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The voice of Joel – Age of Conan

June 26, 2013 3 comments

In May, Funcom started a new community<->developer exchange int he forums called Your Voice. In a forum thread players post questions they would like answered, a new thread for each month. Funcom would then answer 5 of these questions each month.

The answers for May were a bit delayed; most likely because Joel Bylos became a father and he had his attention elsewhere for a few weeks. But the answers are available now, answered by Joel Bylos. And a lot more questions got answers than the stipulated 5 as well.

Some of the answers had some good and interesting information and some were just enjoyable to read – Joel B has a nice style in hos posts and that shows here as well.

All the answers from May and June can be found at Your Voice – Answered Questions in the forums.

Some answers are funny to read, for example:

9. You gonna implement GLOBAL CHAT from TSW ?

TSW has no global chat. Intentionally. Because of AoC global chat 

It seems to be a nice complement to the information provided in Game Director’s monthly letter.

Categories: Age of Conan

Adventures in Khitai

June 23, 2013 Comments off

In the past few weeks my Herald of Xotli, Zelmira, have been adventuring a bit in Khitai. Around the time of the 5th year anniversary she reached level 80. Shortly after that she started to travel a bit in Khitai.

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Entering Khitai

Khitai is part of the Rise of the Godslayer expansion for Age of Conan. With the exception of the Gateway to Khitai zone it is completely focused on gameplay at max level 80. Thus a large portion of the content in the game at level 80 is in these areas. In order to access it the expansion must be bought, plus a subscription is needed as well.

There are four zones available when entering Khitai through the Great Wall, in Gateway To Khitai:

  • Northern Grasslands
  • Chosain Province
  • Kara Korum
  • Paikang

As one quickly notices, these have a distinctly far east flavour. The scenery is beautiful and also fits with the setting. There is a main story arc that takes you into Khitai, which starts with King Conan. A number of assassination attempts have been made against Conan, with assassins from Khitai. Conan wants you to go undercover and find out the reason behind all this. As part of this mission one will meet with other agents and also a need to befriend some of the locals in Khitai. This leads into the Khitai factions gameplay.

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Categories: Age of Conan

A Khitan final ding

June 9, 2013 1 comment

Today Senmei, my demonologist, reached max level 80 in Age of Conan. As a Khitan, she has now headed off to see her old home country again, after traveling around in Hyboria for around 40 levels.

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From my experience with my first level 80, Zelmira, I nudged Senmei a bit at various stages a bit with the offline leveling system – maybe about 10 levels in total, during various times. This was to skip some content – some which were less fun, but also some content which I do not want to repeat with every character.

There was also some content which I had not done before, for example the Coast of Ardashir zone (low 50s zone mainly when it comes to questing). The demonologist is a bit more traditional mage character when compared to other MMOs and thus quite unlike the Herald of Xotli. Quite enjoyable though I think, even though I like Herald of Xotli better.

Next of the agenda though is to get back to Kheshatta and do the level 80 Destiny quest and defeat The Grim Grey God

The lovely city of Kheshatta..

The lovely city of Kheshatta..

This final ding is kind of a special occasion, because it is the second fantasy MMO that I reached max level with more than one character. The first one was Guild Wars – although in Guild Wars one reaches max level by the time one takes off the training wheels for the character. One has barely started playing when reaching level 20 there.

In Age of Conan’s case I still enjoy playing it, both with alts and also with the level 80 characters. Even though there is certainly a raiding end game in Age of Conan, that is not the only thing to do at level 80. But more on that later. For now, it is nice to have reached this milestone also.

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The Grim Grey God

June 1, 2013 1 comment

About 10 days ago I reached level 80 wuth my Herald of Xotli, but it was not until today I decided to complete my level 80 Destiny question mission. This started off with chatting with Kalanthes in Kheshatta, doing some errands. After that it was time for the real mission, to defeat the Grim Grey God (GGG).

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Defeating gods are not the usual task on the menu, even for MMO heroes, so how to deal with it? It turns out there are a set of tablets located in a couple of sarcophagi that will help weaken and destroy GGG – so that is what we need to pick up. A god is not much without any worshippers though, so there are are some local cultists to defeat.

It starts pretty easy with a few regular mobs. After defeating the initial set of mobs one of the sarcophagus can be opened to get the tablet and that can then be placed at a certain location to weaken GGG. After placing the tablets there are reinforcements arriving, which becomes a bit tougher. However, each sarcophagus also gives a boost to the character, which helps with the enemies.

After some rounds of picking up tablets, Toth-Amon pops in and he is a bit annoyed with the whole situation. He summons a magic wave/field that pulsates though the area at regular intervals. If one is hit by this wave, on of the buffs receive from the sarcophagi is removed.

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The summoned enemies keeps getting tougher and Toth-Amon’s heralds appear. These are group enemies and a bunch of them, which means one needs the different sarcophagi buffs in order to beat them up.  This part ended up a bit tricky for me, since I had managed to get debuffed by the magic wave – I had a bit of trouble picking up the buffs again before being jumped at by multiple heralds.

Eventually that worked out though and the heralds were pulled and beaten one by one, away from the magic wave, afer running around to get the buffs in place again.

Then it is time for an incarnation of GGG to appear, also he a group mob. That fight took a bit of time, but eventually it succeeded and GGG was no more.

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Similar to the other destiny missions bthere were some specific mechanics in place, with both the buffs and the magic wave in this case.  I liked it, as I have liked the other Destiny quests. This one was bit longer than the other s. It did a pretty good job I think in projecting a sense of growing power and some challenges.

It was a nice mission. Now I am left with a mixed feeling of completion, as well as time for new exploration.  One does not defeat gods everyday, last time I did that was with a character in Guild Wars Nightfall.

I would have loved it if the Destiny quests had been a bit more extensive than just a couple of quest at min levels every now and then and a bit more like the Guild Wars campaign in terms of scope.  But the few missions that were part of it were reasonably good.

Next stop, Khitai.

Categories: Age of Conan