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The perfect annoyance

July 18, 2013 Comments off

Most of the time I try to stay positive in my posts, not go on on a rant and spit venom about various things I do not like. Most of the time.

Back when Cryptic Studios was bought by Perfect World Entertainment from Atari I was quite positive about it – it seemed that PWE was a company that had plenty of experience in the MMO space and probably a better a better place for Cryptic, than Atari.

That might still be true, from a business perspective. From a gaming perspective, from my gaming perpective, it has not gone the right way. Changes in Champions Online were clearly affected by some of the game design used in other PWE titles. Perhaps a bit more streamlined and more monetization oriented.

Not long after Cryptic “soft launched” Neverwinter Online I had a look at that game also. I was not particularly interested – high fantasy is not really my preferred theme for an MMO. But it had The Foundry and I was interested in trying it out because of that.

I have played primarily a Control Wizard in that game, up to level 30. I quite liked the combat for the wizard and some of the missions and the skirmishes were pretty fun – for an action & quick play alternative it did not feel too bad.

But with that game the whole Perfect World game mechanics and elements, which completetly turned me off the game, although I stomached it for a while. All the bling-bling with various vendors, currencies/tokens and many bits and pieces turnes the whole thing more into a mix of an amusement park and a casino, rather than a virtual game world – in particular if one spends tim in the main hub, Protector’s Enclave.

There are some nice pieces in that game, but there is simply too much of the Perfect World branding that it feels like choking on multi-coloured cotton candy. There are so many bits and pieces that annoys me with this game – a lot of it is PWE heritage to some extent, but perhaps also a few other bits and pieces.

This game is far away from what I liked about Cryptic back in the days of City of Heroes – that Cryptic is gone now I guess. Other companies may provide more of a virtual world and character expression freedom instead.

The third Khitan and AA points

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Tomorrow on July 19th Funcom is going to give an additional 40 AA (alternate advancement) points to all level 80 characters which belong to active subscribers. They did this also on May 30th, but instead of only level 80 characters receiving it all characters belonging to active subscribers received.

That was a nice bonus, but may have been a mistake from Funcom’s side. The message this time is pretty clear I think, so I do not expect charatcers below level 80 to get this.

Of my characters below level 80 I had one character, my Khitan necromancer Yasha, who was somewhat close to level 80. She was in the 60s. Since I had a pool of offline levels I did level her up in the past few days a bit, with regular play time as well as offline leveling. So she has now dinged level 80 as well, now my fourth character to reach max level in Age of ┬áConan – and my third Khitan character.

Necromancer has been pretty fun, but not a class that I find exceptional. So for level 80 game play shge will likely take back seat for a while. Still, it is nice to have reached level 80 to start time based AA training for a later time when I might progress through Khitai with her. The extra AA points tomorrow will be nice to have as well.

Yasha1

Categories: Age of Conan

Hill Walking

July 18, 2013 Comments off

Last week was a week with no gaming and for the most part disconnected from the normal world – I was on a one week holiday in Scotland to do some hill walking/hiking. This was my first time in Scotland ever and also the first time doing some serious highland walking, rather than somewhat flat lowlands.

It was a fantastic week! We started off in West Highlands of Scotland with some day trips near Ballachulish – first day was said to be the warmest day in Scotland so far this year. This was said for some of the other days the same week as well; instead of cloudy and rainy weather that seems to be somewhat common in Scotland we had great weather all week, sunny and hot. Actually, even a bit too hot for doing hill walking all day…

View of the mountain Sgurr Eilde Mor, from top of Sgor Eilde Beag.

View of the mountain Sgurr Eilde Mor, from top of Sgor Eilde Beag.

We had a great time and our local guide, Tom, was fantastic. Very good about tuning the experience for the group and with lots of knowledge about the local area, history, flora & fauna. Really nice!

Stob Dearg

Stob Dearg

We contimued later further east in Scotland, via Loch Ness to Cairngorms national park, where we did some more walks there. The slopes were a bit more gentle here and the setting a bit different from West Highlands, but great nonetheless. Temperature dropped a bit towards the end of the week, which made the walking a bit nicer.

All in all, a great week and I definiately do this again sometime! And perhaps get some use for my rain poncho that time…

CairnGorm1

Categories: hiking, Other