. Turnin-able at something like 100 renown / 400 xp per kill.
- REALM ABILITIES - Give the playerbase a REAL reason to hit rr80. Give abilities like IP/Purge/Det/Charge instead of all these meaningless, tiny passive bonuses.
- Passive Keep Bonuses - Make each Keep controlled, over 2, provide bonuses to the realm.
4th Keep controlled - +5% Xp in RvR
5th Keep Controlled - +5% AP for the entire realm
- Zone Contribution - Take PvE out of any zone locking contribution. WAR is about War being EVERYWHERE, and is RvR-Centric. PvE Public Quests should not influence how a zone is controlled, RvR wise. Make war, and zone control, all about getting out in your RvR area and TAKING objectives & keeps, and killing people
- Bounty Point / Fame system - already appears to be being talked about. But have another 'experience' tier (BP's or Fame) that can be traded in for Potions, siege equipment, Keep-upgrade funds, etc.
Monday, November 24, 2008
This really isn't a WAR post... WAR will be referenced, but so will WoW and DAoC as well; I'll probably throw in some EQ and UO for spice and flavor.
Ok, so a post on VN got me thinking.. this guy posted about why WAR has kind of not lived up to some people's expectations, and just about the state of MMO's in general right now.
History lesson, and I'm not MMO history expert.. in fact, I'm probably in my MMO Mid-Life-Crisis, and not an 'old timer'.
Back in the day, the first big mainstream MMO's were Everquest and Ultima Online. These are the holy grails of MMO's... EQ *defined* the PvE Experience, and it was what Brought to life D&D and MUDs in a very real, graphical sense. It set the standard on how the combat system was to work, how Mana / Hits worked in a game environment, experience and leveling speeds, class balance and synergy and 'bosses' or raiding. Most of all functions and framework for any modern MMO's PvE experience can be attributed to lessons learned and discovery made during EQ's time as the prime-MMO... and to the naysayers: EQ must have done something right; there’s still people playing on their servers, and its about to be 2009. PvP.. this was defined by U.O... the Pace of PvP, skill level involved, skill sets required by certain classes, and roles filled in a group. Unfortunately, I never really had the opportunity to play UO, which I really regret.
So these were the basic MMO's... the crowd playing them was pretty young/green. But as UO and EQ progressed... the player base got more mature, and more what is termed, Min-Maxed based. People wanted to know the formulas behind the game, they wanted more complexity, they wanted more depth in Combat and Content, and they wanted more skills required of the player and less repetitious (spelling?) button mashing. They wanted a defining rift between the haves and the have-nots... people who took the time to max their character, learn the strengths and weaknesses, and figure out the complexities of the games SHOULD have a distinct advantage.
Then came DAoC.. this was the by-product of a player base asking for more complexity. To date, I really don't think there is a more complex (save *maybe* AoC.. but I don't think so) combat and casting system. Players had to worry about multiple stats, resists, buffs, buffbots, potions, positional, reactive, realm abilities, charges, timers, procs... there was a plethora of information to see, process and react too during combat. At it's peak, DAoC saw a subscription base of about 250,000 people.. and was the first "RvR and Siege"-centric MMO to date. No one had even touched some of the Ideas that Mythic introduced in DAoC... from Keep sieges, to RvR-managed dungeons, massive RvR battles, relics... these were all new and fresh ideas introduced because of a demand from the player base. DAoC was, thru the SI expansion, Community-Centric... the community rallied behind one another... responding to Frontier calls, RvR keep sieges, relic raids and Emain-Roaming.
Fast forward November 24, 2004; World of Warcraft is released. WoW, I personally think, can be attributed to the most massive set back in gamer-thought and culture since the advent of the modern computer game. WoW introduced the MMO genre to (yes 11 million people worldwide) about 3 million new players between the US and Europe. WoW introduced a new-player 'friendly' combat system and interface, along with simplistic skills sets, easy to learn combat mechanics, minimal stats and requirement for character knowledge. While this was great for MMO exposure, it set the mind-set of the playerbase back to the EQ era. People entirely new to the genre where put off by the complexities of DAoC, EQ and UO. In terms of PvP, no one wanted any lingering or detrimental effects associated with events such as loosing or death... WoW had no death penalty and Global PvP ment little in terms of progression. There was no "realm pride".. now the community was divided into a subset of guilds, with the only commonality between players on the same 'realm' were aesthetics. Players didn't demand a combat system that rewarded skill and reaction; but one that padded mistakes and was more forgiving towards beginners. Community, complexity and.. responsibility... were tossed out the window in WoW, in favor for a larger player base and more money.
Money does in fact, drive a business. And the shift proved great for Blizzard, good for them. However, 11 Million subscribers has proven to be a paradigm-shift for the MMO genre in general. Now every MMO must compare and compete with WoW; lets face it... it's the 800lb gorilla in the room, you can't afford to ignore it.
Now, since 2004 there has been a lot complaints about WoW. Their player base hasn't shown to be terribly dedicated as it experiencing an ebb-and-flow with each new MMO release. Their players are eagerly awaiting the next-best thing. However, it hasn't been delivered. MMO companies are too set in trying to compete with WoW in Blizzard’s arena instead of thinking outside the box and coming up with something new and innovative.
I thought WAR was going to be the new innovation. I mean honestly, it's a Mythic Product. The people who INVENTED RvR, Class balance in RvR Scenarios, RvR dungeons and half of the skills found in modern MMOs. As much of a Mythic fanboy as I am, and a WAR-addict... Mythic really missed a great opportunity. They Missed the mark... they tried to take WoW, a PvE focused game... sling some new paint, new carpet and some landscaping on it, and make it an RvR game. What they said on paper really hooked a lot of people; the game had over 800K people sign up for the Beta for crying out loud. People are DESPERATE to get away from the treadmills that MMO's have become! Yet... post-release and taking a 2month look back at the game, there's too many points that they really missed the mark on; and now their subscription base is showing signs of dwindling because of it (in conjunction with a WoW Expansion pack). Mythic took the same path as Blizzard... and instead of adopting a complex combat system; they went with an AP based, low-mechanics, few-stat combat system that uses casting on the run, a lot of instas, and very few interrupts... and now they’re seeing the detrimental effects of it (trouble balancing RDPS with MDPS). And the great, seemingly innovative RvR systems they had touted, have kind of fallen to the wayside and many people see no incentive to RvR in the open and prefer the Mini-games that scenarios have become. The entire 'tiered' system subdivides the community on a 3x4 basis, per realm... so there's very little community interaction, outside of either your Guild or a Premade. RvR is essentially pointless, as the keeps and battlefield objectives play little part in terms of zone capture... PvE Questing and Scenario's play just as much of a role; so the need to go capture keeps and objectives is small. City sieges, the massive and epic battles that were touted pre-beta...turns out are a collection of PQ's, in which the opposing side race to complete PvE objectives quickly.. and that determines if the city is sacked or not; which seems backwards given its an RvR focused game. And the PvE, even for PvE, is very repetitious and boring...
Don't take the previous statement as saying that I don't like WAR, or I'm a WAR naysayer. I'm not; I fully enjoy WAR and it's the best MMO out there right now... but it didn't really live up to its expectations, from an older-gamers’ perspective. Before we see another DAoC-esque innovation in the MMO game-space, the Collective WoW mentality is going to have to grow up. Maybe they're showing signs of it; they're not loyal to WoW by any means... but they're just not there yet. I think as time progresses, its going to become harder and harder for innovation to shine through, however, because investors are driving game development now (the game industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, achieving higher level or revenues that film now) and they've seen what the WoW model has done. Hopefully tho... a small, idealistic development company can not succumb to investor's whims and produce a quality, innovative and complex MMO and propel the mindset of the current MMO generation to the level that we should currently be at.
Mythic did it in 2000/2001... hopefully, either they or someone else, can do it again.
SUMMARY: The post was NOT really (I got off on a tangent) directed toward my feelings at the shortcomings of WAR, its moreso how WoW and it's mentality have really set back the progression of innovative MMO thought and gameplay with the advent of simplistic, forgiving combat systems, and a diluted community based around gear and self-centeredne
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Whats something that democrats are fans of? (all together) firearms!
So, knowing that... should we prep ourselves for the two, more than likely, years that they'll have control of all three? Last time we saw a Democratic controlled house, senate and white house was the passage of the Brady Bill, which placed massive restrictions on firearm sales and the classifications of "assault weapons"... because we all know that criminals use M4's and M-14's.... and they buy them all from legit dealers too.
Anyways, this isn't a Brady Bill Rant... I've been trying to save up, in conjunction with paying for a new computer, bills, a honeymoon, cash, over-paying bills... for something "extra". Before Nov 4th, I was thinking probably a 28" LCD monitor and give my 22" to Jill (extra 19" wide anyone?). I've talked about getting an Civilian version of an M-4 though.
Sure.. the M-4 ISN'T practical.. and YES, I already have an AK-47. Still, the thing is, I can buy a 28" monitor after January 20th... the Brady Bill was in effect for 8 years, and during that time there was a restriction on what rifles you could buy; so after Jan 20, I may not be able to buy that M-4.
Do I *need* it? No
Do I have a real use for it, practical or impractical? Not really, aside from Range time.
But.. if they told you that something you greatly desire was about to become illegal, would you buy it just so you could have it before it became unavailable for the next 8years? Computers would be a great example.... computers are *essential*, they're just a nice-to-have.. so if they were making computers illegal, would you buy one?
Remember, it's a large investment too... $900 for the rifle I'd like.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
CJ texted me saying I had to read MBJ's latest post.
Turns out, Mythic listened to the community.
MBJ posted addressing serveral of the issues that have popped up in the 71 page thread generated from his original post over the past day. Sweeping, community-based changes that really will help keep some subs under their belt as Wrath's release date steadily approaches.
BW's and Sorcs will have their crit chance reduced with added combustion
Sorc's Word of Pain (Bomb-stack) will change from a 3 application w/will power buff to a single application with a resist debuff. Changed the 2sec cast Silence to an Insta to match the BW's.
Change grudge generation from 5 / 3 /1 to 10 / 5 /3 along with lowering the required amount of grudge for a few abilities
Decreased the Large heal from 3seconds to 2.5 and reduced the interupt/set back chance to 50%
Melee healers - increases the channeled melee heal from 250% to 350% of damage dealt.
Chosen - Acknowledge a high potential of class bugs along with altering Stats that effect some abilities (Quake, Blast Wave and Bane shield) from INT to STR.
"altering aura code" to make them more twistable
Marauders - Revise the stats that effect some abilities from INT to STR
Thank. you. Mythic.
These changes were several of which the community were asking for. Its really nice to see that they are listening to what the community is asking for.
I recant in an OBama-esque style (he too back his middle class tax cuts) on my last post. Mythic, 1.05 and 1.1 are really shaping up.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Hope and Change – Change and Hope.
ok… so I am going to speak here as honestly as a can knowing that some of my closest friends are actually democrats and if you get your feelings hurt… I am sorry in advance.
I have no idea how this bullshit actually won an election.
Does that mean I didn’t see it coming?
No, I knew that McCain is doomed.
McCain can’t speak to the masses.
McCain has no charisma.
Besides, McCain wanted you to pick your fate. He wanted you to make your own decisions. He wanted you to be responsible for your own actions.
Generally speaking, when you’re voting for your public representatives you pick the lesser of two evils.
I wanted a President not a MESSIAH.
It made me sick to my stomach to see the glazed over eyes at Barak Obama’s speech tonight. He is just a man.
What is this that Obama has that sucks you in?
How do you honestly buy into his bullshit?
Is it because he looks nice/handsome?
Is it because he is black?
Is it because he gives nice flowery speeches?
Is it because he promises you the moon?
Sure those are all nice to have but….
Unfortunately, those are not good reasons to elect a President of the Free world.
Did I like Bush? No. He was a dumbass.
Fortunately, on the things that mattered to me, he bumbled by.
‘Freedom’ is a word also that Bush overused.
He made it meaningless in speeches and we all rolled our eyes when we heard it.
This is probably his greatest offense to the United States of America.
We are free to try, we are free to dream, we are entitled to basic rights; and those freedoms people will-and have-died to protect.
We are also free to fail, we are free to not pay our mortgage, we are free to go out of business, and we are only promised the freedom of the PURSUIT of happiness.
So now Obama has promised you EVERYTHING, and you’ve bought it.
You’re happy tonight. You have accomplished the impossible.
You’ve elected a great ‘charisma’ into the White House.
What do we know about Barak Obama as an executive leader?
Not a whole lot.
What has Obama already accomplished?
Not a whole lot.
So go ahead. Pat yourself on the back. You’ve accomplished something tonight.
But don’t preach to me.
Don’t tell me Obama is going to change things.
Don’t tell me Obama is going to bring hope.
Don’t tell me YES WE CAN.
ACTIONS…. ACTIONS…. ACTIONS…. Speak louder than words.
You’re now the commander in two wars (justified or not) and men and women have fought and DIED for America’s interests.
Don’t you dare sell out the people of the United States of America to the jurisdiction of the United Nations and “The World”.
Don’t you dare be intimated by radical Islam in the world that would love to see every man and woman in America dead or converted
Don’t you dare fall asleep and fail to protect America.
Don’t you dare sell this country (further) out to socialism.
Don’t you dare infringe upon rights given to us.
Don’t you dare forgive the lazy by punishing the hardworking.
Taxes are taxes and are as inevitable as death, but don’t you dare let us, the American people, find your promises empty and your judgment lacking in the next 4 years.
Too many people have given too much for you to sell it away in the name of ‘Hope and Change’
And Mr. Obama your judgment awaits you the next 4 years… And you have some VERY big promises to fulfill.
I may add something to this in a little bit; other thoughts and stuff... but I've gotta run right now.