Initial thoughts and stuff

So, we’ve had the game for a few days now, all our headstart people have been in since Monday, and we await the influx on Thursday. Here’s a few points on how it’s been:

GOA’s done a good job

There was a slight delay to the Collectors Edition Headstart, a couple of hours. Standard Edition headstart went well with people getting in smoothly. Queues haven’t been horrible (we’ve had none, but we’re Order and Core-RP), just haven’t seen too many complaints. And everyone who got an email back from a GM was very happy with it. Just Thursday to go and signs are positive! Also, there is nothing about it in the gaming news – which means it’s going well. (Obviously there are stories that the game is launching, but strictly they’re focusing on Thursday).

EA problems with keys an exercise in why to order elsewhere

I really feel for people who went with EAStore, because hey, it’s EA and they promised all sorts of goodies and for a while they were the only Standard Edition seller (soon joined by Direct 2 Drive) who said they were offering the headstart. Sending out the wrong keys was a cock-up, I hope everyone is in now and it wasn’t too painful. Having problems with manufacturing so that not all CEs have been sent out on time isn’t great either. On another note, looks like Play.com has some CE copies left. (This may be out-of-date when you get to read it).

Standard Edition Headstart

Because of Games Day, I started playing a few hours before the Standard Edition people came online. I was out of the starting area and at the first Dwarf PQ. Had to ask in-guild for some help finishing it and someone headed back to help (yay, guild). By the time we got to Stage 3 it became apparent the Standard Edition had come online as suddenly a whole gang of people entered the PQ, meaning we stormed it. Was a great sight and feeling. So enjoy that today America!

Guild

We have a separate post coming with names, screenshots, guild details – just making sure of Hawley’s first. But quickly, would just like to pause for a moment to say the guild is great. We’ve done a few things together and lots of things in smaller groups. Chat levels high, as is excitement. The guild is full of people we haven’t yet met, and Teamspeak is full of unfamiliar voices, but it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun learning about and meeting them all.

The Game

The game remains insanely fun, with a few collywobbles as I realised this character isn’t getting deleted so I better take it a bit more seriously. Scenarios have been plentiful (more so at night), open groups have invited me along, rather than waiting for me to invite myself, have done a bit of exploring in the mornings – but I intend to do more. I’m not sure why, but it feels better than either beta. I have a suspicion it’s the number of players and general level of excitement. Good stuff!

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Quick update

Standard Edition headstart seems to have gone pretty smoothly too if the impressions of people in our guild is anything to go by. So well done all involved.

There does seem to be some weirdness for those that pre-ordered at EA Store, as they sent out the wrong codes. According to a post over at Freddyshouse the correct codes are being mailed out this afternoon.

Any plans this weekend?

Here’s GOA’s plans for this big ol’ weekend (aside from coming to Games Day, of course!)

We will close the open beta servers on Saturday afternoon at 15:00 CET. We thank you for the time you spent in the game and for your feedback which helped us to apply the last layer of polish.
If you own a Collector’s Edition Pre-Order you will be able to enter your head start code on Sunday at 1:00am CET. Also, you will be able to register your bonus items at that time. The head start for the owners of a Collector’s Edition Pre-Order will begin on Sunday afternoon.
If you own a Standard Edition Pre-Order you will be able to enter your head start code and your bonus item code on Monday at 9:00am CET. You will be able to log into the game and play as soon as your code has been validated.

Seriously. Collector’s edition headstart is what, half a day longer than the Standard Edition one? (I know, I did notice the ‘as soon as your code has been validated’… but all the codes will need to be validated, for whatever edition.)

Good luck all!

Headstarts redux

Ok, I thought I was going a bit crazy this morning when I read the coverage about the headstarts announced as 14th and 16th at 7am EDT.

Previously, we’d been told 14th and 15th September for these. And that’s what I reported a while back, when the news was given.

I’m not really able to make any comment on this, I suggest though that we assume the American dates are the correct ones and don’t hassle GOA about it too much until the issues with the open beta are done with. Am fairly sure we’ll know before it matters!

Mark speaks

Mark Jacobs has made an exhaustive post over at the Vault, listing a number of important things, including an NDA lift next week. The whole article and thread is here.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • 18th September was picked so they could have a simultaneous worldwide release
  • subscription pricing was chosen to be ‘on the same level’ as competition
  • there will be a preview weekend in addition to the normal open beta, and people who pre-ordered the CE will be given priority into the preview weekend (assume this is US until we hear otherwise)
  • CE people will get an extra day’s headstart than the SE people (I’m assuming all announcements relate specifically to the US CE/SE thing, as we know GOA are doing things a little differently – but would love this to be the case in Europe too)
  • pre-order CE peeps will be invited into closed beta as of next week, but will have to meet tech requirements to get in (again, assume America only)
  • still working on a date for open beta
  • they hope to lift the NDA next week but it’s subject to change – there are three issues they need to address first – full explanation once the NDA lifts

European SE pre-order

It’s being discussed over at Warhammer Alliance and Iain C has stopped by to make the following clarification:

The European SE pre-order program is not announced or available yet. We will be launching it at the end of August.

So, if you are waiting to participate in the SE (standard edition not special edition!) pre-order thing over this side of the pond, you need to wait for more news, and hold off on pre-ordering until the end of August.

In fact, the 28th August, as Iain says in a separate Warhammer Alliance thread:

On the subject of the standard edition pre-order in Europe. The EU pre-order for the standard edition begins on the 28th of August and the full details haven’t yet been announced for it. As Mark has said however the EU version won’t have the open beta access. This is mostly because we are instead going to be making open beta places available through partner websites in the different European territories instead. European communities are different to North American ones and we feel that this is the best way to support them and to give EU WAR fans the opportunity to take part in the open beta.

Right – so our pre-order program for the SE can start later than the American one, because ours won’t include open beta access. That seems a reasonable assumption anyway, or the one I’m drawn to. Anyway, it does mean you should look out for the open beta spaces available through partner websites (not here, unfortunately, I’d give you all a beta slot!).  But anyway,  spread the word to anyone you know thinking of buying it, so they get the full benefit of it.

European Standard Edition box

With thanks to Romeo Knight over at Warhammer Conflict who brought this to my attention!

Jeux Online have posted a picture of the European Standard Edition box for Warhammer Online, and very pretty it is (as they themselves point out).

As they also remind readers – don’t forget we’re waiting for confirmation from GOA about the different bonuses for pre-ordering the CE and the SE.

But, what the hell, here’s a little taster of the pic to whet your appetites.