State of the game: DAoC

Dark Age of Camelot screenshot

the Venerable DAoC courtesy of 2p.com

In their producer’s letter nearly a month ago, the DAoC devs gave detailed summaries for the game’s ongoing development through the summer and also their fall outlook.

Rather than rehash those, the letter from producer John Thornhill can be read here.

Once patch 1.125 has released, the devs say they be shifting development resources towards the Endless Conquest update. To recap: Endless Conquest will provide a way to enjoy Dark Age of Camelot without a subscription cost.

I have mixed feelings about this, on the one hand I am all for more players experiencing the thrills of DAoC and about the possibility of having more people try out the game. On the other hand, I worry about the overall population being impacted on the main Ywain server.

As mentioned in some previous “Grab Bags” (which is a column in which the devs periodically answer questions from players)  this option will now be made available to returning and new accounts rather than just newly created ones. This change does increase the scope of the Endless Conquest update considerably but devs stated they strongly believe it’s the right way forward for Dark Age of Camelot!

Once patch 1.125 is out, the plan is for the devs to continue updating the Endless Conquest page with their new plans and a new list of EC-account restrictions. With these new Endless Conquest plans and the delay to patch 1.125, the devs no longer expect to release the Endless Conquest update in 2018 and are instead targeting the first half of 2019. I guess this means I will be subbing to play DAoC for the balance of 2018, something I don’t mind doing if it means supporting this wonderful gaming experience.

The devs concluded their fall outlook report by stating they be providing content Hot Fix updates throughout the intervening period while they work on the Endless Conquest and there are several events to look forward to too

  • A new Fall Harvest event!
  • DAoC’s 17th Anniversary celebration! (Happy anniversary to our venerable and wonderful mmorpg)
  • The Mournful King and Jack Frost instances!
  • The usual Holiday events
  • Realm Point and Bounty Point bonuses!

Lastly, Thornhill mentioned they also hope to have the new Camelot website ready by this Fall, in the wake of the new forum previously rolled out.

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Retro gaming blog is back after 18+ month hiatus

warchief

Nearly a month ago I logged on to my email only to find an invite to the Battle for Azeroth alpha buried deep within the promotional folder of my inbox. Needless to say I downloaded the game but I was disappointed to learn that my gaming laptop was not up to the graphical standards to run the game properly, so I was unable to participate in alpha.

This was probably a blessing in disguise as I do not see myself rushing out to buy a new computer solely for the purposes of playing wow in the foreseeable future. Further, I have been having a decent amount of fun lately trying out new alts in my favorite vanilla server and gaming with like minded folks who enjoy the classic version of the game as much as I do.

I like to start off with warriors and I even rolled a human in the Alliance just to try a new experience because I am horde almost every time, being the superior faction but I wanted to try a few different quests so playing Alliance as long as it’s not doing pvp is permissible. The only drawback is that there is none of the additional races that came after Burning Crusade, unless you join special servers for that, so no goblins, no blood elves and no pandas. I am OK with that last one.

I have also been busy alternating between vanilla and DDO. Doing lower level quests in hopes of advancing my toons in DDO is great fun, especially when I can join a guild to help me in my way. Before I used to worry about such nonsense as leveling to cap (I think it’s over 25 now) or making the perfect build, but now I just run dungeons in different settings, normal to elite whenever I can and make progress and have fun, because having fun is the name of the game. DDO is a lot more fun than Neverwinter because it makes it easier to group and I love the instanced dungeons, narrations and opportunity to create PUGS or run a dungeon with a hireling. Also DDO feels more like true D&D to me because of its being based on 3.5 rules set whereas Neverwinter is based on 4th edition rules. Not that it matters much since the latter is mostly hack and slash and questing with pvp thrown in for good measure.

There is no PvP in DDO it makes up for it with a fantastic instanced PvE.

I will be reporting back with other gaming projects as well as my progress on both vanilla and DDO and maybe throw in some Neverwinter and DAoC for good measure. DAoC will offer a free to play version with some limitations to try out some different classes and races in the fall, so I plan to take full advantage of that, but until then I will probably sub in August. I don’t really like Uthgard.

See you all out in classic Azeroth,  Eberron, Neverwinter and wherever else I can scratch my itch for classic mmo games.

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Elysium pvp project brings in 9K: If you build it they will indeed come.

elysium project launch day

I thought it would be the end of my retro mmo blogging and playing, but I have decided to keep on keeping on, in light of the successful launch of the new Elysium vanilla wow project this past Saturday. Although it did not start out that way. Here’s how it went down:

I stayed up the night before binge watching “Firefly” eps on Hulu, but I remembered the server was set to open so I took to Twitter and Reddit to see how the launch was going. Evidently it did not go smooth, but what mmorpg launch ever does? Right, so I tried creating a character, but the website was down. Players were already making memes and complaining about not being able to log in when this popped up on my Twitter feed:

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Then this a bit later:

elysium twitter feed on luanch day

It’s good that they had a cap, because even though I was planning to roll on the pvp server, there was a rather large queue evidently and those who did get it were reporting major lag.

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elysium twitter message on server

I waited and still nothing, so I thought I would go to lunch and try back in a few hours. Then this when I tested the website, I got this:

elysium launch twitter message

I got some grub, ran errands, took a nap, it was a nice day out, sunny, I should have been outdoors I thought, not struggling to join other wow nerds on a fresh vanilla server, but the thought of being there just was too strong, I briefly considered logging on Kronos because that launch screen music was getting me in the mood to grind some mobs.

Then finally, miraculously it seemed, I got past the queue! No small feat mind you. At one point all I saw was this:

Nos-Elysium logging screen

But persistence is rewarded, I am happy to report that by prime time, I had already advanced 2 levels, no small feet considering the number of peeps who crowded onto the pvp realm:

Elysium vanilla server population day 1

So there you have it, at last count right before I reached level 3 with my undead warlock, at 3 a.m. PST, there were that many players enjoying the questing, the grind from 1-5 was real!! See you all in Azeroth!!!

elysium pvp day 1

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End of retro blogging?

I have decided for the time being, this retrommo blog is goin on hiatus.

I may reactivate it down the line, but primarily I am focusing on trying to have all my writing re. gaming and geek culture on one platform, so head over to medium.com/goblin-fodder to read my ruminations and rants on gaming. Especially vanilla wow, which I am currently into. I will cover and talk about all mmos once more though, not just retro mmos.

It has been fun to write about retro mmos, but one main reason I am switching, other than my ramblings have been all over different blogs and platforms, is due to the fact there is such easy integration between medium and twitter, and I like to tweet my links. Also, the medium publishing platform, though underrated is almost as good as WP. See you all on the goblin fodder!!!

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Nostalrius is coming back

This is not breaking news or anything.

I have been very busy, I moved from New Mexico back to California, and I stopped playing Everquest because I was busy with RL stuff. Maeru left the guild, not sure if she is even playing these days, so it looks like my elf pally in EQ will languish for a while unless I get the urge to play him again or to hang with my EQ guild mates, but they are so much higher level than I am, it’s not as much fun.

For a while I considered rolling an orc just because it might be fun to try a new race and class combo.

In the interim, last week it was announced that Nos was coming back in several weeks.

Wham! Yes! sign me up!!

Personally, I agree with Youtuber Kiyev who says it would be awesome if the server opens on the same day as the original wow release date back in 2004 (Although it was Nov. 23, not the 24th as mentioned in the video!)

Can’t wait to start the leveling on the pvp server when Nos finally comes back.

 

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Wandering Norrath with Maeru once again on Vox

Sorry I have not updated in almost two weeks, but the static had been kind of inactive for a while, and work and some life changes got in the way of mmorpging again, but tonight I was reunited with Maeru who had leapfrogged to 19 on her bard, while I was still sort of floundering at 12.

I took Sunday night off just to play face to face with a 5E D&D group which my friend Keith put together. Our static runs Tuesday and Sunday nights but I will attempt to play every nigh this week in an effort to get Erolith up to speed and to catch up with Maeru.

wanderingnorrathians

Wandering through Norrath is twice as fun with Maeru almost every time.

Though we were in different zones, soon enough we ventured out to CR and took on bog rats and snake MOBs. The group xp was great, progressed to 14 where I currently sit with my Paladin. In Maeru’s absence I was back in Azeroth leveling my alts, but vanilla is so punishing that I can usually only progress a few levels at a time with my hunter, until I get tired of the endeavor.

We all know that being in a guild is really advantageous and fun and I got an officer to invite Maeru, so in addition to being in the static, we are now both Wandering Norrathians. I think AC, as in most mmos and RPGs plays a big part in survival because in our encounter with the bog rats, once we pulled a few I got one shot from 30 percent down to zero before I had a chance to turn tail and run. I figured I was easy fodder for them once we over committed because my AC was something like 311 and hers like 441. I attributed it to the discrepancy in AC because she was several levels above me, though long time EQ players can correct me if I am in error.

Mauru had to run to the zone and at one point was pulling a train of 7 rats back to CR. LMAO. Good times. I think I may try to venture into Everfrost Peaks and try to gain one more level before calling it a day.

 

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Erolith the elf paladin journeys forth.Wandering in Norrath with my static and the Wandering Norrath guild

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Erolith, the level 12 paladin left the Charon guild to join a more active one and is now a member of the Wandering Norrathians on Vox. My new guildmates welcomed me into their fold and equipped me with some sweet gear at no cost including that spiffy new helm I am sporting.

Meanwhile, the other night I went exploring with Mareu again. We zoned over to Halas which is pretty snowy and nordic looking. It obviously reminded me of New Halas on EQ2, only this zone has more atmosphere, despite its cubic pixilated aesthetic in some parts.

I am liking everything about this zone and about exploration in EQ. What I have noticed is that I have more fun when I am questing with the static group, which currently only consists of me and Mareu, but which we will try to beef up soon. We both agree that it gets a little boring solo questing, although I was able to focus on killing mobs for another level tonight despite my friend’s absence.

I am not sure what max level is for EQ these days, I want to say 105, and if so I have a long way to go as I plan to level Erolith all the way to cap.

However, being a bit of an altholic, I may take a break after dinging 20 to see what other fun class/race combinations I can play with. I may even venture forth and play some vanilla or DAoC.

I also plan to collect a few useful guides for both EQ and other retro mmos and link them here on the blog in the days to come. I like this n00b’s journey through Norrath in the Everquest Online Adventures Nostalgia channel made a year ago, so I will try to link a few cool vids like this one from time to time.

I sure hope Mareu comes back soon, it is hard to run a static group during the week because work and RL gets in the way, but let’s see how far I can solo the paladin on my own.

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