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The third story arc

May 4, 2009

I have now published my third story arc in City of Heries/Villains, The Soul Harvest (see story arc page). Aimed at higher level characters (level 40+) with a story that I hope will be reasonably enjoyable to play though. For me the process of creating story arcs in the game is the most fun solo activity in the game. It can be very addictive when one gets into a “creative mindset” and I have easily been sitting some fairly long sessions losing track of time and had a difficult time to take a break in the middle.

Taking a break from a regular play session is much easier. I have spent a fair amount of time playing Mission Architect story arcs in City of Heroes/Villains – not more play time than usual, but it has been very focused on almost only this MMO in the past month. 

The game mechanics are still the same in the Mission Architect missions, which provides a significant risk that it will all be consider more of the same. For me some of the good story focused missions are the ones that help here – with good enough story telling the details of the mechanics tend to go a bit into obscurity, because they are just things that bring the pirces of the story together.

Unfortunately many of the missions does not do a good job to direct the mind to other things than the mechanics. Playing a few so-and-so or bad story arcs usually end up with logging out.


The Soul Harvest story arc

The Soul Harvest story arc

With the third story arc in place there are no more spots left for new story arcs on my account. So what will happen next from a story arc writing perspective is something I have to think about. While my first two story arcs have had positive ratings from most that rated them (4-5 stars) but there has also been some that did not like them and gave them low ratings. But the amount of votes have been small. Given the amount and rating of votes I have recieved so far I think one of the arcs could end up in Hall of Fame sometime in 2012 and the other some sometime in 2015. That is a little bit long to wait for another slot to write a new story arc.

We will see what happens – I am curious to see what changes Paragon Studios might be doing for the next content update of the game.

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  1. May 5, 2009 at 00:06

    What are the names of your arcs? Are any of them suitable for low level (10-20) characters?

  2. Yeebo
    May 5, 2009 at 02:53

    Ahh, then linky. Would have been more clear if the link was on “third story arc” rather then the name of your last arc. In any case, I’ll give missing genetecist a try (sadly, my highest toon is only 20).

    And totally agree with you on the storytelling. Some of it is quite good, and some of it is pretty poor. On the balance the free trial weekend got me hooked again. Definitely having a ton more fun than the last time I tried it.

  3. May 5, 2009 at 06:09

    Can adjust the linky part.

    I have generally done a mix of picking missions from various lists (e.g. EU forums, City of Guides site etc) and picking some unrated arcs, plus a few 3-5 star rated ones.

    Reading title and descripton filters out a lot for me in the latter two cases, can take a bit of time to get something that sounds good.

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