A Joke Post

To all of those surprised the World First(!!!!) capture of Karl Franz hasn’t made Mythic’s homepage or the Herald, I have simply one thing to say:

Mythic hate Europe!

(and yes, I did feel the need to openly say this was comedic in intent, even if it’s a phrase I’ve repeated many many times in seriousness)

NB: You can read GOA’s write-up on the event here, along with some screenshots.

Inside the guild officers’ room

For those who can’t get into the Officers’ Room in Sigmar’s Hammer, here’s a couple of pics of what you’re missing:

As you can see, it’s kind of nice, with a raised chair on a plinth and plenty of food/wine and many stuffed animals. Um, not that we’ve used it for a meeting yet, but I can imagine a time when we might!

Back to Altdorf

Ah yes, our server has Rank 5 Altdorf. Not noticed a huge difference, but until I get my Sigmar’s Hammer scroll (work harder guild!) I don’t go there all that much. Of course, we did pop in to see Felix and Gotrek:

and they gave us a quest to go visit the giggling psychos at the Bright Wizard College. Think I’m joking? Take a look at this photographic evidence:

I’m sure we’ll be back and investigating there soon! It’s nice to see the City at 5 stars, it’s certainly a lot noisier now, and we hope it can stay that way for a very long time, not least to give full access to quests and the like for newcomers. If there’s anything else we should check out, let us know!

ps. saw some mounted guards today – very flash!

Art mirrors life

I and both my sisters went to check out Rank 4 Altdorf this morning, we’re all awake disgustingly early so  mornings are a good time to find all 3 of us in one place. Altdorf was that place. Our first stop was the library, cheered by the idea that we could now open the doors that said Altdorf had to be rank 4 for them to open. Inside we found a book, with a quest.. to find more books. Now, I’m a trained librarian. This appeals to me. The Altdorf Library has shocking organisation however, so it took a while to find the volumes requested. I was a little too happy that I found them before my sisters did. Library pride was satisfied.

Then we went to do the steamtank PQ I remembered from beta. Spinks is an trained engineer (albeit not THAT kind of engineer), so we got a kick from doing an engineer-y quest so soon after the library quests which matched my qualifications and work.

My other sister is a Social Worker. Harder to match in-game perhaps. But since we needed to go to the Blowhole anyway, we started the Bar-room Brawl PQ, just so I could joke that dealing with drunken ruffians who got into fights over a pint of beer was obviously the Social Work quest – a bit of outreach. This one was definitely more of a stretch, but we left – amused that we’d almost managed to match our real-life studies with in-game quests. (That being said, maybe providing food for under-nourished ogres is more Social Work – we did that too!)

City Siege bugs – squished

We were discussing last night our reactions to the first City Siege which took place on Karak Eight-Peaks on October 1st and whipped up some of the worst fears out there about population imbalance. It got a lot of press, let’s put it that way! And we didn’t really post much about our reactions to it, because it was all so fresh at the time. Suffice it to say both Spinks and myself take the approach of – obviously broken, Mythic will fix it. It was more like a hark back to beta, players managed to find something wrong, devs will look into it.

And lo and behold, a couple of days later we get the response we expected. This wasn’t supposed to happen (thanks Sugarcubes – extra points if you get that reference), and the things that let it happen as it did have been tweaked.

They were able to get in through the postern (back) door of the one of the fortresses which is ordinarily only accessible to the defending side therefore bypassing many of the defenses and guards they’d have to get through to achieve access to the Fortress’ Lord.

In addition the timer to lock down two Fortresses in any two of the three pairings (which is how you unlock the city for assault) was set incorrectly at 36 hours instead of 12.

We have also recently increased the difficulty of Fortress Guards and Lords to create an even more challenging experience.

Couple these with a lack of defending players and it’s clear how they were able to assault the city.

James goes on to note:

The city itself worked perfectly as designed and the attacking force was unable to defeat a single Public Quest within barring them from locking the city down and gaining access to the King.

Let’s make no mistake, the game is officially only around 2 weeks old, and while we’ve all be lulled into security by the smoothness of the launch, there are bound to be other bugs and exploits that are dotted throughout and will need quick fixes. What matters is that the devs note them and fix them, and that we, as players, report them. I actually found an exploit while messing around on a Witch Hunter, and I’ve reported it. Let’s keep that up and not stress out too much about those who find them, it’s all helping make the game better going forward.

I guarantee there will be more and more attempts to capture cities as the weeks roll on and the strong Destruction sides (especially) give it a go. Bring it on, I say. And let’s look forward to the first reports of attacks on the Inevitable City!

First City Siege?

Well, it’s the first one we have heard about. Destruction locked down the two dwarf and elf fortresses in a late night siege and have been assaulting Altdorf on Karak Eight Peaks (EU). It’s worth knowing that this is one of the most heavily populated EU servers which regularly has queues for both sides.

Here’s some threads about it, and here and another one hereAnd another.

This is a lot sooner than the months Mythic was predicting. And we have to wonder whether it will start a trend for Destruction to dominate on all servers.

Things we love about the game: no. 42

Quality moments catching people on the toilet in Altdorf. Stand too close and you can hear straining noises. No really.

There were tears, but there were also a couple of laughs

Yesterday our guild got formed. For Order characters we found (what we believe) to be the best way to do this fast. Get your 6 people grouped up and get 50 brass each to fly to Altdorf – Flight Masters are at the War Camps. In Altdorf, head to Market Square and pick up the quest to go visit famous locales (Bright Wizard College, Docks, Temple of Sigmar, Emperor’s Palace). Hand in, get 25 silver each. Head to Guild Registrar and make the guild (it costs 50 silver).

Now, we were quite excited about all this, despite woes about the entire guild not being around to share the moment. So excited that we decided to give everyone invite power, so we could grab people as soon as they got in. We quickly found ourselves logging in on top of one another and going invite-crazy.

So crazy that a couple of people got invited purely cos the character names they picked matched up with forum names of our guild members. Oops. Cue much hilarity on Teamspeak as we mocked ourselves for being quite so silly.

The ‘new’ people took it really well, went to check out our guild forums, said they were cool with just being in the guild during the open beta phase. But we spent the rest of the evening laughing about it!

So, beware the perils of inviting people purely on their character name choice (we’ve now instituted a little more security to our inviting too, you need to know the ‘sekrit word’)

Sir Links-a-lot

Leipzig Links

The Games Convention blog gets to GOA. It’s in German, I haven’t asked my husband to translate yet.. but I currently am in love with the line:

Wir haben es getan. “WAAAAAAAAGH!!!!” Es soll dann auch T-Shirts geben. Jippie!.

(Note to all GOA/Mythic types going to Games Day – we love T-shirts – arbitrary ;p)

Here’s a cool video from Leipzig about living cities, showing a Bright WIzard running around Altdorf. Oh, and Josh Drescher gives a commentary!

If you’re going to dress up, pick a cool class to dress up as. Here’s a good example from Leipzig.

What’s the future for Warhammer Online after September 2008? Paul speaks at Leipzig and says there’s a 3-year plan currently in place.

Sterntaler (one of the german CMs) posts some video of the GOA/Warhammer stand in Liepzig. (He mentions T-Shirts and free stuff prominently, which I know Arbitrary will find intriguing!)

Sausage and Sauerkraut – lunch is good at the Games Convention it seems. Lunch is important. More photos from Leipzig can be seen here (incl. Age of Conan booth babes – because I’m good to you – arbitrary).

Player vs Developer compares the WAR trailer to the WoW one, both released at Liepzig. Rock, Paper, Shotgun also mentions them in the same breath, but gets to use the word ‘phwoarhammer’ – we’re depressed we didn’t think to use that one, so credit where it’s due. Is it just us though, or was that a handful of Order chars taking on an entire Destruction army. Nerf!!

And, of course, Warhammer Online wins Best Online Game of the show.

General Links

Neurotic women are more likely to blog. No comment. Actually, that reminds me, there’s a new livejournal community for WAR-ladies.

Gnomeo and Juliet. No comment. Actually, sounds awesome ;p

Ablegamer takes a look at Warhammer Online from a different perspective – what does it have to cater for the disabled player.

This is my current favourite review of Warhammer Online – it covers a lot of ground, while not being too in-depth, and it sounds like a group of friends honestly discussing the game. This I like.

We loved the gamespy pre-NDA impressions of WAR, here’s their actual beta review.

MMORPG.com has an interview from GenCon Indy with Robert Mull, Community Relations Director for Mythic. There’s a short intro here, and then a longer video.

Useful tools for Warhammer Online. WarDb (basically Thottbot for Warhammer Online) if you want all the info/spoilers broken down, and the combat parser (though if I am going to use that kind of thing I’d rather have one on my desktop than have to go through a website).

This is Massively’s collection of videos showing the /special emotes for each race. They’re what WAR has instead of /dance to give you something amusing to do while you’re waiting for people to run back from the graveyard.

Olympic Link: Matt Slater (a BBC commentator) claims that Beach Volleyball is a great sport in its own right, and he doesn’t just watch it for the girls in bikinis — he may be the only one 😛

Ok, this may be down right now but it’s supposed to be back online today so I’ll link it anyway. Tiny Adventures is a D&D Facebook app – it lets you create a char, equip them and set them off on an adventure. Sounds fun to me!

Beware ye, the barrels of Altdorf!

Wotcha everyone,

Remember Diablo? I never got hugely into it, as it was more of a beer and popcorn sort of game for me, but I did play a bit. And one of the fun things I found was the joy of barrel recognition.

Yes, those lovely barrels. You hit them, and stuff happened. Some were Barrels of Boom! which exploded. Some were Barrels of Trez, which poured forth a lovely pile of trez for you to pick up. But if you were lucky, you got the best of all. The Barrel of Trez and XP. You hit it, and a skeleton fell out and attacked you! Brilliant! You got a bit of xp for killing him, and he dropped cash as well. It was the best of all worlds. I do believe that the Barrel of Trez and XP is the one thing I miss from Diablo. All games should have them…

So, here I am. It’s Closed Beta, and I’m level 11. Feeling on top of the world, I can tell you. I decide I’m going to Altdorf, to have a looky, and see what the place is like.

And promptly felt like a tourist. Boy, did the place look good. I’ve been impressed by three online cities. Mos Eisley in Star Wars Galaxies, Undercity in World of Warcraft, and Altdorf. All three made my jaw drop, and just want to run around the place exploring. So I did, generally gibbering at the loveliness of it all.

But then, what do I espy? It is a barrel, and it’s shaking… Hmm. So, I take a moment to ponder the chances of a barrel getting a bad dose of the shakes., and suddenly I realise what must be happening! It is a Barrel of Trez and XP!

With my trusty hammer, I prepare myself for combat, and utter a quick prayer to Sigmar.

Umm. No. I just wellied in there, looking for my skeleton with a pocketful of loose change.

And got a skaven. Which promptly introduced me to my own lower intestines. Little sneak was level 20…

There is a now a new type of barrel. The Barrel of Painy Hubris. Thanks, Mythic.

Cheers,

Hawley.